Madrid, Spain

Engineering + Society

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Information for term Engineering + Society

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

May 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 30 – Dec 23, 2021 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 – 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Extended Deadline

May 1, 2021

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2021
  • Credit: 15 – 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA


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Combine Spanish language and cultural studies with engineering coursework at CIEE’s prestigious partner school, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). Students can also gain insight into Spanish business culture and get real-world work experience with a for-credit internship. Choose from coursework in Arts and Humanities, Business and Law, and Engineering in English or Spanish. Courses in aerospace, energy, or biomedical engineering are taught in English only. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Biomedical Engineering

Watch this video to see what it’s like to study biomedical engineering at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (English begins at one minute. Video is the property of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.)

Unique Experiences

  • Study at a university

    known for strong programs in telematics, electrical, industrial, telecommunications technologies, telecommunication systems, and computer engineering.

  • See how scientists

    apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills at Spanish companies.

  • Build collaborative skills

    and work experience with a business or engineering internship.

  • world-class art museums within steps of each other

  • minutes - longest you’ll walk to find green space

  • residents


Location & Culture

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Madrid’s influence in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and arts make it an important international metropolis, and a major hub in Southern Europe. Spain’s capital city is also its largest, with a historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, and world-renowned art museums. A huge variety of tapas bars, dance shows, concerts, outdoor parks, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema make it a lively place to live and learn.

The Culture


  • Get to know Spanish students with conversation exchanges or the host university Spanish buddy program.
  • Explore beyond Madrid with day trips to the medieval city of Toledo, the Monastery of El Escorial, or other UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Alcalá de Henares.
  • Soak up Spanish culture with museum visits, dance classes, urban art and graffiti tours, and neighborhood visits in Lavapiés, Malasaña or La Latina.
  • Savor down-time with Spanish students while you rock climb, play basketball, hike, kayak, swim, or catch a theater, dance, or music performance.


Volunteering: Give back and create a deeper connection to Madrid. Students have opportunities to volunteer at local organizations, youth centers, schools, and more. If the local health and safety regulations permit, in-person volunteering will be offered.
Peer-to-peer language support: Practice your Spanish skills and make a new friend with local language exchange programs.   
Tutors and study groups: Sign up for a UC3M faculty-led study group for one of your STEM courses. Get the support you need to complete coursework successfully. These tutorials meet for one hour, once a week, throughout the semester
Internships: Do you have advanced Spanish language skills? STEM internships are competitive here, but we’ll help you make it happen.

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Daily Life

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    As long as the local health and safety regulations permit, students could stay in: 

    Homestay: Living with a Madrid host is a great way to absorb the language and culture. Hosts range from families to individuals, and they may welcome one or two CIEE students. Each student has a private bedroom and shared kitchen, bathroom, WiFi access and laundry facilities.
    Shared apartments. Students can live with other CIEE students in apartments and be part of a local community of Spanish neighbors. Depending on room size and availability, students will be placed in single or double rooms. Specific municipal noise curfews are in place.  Utilities, cleaning, laundry facilities, and internet access are included. Meals are not included.
    Residence Halls: These modern-style, WiFi enabled dormitories typically house students in single or double bedrooms and do not have kitchen access. Residence halls are close to supermarkets, restaurants, public transport and have independent dining halls and laundry facilities. Meals, kitchen access and laundry are not included in the program fee.
    Commuting: Host homes and housing are all in central Madrid with a 40- to 60-minute commute to campus, and a shorter commute to the CIEE Global Institute. Year-long students can opt to live in independently found apartments during their second semester, provided they have Spanish-speaking roommates. Students are responsible for finding, leasing, and managing apartments, and need prior approval from CIEE and their university.

    Housing decisions are at the sole discretion of CIEE. If we can’t accommodate your first housing preference, we’ll let you know before you arrive.


    Homestay: Hosts provide breakfast plus one hot meal a day. Students purchase the rest of their meals on nearby campus. 
    Apartments: Meals are not included. Students prepare meals in their shared kitchen apartments or purchase affordable meals on or off campus.
    Residence Halls: Residence halls are close to supermarkets, restaurants, public transport and are near the city center. Meals are not included. Students have the option to purchase dining hall meal plans on their own if offered by the residence hall management.

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Where You'll Study

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    Global Institute


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    LEGANÉS. This campus houses the Engineering Department and is 30 to 40 minutes south of central Madrid via public transit. The GETAFE GETAFE. Campus is a 45-minute commute from central Madrid.

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    Getting Around

    Students walk or use public transportation.


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The Engineering and Society program is designed for engineering students who want to learn Spanish and gain insight into Spanish and European culture while immersing themselves in Spanish university life. Choose from CIEE elective courses and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) courses in audiovisual, communication, computer, electrical, electronic, industrial, material, mechanical, telecommunication, and telematics engineering. Engineering courses follow lecture format for the first four to six weeks then switch to lab work or smaller group sessions. CIEE students may also take Education Abroad courses, which focus on Spanish language and culture. Students can choose to take Study Abroad Program (SAP) courses in English, and/or Curso de Estudios Hispánicos (CEH) courses in Spanish.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) was established in 1989 and is recognized as Spain’s most prestigious institution of higher education. It follows a U.S. academic calendar and has one of the highest percentages of full-time and tenured female faculty in Spain. Students take engineering classes on the Leganés campus. Students can also take classes at the main campus, Getafe, which offers a wide variety of disciplines, from business courses to sociology, economics, communiations, political science and law. Both the Leganés and Getafe campuses are 30-40 minutes outside of downtown Madrid via efficient and modern public transit.

CIEE courses are offered at the CIEE Global Institute – Madrid, which is located near the Puerta del Sol – a well-known public square in the center of the city.



Language Prerequisites

There are no specific language requirements for this program.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Program Requirements

Students must enroll in a minimum of 4 courses.

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours
  • UC3M courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • CEH and SAP courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 45 contact hours

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Engineering courses are academically challenging and involve daily reading and homework assignments. Attendance at lectures is required. Classes range in size from 25 to 80 students, and classrooms are modern and comfortable. Coursework and exams are to be completed as assigned, on schedule. Interns meet regularly with the course coordinator and other CIEE students, in addition to time on the practicum site. UC3M courses run from early September until early December in fall, and from late January to late April or May in spring. CIEE students enrolled in UC3M courses in the fall can arrange to take early exams in December. Early departure is not allowed in spring.

Class Format

UC3M classes are taken in English or Spanish, depending on student language level – regular university classes are open to Spanish and other international students. Engineering School courses are taught in English and follow lecture format for the first four to six weeks, and then switch to lab work or smaller group sessions. It’s common for a course coordinator to instruct with a co-teacher who alternates teaching lectures with performing lab research. Most courses also incorporate online coursework.


Students are graded on class participation, class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and/or oral presentations. Professors give numeric grades based on a 10-point scale, which are converted to U.S. letter grades.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English and/or Spanish

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.


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Course Information

  • Spanish-taught courses are available to heritage or advanced-level speakers only. Interested students are subject to a proficiency assessment.
  • Internships are only available in Spanish to eligible students.


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Please visit the university website for more information.

Offered in English

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics and Computing
  • Audiovisual System Engineering
  • Automation and Industrial Electronics Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communication System Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Data Science and Engineering
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Industrial Electronics and Automation Engineering
  • Industrial Technologies Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Telecommunications Technology Engineering
  • Telematics Engineering

Offered in English and Spanish.

  • Art History
  • Business Administration
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Employment and Labor Relations
  • Film, Television, and Media
  • Finance and Accounting
  • History and Politics
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management and Technology
  • Management of Information and Digital Contents
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Statistics and Business
  • Tourism

CEH & SAP COURSES (Getafe Campus)
Curso de Estudios Hispánicos (CEH) and Study Abroad Program (SAP) courses are available to American university students and offered by UC3M Education Abroad. Courses are taken with other American / international students and focus on Spanish language and culture. Unlike traditional UC3M courses, neither CEH or SAP courses involve coursework with Spaniards.

The following lists are samplings of courses that may be available. Not all courses are offered each semester. The final list of courses will be available upon arrival in Madrid.

Offered in English. More information can be found on the university’s SAP website.

  • Cervantes and His World: Exemplary Novels
  • ​Cultural Studies:  Spanish Culture/s from 1940 to the Present
  • Gender Perspectives in Contemporary European and Spanish Literature
  • Latin American in a Post- Colonial Perspective, and its Relationship with Spain
  • Spain and the European Union: Political and Economic Issues
  • Spain in Progress: Spanish Society Today
  • Spanish Art Masters in Madrid Museums
  • Spanish Language: Basic Level I
  • Spanish Language: Basic Level II
  • The Sociology of Migrations: The Context of Spain and the European Union


Offered in Spanish. More information can be found on the university’s CEH website.

  • Cine Español
  • Economía Española y Europea
  • El Terrorismo y Sus Víctimas: Un Desafío Global Desde 11-S
  • Energías Renovables en España
  • Español Coloquial
  • Español para Hispanounidenses
  • Estudios Culturales
  • Historia de España
  • Historia del Arte Español
  • Historia del Presente: España de Hoy
  • Instituciones Españolas y Europeas
  • La España Literaria de Cervantes (Siglos XVI – XVII)
  • La Mujer en la Ciencia y la Tecnología
  • Literatura Española (siglos XIX y XX)
  • Literatura Hispanoamericana (siglo XX)
  • Religión y Sociedad en España
  • Sociología del Sistema Educativo Español
  • Teoría y Práctica del Cuento en Español

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple Global Institutes and CIEE Centers.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


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Start Date

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2021 16 weeks May 1, 2021 Aug 30, 2021 Dec 23, 2021
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $13,808 **

Housing = $4,675 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,750

International Airfare = $1,250

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500 †††

Personal expenses = $2,800

Other = $100 ††††

Total Estimated Costs = $8,260

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required by their US home institution to study abroad via CIEE's School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay option includes daily breakfast and dinner

round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†† Students staying a full semester in Madrid require a visa

††† If no consulate in your home area

†††† Covid test fees for entry to the US

Spring 2022 19 weeks Oct 1, 2021 Jan 24, 2022* Jun 4, 2022*
Academic year 2021-2022 19 weeks May 1, 2021 Aug 30, 2021 TBD

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

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What's Included

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What's Included

Pre-departure Advising
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
On-site Staff
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Travel Protection
CIEE iNext and a local liability insurance
24/7 emergency on-site support

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