Madrid, Spain

Engineering + Society

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 13 – Dec 22, 2018 (19 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 – 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 – 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 22 – Jun 5, 2019 (19 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 – 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 13, 2018 – Jun 5, 2019 (42 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 – 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 3.0 Overall GPA

Overview

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Challenge yourself to take your engineering studies to the next level in Madrid! Whether your thing is aerospace or biomedical engineering, you’ll find rigorous courses in English and Spanish that expand your thinking with theory and case studies alike. Travel beyond Madrid to investigate engineering feats in other parts of Spain. Take a breath to discover Madrid’s many treasures, from the premier Prado museum to tapas at the lively San Miguel market. 

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

    3
  • minutes - longest you’ll walk to find green space

    15
  • residents

    3.2M

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 the major hub in southern Europe. Spain’s capitol 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

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Explore engineering feats like Roman road foundations and Arab water management in Segovia, Alcalá, Mérida, or Granada.
  • Visit some of the country’s top-ranking engineering companies, like Iberdrola, Repsol, FCC, and Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas SA.
  • Take a weekend trip to a city like Barcelona, Bilbao, or Sevilla to see regional differences in urban design, engineering, and traditional architecture.
  • Take walking and biking tours that include stops tourists often miss.
  • Absorb Spanish culture with a cooking class, a flamenco class with by dinner and a show; and visits to the Rastro open-air market, local festivals, and celebrations in and around the city.
  • Meet Spanish peers through the Spanish Student Network, a group of university students that accompany students for CIEE activities and events.
  • Take advantage of campus sports facilities and fitness programs.

PROJECTS

Volunteering. We’re ready to help you help kids, teens, and disabled people in Madrid, through schools, associations, and outreach programs.

Peer-to-peer language support. Practice your Spanish skills and make a new friend with our language exchange program.   

Tutors and study groups. Sign up for a UC3M faculty-led study group for one of your STEM courses. Gain a credit get the support you need to complete course work as needed. With CIEE supervision, students can also find a grad student or classmate to help them get the most of class. In general, tutors meet for one hour, once a week.

Internships. Got advanced Spanish skills? Engineering internships are competitive here, but we’ll help you make it happen.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestay. Students can live with Spanish hosts – a great way to absorb maximum language and culture. Hosts range from families to individuals, and they may welcome one or two students. Each student has a private bedroom and shared kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities.

    Shared apartments. Students can live with other CIEE students and a Spanish student with apartments that have single or double rooms. Utilities, cleaning, laundry facilities, and Internet access are included.

    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 Study Center. Year-long students Students can opt to live in independently-found apartments during second semester, provided they have Spanish-speaking roommates. Students are responsible for finding, leasing, and managing apartments, and need prior approval from CIEE.

  • MEALS

    Homestay: Hosts provided breakfast plus a hot meal a day. Students purchase the rest of their meals on or nearby campus. Apartments: Meals are not included. Students prepare meals in their apartments, or purchase affordable meals on or off campus.

Madrid, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    Madrid

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    UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID (UC3M)

    LEGANÉS. This campus houses the Engineering Department and is 30 to 40 minutes south of central Madrid via public transit. GETAFE. This 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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What you need to know

The program details

This program combines Spanish language and European and Spanish cultural studies with coursework in engineering, and includes opportunity for an independent internship in Madrid.

Direct enroll courses in aerospace, energy, or biomedical engineering are taught in English only. Other regular university courses in audiovisual, communication, computer, electrical, electronic, industrial, materials, mechanical, telecommunication, and telematics engineering are taught in either English or Spanish.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). Established in 1989, UC3M 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.

CIEE students can take classes in three schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Law, and Engineering. Engineering classes are held on the Leganés campus, 30 to 40 minutes south of downtown Madrid via efficient, modern public transit.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Spanish language classes include CIEE and other American students. Depending on language level, the Spain/Europe culture elective may only be open to CIEE students. Direct enroll UC3M classes are taken in English or Spanish, depending on student language level – all of these classes are open to Spanish and other international students. Engineering School courses 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 instruct with a co-teacher who alternates teaching lectures with performing lab research. Most courses also incorporate online coursework.

  • GRADING

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

  • 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. Intern students meet regularly with the course coordinator and other CIEE students, in addition to time on the practicum site. CIEE Students enrolled in fall UC3M courses in the Engineering Department can arrange to take early exams in December. Early departure is not allowed in spring.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/21-22.5 quarter hours
  • Total credit, year: 30-36 semester/42-51 quarter hours

Students need 15 semester credits, and take the following courses:

  • 1 intensive Spanish language course at the start of the semester (optional for Spring 19)
  • 1 elective course with a focus on Spain or Europe offered by CIEE or UC3M
  • 2-3 additional courses, which can include the CIEE Spanish language Internship (additional materials will be required) and/or UC3M direct enrollment engineering or science courses on the Leganés campus

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.

Spring 2018

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​REQUIRED SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES

Students are required to enroll in one of the following intensive Spanish language courses at the start of their first semester of participation in the program. Students who place at the near native speaker level, or prove they are Spanish heritage students with a bilingual level can be exempted from this requirement with home school permission.

  • SPAN 1501 MADR: Intensive Spanish - Beginning I
  • SPAN 2501 MADR: Intensive Spanish – Intermediate I
  • SPAN 3501 MADR: Intensive Spanish - Advanced

CIEE ELECTIVES

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID ENGINEERING AND RELATED COURSES

ENGINEERING
English-only degrees
Offered in English:

Aerospace Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Audiovisual System Engineering
Automation and Industrial Electronics Engineering
Communication System Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical Power Engineering
Industrial Technologies
Mechanical Engineering
Telecommunications Technology
Telematics Engineering

UC3M SPANISH OR EUROPEAN CULTURE, POLITICS, OR SOCIETY COURSES
Offered in English

Art History I
Art History II
Classics
Contemporary History of Spain
Economic Progress in Spain, 1850-2000
Film Narrative
Gender and Policies of Equality
History of Cinema
History of Spain
Information and Conflict: The Media and Violence I
Journalism and Social Change in Spain
Media Landscape
Political Philosophy
Social Theory
Spanish Politics II
The Process of European Economic Integration

Fall 2018

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​REQUIRED SPANISH LANGUAGE COURSES

Students are required to enroll in one of the following intensive Spanish language courses at the start of their first semester of participation in the program. Students who place at the near-native speaker level, or prove they are Spanish heritage students with a bilingual level can be exempted from this requirement with home school permission.

  • SPAN 1501 MADR: Intensive Spanish - Beginning I
  • SPAN 2501 MADR: Intensive Spanish – Intermediate I
  • SPAN 3501 MADR: Intensive Spanish - Advanced

CIEE ELECTIVES

  • INSH 3003 MADR: Internship (in Spanish)

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE COURSES

Offered in English

Aerospace Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Audiovisual System Engineering
Automation and Industrial Electronics Engineering
Communication System Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering
Electrical Power Engineering
Industrial Technologies
Mechanical Engineering
Telecommunications Technology
Telematics Engineering

UC3M SPANISH OR EUROPEAN CULTURE, POLITICS, OR SOCIETY COURSES

Offered in English

Art History I
Art History II
Classics
Contemporary History of Spain
Economic Progress in Spain, 1850-2000
Film Narrative
Gender and Policies of Equality
History of Cinema
History of Spain
Information and Conflict: The Media and Violence I
Journalism and Social Change in Spain
Media Landscape
Political Philosophy
Social Theory
Spain in Progress: Contemporary Spanish Society
Spanish Art Masters in Madrid Museums
Spanish Politics II
The Process of European Economic Integration

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Two-day orientation – an introduction to Spanish culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

Program

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Start Date

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 19 weeks Aug 13, 2018 Dec 22, 2018
$17,850
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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 = $12,708 **

Housing = $4,675 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $17,850

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 = $2,000

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $600

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,800

Total Estimated Costs = $7,510

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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

Spring 2019 19 weeks Jan 22, 2019 Jun 5, 2019
$18,450
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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 = $13,308 **

Housing = $4,675 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,450

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 = $2,000

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $600

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,800

Total Estimated Costs = $7,510

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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

Academic year 2018-2019 42 weeks Aug 13, 2018 Jun 5, 2019
$34,485
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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 = $24,668 **

Housing = $9,350 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $34,485

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 = $3,000

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $1,200

Books & Supplies = $600

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $5,600

Expenses during break = $900 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $13,110

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 to study on CIEE programs through a 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

†† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

Fall 2019 42 weeks Apr 1, 2019 TBD* 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, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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