Carlos III University of Madrid

“Studying in Spain helped me greatly improve my Spanish language skills and immersed me in a culture completely different from my own. Studying abroad allowed me to see the world from an international perspective and taught me to become more independent. Spain is a beautiful country with a lot of history and incredible sights. Studying abroad was the best decision I made as an undergraduate.” -Sydney DuEst, Fall 2016

The Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) has one of the top ranked Business Schools in Spain (Ranked 3rd) and one of the top in the world, as has recently been ranked in the top 150 business programs in the world by the Financial Times. The university was founded in 1989, and is one of the seven public universities in Madrid. UC3M has around 17,300 students and receives more than 500 international students. 


 With great beaches, fun nightlife, many cultural regions, and historic cities, Spain makes a great destination. Spain has hundreds of interesting cities with major travel hotspots such as Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, and Valencia. It is one of UMaine students’ top destination countries for good reason!

Campus in Madrid

The towns of Getafe and Leganés, where the two campuses of UC3M are located, are just 6.2 miles  south of the city center of Madrid. Both towns have a population of over 150,000, and all the necessary medical, shopping, and recreational services. Travel to the city center is easy using the extensive public transportation system. Students can purchase a metrobus ticket, which is valid for ten rides on either the bus or metro system, or a transport card (abono de transportes) that permits unlimited travel using any combination of public transport. This card covers the route between the center of Madrid and the Carlos III University area. Students may enjoy Madrid’s nightlife including shows, pubs, and cabarets. Outdoor enthusiasts can participate in a number of activities such as skiing and hiking on the nearby mountains.

Areas of Study

In English: Business, Communication, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology.

In Spanish: all fields of study are available in Spanish. Students who want to take courses in Spanish with local students must have 5 semesters of college level Spanish.


  • Minimum overall GPA 3.0
  • No language requirement if students will take all courses in English.
  • A minimum 5 semesters of Spanish language study is required for students who will take courses in Spanish.


Estimated budget for a semester at Carlos III University of Madrid.


Fall semester: mid-September to mid-January

Spring semester: mid-January to early June

Fall 2021:

  • Welcome: To be confirmed
  • Online Registration: To be confirmed
  • Classes Start: September 6
  • End of Classes: December 10
  • Exam period: December 13 – 16 (UMaine exchange students can request from their UC3M professors to take their final exams before the winter break.)

Spring 2022:

  • Welcome: To be confirmed.
  • Online registration: To be confirmed.
  • Start of SAP classes: January 31
  • Easter week: April 8 – April 11
  • End of classes: May 13
  • Exams (SAP): May 16 – 19

For more information, visit Academic Calendar.


Students enroll in regular university courses. Exchange students may select from any of the courses offered in English each semester. Students who possess Spanish language ability are also eligible to complete the 8-10 additional courses offered solely in Spanish during any given term. The average course load at UC3M  is 5 courses (30 ECTS). Exchange students must register for 24 – 30ECTS credits (12 – 15 UMaine credits) to maintain full-time academic load while abroad. UMaine exchange students can request from their UC3M professors to take their final exams before the winter break and then return home in time for their spring semester.

Full-time enrollment:

UMaine students must be registered for at least 24 ECTS credits each semester. Students are not encouraged to register for more than 30 ECTS credits each semester.

Transfer Credits:

6 ECTS credits = 3 UMaine credits

Grading Scale:

UC3M Points UMaine Grade
7.5 – 10 A
7.0 – 7.4 B+
6.0 – 6.9 B
5.5 – 5.9 C+
5.0 – 5.4 C
0 – 4.9 F


Carlos III University has paired up with Sociedad Público de Alquiler to supply and help the university community members to find accommodations. Living options include student dorms, halls of residence, apartment rentals and a homestay program.

Students attending for a full year may apply for on-campus accommodation. Semester only spots in on-campus housing is rare. Most students find their own housing in Madrid, either in apartments or in a homestay. There are helpful links provided by UC3M that can be found on their Housing Assistance website.

Helpful Links