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Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Field of Study: Aerospace Engineering, Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Film and New Media, Finance, Industrial Engineering, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Television
Housing Options: Apartment or Flat, Residence Hall Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: SDSU Exchange SDSU Office: 1-Study Abroad (ISC)
Program Description:
*Due to high demand at SDSU, students may only apply for a single semester at UC3M.*

To apply, students must be a major in one of the fields of study listed here in the Aztecs Abroad profile and plan to take the majority of classes (over 50% of credits) in that subject. This is not a program to mainly or entirely take Foundations/Explorations general Education courses taught in English.

100% taught in English: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Economics
50% taught in English: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Journalism/PR, Mechanical Engineering, Television, Film and New Media

Students with Advanced Spanish proficiency may take courses in other subjects at Carlos III taught in Spanish
University Profile
UC3M is a public university of excellence which stands out for its teaching, research, innovation and social commitment. Every year more than 2,000 students participate in its European and non-European mobility programs. As a result of its international focus and education, UC3M has a substantial number of international agreements with over 49 countries. 

The university consists of three schools: School of Social Science and LawSchool of Humanities and the School of Engineering which are situated on three different campuses in Getafe, Leganés y Colmenarejo.

Campus Getafe is located to the south of Madrid and contains two main 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, Wi-Fi throughout the campus, and a sports center with facilities for basketball, tennis, squash, beach-volleyball, a sauna, and more.
Location Summary
Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be around 6.5 million.

The capital has a rich historic, artistic and cultural heritage; it is home to some of the best art museums in the world. Additionally, the Madrid Community region includes historic municipalities such as Alcala de Henares, Aranjuez, or El Escorial, and it is very near the monumental cities of Segovia and Toledo..
Madrid also offers the possibilities of practicing a wide variety of sports, including winter sports, as there are several ski stations in the Madrid Community region.
Metro: http://www.metromadrid.es/en/index.html
Cercanias Train: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/madrid/index.html 
Bus: http://www.emtmadrid.es/ 
Academic Notes
To apply, SDSU students must be a major in one of the fields of study listed here in the Aztecs Abroad profile and plan to take the majority of classes (over 50% of credits) in that subject. This is not a program to mainly or entirely take Foundations/Explorations general Education courses taught in English.
100% taught in English: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Economics
50% taught in English: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Journalism/PR, Mechanical Engineering, Television, Film and New Media

Students with Advanced Spanish proficiency may take courses in other subjects at Carlos III taught in Spanish
Language Notes
  • Courses are taught in Spanish and English
  • Students who wish to pursue courses taught in Spanish must have completed two upper-division Spanish language courses (300+) prior to departure in order to qualify for the exchange program. 
  • All applicants must meet the language prerequisite by the end of the semester prior to departure.
  • A Language Proficiency Recommendation Report completed by your most current Language Instructor must be submitted in the Aztecs Abroad application to verify language ability.

Program Dates
SDSU students recommended to go either the entire academic year or spring term only due to the overlapping fall term

Fall Semester: early-September to late-January (early final exams may be possible, but confirmation only after registration upon arrival)

Spring Semesters: mid-January to early-July
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
Applicants should review the degrees available and determine if it appears to be a good academic fit. Look closely to see whether a course is generally taught during Fall (semester 1) or Spring (semester 2).

Business students should review the information on the CBA Study Abroad website concerning course articulation. CBA graduate students cannot participate in the UC3M exchange program.

2 ECTS (European credits) equal 1 SDSU unit, so SDSU students must enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS per semester, however students can take up to 30 ECTS.

Courses at UC3M are 6 ECTS credits each. The average course load at UC3M is 5 courses (30 ECTS). Each 6 credit course at UC3M equals 3 SDSU units. SDSU must enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS at UC3M.
Housing and Meals
Students may choose to live in residence hall on-campus or shared apartments off-campus. UC3M has three campuses in Madrid, but most students attend the Getefe campus, which has residence halls. Please note that on-campus housing is not guaranteed for international students and can be in high-demand. Housing options and prices can be found on the UC3M Accommodation webpage.

Living on-campus has both advantages and disadvantages, it is conveniently located close to campus and the cost of accommodation is cheaper than Madrid city center. However, choosing an apartment closer in to the city provides more access to cultural entertainment and activities. It takes approximately 25 minutes to arrive at Getafe (by 'Cercanías' train) from Madrid (Sol station).
Insurance Requirement
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate CSU foreign travel insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
Student Visa Requirement
All U.S. citizens studying in Spain are required to apply for a visa. Please see the Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles website for more information.  It is recommended students schedule an appointment at the Spanish Consulate even before receiving their official nomination in October or March depending on term.
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/20/2018 10/15/2018 01/18/2019 05/30/2019
NOTE: Start and End dates are estimates only. Final confirmation of start date (expected arrival) and end date (final exams) will be presented via the official acceptance letter from the host campus.