Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Exchange)
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is a public university located in Getafe, located thirteen kilometers about 20 minutes by the Renfe Cercanias train from downtown Madrid. UC3M is known for its international focus and its extensive number of degree programs and courses taught entirely in English. Students have the opportunity to live in Getafe, the most populated and industralized city in the Madrid metropolitan area or directly in Madrid, a welcoming, cosmopolitan city with a pleasant climate and internationally renowned cultural and artistic sites.
Students may apply to Universidad Carlos III de Madrid as either a Bilateral Exchange or Direct Enrollment Program. This is the program brochure page for the Bilateral Exchange option. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad.
Click here to see the brochure page for the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Direct Enrollment program. There are subtle differences between the course options for these two programs as well and it is recommended you look at both to find the best program for you.
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
- Students should not study abroad the last semester of senior year if they plan to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester at Mason.
- Transfer between 12-16 credits per semester
- Letter grade received must be equivalent to a "C" or above
- Courses are transfer credit; will not factor into the GPA of the participant.
- Passing Grade for UC3M: 5 or higher
Choosing Courses Abroad
This program does not have pre-approved classes. It is your responsibility to select courses and get them approved for transfer credit. To facilitate this process, you will complete the Petition for Transfer of Credit (PTC) Form. You will have access to the PTC form when you open an application.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that 1) you will have to be enrolled full-time while abroad, and 2) similarly to Mason, course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Exchange students can enroll in any undergraduate course offered by UC3M
. Courses are available in English, Spanish, or both.
There are two options for language courses. Intensive "Pre-semester" course or "Semester" Course. Spanish language courses taken at the language center are not included in tuition costs and must be paid for separately.
2 ECTS = 1 US Credit
UC3M fall courses end with an exam period in late January. Students are encouraged to speak to their professors when they arrive to ensure they won't have any exams when they are supposed to be back on campus to start Mason courses in the spring. Due to the intensity of the courses, it is not recommended that students schedule their exams before the winter holidays.
Course registration takes places through an online system that opens for a couple of days before the beginning of the semester. Students then go to classes for the first week and decide if they want to stay in those courses or change some of them (they can also change the language of instruction from Spanish to English section or vice versa). After the first week of classes the online system will reopen for two more days so that students can make changes to their schedule.
Students will have the option to live in a dorm on-campus, share a flat off-campus, or live with a host family depending on personal preference.
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Spain's website for further information.
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