Note: This program is restricted to students with no Spanish language experience up to Intermediate I. Students with Intermediate II or above are not allowed to apply.
La Universidad Carlos III (Carlos Tercero) was founded in 1989 and is one of Madrid’s newest public universities. Located just outside of the city, it boasts excellent facilities with a dynamic and young intellectual community made up of renowned professors. BC students may enroll in "Study Abroad Program" courses (SAP) for American students and may also enroll in regular university courses (Grados) to be selected from a range of disciplines. Both SAP courses and regular university courses will be taught in English.
This track is restricted to students with no Spanish language experience up to Intermediate I. Carlos III has robust English course offerings in business, economics, international relations and communications.
For students with Intermediate II or above, you are required to do the Spanish-language track
The BC on-site coordinator organizes an orientation program upon arrival in Madrid. The orientation includes tours of the city and universities and provides practical information about living in Madrid.
In addition to regular university course work, BC students are strongly encouraged to take the Spanish culture course taught in English by the BC on-site coordinator. The course integrates field trips with class work and is designed to improve language skills. Students can be assigned tutors to assist with discipline-specific university classes.
Dr. Ana Peláez
On-site Coordinator - BC in Madrid
Program Assistant and Housing Coordinator
Academics & Support
As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the academic policies page
Students are required to take a Spanish language skills class.
For course selection information, please refer to course catalog.
- Fall Term: Starts in last August and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in mid-January and ends in early June.
For more information on finances and scholarships, visit OIP’s website
Homestays and residence halls are the housing options available to students attending Carlos III. Students are required to fill out housing forms included in the BC application package. BC in Madrid is responsible for housing assignments for Carlos III students.
BC in Madrid will provide meals. Some residence halls will be closed over breaks.
Examples of previous BC-sponsored activities from past semesters include:
- Welcome dinner
- Workshop on how to make the most of Madrid
- National Archaeological Museum
- Two walking tours of Madrid
- Chocolate con churros and flea market
- Toledo, one-day trip
- Reina Sofia Museum
- Three-day trip to Cordoba and Granada
- La Caixa Museum
- Cooking lessons
- Thyssen Museum
- El Escorial, one-day trip
- Prado Museum
- Flamenco Show
- Workshop on re-entry to the US at the end of the semester
BC students may also participate in volunteer activities, student associations and clubs. Please contact the OIP Advisor for details.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. BC in Madrid Carlos III students will be met at the airport and picked up on the official arrival day, provided they supply the necessary travel information one month prior to departure to the BC on-site coordinator.
Please click on the Apply Now button on this page to submit an online application to OIP. For detailed information on the application process visit the OIP website
Please note that places on this program are limited and there is no waiting list. Due to the high volume of applications, candidates who are selected typically have a GPA higher than the minimum GPA listed on the program page. Students are encouraged to research a second program as a back-up option. Students interested in applying for this program are strongly encouraged to meet with the appropriate advisor to go over any questions. Many programs with limited spots are early deadline (December 15).
Students with disabilities are encouraged to speak with their OIP Advisors about any concerns or questions they may have about studying abroad.