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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Exchange applicants only
Program Description:
About the Program Accommodations
Eligibility Dates and Costs
Academics Visa Information

About Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)

Carlos III entrance

Founded in 1989, UC3M is one of the most prestigious universities in Spain with nearly 20,000 students.  The University has three campuses: Getafe, Leganés and Colmenarejo.  Richmond students will normally study at the Getafe campus, which is a 45-60 minute train commute from downtown Madrid depending on the time of day and where your class is on the UC3M campus.  Richmond students may take courses in English and in Spanish.  For more information about being an international student at Carlos III, click here.

UC3M offers many student services and activities for exchange students. More information can be found on the web page

In 2009, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid received first place in the European Union's  International Campus of Excellence competition. Carlos III is ranked in the 2013/2014 QS ranking of top fifty universities under 50.

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Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university to study abroad. When reviewing applications for approval, disciplinary records will be taken into consideration and students must be cleared by the Dean’s office to study abroad.  Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if they are on conduct probation that does not expire prior to the start date of the semester abroad program.

  • There is a limit on the number of UR students studying at any one location, so applicants must indicate a 2nd choice program (including a well-considered list of classes). Competition is considerably higher in the fall semester than in the spring.
  • Robins School of Business students must attend an information session before choosing a program and submitting an application.

Non-LALIS majors and minors

  • Applicants must have completed LALIS 221 Intensive Intermediate Spanish or a higher level LALIS course the semester prior to study abroad or test out of LALIS 221 by the time of the study abroad application in order to be eligible for semester or year study in Spain.  Students who have been exempted from the LALIS requirement, for example, through the international baccalaureate or AP test, are required to take the Spanish on-line placement exam,,  no more than 2 months prior to the semester abroad deadline for the most accurate results. Results from the on-line exam must be submitted to the Office of International Education. Robins School students who do not meet the language requirement, but have solid academic reasons to study in Spain, may petition the Associate Dean for International Business Programs for a waiver.
  • Completion of at least two 300-level language courses (numbered 301-309) in LALIS for immersion courses with Spanish students at UC3M
  • 3.0 overall GPA.  See business school requirements for details on eligibility for business school students
  • Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Law student
Major or minor in Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies (LALIS)

GPA and course prerequisites for LALIS students outlined on the LALIS web page  Read this page carefully.

LALIS majors and minors interested in the UC3M exchange program are required to meet with LALIS faculty abroad advisor prior to submitting application.
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Courses at Carlos III are measured in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. Scroll down for ECTS to Unit conversion chart. F

Richmond students may enroll in courses in the following academic areas:

Richmond students who have successfully completed at least two 300-level LALIS courses may enroll in regular UC3M "grado" classes. 

UC3M offers a number of bilingual programs (English and Spanish) undergraduate degrees that Richmond students may join.  Examples of bilingual programs include:  Information Engineering (computer science), Business, Economics.  **Note:  students who wish to take the Global Health course (16934) must have a strong background in economics.

Richmond students will be able to take Spanish language courses at the Centro Idiomas to complement their studies at UC3M.  Click here for more information 

Additional short Humanities classes are also offered in various departments.  Click here for more information

Important Notes for LALIS majors and minors: Read LALIS web page for study abroad academic guidelines.

ECTS Credits

Richmond Units

3 .5
4 .6
5 .8
6 .9
7 1
8 1.2
10 1.5


Grading Scale

In the Spanish system the marks of university examinations are graded on a scale of 1-10.  The pass mark is 5/10 and the highest mark is 10/10.  Note that grades of 9 and 10 are not common. This highest mark can receive a special honors designation to indicate excellent work.

Spanish Grade

US Equivalent


A+ *very rare


A *rare




Below 5 *Does not transfer









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Richmond students are required to live in ACCENT housing  ACCENT provides ancillary services to Richmond students to supplement the support of the International Office at Carlos III.  Shared apartments, local residence hall (single or double room) and home stays with half-board are available through the ACCENT office. Apartment housing is co-ed with single-sex bedrooms and will be shared with other program participants and occasionally with other ACCENT or international students  In the shared apartments, each Richmond student will have their own bedroom, shared living space including the bathroom.

All ACCENT housing will have internet and normal, average use of electricity and heat as well as general (common area) weekly cleaning is included.  ACCENT housing is centrally located in the city of Madrid (inside of the M-30) and all options are conveniently located for the most direct access to Carlos III University transportation and for getting around the city of Madrid.  Any housing issues/problems will be handled and advocated by ACCENT in representation of the student. Students pay ACCENT directly for housing.

Dates and Costs

Click here for the UC3M DATES & COSTS.

Visa Information

Passports are required with the visa application. Students are advised to apply early for the Spanish student visa. As visa regulations change frequently, it is recommended that students call the consulate for the latest information on fees, procedures and required documentation. Students may be required to submit the visa application in person at the consulate with jurisdiction over student's permanent residence.

For more information, please see the Spanish consulate web page.

For more information

Business majors interested in the UC3M exchange program should consult with Fae Bell, International Business Programs Coordinator in the Robins School of Business, prior to submitting the study abroad application on line.

Other majors may consult with Michele Cox, Office of International Education. Direct telephone: 804-289-8838


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This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.