Universidad Complutense de Madrid


Universitywide / Faculty


This means this exchange destination is available to all students of Utrecht University

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General information for exchange students

Course information 

English taught course offer (limited)

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Academic calendar

The Academic Year starts in September and ends in mid July. The second semester starts in February.

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It is essential that your Spanish language skills are good enough to follow academic courses since there is very little course offer in English. Please see the information below, under 'language of instruction'.

Areas of study open to UU students

Most areas

At this university you have the option of doing a ‘Nederlands als Vreemde Taal-stage’. If you are interested please contact Emmeline Besamusca for additional information and before applying.

Courses at Master’s level


Language of instruction

Mostly Spanish and some courses in English. It is essential that your Spanish language skills are good enough for you to follow an academic course. 
Following the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), a B1 level of Spanish is required for undergraduate students (regardless of the language of instruction).
A B2 level of Spanish is required for students applying to courses from the Faculty of Philology, Facultad de Ciencias de la Información, Facultad de Bellas Artes and  Facultad de Comercio y Turismo  

A level of C1 or higher in Spanish is recommended for students enrolling in Master's courses. 
Important!: You must meet the required Spanish language level at the time of nomination (2023-2024 - Semester 1: before 31 May 2023, Semester 2: before 30 November 2023)

UCM offers a free Spanish Language Course for levels below C1 to students who ask for it when applying, but it will not provide you with an official Language Certificate.

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Housing assistance

Housing through the university is available. Information on housing options

Estimated living costs per month

Although the average monthly expenses of a student are about €900-1,300, prices (especially housing) vary quite a lot depending on the place you choose (and if you choose a shared flat, a hall of residence, etc.)

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Normal study load per semester in credits: 30 or in courses: 5 or 6.

Number of places available

20 places per year. Places are allocated to subject areas and faculties (see below). Business & Economics and Social Sciences fill up quickly a they haves courses taught in English. In 2022-2023 no Law Courses are offered in English.

Subject Area Language of instruction Available places
Social Sciences & Law     15 (Max. 6 Psychology)
  Psychology Spanish and English  
  Communication Spanish  
  Political sciences Mostly Spanish  
  International Relations Spanish  
  Sociology / cultural studies Mostly Spanish  
  Social Work Spanish  
  Teacher Training Spanish and English  
  Law Spanish  
  Marketing Mostly Spanish  
  Economics / business Spanish and English  
Arts & Humanities     3
  Language acquisition/humanities Mostly Spanish  
  History/Archaelogy Mostly Spanish  
  Philology Mostly Spanish  
  Psilosophy Mostly Spanish  
  Geography Mostly Spanish  
  Fine Arts/Art History Spanish  
Science     2
  Earth sciences/geology Spanish  
  Chemistry Mostly Spanish  
  Biology Spanish  
  Pharmacy Spanish  
  Physics Spanish  
  Computer Science Spanish and English  
  Mathematics Mostly Spanish  



If you have any questions about this universitywide partner university, contact the universitywide International Office.