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TCU-In Madrid

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.

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)

Notes:
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.

Mercado de San Miguel

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 three 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 2020-2021

  1. Madrid Program Fee: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 – $8600, collected as:
    $500 Non-Refundable First Payment, to confirm your spot in the program after admission
    $8100 Remaining Balance/ Final Payment, billed to your TCU Student Account before the semester begins.
    This includes:
    — Housing
    — 3 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
    — Gym membership on campus
  2. TCU Tuition: $25,785
  3. Estimated Additional Expenses: For other outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets are highly variable. This may include:
    — Airfare: $1,400
    — Books: $200
    — Class Excursions: $300
    — Personal Expenses: $1,000
    — Travel Expenses: Highly variable

Billing & Withdrawals

Tuition and Program Fees are posted to your TCU Student Account, just like any other semester at TCU. After you are admitted to the program, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 by orientation, and then TCU will invoice you for the Program Fee and tuition prior to the beginning of the semester. Withdrawals are subject to official TCU policies outlined in the TCU Student Handbook. Financial penalties are assessed on a sliding scale, based on withdrawal date.
Cancellation Fees:
70-90 days prior to start of the program: $1,500
50-69 days prior to start of the program: $3,500
15-49   days prior to start of the program: $5,000
0-14     days prior to start of the program: No refund

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

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Semester Event Date
Fall 2020 Program Start August 24
Fall 2020 On-Site Orientation Aug 25 - Sept 1
Fall 2020 Classes Begin September 2
Fall 2020 Final Exams December 7 - 18
Fall 2020 Program Ends December 19
Spring 2021 Program Start January 11
Spring 2021 On-Site Orientation January 12 - 22
Spring 2021 Classes Begin January 25
Spring 2021 Midterm Break March 28 - April 3
Spring 2021 CEH and SAP Exams May 10 - 13
Spring 2021 Grado Exams May 13 - 28
Spring 2021 Program Ends May 29
Spring 2021 Extraordinary Exam Period On Campus Only June 15 - 30

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Applications will open TBA

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: March 16
  • Spring Programs
    • Priority Deadline: TBA
    • Regular Deadline: TBA

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. Make an appointment with a Study Abroad Advisor (email studyabroad@tcu.edu) and complete the Credit Approval Form with all signatures.
  3. Submit the TCU-In Madrid Application to Reed 214, along with:
    — An Official TCU Transcript in hard copy or sent electronically to studyabroad@tcu.edu
    — A Clear Copy of your Passport’s Photo/Signature Pages
    — Two official 2×2 passport-sized photos (obtained at Walgreens, CVS, etc.)
    — Completed Credit Approval Form

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.

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