Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Courses with Locals in English

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Popular Subject Areas

    Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) 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

    Fall 5 2021

  • Program Dates

    Late Aug, 2021 - Late Dec, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Jun 01, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Jun 15, 2021

  • Credit

    24 - 30 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    3.00 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

Providing for a stimulating and academically challenging experience, this program at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) offers a variety of lower and upper division courses in science, technology, engineering and math. Several of the engineering departments at UC3M have been awarded the EUR-ACE (EURopean-ACredited Engineer) label, as they satisfy the standards of the ENAEE (European Network for Engineering Accreditation).

All courses are held with local students and instructed in English by host university professors. Students commute via short-distance train (Cercanías) to the Leganés campus for class, located southwest of Madrid's city center. Tutoring is available through the university for an extra fee (per course).

*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.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

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 Program

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) from the engineering departments
    - You may enroll in courses in English only
    - 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.
    - 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. 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 list below is only a sampling of courses available. For the most updated list of courses offered during your semester of study, please use the UC3M department pages linked in the next section. 


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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Primarily Local Students
Aerospace Engineering
Advanced Mathematics
251 - 15331
6 ECTS Credits
251 - 15340
6 ECTS Credits
Aerospace Materials I
251 - 15333
6 ECTS Credits
Aerospace Propulsion
251 - 15343
6 ECTS Credits
Aerospace Structures
251 - 15341
6 ECTS Credits
Calculus I
251 - 15320
6 ECTS Credits
Information Skills
251 - 14359
3 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Linear Algebra
251 - 15321
6 ECTS Credits
251 - 15323
6 ECTS Credits
3 Contact Hours
Audiovisual System Engineering
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Linear Systems
214 - 13326
6 ECTS Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Systems Architecture
214 - 14072
6 ECTS Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Jenna Tantillo

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

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, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

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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.