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BSBA Madrid Semester Abroad (Spain)
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: WUSTL applicants only
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
App Deadline
WU Decision Date
Start Date
End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2017 05/02/2016
Rolling Admission 01/02/2017 06/02/2017
Fall 2017 02/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Early application is strongly recommended for all programs. Deadlines that fall on a weekend or holiday are automatically extended to the next workday.

Deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Program Adviser:
Liz Shabani
Program Description:

Spain Study Abroad


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is one of the newer institutions of higher education in Spain and is comparable in size to Washington University. Students can choose Spanish language and culture courses offered through Cursos Estudios Hispanicos (CEH) or business classes through the grados curriculum. Students participating in this program are required to take at least one grados class. You'll choose courses under the guidance of your Olin Study Abroad Advisor.

Students must earn a minimum of 14 WUSTL equivalent credits, and will generally take 4-6 classes at Carlos III depending on credit hours. Prior to starting classes at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Olin students participate in a three week intensive language preparation experience in Seville and the European Study Tour for an additional 4.5 WU credits. A typical course load for Madrid is 16.5 credits. For a list of classes that students have taken in the past, please visit the page for the program on the Campus Groups website.

Visit the university homepage here.


If you would like to learn more about this particular program or about any of the other study abroad opportunities, you can reach out to one of our Ambassadors, who have participated in one of the Olin programs in the past. To see the full list of Ambassadors, please click here.


All of our European program students in the spring (London, Paris, Koblenz and Madrid participants) participate in a weeklong European Study Tour (last week of January) while abroad. This tour is designed to give students an intense introduction to the aspects  and challenges facing the European Union. Each student will visit a pre-assigned EU country in a pair. During the visit, the pairs will meet with government and business experts to research their country’s attitudes about a specific issue such as enlargement or the Euro financial crisis. Each student will then travel to Brussels, Belgium to represent his or her country at a mini-parliament exercise where students will debate the current assigned issue. There is an additional cost of $1000 for the logistics of the two trips, which will be arranged by Olin. Students will earn 1.5 credits for the European Study Tour.


Late August to Late December

Early January to Late May/Early June (end date depends on which courses you choose)


All students participating in Olin semester programs are required to enroll and participate in pre-departure and post-departure coursework. INTL 300A Planning for International Learning is a 1 credit mini-B course designed to prepare students for their experience overseas the semester before they actually travel. INTL 300B Applying International Experiences is a 0.5 required mini-A post-departure class that will discuss what students learned while abroad and help students articulate those lessons for employers, graduate schools, etc. Both of these classes will meet approximately 3 times during the semester before and after the study abroad experience.


3.0 cumulative GPA
3.0 professional GPA
Open to BSBA students and second majors in the Business School.
Non-BSBA students are considered on a case by case basis.

Selection is based on maturity, seriousness of purpose, and appropriateness of match between program and applicant. Students on disciplinary probation during program period are not eligible.  You must not only meet the minimum eligibility criteria, but also show the type of intellectual curiosity, personal maturity, academic rationale and social flexibility necessary for a successful study abroad experience.


We partner with ACCENT to provide housing and social programming for our students. ACCENT is an international education organization that works with over 50 American colleges and universities to provide high quality study abroad programs. ACCENT students come from all over the U.S. and represent a wide range of ages, education levels and academic interests. In addition, the Director of the ACCENT office in Madrid serves as the liaison for Olin students at Carlos III. Additional information about ACCENT services can be found at their website:


Spanish 307D required and 308D recommended if you plan to take literature courses at Carlos III for a major or minor. Both classes must have been taken for a grade and not pass/fail.


Housing is typically off campus with a family in Madrid (homestay) or in single occupancy rooms in a shared apartment arrangement. Housing accommodations are arranged by ACCENT. You will complete a life style questionnaire which will help ACCENT complete your housing assignment. 

An orientation program is also scheduled during the first week of the program.


If you don't have your passport, you should start this process once you submit your application.


It is required by the Spanish Immigration Department that overseas students must obtain a proper Student Visa to study in Madrid. The process of securing will be outlined in the student's admission letter.


Overseas Programs will enroll all WU-approved study abroad students in a basic accident and sickness plan through HTH Worldwide, a leading provider of international health insurance. This plan should be seen as supplemental to the student’s existing domestic health coverage, not as a replacement.  We do not recommend a reduction or suspension of existing domestic coverage in light of enrollment in HTH insurance. For more information, click here.


Students are assessed the current WU tuition rate, the current WU Health Fee and charges for their housing. These fees are paid directly to Washington University. If you are a financial aid recipient, then your financial aid will apply towards these charges.


Expense Apartment Option Homestay Option
Housing €3934 or €5434 €5434
Monthly Transportation Pass €40 per month €40 per month
Estimated Living Expenses $1600 $1600
Estimated Round Trip Airfare $1,800 $1,800
European Study Tour Fee $1,300 $1,300
Food €2500 for six months. May be lower for students participating in homestay €1,200 for six months (2 meals/day included in homestay expense)
HTH Insurance $250 $250
Miscellaneous €140 per month €140 per month



Program dates and prices are estimates. Program information subject to change.

International and Area Studies | Overseas Programs