Summer Research Engineering Program

Designed for JHU engineering undergraduates, the program offers the unique opportunity for students to have an academic research experience while learn about Spanish rich history and culture. Students will expand their knowledge at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) labs through guided engineering projects in various different fields, depending on their specializations


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), host of the JHU semester study abroad program in Madrid, offers Hopkins undergraduate engineering students the opportunity to participate in guided engineering projects in labs on campus. Each student will be assigned to a tutor who will guide and supervise the student’s task and research paper.

Students conduct research Monday to Thursday for 3 credits.

There is a great number of research groups students can collaborate with. UC3M may also place students in other engineering fields if they are available: 

  • 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

To learn more about Engineering at UC3M, make sure to check out their website

Through this eight-week summer program Hopkins undergraduates will be exposed to a new academic context, allowing them to gain the sort of knowledge, perspective and skills that are fundamental for living and working in a global society.


Students have the opportuinity 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.


Three meals per day are included: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Important Dates:

The program is offered in the summer. 



Open to all Engineering majors of all years of study. No Spanish language knowledge is required. 3.0 Cumulative GPA.


  • March 1: Deadline to apply
  • May 27 : Arrive at Madrid
  • May 29: Research begins at UC3M Leganés Campus
  • July 22: Return to U.S.

For further information, visit the Global Education Office’s website to make an advising appointment. 

Funding Opportunities

Rising juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for the Vredenburg Travel Fund, which funds international summer experiential activities for undergraduates in the Whiting School of Engineering through collaboration, investigation, and application.

For other funding opportunities, please visit our scholarship opportunities page.