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Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)

Vicerectorate for International Relations, Pabellón de Gobierno, Isaac Peral, s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain
4.11 / 5 based on 702 reviews.
The Complutense University of Madrid is a public institution under the jurisdiction of the Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid. It is one of the oldest universities in the world, as well as the largest and the most prestigious in Spain.

The Campus is divided into a Central one, located in the Moncloa area, and there one can find most of its Faculties.

The Faculties of Political and Social Science, Economics and Business and Psychology are located in the campus of Somosaguas;some University Colleges are located in downtown area. Read more

86% of students recommend
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A terrific city. Underrated in Europe, but perhaps not as cosmopolitan as I would like, though this is changing. Read Review
jdesalu, United States

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by Kat, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, United States
Language, University Agreement
Personal assessment
Couldn't have asked for more.
Pretty good.
Could've been better, but didn't lessen the overall experience.
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why? I think, I would have preferred to live in my favorite barrio in Madrid, which is Malasaña. It´s really cheap and you get some nice flats, plus there are so many cool shops and bars within walking distance from your doorstep. Although the area I lived in was pretty cool and close to school.
Personal comments:
Well the University of Madrid is the biggest University of Spain. So most students live in flats off campus. It can be tough searching for a flat, especially when your not quite native in the language and your not quite familiar with the area in which you want to live in. But with time and patience you can find one that is inexpensive and nice. But it´s best to look before other students arrive in the season, because it becomes much more difficult after that. And some owners, don´t feel confident in renting to international students.
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by Christopher, Seattle University, Seattle, United States
Language, University Agreement
Personal social experience
Amazing! Hardly had time to study.
Plenty to do when I had the time.
Did not get involved.
Describe host city: Students equally interact with the local and student community
Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal comments:
I have to say, I truly believe that in general Madrid is has a wonderful social scene and nightlife. The most wonderful thing about it is that everyone goes out to have fun and really dance! Nobody really dances in the US. People are too proud or shy to move their hips a bit. However, this is far from the truth in Madrid, Espana! There everyone from the ages of 16 till death do you part, likes to get up and go out and enjoy life with a couple of canas (small beers) and good friends of course. A couple of my favorite dance spots were La Mona Lisa bar, Zuristan, Sol, and Kapital. Now all of these places that I've listed go up in size and energy level in accordance to the order I have arranged them in. Mona Lisa for example is a bar/nightclub with some of the best music and an unbeatable atmosphere! And the latters ones are great as well however they are much bigger and not as intimate. But they are always fun. As far as cafes go, this is a hard question to answer since Madrid is one big Cafe! That is what I loved so much about Madrid and most of Europe for that matter. Everywhere you go there are so many patios set up (when it's warm of course) where you can enjoy a wonderful Cafe con Leche in the sun or some great aceitunas (olives) with a wonderful Cana. That along with some Jamon Serrano are my personal favorites! That is probably the first thing that I would eat once landed in Madrid. But if I had to name my favorite cafe, it would have to be one of the Museo's de Jamon off of Sol. This place is typical to Madrid and Spain. It's cheap, personable, and you really get to see the Spaniards in action! I love the way the workers yell out the orders to the kitchen. I go there just to hear them do it! The atmosphere is wonderful, but I warn you, don't go in there if you are a Vegetarian!!
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by yoghurtgirl, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Philology, Erasmus
My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Pretty good.
Could've been a bit better.
Variety of courses
Availability/access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with other international students
Interaction with local students
Course recommendations:
I'm studying English philology (linguistics and literature) here at Complutense. Officially, all the courses are supposed to be in English, but in practise it takes a while and a lot of running around the first week to find out which courses are actually in English and which aren't. Still, I found excellent courses from excellent professors in English.

My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Liked it.
It was alright.
A bit annoying.
Didn't like it.
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course.
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Personal comments:
The department of English philology needs some structuring, organisation and guidance. The professors themselves don't know what's going on sometimes when it comes to practical matters. Also should they invest in a good book shop where you can buy all your books for a reasonable price. Now a lot of things are copied. Professors should let their students buy an anthology instead of copying everything and destroying a lot of trees.

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by Christopher, Seattle University, Seattle, United States
Language, University Agreement
Language difficulties
No problems.
I coped pretty well.
Sometimes it was difficult.
It was a constant struggle.
Administrative / Institutional
Language of instruction: Spanish
Was learning Spanish a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Spanish
How much did you improve your Spanish?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Personal comments:
I found my language and communication experience to be totally enriching. I lived among 4 Spanish speaking people everyday, which enable me to pick up the language more quickly. A lot of students found it difficult to communicate with people on an administrative level, or on an intellectual level. I agree that this may be difficult at first, but after one month it should feel easier. At least for me it did. In the end it all boils down to you and your confidence level. You have trust what you know, and you have to have confidence in yourself as a good communicator in a second language. Once you get over this hump, everything starts to become more clear.
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by Jamie, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, United States
Language, Independent
The accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Very easy.
Minimal effort.
Accessible but required effort.
Almost impossible.
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Money from home
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Work opportunities:
It was not legal for me to work
Personal spending habits:
If your flat doesn't already have a phone installed, then it will likely be exorbitant to do so. Likewise, mobile phones (credit) cost more here than in other Western European countries. Groceries are cheap in some places (Alcosto, Dia, Lidl, & sometimes Hipercor) and not in others (El Corte Ingles). Decent restaurants are often cheaper: look for the no-name menu del dia places behind Puerta del Sol.
Telephone, Travel: was more expensive than at home.
Food, Housing, Nightlife, Overall: was the same price as at home.
Personal comments:
Depending on where you are coming from, it can be difficult to bring certain things, i.e., small appliances. Things like an iron and ironing board tend to be expensive. Also, watch out for the heating bill.
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by Crystal, Texas A&M University, College Station, United States
Language, CEA
Important to choosing this university...
Academic reasons
Very Important.
Not really important.
Campus life
Party / people
Weather / Location
I wish I had known...
The cost of living in an apartment was so much cheaper and being an exchange student doesn't require a 6000k instead you can enroll in the University for a fraction of that cost!
In my opinion:
Most people loved it.

During my experience abroad, I ...
Became familiar with another culture
Happened all the time.
Happened quite a lot.
Happened a bit.
Didn't happen.
Improved language skills
Met people from other countries
Became more independent
Partied a lot
Experienced a change in life
Advanced my studies/career
Personal recommendation:
Try to get more of the spanish students involved with the language program so that we can meet more of them.


Don't overpack, bring peanut butter and a strip of carpet, don't buy the telephone card that has a little gold square on the right upperhand corner to call to the US instead go to Sol in one of those kisko for $13 card that gives you sooo many more minutes, go to a travel agent for great travel packages, wake up early even if it hard, put yourself in awkward situtations so that you can learn more about yourself, avoid subway and mcdonalds so that you can try the palle (if you loose too much weight because you can't find anything you like, the ham and cheese is a great alternative).
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