Business, International Studies & Communication Courses with Locals in English

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Business, International Studies & Communication Courses with Locals in English

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

    According to the annual QS ranking, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is one of the top universities among those established within the last 50 years. It is recognized throughout Europe for its strong reputation and academic rigor, occasionally referred to as the "Harvard of Spain." The business programs at UC3M are particularly well-regarded internationally and their Department of Economics is ranked among the top 50 programs in the world.

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) hosts ISA students at two of its campuses, Getafe and Leganés, both of which are about 30 minutes south of the city center by train. Both campuses are spacious and house various academic buildings, libraries, and athletic facilities. UC3M has a vast offering of courses taught in English, including core business (such as marketing, finance, management, accounting, etc.), economics, communications, engineering, international studies, and journalism. UC3M’s Centro de Estudios Hispanicos also offers liberal arts courses in Spanish to students at the advanced level and above.

    UC3M’s Business Administration & Finance and Accounting departments are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Additionally, the university is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).

  • Term

    Spring 3 2023

  • Program Dates

    Jan 25, 2023 - Jun 03, 2023

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Oct 10, 2022

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Oct 15, 2022

  • Credit

    24 - 30 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is closed and is no longer accepting applications.

Study Abroad Program Description

Providing for a stimulating and academically-challenging experience, this program at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) offers lower and upper division courses in a variety of subjects. Students have the opportunity to take courses in English with local Spanish students and international student in areas such as business, economics, international studies, communications, politics, and journalism.

Students with an advanced level of Spanish or higher (minimum 5 semesters of college-level Spanish) may also take liberal arts courses instructed in Spanish with international students through UC3M’s Cursos en Estudios Hispanicos (CEH). Beginning level students have the option to take a Spanish language class through the UC3M’s Study Abroad Program (SAP).

All courses are instructed by faculty from the host university and are held with either local or international students. Students commute via short-distance train (Cercanías) to the Getafe campus for class, located southwest of Madrid's city center.

*Please note that the UC3M Getafe and Leganés campuses are a 30-40 minute commute from one another. For this reason, ISA does not allow students to cross-enroll in the STEM and Business, International Studies & Communication programs.


Visa Information:

A Spanish student visa is required for U.S. students participating in academic programs in Spain lasting 91 days or more. For non-U.S. citizens, you should contact your consulate to verify specific entry requirements. Please click on the "Spanish Visa Support" icon on the "What's Included" tab of this page to learn more about visa requirements and and the optional Spain Visa Service.


Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

In order to take liberal arts courses in Spanish at the advanced level, you must have completed at least 5 semesters of college-level Spanish (or tested out of the equivalent).

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Spanish Visa Support

Bridging Cultures Orientation

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits

24 - 30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 15

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 22

Academic Information


    - You may enroll in 4 or 5 courses (minimum 24 ECTS credits).
    - You may enroll in courses in English with locals, or a combination of courses in English with locals and liberal arts courses instructed in Spanish (depending on language level eligibility).
    - It is extremely important to take note of any prerequisites for courses at UC3M. Both lower and upper division courses require prior knowledge of the subject area, as the material covered in the prerequisites is often the foundation for the class.
    - ISA does not recommend taking any fourth year courses at UC3M.
    - ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid curso (year) classifications of 1, 2, 3 or 4, which correspond with the typical four-year bachelor's degree cycle. Courses offered in the first or second years of a degree plan are recommended as lower division. Courses offered in the third or fourth years of a degree plan are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
    - Please use the following only as a guideline to determine what your language level may be. Your language level will ultimately be determined by a placement exam that you take on site.
    - Each semester/quarter is of COLLEGE-LEVEL Spanish or the equivalent:
    High Advanced =  6 semesters/7-9 quarters
    Superior = 6+ semesters/9+ quarters
    - Keep in mind that when choosing courses, even lower level courses at UC3M can be quite challenging and academically rigorous. Compared to university classes in the U.S., UC3M classes require more self-study and independent work outside of the classroom.
    - The courses (taught in English) listed below are only a sampling of courses available; please click on the academic department links in teal to view the entire course listing for each department.
    Semester 1  = FALL semester offerings
    Semester 2 = SPRING semester offerings
    - The transcript from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid will reflect the ECTS credit values indicated below. Please be in touch with your home university regarding transfer credit for this program.

The following links showcase the departments available in this program. You may only select courses from these departments taught in English (as indicated by the British flag)

Business Administration
Film, Television and Media Studies
International Studies
Finance and Accounting
Philosophy, Politics and Economics

1. Click on the department name followed by "Program" to find a list of the available courses.
2. Click on the course title to view the syllabus 


- Courses are listed in the order that local students must take them in their degree program; beginning with Course 1, Semester 1
- "Course" refers to the  year in college the class is typically taken at the host university
- "Semester" refers to either Fall or Spring, Semester 1 = Fall, Semester 2 = Spring

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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
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Business Administration and Economics [English]
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Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Riley Dean

Program Manager, Spain

Brynne Shannon

Program Manager, Spain


Neftalí González

Resident Director, Spain

Carlos Marín Muñoz

Assistant Resident Director & Housing Coordinator, Spain

Anna Beltrame

Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain

Sara Garrido

Academic Coordinator, Spain

Funding Your ISA Program

Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too.  The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.

Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will commute to class as most Madrileños do, via metro. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 30 and 60 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Homestays are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide two meals a day (except on ISA excursion days) and laundry service, including a change of sheets and towel, once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.

Student Residence

The student residence (residencia in Spanish) is best if you would like to be independent while living in a more student-centered environment. These single-student residencia rooms include their own bathroom and have limited availability. They are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The residencia houses international and local students and has shared kitchens and lounges. Meals and laundry service are not included, but students have access to kitchens, and washer/dryer facilities are available for an additional cost. Students may also contract a meal plan at the residencia kitchen for an additional cost upon arrival in Madrid.* You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

*The meal plan is not offered July and August.


Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking a greater degree of independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. The apartments are located throughout the city of Madrid, rather than all in one building. All apartments are either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transit routes relative to the university. Apartments typically house three to four ISA students, with single or double bedrooms and shared common spaces. Meals and laundry service are not included. You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



El Escorial & Salamanca

You will explore El Escorial, the 16th-century monastery that includes an ornamented church, an expansive library, and a royal mausoleum. In Salamanca, you will walk the quaint cobblestone streets to learn the history of this world-renowned university town.


Granada is a picturesque and mountainous university town. It has always been a multicultural city and was the last Moorish stronghold during the Catholic reconquest of Spain. You will explore Granada’s multicultural past through visits to historic neighborhoods like the Albaicín and Realejo. During an unforgettable evening flamenco show, you will have the chance to soak up Spanish music and culture. You will also visit important cultural sites including the Alhambra fortress, Spain’s most popular tourist attraction.

Morocco * Optional

This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.


Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.

Cultural Activities in Madrid

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Madrid. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Madrid special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking classes, museum visits (Reina Sofia and el Prado), tours of the Royal Palace and activities in Retiro Park. 


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