Business, International Studies & Communication Courses with Locals in English
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).
Academic Year 3 2019
Aug 25, 2019 - May 30, 2020
Jun 01, 2019
24 - 30 ECTS Credits
3.00 Minimum GPA*
- This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.
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.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
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).
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24 - 30
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 15
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 22
Special Course Note for Academic Year Students
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters. Semester 1 corresponds to the Fall semester. Semester 2 corresponds to the Spring semester.
- COURSE SELECTION
- You may enroll in 4 or 5 courses (minimum 24 ECTS credits) per semester.
- 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).
- To take any courses in Spanish in this program, you must be at either the Beginning or the High Advanced/Superior level of Spanish. There are no Spanish classes offered at the intermediate level.
- If you fall outside these levels of Spanish language, you will exclusively take courses instructed in English.
- ESTIMATED LANGUAGE LEVEL
- 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
- ACADEMIC RIGOR
- 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 'Complete Course Listing' link in black for each department to view the entire course listing.
Semester 1 = FALL semester offerings
Semester 2 = SPRING semester offerings
- COURSE PREREQUISITES
- 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.
- COURSE LEVEL RECOMMENDATIONS
- 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.
- ECTS CREDITS ON TRANSCRIPT
- The transcript from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid will reflect the ECTS credit values indicated below. The contact hours for each course will not be reflected on the transcript but are listed in order to help determine transfer credit. Please be in touch with your U.S. 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 (indicated by the British flag).
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.
- "Semester" refers to either FALL or SPRING: Semester 1 = Fall; Semester 2 = Spring.
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- 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
Resident Director, Spain
Carlos Marín Muñoz
Assistant Resident Director & Housing Coordinator, Spain
Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain
Student Care Coordinator, Spain
Academic Coordinator, Spain
Funding Your ISA 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. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
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 three meals a day (except on ISA excursion days when you will receive a picnic lunch for the first day) 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.
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.
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.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
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.