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Carlos III University of Madrid

4.2 out of 5 (781 reviews) Madrid, Spain
The mission of Carlos III University of Madrid is to contribute to the improvement of society through teaching of the highest quality and cutting-edge research in line with stringent international guidelines. 

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (4)
Business & Management (3)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Humanities (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) was established by an Act of the Spanish Parliament on 5 May 1989, within the framework of the University Reform Act of 1983. From the outset it was intended to be a relatively small, innovative, public university, providing teaching of the highest quality and focused primarily on research. Our first Chancellor was Professor Gregorio Peces-Barba.


All UC3M courses are divided into three groups, (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees), with the following programmes:

  • 45 bachelor’s courses (17 in Social Sciences and Law, 1 in Humanities, 14 in Engineering, 2 in Guardia Civil University Centre) and 11 combined degree courses.
  • 77 official master's courses (24 in Law, 16 in Economics and Business, 10 in Humanities, Communication, Information and Social Sciences and 27 in Engineering and Basic Sciences) plus 31 private master courses.
  • 19 doctorate courses in the varying fields of investigative research ongoing at the university.

Rolling Admissions (early admissions process)

International students have the possibility of applying to Early Admissions from November of the previous year until May, without having to take Spain’s national June entry exams in Spanish. The UC3M accepts students who have completed their baccalaureate studies abroad and who have completed or are currently completing their studies with a GPA that matches the UC3M Degree’s admissions standards.


At present in UC3M, there are 129 recognized Research Groups dependent on the 28 academic departments making up the University. The fields covered are:

  • Engineering
  • Humanities, Documentation and Comunication
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Socials Sciences
  • Mathematics and Physics

University Ranking

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Student services

When you need information or help, do not hesitate to contact the International Office on your Campus.

Housing services

Our three Residence Halls have more than over a thousand places available: Fernando de los Ríosand Gregorio Peces Barba in Getafe, and Fernando Abril Martorell in Leganés. All of them want to provide a true home away from home for students and faculty during their university stay. For this reason, as well as covering the basic needs of food and rest, the residence halls also offer cultural activities, forums and meetings which will contribute to the personal development of the residents.

The latest one is the Gregorio Peces Barba Residence Hall, which opened on September 1st in 2013. It has 318 places in total, spread over 306 individual rooms and 12 apartments.

Library services

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid libraries offer  users a collection of over 500,000 books in print, 12,0000 e-books, 5,200 journals and reviews in print, and access to approximately 30,000 e-journals and more than 100 data bases. 

ICT services

A total of 48 computer rooms with 980 terminals distributed throughout the three campuses guarantee immediate access to computer equipment for students to carry out their academic studies. As well as Internet access, students have printing facilities.

Medical services

The Services provided at the Center for Occupational Health will be carried out by a doctor, a specialist in occupational medicine or diploma in medicine company and an ATS / DUE company belonging to Medycsa.

Health service activity includes monitoring the health of students, which aims to detect symptoms and early signs of damage from work, detect risk situations and propose preventive measures.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Getafe Campus - 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. 
  • Leganes Campus - Located in the town of Leganés, to the south of Madrid, this campus houses the School of Engineering.
  • Colmenarejo 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.
  • Madrid - Puerta de Toledo Campus - It accommodates the activities of the UC3M Center for Postgraduate Studies, especially those pertaining to University Master’s programs and professional training programs. 

Sports facilities

The UC3M has modern facilities for sports that include swimming pool, spa, paddle tennis, tennis, squash, bouldering, climbing wall, 7-a-side football and beach volleyball, indoor and fitness cycling and multipurpose rooms for the practice of different activities. Practicing sports at the University is very easy and convenient, since travel is avoided and, in addition, it brings undoubted benefits for health and it is even proven that it influences a better academic performance. Meet the sports centers of the campuses and the possibilities they offer.

Student clubs

The Carlos III University of Madrid hosts about seventy student associations with different themes and interests. All of them are a key to provide answers to the concerns, demands and interests that students have in their university stage, constituting an important dynamic element of university life within our campus pillar.

It is encouraging to see the work that our students do every day from associations, using their talents, enthusiasm and experience to the University Community. All these experiences contribute significantly to their comprehensive training way, and to acquire fundamental skills for their future, from an active and participatory perspective in university life.

Student Reviews

Carlos III University of Madrid
Good Experience!
rated 4 out of 5 stars
My experience in Madrid has been great so far! Spanish people are super nice and always down to help/guide you even if they speak no to little english!
Carlos III University of Madrid
Aerospace Engineering UC3M
rated 4 out of 5 stars
The university is not very big but has plenty of laboratories and encourages practices over full theoretical lessons. Teachers are young and dedicated. Facilities are new and encourage any kind of activities and sports too
Carlos III University of Madrid
Great universitary experience
rated 4 out of 5 stars
I was not very happy with the first and second year because the content studied was not very specific. But after that, the subjects where more interesting and much more related with energy. Also, the fact that it is in English is very useful if you want to go abroad in the future. I would recommend this degree without any doubt.