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Last updated April, 2023
All courses are instructed in Spanish. Students considering going to UCM will need to have excellent Spanish language ability.
Spanish Language Course
Universidad Complutense de Madrid offers Spanish language to international students, however these courses are not considered part of the Exchange Programme and will attract a fee.
- Academic year: October - June
- Fall semester: October - February
- Spring semester: February - June
Course Load and Minimum Unit Requirements
- Minimum Course Load: 60 credits (each credit = 10 teaching hours)
- Maximum Course Load: 60 credits (each credit = 10 teaching hours)
Accommodation and the Cost of Living
Estimated Cost of Living
Student Visa and Insurance
Information on Student Visas and Insurance for students going on exchange can be found elsewhere on this website.
The University, City and Region
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is a key university in Spain and has an extremely high reputation in Europe.
Universidad Complutense de Madrid has two campuses:
Moncloa, on the northwest edge of Madrid; and Somosaguas.
The setting is very pleasant with broad, attractive open spaces that separate classrooms and residence halls. Buses and two subway lines connect the campuses with downtown Madrid.
The City of Madrid and Region
Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located in the heart of the Iberian Peninsula 646 meters above sea level. Like other major European capitals, Madrid is a city of contrasts with centuries-old buildings and districts right alongside new ones in a bustling and fast-growing city.
Madrid is also an exceptionally lively capital, its busy night life with pubs, café-theatres and nightclubs have made it famous for many years.
Among Madrid's many offerings are a great range of monuments from many different periods (the Royal Palace, Descalzas Convent, Cibeles Square, the Post Office "Palace", etc). Madrid also has one of the finest collections of paintings in the world in a small area known as "The Art Triangle": Prado Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection and Reina Sofía Museum.
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