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Education Abroad Office

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Area: Global Exchange
Location: Madrid
Country: Spain
Term: Spring, Fall, Academic Year

UofSC's exchange program at UAM is designed to expose students to the life and culture of the Spanish people and provide them with opportunities to take classes in a Spanish university setting. This program is located in the northern outskirts of Madrid, Spain's capital city. Students will enjoy a very vibrant nightlife, great shopping, fantastic tapas and sidewalk cafes, as well as numerous cultural and historical attractions. Exchange students participating in this program will also be able to enjoy Spain's many festivals, beautiful parks and gardens, and museums and art galleries that are arguably among the finest in the world

Cost: UofSC resident tuition rates + in-country costs

Requirements: minimum 3.0 GPA, 1 or more 300-level Spanish course or equivalent capability

The cost of living in Madrid is higher than South Carolina. Costs for housing will be approximately 500-600 euros per month or higher. Students should budget accordingly to their spending habits, considering other meals, transportation, and other excursions. Students pay in-state tuition and fees to UofSC and do not need to pay tuition to UAM.

Students typically enroll in four classes and earn 12 US credits (24 ECTS) each semester. A list of courses can be found here. Other higher level courses can be taken, but are only available in Spanish. UAM also offers a Spanish Course for Foreigners for non-native speakers. If students would like to take courses from different Faculties, at least 51% of the courses selected must belong to one Faculty (e.g. three courses from three different Schools are not accepted, in this case, 2 courses must belong to one School, and the 3rd course can be taken from a different School). International students are NOT permitted to take first-year level courses.

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

While the exchange program does not provide for organized excursions, there are many student organizations that students can get involved with and which may include travel in their activities. Students will also have the opportunity for individual travel. Students have the opportunity to participate in conversation partner and sports programs with local students.

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

UAM offers both on-campus and off-campus housing and you can find more information about those options on UAM's website. Students who wish to live in the city center are responsible for arranging their own independent accommodation. The UAM International Office collaborates with Spanish accommodation agencies to help students facilitate the search for housing.

The school year starts in September and ends in June. The course schedules are available in Horarios Académicos. In addition, professors have tutorial schedules. Most of the courses have several groups, with different professors and each one with a different schedule. It is very important to pay attention to the code of the course.

Mandatory orientation for all international students will take place upon arrival to UAM.

Students who attend UAM 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. Please contact the Education Abroad Office for information on the Spanish visa process.

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