5 Reasons to Study Abroad in Madrid | Top Universities

5 Reasons to Study Abroad in Madrid

By Laura Bridgestock

Updated March 5, 2016 Updated March 5, 2016

This article is sponsored by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M).

1. Become fluent in Spanish

Studying in Madrid means a chance to immerse yourself in Spanish, one of the world’s major international languages. The third most-spoken language in the world (behind Mandarin and English), Spanish is an official language of many international organizations, and is in high demand among employers across multiple industries. If you prefer to study in English, a wide range of English-taught programs are also available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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2. Join a vibrant international community 

Universities in Madrid offer diverse and international communities, providing the chance to study alongside and socialize with students from around the world. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), for example, is the first university in Spain and third in the whole of Europe for the number of students participating in Erasmus exchange programs. UC3M has more than 600 mobility agreements with leading universities and institutions all over the world, and recently received an “excellent” rating in the 2015 International Student Satisfaction Awards.

3. Prepare for your future career

Known as a hub of industry and innovation, the Spanish capital is one of the leading financial centers in Europe, offering good opportunities for students to establish professional contacts and gain relevant experience. The city’s universities are often well-connected and integrated with the local economy. UC3M has a strong focus on promoting employability. The university has cooperation agreements in place with 4,800 companies, including Banco Santander, Airbus, Accenture, Siemens, Indra, Ferrovial and Deloitte, among many others. Students at UC3M complete internships with leading companies in their sectors, leaving university with a good employability rate and strong prospects.

4. Study at an innovative university 

Universities in Madrid are some of the most enterprising around, committed to embracing new technologies and keeping pace with changing needs and trends, for both students and future employers. UC3M is strongly committed to digital education, as a member of leading online platforms such as EdX and MiriadaX. It’s also been recognized as one of the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years old, in the QS Top 50 Under 50. So if you want to study at a university on an upwards, forward-looking trajectory, Madrid could be the city for you.

5. Enjoy the great lifestyle

With especially pleasant weather during the Spring and Fall, Madrid offers an enjoyable climate in which to appreciate all the best elements of Spanish life. Between lessons, you’ll probably find yourself relaxing in the city’s many attractive parks, and come nightfall, the city offers some of the best nightlife anywhere in Europe. From tapas bars to international cuisine, relaxed cafés or trendy clubs, there’s something here for everyone – a real opportunity to enjoy your student years to the full.

More about Universidad Carlos III de Madrid 

An innovative public university, University Carlos III de Madrid is committed to the improvement of society through cutting-edge research and high-quality teaching.

The university’s campuses are located in the heart of Madrid and its immediacies, well-connected by public transportation. An International Campus of Excellence since 2009, UC3M also currently heads the YERUN Network of Young European Research Universities. It offers master’s and undergraduate degree programs in both Spanish and English in the fields of social sciences, humanities and engineering. Five UC3M bachelor degree programs hold the EUR-ACE Certification, the most prestigious European international engineering accreditation, awarded by the ENAEE. UC3M is the only Spanish public university with an MBA program accredited by AMBA (the Association of MBAs).

This article was originally published in October 2015 . It was last updated in March 2016

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