Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Program Details

Program Location Madrid, Spain
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20264
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 09/06/24 to 01/23/25
2024-25 Academic Year 09/06/24 to 07/01/25
Past Dates
Fall 2023 09/01/23 to 12/23/23
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Students applying for programs in Spain must have a valid, useable passport at the time of application. Passports must be valid for 6 months after the program end date.

A NOTE TO ALL UC3M APPLICANTS: The program dates for the Fall/Spring semester at UC3M include re-take exams that extend past regular exam sessions. Unless re-take exams are required, students on this program will not need to stay later than mid-December (for Fall semester) and early June (for Spring semester).


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).

UC3M is located on the southern edge of Madrid and is made up of five campuses. Purdue students spend most of their time at Leganes (School of Engineering) and Getafe (School of Law and Social Sciences; School of Humanities, Communication, and Library Sciences).

Students have the opportunity to take classes in English while living alongside local students to fully immerse themselves in Spanish culture. Students attend an orientation program at the start of the semester; these “Welcome Days” are an opportunity for you to settle in at UC3M and meet other international and Spanish students.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Students applying for programs in Spain must have a valid, useable passport at the time of application. Passports must be valid for 6 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.

Due to the popularity of this exchange program, non-resident students should consider applying for the CIEE-Madrid: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid program, which is academically the same but financially the better option.

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

Language of Instruction: English & Spanish

Semester Course Load:  24 ECTS (12 Purdue credit hours)

This academically rigorous institution is intellectually demanding and requires an independent approach to course work.


UC3M offers on-campus housing or recommendations for apartment housing. Students will organize housing independently before arriving on-campus.

Students interested in on-campus housing will complete an application to stay in residence halls in Getafe or Leganes. Full-year students have on-campus housing priority, so availability may be limited. For more information on residence housing, visit this link.

UC3M also has an accomodation website that lists reliable housing agencies, if students are looking to find apartment-style housing. There are multiple options, from shared apartments with other students to host families.

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.

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
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $0.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,100.00
Housing $3,500.00
Local Transportation $250.00
Visa $170.00
Books and Supplies $300.00
Meals $2,500.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

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 Mar 1
Spring Semester Sep 1

Returnees Information

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

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 studyabroad@purdue.edu.