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.
Click here 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:
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:
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.
2 ECTS = 1 Mason Credit
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.
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 three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $2500 must be received by April 18 (for Fall programs) or November 26 (for Spring programs) in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2 (for Fall programs) or December 17 (for Spring programs). This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply: Scholarships
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.