Spain: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)

A GVSU Partnership Program

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  • Spain: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) Photo
  • Spain: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All Majors

Madrid, Spain — The University of Carlos III (UC3M) in Madrid, one of Spain’s public universities, was founded in 1989. Located on two campuses, Getafe and Leganés, UC3M has the largest offering of bilingual studies in Spain. As an Exchange Student, you can select courses from study programs taught in English and in Spanish. UC3M has over 16,000 students, faculty with diverse backgrounds, and excellent educational programs. Students can easily access Madrid city centre through the public transportation system. Students will have access to many student activities including: recreation, cultural activities, social projects, concerts, exhibits, and more. Note: There may be a limited number of exchange placements available for this program.

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When can I go?

Fall 2018:                                September - December

Academic Year 2018-19:       September - May

Winter 2019:                           January - May

Where will I live?

On campus residence halls

Who is eligible to participate?

Students must be degree seeking, have attended at least one semester at GVSU, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 at the time of application. This program is available for undergraduate studies only.

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

Application Deadlines

Winter 2018:                            Sept. 10, 2017

Fall 2018:                                  Feb. 1, 2018

Academic Year 2018-19:         Feb. 1, 2018


What credits will I receive?

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is a comprehensive university with a wide variety of course options available in the social sciences, sciences, business, and more.

Students participating in a partnership program will either register for courses that have been pre-approved courses or will go through a Course Approval Process.

For a full list of course options: (Academic Program & Course Information) Program Details

How much does the program cost?

Total Projected Cost: $14,321  $15,943 (per semester)

Additional Program Cost Information

Detailed Estimated Budget

Financial Aid

Students typically pay for study abroad through a combination of financial aid, personal funds, scholarships/grants and alternative loans. Early application for financial aid is strongly recommended.

To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Financial Aid


STUDY ABROAD SEMESTER GRANT: The average study abroad semester grant award is $500 per semester. Students who complete an online study abroad application by the designated priority deadline, have a 2.75 GPA and a FAFSA on file, may be eligible for a study abroad grant ranging from $500-$1,750/semester.  Due to limited funding, not all eligible students will receive a grant.

Eligibility criteria applies:
- 2 Grants Available per year
-Students who are awarded other PIC Funding
may not be awarded a Partnership Grant.


Visit for more information on these and other grants/scholarships. 

Who can tell me more?

Padnos International Center
130 Lake Ontario Hall

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm
Hours extended on Wednesday until 7pm during Fall and Winter Semesters

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid:

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.