Universidad Complutense de Madrid is a universitywide partner in Madrid, Spain.

Academic calendar

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

Academic Calendar


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

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. A B2 level of Spanish is required for students applying to courses from the Faculty of Philology

A level of C1 or higher in Spanish is highly recommended for students enrolling in Master's courses. 

UCM offers a free Spanish Language Course for levels below C1 to students who ask for it when applying.

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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

28 places per year, , however these places are allocated to subject areas and faculties. Business / economics and social sciences fill up quickly since there are the areas where there is English taught course offer.

Subject area Available places Language of instruction
Psychology 2 Spanish and English
Language acquisition / humanities 3 Mostly Spanish
Earth sciences/geology 1 Spanish
Chemistry 1 Mostly Spanish
Biology 1 Spanish
History / archaeology 2 Spanish and some English
Pharmacy 1 Spanish
Economics / business 3 Spanish and English
Political sciences / civics 3 Mostly Spanish
International Relations 3 Spanish
Sociology / cultural studies 3 Mostly Spanish
Open 5 Mostly Spanish



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More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.


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