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Education Abroad Office

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Area: International Business Exchange
Location: Madrid
Country: Spain
Term: Spring

UofSC's International Business exchange program at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid (UC3M) is designed to expose American students to Spanish life and culture and international business practices. The UC3M Department of Business Administration is consistently ranked first in Business administration Studies in Spain and ranks among the 200 best Business Departments worldwide according to Eduniversal Ranking. The IBUS Global Exchange Program with UC3M is  located at the Getafe campus. Getafe is a city just south of the Madrid metropolitan area, pproximately 40 minutes by subway to downtown Madrid. 

Category: 1, open to Spanish-track only students, at any level of Spanish

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: junior standing; International Business major

Students pay in-state tuition and fees to USC and housing and living expenses in Madrid. Students should expect to spend approximately 700-800€ per month on living expenses, outside of housing.

Students at UC3M may take up to 30 ECTS credit hours, or the equivalent of 15 USC credits. All undergraduate courses are open to exchange students, although course registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Courses are offered in both English and Spanish. Students can see courses offered during the spring semester, taught in English: courses offered in fall will NOT be offered in spring. Students will request courses prior to arrival and should pay close attention to the registration process.

**It is recommended that students choose courses from one Bachelor program, and within one year of that program to avoid classes overlapping. Students may choose their own courses; however, students are not admitted to courses until after a positive assessment of their academic profile.

Language training is available through UC3M's University Language Center. Students can take an
intensive course prior to the start of the semester or throughout the semester. These courses are not part of the regular university academic offer and do cost additional fees. 

To see courses UofSC students have taken at this university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

During January and February, ESN (Erasmus Student Network) organizes a wide range of welcome activities, such as trips, guided visits, parties, sports activities.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. 

Most international students search for housing near the center of Madrid or near the university. The cost of accommodation is generally more expensive in the center of Madrid compare to near campus. UC3M partners with a number of housing agencies that can help you find accommodation suitable for your needs, and they provide resources if you would like to arrange a homestay.

The spring semester takes place from late January to late May/early June.

There is a mandatory Welcome Event at the start of each semester for new international exchange students. Students receive information about administrative procedures, UC3M facilities and services, and also have the opportunity to meet other international exchange students. 

Students who attend UC3M for a semester or academic year are required to obtain a Spanish visa. Students must appear in person at the Spanish consulate or embassy. The Spanish consulate in Miami, FL is the closest consulate to South Carolina. Planning ahead is vital. Out-of-state students may go through their home residence jurisdiction. 


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