Studying at UC3M


Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M) is a public university with four campuses in the Community of Madrid, in Getafe, Leganés, Colmenarejo and Puerta de Toledo, (downtown Madrid). It has  about 18,000 students, and it offers degrees in Social Sciences, Engineering and Humanities. Its motto is  "Homo homini sacra res", which means Man is sacred to men.

  • Getafe Campus: School of Law and Social Sciences and the School of Humanities, Communication and Documentation
  • Leganés Campus: School of Engineering
  • Colmenarejo Campus: Degree programs from different Schools are offered on this campus
  • Madrid-Puerta de Toledo Campus: Center for Graduate Studies

In the rankings UC3M ranks 27th in the QS 50 under 50. The undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, Economics and Law are ranked 1st, 1st and 2nd respectively among those offered by public and private universities in Spain, and its Master and Ph.D. programs also rank top in the country. The Department of Economics is among the 50 best worldwide, and in the top 10 worldwide best in Econometrics.


UC3M was established by an Act of the Spanish Parliament on 5 May 1989, within the framework of the University Reform Act of 1983. From the outset, it was intended to be a relatively small, innovative, public university, providing teaching of the highest quality and focusing primarily on research. Our first Chancellor was Professor Gregorio Peces-Barba, one of the seven jurists who wrote the Spanish Constitution.

The mission of UC3M is to contribute to the improvement of society through teaching of the highest quality and cutting-edge research in line with stringent international guidelines. The University aspires to excellence in all its activities, with the aim of becoming one of the top universities in Europe.