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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year U of A Application Deadline U of A Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 10/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Brian Poepsel Housing Options: Apartment, Dorm, Homestay, Independent
Minimum GPA: 3 Program Type: U of A Exchange
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Language Prerequisite: 4 or more semesters
Language Courses Offered: Yes Credit Type: Transfer Credit
Open to non-U of A students?: No Credit Hours Available: Between 12-18 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Business (Economics), Business (Finance), Business (General), Business (International), Business (Management), Business (Mktg & Logistics), Engineering, Engineering (Biomedical Engr), Spanish Program Duration: Academic Year, Semester
Open to Graduate Students?: No
Program Description:
This exchange for Walton College of Business and College of Engineering students is right outside the lively Spanish capital, Madrid, with classes found at the Getafe campus. The city is a favorite destination for study abroad students from all over the world, so you will be able to experience many different cultures and languages here.  Spain is Spanish-speaking, although the cosmopolitan nature of Madrid allows you to get by with a little more English than in other, smaller cities in Spain. Students who are proficient enough in Spanish can even access the social sciences and humanities courses.

As with all exchanges, you will be largely independent during your exchange, but there is a thriving Erasmus student group (the students on exchange from other parts of Europe) that will offer opportunities to engage with other students and there are support offices available at the Getafe campus for you. Find out what U of A students had to say about this exchange on Abroad101.

Home of the 10pm dinner time, Madrid is known for its nightlife, which can mean you will have plenty of opportunities to socialize, but can spell trouble for the easily distracted student.   Madrid is a great location for students who want to have access to tons of historical and modern museums and cultural celebrations.  You’ll also pick up a different pronunciation in addition to the standard Spanish taught at the U of A, as locals in this region use Castilian Spanish.  And, in case you’re interested in trying all of the different dialects in Spain, Madrid has excellent access to all of Spain and the rest of Europe with its location in the center of the Iberian Peninsula.   

This exchange offers an educational experience that allows U of A undergraduates in Walton and Engineering to experience the lifestyle, business and culture of Spain for a semester or year, while keeping on track to graduate from the U of A.  Students interested in economics, in particular, will find a large variety of English-language courses to choose from.  A smaller number of courses are also offered in other business disciplines and the humanities. Biomedical engineering students will find options to take in the engineering college. Students who are comfortable taking courses in Spanish have the entire business and humanities college at their disposal.  Business students must have completed the WCOB pre-business core classes in order to be considered for this program.    

Important note for students going on this exchange for the fall semester only:  Students who are NOT returning to UC3M for the spring semester and whose studies begin in early January at their home university may return home and take their exams scheduled in January at their home university. This must also be approved in advance by the UC3M International Office. Students would write the examinations at their home university on the same day it is scheduled at UC3M. For more information on scheduling exams:

Students can find out more about the standard courses offered at UC3M here, with the optional, for-cost Spanish grammar/language courses, and there is a list of courses that the Walton College has predetermined for this exchange here:

Students will be assessed U of A tuition and fees for 15 credit hours during each semester they study abroad on this exchange.  Additionally, students are responsible for their round-trip airfare, housing, meals, local transportation, books, passport, student visa, and personal expenses.  The independent nature of this program allows students to determine their own housing and extracurricular activities, leaving flexibility not only in free time but also in the budget.   Click on the Budget above for a break-down of expected costs.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students. Students receiving a Pell grant should look into the Gilman International Scholarship. And all students should read through our scholarship page for more info on funding opportunities and deadlines.  Additionally, in most cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your semester in Spain.

Additional Information
UC3M does have very limited dorm space available on the Getafe campus, but our return students consistently advise NOT to live on campus.  The campus is a commuter campus, so most students travel to the University and return as soon as classes are finished. International students usually find a place on their own in Madrid. UC3M has put together an “off campus connections” of sorts to aid you in your search.  The “Aloja” program is a database created by UC3M and offered to those UC3M students looking for accommodation in Madrid. You need to be logged in to access detailed information:   

There is also the possibility of a homestay. This agency can help you with all the process of finding a Spanish family:  No matter which option you choose, you are advised not to pay anything before you arrival and confirm that everything is as it should be. It is also advisable to sign a contract with the landlord of the apartment or the head of the family.