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International Foundation Program

Info for Asian students

    International Foundation Program (pre - Bachelor)

    • Deadline for the 2020/2021 academic year: From November 25th 2019 to July 4th 2020. DEADLINE EXPIRED
    • Courses: Social Sciences and Humanities or Engineering
    • Duration: 1 academic year
    • Languages: Spanish and English
    • Tution Fees: € 6.500


    What is IFP?

    The main objective of the International Foundation Program (IFP) is to provide international students with the necessary preparation to undertake a degree at the University Carlos III of Madrid. You will acquire an adequate basis of both Spanish language and culture, as well as specific knowledge of the studies you will carry out in the future. The Program comprises 48 ECTS (European Transfer Credit System) and is divided into two knowledge areas: Social Sciences and Humanities/Engineering.

    International Foundation Program in Social Sciences and Humanities

    Campus | Getafe

    Study Programme | 48 credits divided as follows:

    • 24 credits in Foundation courses
    • 12 credits in Bachelor's Degree courses
    • 12 credits in language courses (English or Spanish)
    First semester
    Curso de Español* o Inglés** (6 créditos)  
    Segundo cuatrimestre
    Language module of Spanish* or English** (6 credits) 

    International Foundation Program in Engineering

    Campus | Leganés

    Study Programme | 48 credits divided as follows:

    • 24 credits in Foundation courses
    • 12 credits in Bachelor's Degree courses
    • 12 credits in language courses (English or Spanish)
    First semester
    Language module of Spanish* or English** (6 credits)  
    Second semester
    Language module of Spanish or English (6 credits)

    How to apply

    Deadline for the academic year 2020/2021: From November 25th 2019 to July 4th 2020​. DEADLINE EXPIRED

    Once admitted, a reservation of 200€ will be requested and will be discounted from the total price at the time of registration.


    If you cannot register for justified reasons and force majeure related with Covid-19, the amount paid as a reservation will be refunded. You must notify us until 6th September by filling in the waiver form.

    IMPORTANT: in order to formalize the waiver, you must have been admitted and have paid the reservation fee. It is also essential to have activated your email account because your student number and password will be required to access the form:

    Acceptance requirements:

    • You must have completed studies equivalent to high school studies in Spain.
    • Hold a B2 level in Spanish or English.

    Required documents:

    IFP enrollment: academic year 2020/2021

    The International Foundation Program is made up of 48 credits during the academic year. Each semester, the student will register 24 credits divided in the following way:

    · 18 credits in Foundation courses and language courses (Spanish or English)

    · 6 credits in Bachelor's Degree courses.

    Calendar and schedules: Academic year 2020/2021

    The academic calendar and schedules will be available soon.

    • Classes starts on September 2020.
    • Academic calendar
    • IFP Social Siciences an Humanities classes schedules
      • Spanish group 
      • English group 
    • IFP Engineering classes schedules
      • Spanish group 
      • English group 
    • Language courses schedules: The students have to take a level test in order to define the language courses schedules. If you want to take a Language course next semester, add it to your registration and afterwards we will send you an email with detailed information about how to proceed.

    International Foundation Program Scholarship 2020/2021

    International Foundation Program scholarships 2020/2021

    Carlos III International School promotes two scholarships for International Foundation Program students  with a good academic performance, who may be in difficult financial situations or in special circumstances that could compromise their access to university studies.


    Two scholarships of 6.100 euros each shall be allocated. This amount shall be used to cover part of the tuition fees.

    General requirements

    • Not be resident in Spain.

    Academic requirements

    • Have completed high school studies
    • Have been officially accepted in the International Foundation Program
    • Hold a good GPA in high school

    Financial requirements

    • Do not exceed anual incomes state in the article 2.3 of the call for candidature.

    Call for candidature

    Deadline:  From May 7th to July 10th


    Acceptance in Bachelor's Degree studies


    International Foundation Program students will have the possibility to be accepted in a Bachelor Degree studies after completing the program by fulfilling the following requirements (except Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, UC3M Open BA and UC3M Open BS and Dual Degrees):

    1. Students with Non European high school Diploma:  Hold the recognition of the high school studies (in Spanish: Homologación) by the Spanish Ministry of Education or the copy of the application . More information about the recognition of studies in the Spanish Ministry of Education.

    2. Students with European Union high school Diploma, International Baccalaureate (IB), or from Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Island, Andorra and China non residents in Spain: Instead of recognition of studies, submit the credential for university studies in Spain, given by UNED (in spanish, "credencial") through its service UNED assis. More information about UNED assis.

    3. Hold a B2 level proficiency in English or Spanish deppending on the Bachelor Degree chosen.

    4. Pass at least 42 credits (ECTS) of the International Foundation Program.

    Selection Criterias

    A commission appointed by the President of the University will evaluate the students applications. Applications will be assessed taking into consideration the following aspects:

    1. GPA obtained during the International Foundation Program (will be taken into account 48 ECTS)

    2. GPA obtained in 2 basic Foundation courses for the Bachelor's Degree chosen:

    • For Engineering: Foundations of Algebra, Foundations of Physics, Foundations of Calculus, Foundations of Chemistry, Foundations of Programming.
    • For Economics, Business Administration, Finance and Accounting, Statistics and Business, International Studies and Management and Technology: Foundations of Mathematics, Foundations of Statistics, Foundations of Economics, Foundations of Business Administration.
    • For Political Science, Law, Employment and Labour Relations, Sociology, Management of Information and Digital Contents, History and Politics and Tourism: Foundationsof Law, Foundations of Politics, Foundations of Sociology, Foundations of Philosophy, History of Spain, Foundations of Mathematics, Foundations of Statistics, Foundations of Economics.
    • For Film, TV and Media Studies, Journalism, Humanities and Cultural Studies: History of Spain, Communication, Comunicación, Foundations of Philosophy, Foundations of Mathematics, Foundations of Economics.
    • 3. Pass all the credits of the program and pass the Bachelor's Degree courses will be an asset.



    Deadline: 18th of February

    Documents to submit:

    • Recognition of the high school studies (in Spanish: Homologación) by the Spanish Ministry of Education or the credential for university studies in Spain, given by UNED. If you don't hold this document, you will have the possibility to submit it later.

    Contact us

    Office: 9.0.41.
    Student's attention opening hours 12:00-14:30.

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