Engineering Semester Program

The Engineering Madrid Program offers the students a unique opportunity of studying one semester in the vibrant city of Madrid. Students can take engineering courses in English in addition to Spanish language, Social Sciences, and Humanities classes at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (uc3m).

Academic Offering

JHU Madrid’s partner university, UC3M, offers a wide variety of exciting courses. Students may combine their schedules with Humanities & Social Science courses under the spanish track of Estudios Hispánicos with direct enrollment courses at the School of Engineering in English. 


Grades for courses from Estudios Hispánicos will be factored into the Hopkins GPA. Grades for regular UC3M courses will not factor into the Hopkins GPA and will be reflected as pass/fail. Students must take courses for a grade and complete them with the equivalent of C or better to be eligible for transfer of credit toward a Hopkins degree. 

Engineering Fields of Study at UC3M

  • Data Science
  • Electrical Power 
  • Industrial Electronics and Automation
  • Engineering Physics
  • Aerospace
  • Sound and Image
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical
  • Robotics
  • Telematics
  • Biomedical
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Telecommunication Technologies
  • Energy Engineering 
  • Mobile and Space Communications
For specific direct enrollment courses, visit UC3M’s School of Engineering website

Estudios Hispánicos

Students may take courses at the International School as well as direct enroll in humanities and social sciences courses at UC3M Getafe campus.

Direct Enrollment Courses

Students from the Whiting School of Engineering in any major can direct enroll in a variety of courses that UC3M offers. This options allows students to integrate into the Spanish public education system and meet Spaniards and other international. The UC3M School of Engineering is located at its Leganés campus. 

Intensive Spanish Language & Culture Course

For Spring 2023 student spend two weeks in Cuenca , a small town in Castilla-La Mancha, where JHU Madrid conducts a culture and language “boot camp” at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, preparation for what is to come in Madrid. At the same time, students attend orientation meetings about life in Spain, academics and security and safety, etc. Each morning students review grammar, composition and conversation skills, essential for a successful experience at Universidad Carlos III. In the afternoons, students have practical sessions in which they are introduced to several aspects of Spanish culture such ceramics and cooking classes, sculpture and art workshops and guided tours of the city to learn about its rich history. In those sessions students are exposed to Spanish language and culture and interact with local people.


Students will be enrolled in a Contemporary Spanish Language and Culture course, worth three upper-division credits that incorporates the Intensive Language pre-course Cuenca, program events and fieldtrips throughout the semester, and a Spanish-language journal with sufficient substance to qualify for intensive writing credit at Hopkins Homewood.


Students have the opportunity to live with a Spanish family during their stay in Madrid. Engaging with the family is a fundamental part of the experience and allows students to immerse themselves into the culture. All homes are located in the center of Madrid, close to public transport to reach both Getafe and Leganés campuses. 


From Monday to Thursday, two meals are included: breakfast and dinner. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all meals will be provided. 


For more information, visit our Homestay Experience section. 

Important Dates

The program will open to engineering majors in Spring 2023 semesters, and will continue to be offered in the following fall and spring semesters. Students may also choose to apply for the entire academic year starting Fall 2023.


REQUIREMENTS: Sophomore, Junior or Senior Standing. Two semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent. 3.0 Cumulative GPA.

Spring 2023

  • October 1: Deadline to apply
  • January 7: Arrive at Madrid
  • TBD: Intensive Spanish Language & Culture Course in Cuenca
  • TBD: First day of classes at UC3M
  • TBD: Last day of classes for Estudios Hispánicos courses
  • TBD: Last day of classes for direct enrollment courses
  • TBD: Exam week for Estudios Hispánicos courses
  • TBD: Exam week for direct enrollment courses
  • TBD: Return to the U.S.

Fall 2023

  • TBD

Student Testimonials

Hear what past JHU Madrid have said about the program! Check out the testimonial section of our website.


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