Engineering Semester Program

The Engineering Madrid Program offers the students a unique opportunity of living and studying a 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 are required to take a language class during the semester.


In addition, students will be able to enroll in  Humanities & Social Science and Engineering direct-enrollment classes at the UC3M School of Engineering in English.


If a student has taken up to four semesters of Spanish or equivalent, they will be able to choose courses in Spanish from the Estudios Hipánicos program. 


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 who take direct-enrolment course must get the equivalent of C or better for credits to be transferred toward a Hopkins degree).



  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior standing
  • No semesters of college-level Spanish required
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA.
For specific direct enrollment courses, visit UC3M’s School of Engineering website. Make sure that your pre-approved courses are offered during the semester of your study abroad (Semester 1| Fall; Semester 2| Spring).

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. 


Language Key: 

English Course offered in English only

Spanish Course offered in Spanish only

English Spanish Course divided into two groups: Spanish or English

For more information about the research labs and research groups available at UC3M, visit their website.


  • Biomedical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineeering/Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanic Engineering
  • Telematics Engineering
  • Systems Engineering and Automation
  • Mechanics of Continuous Media and Theory of Structures
  • Electronic Technology
  • Signal Theory and Communications
  • Thermal and Fluid Engineering

Students will be able to take coursework at the UC3M International School under the Estudios Hispánicos program in Spanish for a letter grade. 


These courses are designed for consortium of study abroad programs that collaborate with the Carlos III International School. 


NOTE: English courses are also available, though you will earn a S/U instead of a letter grade. 


Intensive Spanish Language & Culture Course

In the fall student spend two weeks in Salamanca, where JHU Madrid conducts a culture and language “boot camp” at the Cursos Internacionales de la Universidad de Salamanca, which consists of fifty hours of classroom time, 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, and practice their 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 and traditions, such as ceramics and cooking classes, sculpture and art workshops and guided tours of the city to learn about the history of Salamanca and its university, one of the eldest in Europe. 


In spring, just like in the fall semester, students spend two weeks in Cuenca, a small town in Castilla-La Mancha, enrolled in Intensive Spanish Language courses. In addition, JHU Madrid, with the collaboration of the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha ESPACU (Español en Cuenca), organizes guided cultural activities, including an excursion to the Land of Don Quixote and a hiking trip to Cuenca’s Natural Park. 


In both semesters, students are exposed to local varieties of the Spanish language and culture focused on the interaction of students with local people.


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

Housing: Full Room & Board

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. 



All meals are included. From Monday to Thursday, families will pack a sack lunch for students to take to campus. 



For more information, visit our Homestay Experience section. 

Important Dates

The program is open to engineering majors in for both fall and spring 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.



Dates are subject to change. MCAT examinations should be taken before date of arrival to Spain. 


Fall 2023

  • March 1: Deadline to apply
  • August 13: Arrive at Madrid
  • August 14-26: Intensive Spanish Language & Culture Course in Salamanca
  • September 4: 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
  • December 22: Return to the U.S.

Spring 2024

  • October 1: Deadline to apply
  • January 7: Arrive at Madrid
  • January 8-19: Intensive Spanish Language & Culture Course in Cuenca
  • January 29: 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
  • June 1: Return to the U.S.

Student Testimonials

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


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