• 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
Mar 30, 2023
May 09, 2023
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About Program

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is a Spanish public university. We offer 70% of our BSC's in English in various fields. It is known for academic excellence being ranked among top universities in Europe and a focus on internationalization with a diverse student body from more than 100 countries and international mobility agreements with top universities.

UC3M offers GAP Year, a customized program to help international students achieve their academic goals and create a better world. GAP immerses students in Spanish culture while learning about world challenges and acquiring valuable soft skills. Our students can choose to take one four-month period (from September to December or February to May), or either a whole academic year (from September to May). Upon completion, participants receive a certificate to help gain academic credit at institutions worldwide.

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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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Program Reviews

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  • Housing 4.75
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 4.75
  • Safety 4.75
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Yes, I recommend this program


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During this GAP YEAR at the Carlos III University of Madrid, I liked everything we did, I like how this program wasorganized, Cecilia has accompanied me a lot with all the questions at the university and abroad. In the first quarter, I got to know the university, where the buildings and classrooms are. I also started studying Spanish at this university. In the second quarter, I began to study some subjects to integrate with the environment, the university and prepare for the next course. I went to Cordoba and Salamanca with the university and made many memories of these trips. At the International School I helped with all the documents so thanks to everyone for this GAP YEAR. This program helped me a lot. Everyone helped me from my tutor to the director. I have also learned a lot about Spanish culture. I have a trip within the program to the Camino De Santiago, to take advantage of one of the most important cultural trips in Spain. As a conclusion, I recommend this program to prepare for university and get to know Spain.

Original version:
De este GAP YEAR en Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, a mi me gusta todo lo que hacemos, me gusta como se ha organizado este programa, Cecilia me ha acompañado mucho de todos preguntas en universidad y fuera. En el primer cuatrimestre yo aprendi a moverme por la universidad, donde están los edificios y las aulas. También yo comencé a estudiar español en esta universidad. En el segundo cuatrimestre yo empece a estudiar algunas asignaturas para integrarme con el entorno, la universidad y prepararme para el siguiente curso. Yo fui a Cordoba y Salamanca con universidad y tengo muchos recuerdos de estos viajes. En la escuela Internacional ayudo con todo los documentos así que gracias a todo a este GAP YEAR. Este programa me ayudo mucho. Me ayudaron todos desde mi tutor hasta el director. También he aprendido mucha cultura española. Tengo un viaje dentro del programa al Camino De Santiago, para aprovechar uno de los viajes culturales más importantes de España. Como conclusión, recomiendo este programa para prepararse para la universidad y conocer España.

51 people found this review helpful.
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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.

100 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.

97 people found this review helpful.
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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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