Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is a renowned, Spanish public university in the Community of Madrid. It was established in 1989 and has been delivering excellent education ever since. It is also constantly ranked among the best 20 universities in the world, according to QS World University Rankings. The university places special value on being an institution that presents its students with a global outlook. In order to do just that, students from near and far are accepted onto one of the many degree programmes offered at UC3M. A broad range of Bachelor’s and Master’s are therefore delivered completely in English. About 20% of the student body is made up of foreign students who chose Madrid and UC3M as their dream university location. To add to its already international atmosphere, the school decided to take part in the Erasmus student exchange programmes. The university is known to offer outstanding education, especially in the fields of business, particularly economics. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is not only known for its high academical standards, it also holds the highest admission grade requirement in Madrid for degree programmes, such as business, law, political science, economics and more. Graduates can expect to be best equipped for their future endeavours, as proven by the fact that the university is ranked among the world’s top 150 universities in employability (QS World University Rankings, in 2016). The campuses are home to state-of-the-art facilities. UC3M has four campuses that are divided into the Getafe Campus, which hosts the School of Law and Social Sciences and the School of Humanities, Communication and Documentation; the Leganés Campus, which is home to the School of Engineering; as well as the Colmenarejo Campus and Madrid-Puerta de Toledo Campus. The school also offers online courses in addition to their undergraduate and postgraduate courses. At the moment, 13 courses are offered, in a variety of subjects, including structural mechanics, and European paintings.
I had always planned to go to a university in England, but at the last moment I decided to change my major. So I studied Computer Engineering in Leganés. I lived in Getafe in my first year, so I had to go by bus and would spend an hour in total (it was difficult to find a flat near the University of Leganés, since there were not so many students in this part of the university). The good thing is that he had full morning schedules, that is, he had classes from nine in the morning and would finish at around 1:00 p.m., the classes were continuous, so he could go home directly after classes. One thing to mention is that we had the option of giving some classes in English. I didn’t have time to choose the bilingual course.
One thing to mention is that the classes are given in normal classes, so in some classes you have a hard time looking at the blackboard because it is too far away.
The professors cannot be one hundred percent supporting you, since they have the vast majority of them have other jobs, they always leave the doctoral students to help us.
I am an international student who comes from Hong Kong. I would start my master’s degree (Cultural Management) in September 2022. The school have so many programmes for international students and focuses on the exchange and development of talents of the international students. Moreover, the university provides so many internship programmes for students to choose from each semester.
I graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Management. The universities in Hong Kong are all of a high ranking and have excellent academic performances in both Chinese and English. Moreover, the school provides many extracurricular activities for students.View more
The classes are very dynamic, with good teachers. The university facilities are very good and there are good options to stay, it is also very well connected with public transport, with a metro and train stop 5 minutes away. I recommend it.View more
These days there are many options of different courses and schools to study at. However, if you want to have the best education, which is really an investment I suggest everybody, the University Carlos III is the one you are looking for. Not just because of the high level of demand, but also because of the relations with other universities all over the world to study or work abroad, among other interesting opportunities.View more
It was great, but hard to study. All the professors are speaking English perfectly and provide a great deal of support. On campus, there are a lot of opportunities for sports and also there is a huge library that is divided into two sections, whether the 1st is silent and the 2nd is not.View more
Teachers are not the best, but they will help you the best they can. Facilities are very good, with yummy cafeterias, a big library and big classrooms. Exams are very hard, and midterms are things you don’t actually study.View more
It is a dual bachelor and there is a big difference between them. Humanities provides you with a wide understanding of a variety of knowledge areas (philosophy, art history, history, literature…) and gives a more profound insight. However, Journalism has been very disappointing. The content is very shallow and is often repeated in different courses.View more
Competitive program with more work required than other universities. The degree is well-positioned for the job market, but the university lacks a certain university feel. With many local students and a small campus where there is hardly any life except going to class, a bit of the college experience is lost.View more
I completed the Audiovisual Communication degree at uc3m in 2018. Overall, I’d rate it as an ‘ok’ experience cause despite my disappointment with the program’s structure I do believe there’s other good parts that come along with the experience of studying at UC3M.
In general, I’d say the biggest downside is that the program constitutes mostly of a heavy theoretical part about the history of film and TV, which can be interesting in some classes but most of them just consist in memorizing a lot of content by heart for the evaluations. I found that many lectures lack the practical approach necessary to prepare the students for jobs in TV or film productions.
There are a few classes that I did enjoy and found useful, that offer a bit of that practical approach where you get to be in the production studio on campus, apply film theory to your own work, play around with cameras, develop your own radio episode with a team in a radio booth, etc. but it feels like a very minor part in comparison to the rest of the degree and you only get to scratch the surface of learning about media production and postproduction. Also, there’s some classes that are compulsory like economics or law which I didn’t find useful at all in relation to the program and ended up taking a lot of work to get over with.
All of this is very noticeable specially after graduation, where most of us find ourselves extremely unprepared for roles in current media productions. If that’s something you’re interested in, I’d recommend searching for another program way more practical and oriented towards current job positions.
On the other hand, I think the best part of the university is all the facilities and a very nice student environment with a constant flow of activities and workshops of different fields available. The resources at UC3M are, from my understanding, pretty good compared to other public universities with a similar communication degree. There’s camera equipment available for students to borrow and a radio and tv studio in the campus. Also, the library is a very modern building, quite big and has lots of film and tv content for rental, plus available computers to work. The rest of the spaces like the open-air gardens and the cafeterias are super nice as well and are very suitable for gatherings with other students.
I studied Audiovisual Communication a few years ago and I can say that it left me much to be desired in general.
Positively, I would highlight the abundance of group work that lowered individual weight, and the only two weeks of exams that allowed a lot of free time for the rest of the course.
But, in terms of content, I think that all of us who aspired to any kind of practical work were left with the desire to learn.
I do not know if it will have changed in these years, but it would be a good point to take into account.View more