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 “Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos” (CEH) for American students and may also enroll in regular university courses (Grados) to be selected from a range of disciplines. Carlos III is good for students looking to take classes in business, economics, communications, political science, international studies, sociology, gender studies and math.
The BC resident director 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. Universities conduct proficiency exams at this time for appropriate placement in their respective university classes.
In addition to regular university course work, BC students are strongly encouraged to take the Spanish culture course taught by the BC resident director. 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.
For students with Intermediate II or above, you are required to do the Spanish-language track. Students can take up to two courses in English, the rest will be in Spanish. All students with Intermediate I or below are eligible for the English Language Track.
**English Language Track at Carlos III
Dr. Ana Peláez
BC Resident Director - 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 OIP website
for details. All students are required to take a Spanish skills class unless they have native fluency.
For course selection information, please refer to the course catalog
- Fall Term: Starts in last August and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in mid-January and ends in early June.
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
- Two walking tours of Madrid
- Chocolate con churros and flea market
- Toledo, one-day trip
- Reina Sofia Museum
- Two-day trip to Málaga
- 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
- Hands on Art - Workshop on artistic expression
- Madrid graffiti tour
BC students may also participate in volunteer activities, student associations and clubs. Please contact the program manager 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 resident director.
For local transportation, BC students will be provided with a transportation pass that will cover their local travel during their semester in Madrid.