• Spain
    • Madrid
12 - 26 weeks
Program Tags
Adventure Travel Arts College Credit Conservation Cultural Immersion Drama Hands-On Learning Language Immersion Post-High School Social Justice Study Abroad Volunteer Abroad +2

Program Details

Backpacking City Exploring
Fall Spring
Guesthouse Host Family
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Includes Tuition & Fees, all program activities, a discovery journey (El Camino de Santiago), insurance, and access to all university (UC3M) resources. Does not include: airfare, room & board, and local transportation.
What's Included
Activities SIM cards Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Accommodation Airfare Airport Transfers Meals
Apr 08, 2022
Mar 10, 2022
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About Program

Gap Semesters at UC3M are unique in that they are hosted by one of the most selective and reputed universities in the European Union. This setting allows for a combination of life-changing experiential activities and a broad choice of academic courses, with Madrid's vibrant culture as your background. Our goals are to enhance the opportunities of international candidates for admission to undergraduate degrees at UC3M and other selective institutions worldwide, experience life in a welcoming university setting, explore international careers, and begin to actively engage in global challenges where they can make a difference.

All undergraduate and pre-college international opportunities at UC3M are managed through the Carlos III International School, an institute created specifically to promote quality diverse transnational opportunities.

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Program Highlights

  • Discovery Journeys
  • Language Courses
  • Environmental & Social Impact Activities
  • Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Projects
  • Well-being & Personal Growth

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  • Housing 4.7
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 4.7
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Yes, I recommend this program

Gap Semester Program

During my years at UC3M, I got to participate in some of the activities offered by the university. I signed up for the gym, which has many activities you can participate in, such as crossfit or padel. Another great part of the gym is the spa. One of the other activities I have participated in is the Model United Nations (MUN), where you get to represent a country and debate about current problems. Something great about this university is that it is close to the center and there is good public transportation, which means you can easily go out to the city and visit some of the museums, go out to eat at a restaurant or go to a bar. This program helped me improve some of my soft-skills such as teamwork, flexibility or adaptability and communication.

23 people found this review helpful.
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Gap Year Program

The gap year program is a great program for not only academic reasons but also for personal growth. With the cultural activities available and the international environment of both the university and the city of Madrid, one is certain to grow as a person and learn a lot. I have been able to collaborate with the international school on many projects, I have been able to give back to the community by volunteering at university in Models of the United Nations and I have also been physically active by continuously joining the gym at UC3M and attending dance classes. The program has also helped me build some soft-skills such as cooperation, team-work and organization.

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Review of Gap Year

I highly recommend this program because it is a completely different experience. It helps you get to know the culture of Spain, enjoy life in the city, and to develop soft skills that will help you in the future. It's a different perspective than if you went directly to university.
Great bridge to integrate you first in the city and then start with university life. During this program you will get to attend on great lectures with amazing teachers, interact with people from different cultures and simply enjoy sunny life in the capital of Spain!

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