With history dating back to the 13th century, Universidad Complutense de Madrid is one of the oldest and best-known universities in the world. UCM is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in Spain, and  is one of the 100 best universities in the world in employability and academic prestige, according to the QS World University Ranking. The university is well known in the areas of philosophy, fine arts, law and humanities. The campus is located in the Moncloa neighborhood of Madrid and is easily accessible by bus and metro.

Madrid has been named a top 50 best student city in the world!


ISEP students at UCM are housed in a colegio mayor (residence hall) and receive a dining hall meal plan that provides 20 meals per weekStudents have their own room and bathroom. The colegio mayor houses around 165 students.

The colegios mayores offer a wide range of student services and a program of recreational activities throughout the year, including cinema, concerts, sports, trips, dance, theater, and photography. Living in a colegio mayor is a fantastic way to integrate into university life, as the colegios mayores have their own traditions and history and each offers the opportunity to belong to a community where academics, traditional events and intercollegiate sporting rivalries all play key roles. 

Program Website

Course Description

To find courses, view the academic offerings offered at UCM.

- Click on the 'Plan de Estudios' for the degree you are interested in studying while at UCM. Not all the academic offering pages are the same so you may need to select the 'Guia Docente' for your specific major.

- For example, under Ciencias Físicas click 'Plan de estudios Grado, Masters y Doctorado'. Select 'Grado' on the following page, and then 'Física (Ofrece un grupo en inglés)'. Click on the calendar icon on the right-hand side to see all courses for that degree, including the number of credits each course is worth.

- Courses identified as Semester 1 are offered in the Fall, and Semester 2 in the Spring. Any courses that say 'anual' students must be on an Academic Year program to take these as they take place over two semesters.

If you have any issues navigating course offering pages, please let your Student Services Officer know.

Upon arrival at UCM, students will take a Spanish language placement exam. Students with scores from B1 - B2 will participate in a Spanish Language pre-session course is included in the ISEP benefits.

If students wish to continue language courses during the semester, they may enroll in a Spanish language course during the semester for a small additional fee (paid directly to UCM). More information about language courses can be found on UCM's website:

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Kira Hakanson 703-504-9991 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in Spanish)

Fields of Study

  • Biology

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Business:

    Business Management Economics Finance

  • Communication:

    Digital Communication and Media Journalism Public Relations

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education:

    Early Childhood Education Elementary Education

  • Engineering:

    Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Comparative Literature Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other German Language and Literature Interpretation and Translation Linguistics Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Veterinary Sciences Veterinary Technology

  • History

    Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology

  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Tourism Management

  • Human Services:

    Public Administration Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law Criminology Legal Studies

  • Mathematics


  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Physics

  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Geography Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies Design and Visual Communications

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3.5 or higher
  • LPR Required
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Other Academic Conditions

The level of studies at Complutense and the large size of the university requires that students be especially mature, motivated and fluent in Spanish. Students must submit a Language Evaluation with at least a B2 level of Spanish, and a C1 level is highly recommended.

Some faculties have higher Spanish language requirements at the C1 or C2 level. This includes the Geography and History Faculty, Communication Sciences, the Journalism Faculty, Commerce and Tourism, and most notably Spanish language and literature courses in the Facultad de Filología.

Psychology and Economics have course sections fully in English. However, Economics is highly sought after and so may be difficult to enroll in. 

Candidates must have at least junior-year status.

First-year courses are oversubscribed and, therefore, closed to ISEP participants. Enrollment in fine arts and computer sciences is limited. The faculty of medicine is closed to ISEP participants.

Semester & Prices (based on your filters)

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