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Our students

The UC3M has 19872 students, being similar in size to some of the major European universities, such as Paris II, Uppsala, Maastricht, Tilburg, Cambridge and Oxford (all of which have with in the order of between 14,000 and to 22,000 students).

  • Undergraduate students, 44% of which are women and 56% are men.
  • Master’s students, 44% women and 56% men.
  • Approximately 21,6% of our students receive grants from the Ministry of Education, from the Community of Madrid or from the UC3M’s own funding programmes.

Sources: UC3M Financial and Management Report for 2014, approved by the Governing Council and Social Council on 25 June 2015, and official websites of the universities above mentioned.

The highest standards

Estudiantes en un aula de bolonia

In more than half of our undergraduate degree courses, UC3M students have obtained the highest admission grades of all the Madrid-based universities.

  • The average grade achieved by students admitted to all degree courses at UC3M is the highest for all the Madrid-based universities and currently stands at 10.479 out of a maximum of 14 points.
  • UC3M covered 99.5% of all student places in June, with 68% of admitted students getting onto their first-choice degree course.

Sources: UC3M University Registrar and data from the Community of Madrid referring to the 2013-14 academic year.


  • 18% of students at UC3M are foreign. This proportion is notably higher at both master’s (22%) and doctoral (44%) levels.

Source: International Relations Department based on data from the UC3M Financial and Management Report for 2012, approved by the Governing Council and the Social Council on 25 June 2013.

  • The UC3M is the 1st university in Spain and 3rd in Europe in terms of undergraduate students (including degree and engineering courses under the former system) taking part in the Erasmus student exchange programme.

Source: Report prepared for the UC3M Social Council based on data from the European Commission and Eurostat on the 2010-11 academic year.

  • 37% of UC3M graduates have participated in European international mobility programmes (Erasmus). On many degree courses this figure is close to 50%.
  • 17.5% of UC3M graduates took part in non-European mobility programmes.

Source: UC3M Corporate Data Management Unit, 2012-13.

Graduate career placement and student satisfaction at UC3M

Inserción profesional de sus titulados y satisfacción con la UC3M
  • 85,7% of graduates successfully found work in a degree-related field in the first year after graduation.
  • 84,9% of graduates gained valuable work experience through internships during the course of their studies.
  • 90,3% of graduates would choose UC3M again.

Source: XIX Career Placement Study of Graduates from the Carlos III University of Madrid .  (2013 Academic Year). Prepared by UC3M in collaboration with Accenture. Published in February 2015.


Nuestros estudiantes

Profile UC3M students: qualification, internationalization and employment.