Carlos III de Madrid

Madrid, Spain

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Carlos III de Madrid was founded in 1989 and is a public university under the jurisdiction of the Spanish government. The overall objective of Carlos III is to offer efficient, high quality public service. The University is divided into three areas: The Faculty of Social Sciences, The Faculty of Humanities, Documentation and Communication, and the Higher Technical School. With over 13,000 students, Carlos III is divided into 2 small campuses that are located just outside of Madrid.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City

The towns of Getafe and Leganés are located just south of Madrid, 6.2 miles from the city center. Both towns have a population of over 150,000, and all the necessary medical, shopping and recreational services. Travel to Madrid is easy using the extensive public transportation system. Students can purchase a metrobus ticket, which is valid for ten rides on either the bus or metro system, or a transport card (abono de transportes) that permits unlimited travel using any combination of public transport. This card covers the route between the center of Madrid and the Carlos III University area. The Guadarrama and Somosierra Mountains enhance the climate of Madrid, virtually guaranteeing pure air and clear skies during most of the year.

Student Life

Madrid is a very lively city and houses many libraries, universities, museums (check out El Prado), art galleries, theatres, cinemas and congress halls for cultural events. Historical monuments and attractions of the old area of Madrid are also of great interest, especially those that were built under Austrian and Bourbon rule. Students may enjoy Madrid's nightlife including shows, discotheques and cabarets. Outdoor enthusiasts can participate in a number of activities such as skiing and hiking on the nearby mountains.

Term Dates

Fall: late September - early February
Spring: Mid February - late June

Spring term or Academic Year encouraged


Many business courses are offered in English. Intermediate knowledge of Spanish, however, is expected.

Courses Available

Carlos III offers a variety of courses in English, including courses in the areas of Business Administration, Economics, Finance and Accounting.

You may also use our course equivalency database to see which courses have already been approved equivalent at Carlos III.

Other business courses may be submitted for UF equivalency. Please see an academic advisor for information pertaining to requesting additional equivalencies.

Grade Conversion
Carlos III points from Carlos III points to UF
7.5 10 A
7.0 7.4 B+
6.0 6.9 B
5.5 5.9 C+
5.0 5.4 C
0 4.9 E
Credit Conversion
Carlos III credits UF credits
2 ECTS credits 1 UF credit
(2 X .6 = 1.2)
3 ECTS credits 2 UF credit
(3 X .6 = 1.8)
4 ECTS credits 2 UF credits
(4 X .6 = 2.4)
4.5 ECTS credits 3 UF credits
(4.5 X .6 = 2.7)
5.5 ECTS credits 3 UF credits
(5.5 X .6 = 3.3)
6 ECTS credits 4 UF credits
(6 X .6 = 3.6)
6.5 ECTS credits 4 UF credits
(6.5 X .6 = 3.9)
7.5 ECTS credits 5 UF credits
(7.5 X .6 = 4.5)

ECTS X .6 = UF credit (rounded)

Credit conversion is on a course-by-course basis - NOT the sum of credits earned.

Credits may post with foreign credits and ECTS credits. UF credit conversion is based on ECTS credits.

Estimated Expenses
Rough Expense Comparison Semester at UF Semester at Carlos III
UF Tuition $3,085 $3,085
UFIC Admin. Fee --- $250
Health Insurance $730 $890
Airfare --- $1,600
Housing $2,620 $2,900
Internet/cable $455 Included
Food $2,065 $1,600
Books $540 $350
Transportation $270 $500
Visa --- $160
Total $9,765 $11,335


Students may apply for on-campus accommodation. Most students, however, find their own housing in Madrid. Housing costs range from $500 to $800 for a bedroom per month.


Travel Opportunities

Once in Madrid, there are several cities students may visit on day trips. They include Alcalá de Henares (the birth place of Miguel Cervantes, author of Don Quixote), Aranjuez (the principal point of interest is the 18th century Royal palace) and the town of Chinchón (which houses the Plaza Mayor, a picturesque square dominated by the local church). Particularly close to Madrid is San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Many of Spain's past monarchs are buried inside this sumptuously decorated monastery. Also, Segovia is located less than 60 miles north of Madrid, on the other side of the Sierra de Madrid. This city is best known for its magnificent Roman aqueduct.


To arrange an appointment with a Heavener Study Abroad Advisor, please call 273.0151 or visit 301 Heavener Hall.

Heavener School of Business
301 Heavener Hall, PO Box 117160
Gainesville, Florida, 32611-7160
Phone: 352-273-0165

You may also contact an International Programs Student Ambassador to learn more about study abroad from experienced peers.

Contacts Abroad

David Gil Pérez
International Services and Relations
Phone: 34 91 624 93 39
Fax: 34 91 624 86 52
Email (david.gil at

Iris Rico
Incoming Coordinator
Phone: 34 91 624 95 50
Email (irico at