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BC in Madrid: Carlos III English SAP
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BC applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
BC Program On-Site Staff: BC Coordinator
GPA Requirement: 3.0 Academic Term Availability: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Accommodation: Homestay, Student Residence Language of Instruction: English
Minimum Language Requirement: English Deadline: Early Deadline Program
Program Description:
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. 

The University

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.

MadridThe Program

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.

On-site Staff

Dr. Ana Peláez
On-site Coordinator - BC in Madrid 

Paloma Landecho
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 for details. 

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. 

Cultural Activities

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
  • Bullfighting
  • 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.

Travel Information

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.

Application Process

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.