Universidad Carlos III de Madrid



UC3M was established by an Act of the Spanish Parliament on 5 May 1989, within the framework of the University Reform Act of 1983. From the outset it was intended to be a relatively small, innovative, public university, providing teaching of the highest quality and focused primarily on research. Our first Chancellor was Professor Gregorio Peces-Barba.


UC3M´s mission is to contribute to the improvement of society through teaching of the highest quality and cutting-edge research in line with stringent international guidelines. The University aspires to excellence in all its activities, with the aim of becoming one of the top universities in Europe.


The university actively encourages the personal development of all those connected to the higher education community. All our activities are guided by the values of merit, ability, efficiency, transparency, fairness, equality, and respect for the environment.


UC3M students

The UC3M has 22.666 students, being similar in size to some of the major European universities, such as Paris II, Uppsala, Maastricht, Tilburg, Cambridge, and Oxford (all of which have within the order of between 14,000 and 22,000 students).

  • Undergraduate students, 44,3% of which are women and 55,7% are men.
  • Approximately 25% of our students receive grants from the Ministry of Education, from the Community of Madrid, or from UC3M’s own funding programs.

Sources: UC3M Financial and Management Report for 2019, approved by the Governing Council and Social Council on 15 June 2020, and official websites of the universities above mentioned.

The highest standards

In 44 of our undergraduate degree courses, UC3M students have obtained the highest admission grades of all the Madrid-based universities.

  • The average grade achieved by students admitted to all degree courses at UC3M stands at 12,229 out of a maximum of 14 points.
  • UC3M covered in its whole all student places in June. In relation to the demand for university studies, for every 100 places offered, the University received 198 applications.

Sources: UC3M University Registrar and data from the Community of Madrid referring to the 2020-21 academic year.


  • 20% of students at UC3M are foreign. This proportion is notably higher at both master’s (30%) and doctoral (43%) levels.

Source: International Relations Department based on data from the UC3M Financial and Management Report.

  • 54% of UC3M graduates have participated in international mobility programs.

Source: Sources: UC3M Financial and Management Report for 2019, approved by the Governing Council and Social Council on 15 June 2020, and official websites of the universities above mentioned.

Graduate career placement and student satisfaction at UC3M

  • 93,4% of graduates successfully found work in a degree-related field in the first year after graduation.

Source: XXII Career Placement Study of Graduates from UC3M. (2018 Academic Year). Prepared by UC3M in collaboration with Accenture. Published in March 2020.



    International Rankings

    35th spot worldwide and ranked 16th in Europe, on QS Top 50 Under 50 2020 Ranking.

    Among the 50 best European universities in teaching excellence according to 2019 THE Teaching ranking.

    311th position on the QS World University Rankings 2021.

    Classified in the Shanghai Ranking as one of the best universities in the world in 14 academic subjects.

    Among the five best Spanish public universities according to U-Multirank 2020.

    The only Spanish public university to appear among Europe’s best business schools.

    33rd place in the global ranking of the best centers for specialization in finance according to Financial Times Business Education Ranking 2020.

    Among the 250 best young universities in the world according to THE Young University Rankings 2020.

    The UC3M is ranked among the 150 best universities in the world according to the new edition of the QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020.

    Ranked among the best 500 universities worldwide in Engineering and Technology, according to the 2018 Times Higher Education Engineering and Technology Rankings.

    National Rankings

    Among the 5 best Spanish universities, according to Fundación Conocimiento y Desarrollo CYD Ranking.

    Leader in U2021 Ranking for performance.

    Ranked among the best Spanish universities for its academic performance, according to the report “La Universidad Española en Cifras. Año 2017 y curso académico 2017/2018” (The University in Figures. Year 2017 and academic year 2017/2018) published by the Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas (CRUE) (Spanish University Rectors Conference).

    Eleven UC3M Bachelor's degrees ranked among the best in Spain according to El Mundo newspaper’s 50 Degree Ranking 2021.

    25 UC3M Master’s programs are among the best in Spain according to the El Mundo 2021 250 Masters Guide.


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