Carlos III University of Madrid

Madrid, Spain

Funding type: Public
  • Madrid / Spain
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The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is a public university in Madrid, Spain. Its three campuses are located in the municipalities of Leganés, Colmenarejo and Getafe. It is a medium institution well-known for the quality of its teaching and academic research, its international orientation and its higher than average study workload. Its name refers to Charles III of Spain.

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid was founded in 1989 with the objective of providing an efficient, high quality public undergraduate and graduate education. The philosophy that has guided the university since its origins is one of creating responsible free-thinking people with a sensitivity to social problems and an involvement in the concept of progress based on freedom, justice and tolerance.


There are a total of 982 places available in our three residence halls: Fernando de los Ríos in Getafe, Fernando Abril Martorell in Leganés and Antonio Machado in Colmenarejo. They all aim to provide a true home away from home for students and faculty during their university stay. For this reason, as well as covering the basic needs of food and rest, the residence halls also offer cultural activities, forums and get-togethers which contribute to the personal development of the residents.

The university has two sports centres where with outdoor sports pitches, tennis and squash courts, indoor pool, fitness centre, saunas, beach-volleyball, climbing wall, bouldering, multi-purpose rooms. Every year the sports centres organise competitions for the universitys various sports teams as well as other events.

The university has laboratories and practical workshops in the School of Engineering. These laboratories have the innovative equipment and technology to enable students and researchers to carry out their practical trials and experiments as thoroughly as possible

A total of 48 computer rooms with 980 terminals distributed throughout the three campuses guarantee immediate access to computer equipment for students to carry out their academic studies. As well as Internet access, students have printing facilities

For the benefit of Audiovisual Communication and Journalism students, the University has television recording studios, post-production rooms and radio studios. Here students can gain hands-on experience of the working environment in media communications.

Language Activity and Resource Centres

This service allows students to improve their competence in English, French and German at their own time and pace. Schedules are flexible and adapt to the study time available. The Language Center also offers Spanish classes for international students who wish to improve their Castilian.

Student life

Studying in Madrid offers you a wide range of cultural, sports and leisure activities. In addition to getting a quality education at a prestigious university, Madrid is a welcoming city which makes it possible to turn your university stay into an unforgettable experience. It is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe and it holds a great attraction for students from all over the world. For all these reasons, 27% of the students admitted each year come from other Autonomous Regions and they choose our University.

The UC3M campuses, located in Getafe, Leganes and Colmenarejo, are very well connected to the city centre by public transport.

The capital has a rich historic, artistic and cultural heritage; it is home to some of the best art museums in the world. Additionally, the Madrid Community region includes historic municipalities such as Alcala de Henares, Aranjuez, or El Escorial, and it is very near the monumental cities of Segovia and Toledo.

Madrid also offers the possibilities of practicing a wide variety of sports, including winter sports as there are several ski stations in the Madrid Community region. Below you can find further information about the University, as well as the sports and leisure possibilities youll be able to enjoy both on and off campus.

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