MIT Madrid students rowing a boat in Spain

If you are an MIT student in good academic standing, you can spend your fall or spring semester in Madrid

At a Glance

  • Study at the Universidad Carlos III Madrid, a top university in Madrid, with classes in English and Spanish.
  • Earn credit towards your major and beyond. 
  • Participate in an optional internship during the semester to complement your academic courses. 
  • Stay with a local family in Madrid. They will provide breakfast and dinner for you daily.

Application Deadlines

Priority deadline - May 31, 2018 for spring 2019 (email if you are interested for fall 2018)
Regular deadline - October 1, 2018 for spring 2019


Students pay tuition, housing and meals directly in Spain and are not billed MIT tuition or living costs for the term abroad.  MIT financial aid is portable.  

Below is an approximate and itemized cost of attendance: 

  • Tuition and Fees: $ 5,350  (4,600 euros)
  • Housing:  $4,705 (798 euros/month for 5 months + 55 euro registration fee)
  • Airfare: $1,100 
  • Books and Personal: $1,408
  • Meals: $1,255
  • Study Abroad Allowance: $1000 for additional expenses students might incur related to passport and visa fees and other incidentals. 

The fees include: 

  • Single-room housing in a Spanish home
  • Breakfast and dinner daily; laundry service
  • Tuition at UC3M
  • Academic tutoring (directed studies) at UC3M

Global Education typically encourages students to have closer to $3,000 for food ($20/day for lunch for 5 months) and extra spending for personal travel and entertainment. 

Financial Aid

You can use financial aid for your semester in Spain.  You should meet with your financial aid representative to discussusing your financial aid packet for the semester in Madrid.

Transfer Credit

  • Before going to Madrid, talk with your department’s transfer credit examiner and complete a study abroad worksheet (pdf).
  • No grades are transferred, only credit for courses passed (similar to Pass/No Record). 
  • View the list of courses here

Important Dates


Information session

Early May

Applications due for priority deadline

Early October 

Applications due for general deadline

Late October

Application to Spanish 


Final payment due

Mid January

Flight to Madrid

Application Forms

Complete our online application in Horizons. The early application deadline for spring semester 2019 is May 31, 2018.  If you're interested in studying abroad for fall semester 2018, please email to discuss your interest and possibility to still study in the fall term.  

Have a faculty member complete the online reference form (part of the Horizons application).

If you plan to take classes in Spanish: have a faculty member in Spanish evaluate your language ability (only for students who have not completed Spanish IV).

Visa Information

Make sure to read about how to get a student visa (pdf) for Spain and review the visa information provided by the Spanish Consulate of Boston.