Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

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Madrid, Spain

UC3M has one of the top ranked Business Schools in Spain (Ranked 3rd) and one of the top in the world, as has recently been ranked in the top 150 business programs in the world by the Financial Times. The university was founded in 1989, and is one of the seven public universities in Madrid. UC3M has around 17,300 students and receives 416 Erasmus students and 54 students from the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore and Israel each semester. UC3M was the first university in Spain to adapt all its study programs to the European Credit Transfer System.

Carlos III University of Madrid consists of three schools: the School of Social Science and Law, the School of Humanities and the School of Engineering situated on three different campuses in Getafe, Leganés y Colmenarejo. Business students would most likely attend the Colmenarejo or Getafe campus. Located in the town of Colmenarejo, to the northeast of Madrid, the campus has three schools: the School of Social Science and Law, the School of Humanities and the School of Engineering. Its modern installations include a library, work, study and research rooms and a journals library, among others. Located in the town of Getafe to the south of Madrid, this campus has two schools: the School of Social Science and Law, and the School of Humanities. The modern campus installations include two libraries, computer rooms in various buildings, audiovisual rooms, recording studios, court rooms, wifi throughout the campus and a sports center with facilities for basketball, tennis, squash, beach-volleyball and sauna, among others.

Students and Student Organizations:
There are over 17,000 students, attending UC3M of which 60% are from Spain. They admit 400-500 exchange students each term at the Bachelors as well as Masters levels. The School of Management has exchange agreements with 100 institutions, and accepts around 200 students per terms on exchange, with the majority of those students coming from the Euro-zone countries.There are hundreds of different student organizations and clubs, covering a range of areas and interests.

Exchange students may select from any of the 20-30 advanced business courses offered in English each semester. Students who possess Spanish language ability are also eligible to complete the 8-10 additional courses offered solely in Spanish during any given term.Courses at UC3M are 6 ECTS credits each. The average course load at UC3M  is 5 courses (30 units). Each 6 credit course  at UC3M equals 3 USC units.

Sample Schedule:
Financial Statement Analysis (6 ECTS Units)
Business Optimization and Simulation (6 ECTS Units)
International Finance (6 ECTS Units)
Dynamic and Financial Econometrics (6 ECTS Units)
Innovation Management and Technological Chance (6 ECTS Units)

The University does not manage housing for the international students, however they do provide a webpage to help students find a place to live in.
If students decide to stay in a hotel during their first days in Madrid, in order see some rooms and then choose, there are accommodation offers in the Cafeteria and around the Campus that Spanish students hang on the walls when they have free rooms in their apartments.Students have several options: Living in Getafe or Leganés (where most exchange students attend to classes) or live in Madrid. Living close to the campus is normally a cheaper option, and is a very calm environment. But in Madrid, though you have to come to Campus by train (about 20 minutes ride from the city centre), you will be in the middle of an active city, with a lot of parties, stores, bars, good food and many cultural activities. Most exchange students choose to live in Madrid. Housing typically costs about 300-600€ per month.

Semester Dates:
Fall Semester: 1st week of September till 3rd week of December
Spring Semester:Last week of January till last week of May