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TCU-In Madrid

COVID-19 Travel Requirements

At this time, TCU will not require students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to study abroad, to participate in an international program, or to participate in a domestic program away from the TCU campus unless proof of vaccine:

  • is required by the national or local authorities in the program location,
  • is required by the contracted program or logistical coordinator or the local program partner, or
  • is required by third parties to access or participate in required program facilities or activities.

The COVID-19 vaccine is the single most important action travelers can take to protect themselves and protect the host community. TCU strongly advises all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to traveling. ​The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns U.S. citizens to not travel until fully vaccinated.

For more information, see our COVID-19 Travel Requirements page and the specific requirement for TCU-in Madrid students below.

TCU-In Madrid is an extraordinary opportunity to attend a preeminent public university in Spain, while living in the city center of this vibrant international city.

The cost of living makes this an affordable European destination. Students attend classes at Universidad Carlos III, featuring Spanish language, business, economics, journalism, film studies, and political science. Students and faculty come from all over the world, making this a truly global educational opportunity. Students commute from the city center to the university by train, a journey of approximately 45-50 minutes.

COVID-19 vaccine not required at this time.

Currently, local COVID-related regulations and host country providers do not require full vaccination for participation in this program or to access facilities essential to the academic mission. Unvaccinated students may be subject to pre-departure COVID-testing.

Host country and provider requirements regarding COVID-19 are extremely fluid. All TCU study abroad students will be expected to fully comply with vaccine requirements of the host country or host country provider.

  • TCU cannot guarantee academic continuity should vaccine requirements change, thus preventing unvaccinated students from accessing educational spaces, residential facilities or services of the host university.
  • Published cancellation fees will apply.

Please carefully consider how potential changes to vaccine requirements might impact your decision to study abroad.


(updated 9/10/2021)

Students select one Spanish class at the appropriate level and four additional courses for a total of 15 TCU credits or 30 ECTS credits (TCU uses the conversion of 2 ECTS = 1 TCU credit). Most classes are worth 6 ECTS credits (3 TCU credits). Students receive TCU credit that applies towards the TCU GPA.

  • Step 1: Students select the appropriate language track for their required Spanish class. (A language test will be administered to verify levels) The following courses are designed exclusively for study abroad students.
  • Step 2: The following are UC3M’s undergraduate courses and are academically rigorous. If students are requesting courses from this catalog for major/minor/core, they should consider selecting no more than 3.
    • Grado Courses include advanced courses across a variety of disciplines taught in English or Spanish.
      • Browse by selecting a major, referred to as a “Bachelor’s Degree,”
      • Then select “Program” from the menu,
      • Refer to Semester 1 for Fall and Semester 2 for Spring,
      • Flags indicate language of instruction (English, Spanish, or both)

Two months before the beginning of each semester, UC3M publishes an updated schedule of classes for CEH and SAP offerings.

Finals will not be moved, so plan to leave Madrid at the published end-date for your semester. If you finish early, you may rebook your flight home.

Students should have a minimum of 10 – 12 courses approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form. Be sure to check pre-requisites and language of instruction. Please include the UC3M course number and title on the Credit Approval Form.

For more information about how credits work, see our Study Abroad Basics page.

Group advising available to explain course options and the credit approval process

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Mercado de San Miguel

Homestays are suspended for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022.

Students are required to live in housing provided through TCU and may request one TCU roommate. A single bedroom may be requested for an additional cost, but is not guaranteed. Housing options may include students from other universities supervised by ACCENT Madrid. There are two options for housing in Madrid: residence halls or homestays.

Students electing the residence hall option will share a furnished double room with an ensuite bathroom and a kitchenette. Students will have a meal plan through the residence hall cafeteria for at least two meals a day, seven days a week. The residence hall offers a fitness center, study rooms, common/game rooms, onsite washers and dryers, and 24-hour security, and is located in a student-friendly neighborhood, Moncloa, within close walking distance of the Guzmán El Bueno metro stop. Their commute to UC3M will be approximately 45-50 minutes.

Electing a homestay allows students to live with a local family, integrating into Spanish life and culture. Homestays are primarily in downtown Madrid and include daily breakfast and dinner. Two students from TCU or other ACCENT programs are placed together according to a homestay questionnaire. Their commute to UC3M will be approximately 30-35 minutes.

Any damages to housing will be posted to the student’s TCU account after they return.

Semester Costs for 2021-2022

  1. Madrid Program Fee: Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 – $8700, collected as:
    $500 Non-Refundable First Payment, to confirm your spot in the program after admission
    $8200 Remaining Balance/ Final Payment, billed to your TCU Student Account before the semester begins.
    This includes:
    — Housing
    — At least 2 meals a day
    — Local transportation card
    — One-day and three-day excursions in Spain, plus flamenco performance, cooking class and bullfight conference and corrida.
    — TCU start-up and mid-term activities
  2. TCU Tuition: $25,785
  3. Spanish Health Insurance: estimated at $160 and billed to student account
    — Actual cost will reflect invoiced amount by insurance company.
  4. Estimated Additional Expenses: For other outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets are highly variable. This may include:
    — Airfare: $1,400
    — Spanish Visa Fees: TBD
    — Books: $200
    — Class Excursions: $300
    — Personal Expenses: $1,000
    — Travel Expenses: Highly variable

Withdrawal Penalties:
Financial penalties are assessed on a sliding scale, based on withdrawal date.

Deposit: Non-Refundable
Percent of Spanish Health Insurance
0-29 days prior to start of program 100%
Percent of Program Fee
70-90 days prior to start of program 25%
50-69 days prior to start of program 50%
15-49 days prior to start of program 75%
0-14 days prior to start of program 100%

  • To withdraw from a program, you must notify the Center for International Studies ( in writing. Study abroad scholarships and aid will be rescinded and cannot be used towards penalty amounts.
  • In the case that TCU must cancel the program, the program fee (including deposit) and tuition will be fully refunded. Study abroad scholarships and aid will be rescinded.
  • Financial penalties will be billed to your student account.
  • TCU Tuition refunds are subject to TCU policies :(See TCU Undergraduate Catalog:, Bachelor’s Degree, Definitions and Regulations.)


Visit the Scholarships & Aid page to learn about study abroad scholarships, through TCU and other organizations. In particular, TCU-In Madrid applicants should look at the:

  • TCU Center for International Studies Scholarship

Semester Event Date
Fall 2021 Program Start August 30
Fall 2021 On-Site Orientation Aug 31 - Sept 3
Fall 2021 Classes Begin September 6
Fall 2021 Final Exams December 13 - 22
Fall 2021 Program Ends December 23
Spring 2022 Program Start January 17
Spring 2022 On-Site Orientation January 18 - 28
Spring 2022 Classes Begin January 31
Spring 2022 Midterm Break April 11 - 18
Spring 2022 CEH and SAP Exams May 16 - 19
Spring 2022 Grado Exams May 18 - June 3
Spring 2022 Program Ends June 4

Fall 2021 Applications will open in late February

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.8 GPA; petitions may be considered
  • At least two semesters at TCU by the start of the program
  • No prior Spanish language required
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • A valid passport (valid for at least 6 months after the program ends) by the application deadline to allow enough time to obtain a Spanish visa

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Programs
    • Priority Deadline: April 1
    • Regular Deadline: April 15
  • Spring Programs
    • Priority Deadline: September 15
    • Regular Deadline: October 1

Application Steps

If applications exceed enrollment maximums, a lottery system will determine admission. Consideration will be given to those majoring/minoring in Spanish.

  1. Complete the Global TCU Study Abroad Forms (already started an application? Login here to finish it).
  2. Submit your completed Credit Approval Form and two official 2×2 passport-sized photos (obtained at Walgreens, CVS, etc.) to Reed 214.

Study Abroad programs often include field components that require the ability to perform tasks beyond what is expected in a typical classroom. Many programs require extensive walking and/or the ability to stand for extended periods of time; the ability to independently use public transportations; and/or sleeping in shared quarters. Program and housing facilities may lack central heat and air-conditioning, elevators, and other conveniences. Unless prior accommodations have been made through TCU Student Disabilities Services, students must be able to transport and manage own luggage through airports and public transportation centers.

Managing your health and safety is an important component in having a positive experience abroad. TCU provides you with a number of resources to assist you:

  1. Prior to departure, you will need to attend the mandatory orientation which covers specific health, safety, logistical, and cultural information.
  2. Upon arrival, you will have an in-depth on-site orientation to reiterate health, safety, logistical, and cultural information.
  3. TCU provides you membership to On Call International, a premier Global Assistance program. You can call On Call for any kind of travel, health, safety, or emergency issues, including:
    • help replacing a lost passport
    • help translating and interpreting
    • help with lost luggage, along with reimbursement for items needed while luggage is lost
    • assistance finding general and specialty health care
    • assistance with emergency refills of prescription
    • health insurance for your time abroad.

For more information, please see Health, Safety & Emergencies

Spanish Visas

Spain requires a visa for all TCU-In Madrid students. The Spanish Consulate prefers that TCU act on behalf of students applying for visas. You will be given visa paperwork to submit to TCU.

Do not plan to travel outside the U.S. during the two months prior to your semester abroad because you must surrender your passport when you apply for a visa. Visa processing can take 4 – 5 weeks.

You will not need your round-trip flight itinerary before you apply for a visa, but you MUST have a round-trip ticket prior to departure for your program abroad.

Before Departure

You must attend the mandatory TCU-In Madrid orientation. You should also review the TCU-In Madrid Handbook and information about Preparing to Depart and Health, Safety & Emergencies.

Arrival and On-Site Information

Students begin each semester with an extensive onsite orientation facilitated by TCU’s logistical provider ACCENT, including a welcome dinner, city tours, and survival Spanish classes. During the semester, students participate in a one-day excursion to Toledo or a similar city, and a 3 day/2 night excursion to Seville/Granada/Cordoba or similar. A transportation card, a writing/tutoring center, and free/inexpensive activities are available throughout the semester.

Because you are not enrolled in TCU classes, the TCU system will show 12 hours of coursework as a placeholder while you are abroad. Your classes will not transfer back to TCU until 8 – 10 weeks after the semester ends. At that time, the correct credit hours will be posted to your TCU record.

For more information about making the most of your experience abroad, see our While Abroad page