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Special measures COVID-19

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UC3M has adapted the timetables and spaces for teaching and study to comply with the established security, prevention and hygiene measures and to guarantee maximum attendance in a safe environment.

Adaptation of the campus

  • Limited seating in the classrooms to ensure minimum distance between people.  
  • Staggered entry and exit times.
  • 15-minute breaks between classes to ventilate and avoid crowding.  
  • Use of virtual desks.
  • More frequent cleaning of spaces.
  • Information panels at the entrance of the classrooms, signposting of usable tables and delimitation of the space destined to the teacher.
  • Reduced capacity in libraries.

Individual prevention measures

  • Mandatory use of masks on campus.
  • You must maintain proper hand hygiene, using the hydrogel dispensers.
  • In the classrooms, sit only in the permitted seats.
  • Respect interpersonal distance. If you have to prepare group work, meet online.
  • Attend classes online from your home. It is not allowed to follow the classes in the free use spaces of the libraries.
  • If you have symptoms compatible with Covid-19, do not go to the campus and contact your doctor.

πŸ“₯ β”‚ Guide for a safe return to the classroom


In the following link you can find all the information about the measures taken at the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) against the health crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has approved its new hybrid teaching and learning model for academic year 2020/2021, in which it will combine in-person classes with synchronous and interactive online instruction, ensuring quality teaching and complying with health and safety measures.

In the present situation for academic year 2020/2021 the University has committed to maximum in-person instruction in line with the University’s philosophy. In addition, continuous assessment and small-sized group work will be enhanced, always adhering to requirements regarding occupancy, social distancing and other prevention measures.

Therefore, graduate studies have been adapted to the face-to-face and hybrid model, according to the type of Master’s program, number of students, the presence of international students, and the specific program’s orientation (research, academic or professional).



Students who cannot attend to on Campus classes, due to difficulties or delays obtaining their visas, border closures, or similar issues, will be able to follow classes in a Synchronous Online Teaching system until they are able to arrive to on Campus classes. 

In order to teach this model, it is essential that all students must have the necessary equipment to follow classes remotely (device with internet connection and webcam)

The University offers a series of tools necessary for studying the Synchronous Online Teaching:

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On the other hand, in the face-to-face master's degree courses students must attend in a Synchronous Online Teaching system the sessions that may be determined to ensure the prevention and social distancing measures in classrooms. 

Due to the restrictions in the use of computer rooms on Campus it may be necessary to take your own computer equipment for its use in the classroom. UC3M has a laptop loan program for students who need it.

FAQ β”‚ ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020


πŸ’¬ β”‚ What happens if I can’t do my external internship or defend my master thesis?​

The deadline for external internships has been extended to 30th November, so you must make arrangements with your Master's academic direction to do so.

As a last resort, if you are unable to complete these courses due to the suspension of your classroom activity, you could make a cancellation request using the form you will find in Aula Global (cancellation request) and obtain a refund of the fees paid (only for Master Thesis and external internships).

If you have a MECD scholarship or any other grant, always consult your Master’s secretary before requesting cancellation in order to be aware of the possible repercussions it may have on the scholarship or grant.


πŸ’¬ β”‚ Is it possible to defend the Master’s Thesis in the 2019/2020 academic year without passing the external internships?

You can defend the Master’s Thesis in the academic year 2019/2020, as long as you have passed all the other subjects of the master's degree, except for the internship.

If you are a MECD scholarship holder, always consult your Master’s secretary before requesting cancellation to find out the possible repercussions on the scholarship.



πŸ’¬ β”‚ Is there an extension for the Master’s thesis defense period?

The June/July Master’s Thesis call has been extended to 31st July 2020.

September’s call has been extended to 15th October. Also, an extraordinary defense period could be implemented to 30th November. The Thesis deposit deadline for this extraordinary period of November will be October 31st.


πŸ’¬ β”‚ How can I get access to the library’s resources?

You can still having access to all Library’s resources online, and also contact them through their website


πŸ’¬ β”‚ Given that face-to-face activities have not been resumed, how will the defence act of the Master’s thesis be carried out?

Any student who is unable to conduct the defense in person may request the presentation and defense of the Master’s Thesis on a non face-to-face basis. For this purpose, the Postgraduate Centre will establish a protocol that regulates the procedure to be followed, guaranteeing in all cases the identity of the student, the publicity of the event and the interaction with the academic board.

The student must prove his or her identity in the act of defence. Therefore, if your identification number (ID, passport, etc.) has changed from the number you used to register for the master's degree, please contact the postgraduate information office or the administrative person in charge of the master's degree to change it.


πŸ’¬ β”‚ Once resumed face-to-face activities, if I am an international student who has returned to my home country, do I have the possibility to defend my master’s thesis from a distance?

Yes, a reasoned request may be made for the distance defence of the Master’s Thesis.


πŸ’¬ β”‚ If I have not been able to complete my Master’s thesis due to the suspension of face-to-face activities in the 2019/20 academic year, can I cancel my master’s thesis registration? Will the master’s thesis fees already paid be refunded?

Yes, it will be possible to request the cancellation of the TFM with the right to a refund of fees through the form you will soon find in Aula Global (online form for the request for the cancellation of the Master's Thesis).