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.
to see the brochure page for the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Bilateral Exchange 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.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
Click through the brochure tabs to learn more about this program.
In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Direct enrollment students have the option to take enroll in one of the following course options:
If you are unsure of whether your level of Spanish will be sufficient to enroll in the Hispanic Studies track you can take the placement test when you arrive and then decide.
- Hispanic Studies Program (for students with at least an upper-intermediate level of Spanish). Students can choose from the following course options:
- 1 mandatory 6 ECTS credit Spanish language course
- 30 ECTS credits either in Spanish or English to be chosen from:
- Study Abroad Program (for students who wish to take all classes in English). Students can choose from the following course options:
- 36 ECTS credits to be chosen from:
NOTE: Some specific courses may be off-limits to exchange/study abroad students. Please see "Course Offer Guide" for more information.
The academic calendar for specialized courses
for U.S. students differs from the academic calendar for all other undergraduate courses
. Please be sure to consider the implications of these differences when deciding which courses to take.
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 are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. A full-time course load is 30 ECTS units. A typical course is worth 6 ECTS credits.
This will allow you to transfer between 12-16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
|Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Grade
|9 - 10 (sobresaliente)
|7 - 8.99 (notable)
|6 - 6.99 (Bien)
|5 - 5.99 (Aprobado)
|0 - 4.99 (suspenso)
Spanish professors rarely award a 10; students generally receive grades between 6 and 8. Spanish universities are severe in their grading in comparison to the United States.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
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 course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Program Cost (Fall 2022):
(Previously $7,058 for the Spring 2022 Semester)
- Application Fee
- Tuition and registration fees (Mason and Carlos)
- Spanish Language Course
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- International Emergency Insurance
- Round-trip airfare
- Personal spending
Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in two payments (application fee + final balance).
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee
Final Balance: Payment of the remaining program balance is due the first day of the semester in which the program takes place.
Fall Programs - August 24
Spring Programs - January 25
See Mason Payment Schedule for more details.
Financial Aid: In most cases, financial aid can be used for study abroad programs. If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad:
Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program?” in your profile in MasonAbroad.gmu.edu and;
Complete the Financial Aid questionnaire item in your application.
Schedule an appointment with your financial aid officer to review your financial aid package in light of your participation in study abroad.
Only the Office of Financial Aid can determine your aid eligibility.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final.
If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students must pay all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
For more information on payments, including the financial aid process, please click here.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early April*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
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.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.