CIEE-Madrid: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Program Details

Program Location Madrid, Spain
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31036
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 09/01/24 to 12/21/24
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 01/21/24 to 06/05/24
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Students applying for semester programs in Spain must have a valid, usable passport at the time of application. Passports must be valid for 12 months after the program end date.

CIEE's Engineering + Society Program at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is an opportunity to be directly enrolled at an award-winning Spanish university while taking classes in English and/or learning Spanish!

Everywhere you turn there is something to see, do, and taste in the bustling multicultural capital city of Madrid. Eat at the world’s oldest restaurant, Sobrino de Botin, enjoy world-famous churros at the Chocolateria San Gines, and sample tapas all over the city. Walk through the meticulously groomed palace gardens, catch a flamenco show, or attend a world-class futbol match. And don’t leave without visiting el Parque del Buen Retiro, el Rastro, and the Golden Triangle of Art museums (the Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza).

Madrid’s influence in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and arts makes it an important international metropolis, and a major hub in Southern Europe. Spain’s capital city is also its largest, with a historic center dating back to the Habsburg Empire, and world-renowned art museums. A wide variety of tapas bars, dance shows, concerts, outdoor parks, soccer matches, and contemporary theater and cinema make it a lively place to live and learn.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


Students applying for semester programs in Spain must have a valid, usable passport at the time of application. Passports must be valid for 12 months after the program end date.

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering] [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [College of Science]
Specifically from: AAE, BME, CHE, ECE, ENE, ME, MSE (ENGR), CS, STAT (SCI)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Students will be directly enrolling to Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).

Unpaid internships are available for MGMT and CLA majors with four (4) semesters of Spanish.


All housing is in Madrid city within a 40- to 60-minute commute to the UC3M campus in Getafe and Legané.

Homestays: Homestay placements may be with individuals or families, and hosts may welcome one or two CIEE students. Each student has a private bedroom and shared bathroom, with access to kitchen, WiFi, and laundry facilities.

Residence Halls: These modern-style, WiFi-enabled dormitories typically house students in single or shared bedrooms. The residence halls have independent dining halls and laundry facilities, and are close to supermarkets, restaurants, and public transport. Meals, kitchen access, and laundry are not included in the program fee.

Shared Apartments: Students stay in furnished apartments with single, double, or triple rooms. Apartments have access to a kitchen and shared common spaces and are in local city neighborhood areas with plenty of shopping and eating options.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program and Housing Fees include: Tuition, on-site orientation, housing, and excursions. Depending on the housing choice, some meals might be included.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $15,256.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $5,500.00
Insurance $194.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Local Transportation $125.00
Visa $160.00
Books and Supplies $50.00
Meals $1,190.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $290.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Fall Semester Program Mar 1
Spring Semester Program Sep 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email