Carlos III University of Madrid
Carlos III University of Madrid

About the Program

Study at a university ranked third as a business institution. C3M offers a large academic stimulus when it comes to business majors and would be a great place for you to study.

You’ll go between 2 campuses located between the towns Getafe and Leganés, both of which are just south of Madrid city center. Extensive public transportation makes travel easy and accessible. Students can hop on a bus or train and explore the countless city attractions and nightlife.

For outdoor enthusiasts, you’ll have free reign from skiing to hiking on the nearby mountains.

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Dates and Deadlines


Minimum GPA of 3.0


Best Suited

In English

Economics Finance
Management Political Science

Other Subjects

In English

International Affairs  

In Spanish

All subjects can be taken in Spanish. Students wishing to enroll in a course must have complete 5 semesters of college level Spanish.

Course Load

4 classes

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: September to mid-January

Spring semester: late January to early June

Fall 2024:

  • Welcome Events: September 2 – 6
  • Classes Start: September 9
  • End of Classes: December 13
  • Exam period: December 16 – 20 (UMaine exchange students can request from their UC3M professors to take their final exams before the winter break.)

Spring 2025:

  • Classes Start: January 27
  • End of classes: May 13
  • Exam period: May 15 – June 3

For more information, visit Academic Calendar.


Estimated budget for a semester at Carlos III University of Madrid.


Carlos III University has paired up with Sociedad Público de Alquiler to supply and help the university community members to find accommodations. Living options include student dorms, halls of residence, apartment rentals and a homestay program.

Students attending for a full year may apply for on-campus accommodation. Semester only spots in on-campus housing is rare. Most students find their own housing in Madrid, either in apartments or in a homestay. There are helpful links provided by UC3M that can be found on their Housing Assistance website.

Grading Scale


UC3M Points UMaine Grade
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 F

Full-Time Enrollment

UMaine students must be registered for at least 24 ECTS credits each semester. Students are not encouraged to register for more than 30 ECTS credits each semester.


Students enroll in regular university courses. Exchange students may select from any of the courses offered in English each semester. Students who possess Spanish language ability are also eligible to complete the 8-10 additional courses offered solely in Spanish during any given term. The average course load at UC3M  is 5 courses (30 ECTS). Exchange students must register for 24 – 30ECTS credits (12 – 15 UMaine credits) to maintain full-time academic load while abroad. UMaine exchange students can request from their UC3M professors to take their final exams before the winter break and then return home in time for their spring semester.

Transfer Credits:

6 ECTS credits = 3 UMaine credits