Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
University Info | International Student Info
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- offers higher education in all fields of engineering.
- is the world’s top-ranking Spanish-speaking university in engineering.
- offers laboratory opportunities under tutored supervision at laboratories at any of our schools or university research institutes and centers specializing in energy, automation, electronics, laser, domotics, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, materials science, information processing and telecommunications, computer science, data science and engineering, cybersecurity and software engineering.
- offers cooperation opportunities in sustainable development at the Innovation and Technology for Development Centre.
- hosts a business services center with an enterprise incubator to support the consolidation of the new technology companies, primarily university spin-offs.
As Spain’s oldest and largest technical university, the UPM has more than 35,000 students training in a broad spectrum of disciplines, covering most engineering disciplines and information and communication technologies, but also stretching to sports science, architecture and fashion design. Its demanding programs improve the employment prospects of its graduates, also boosted by the institution’s close ties with the business world.
A pacesetter of engineering education in Spain, the UPM has highly reputed professors in their fields of specialization. The teaching experience of its approximately 3,000 faculty is enhanced by educational innovation techniques that further the quality of our students’ training. Internationalization is one of the mainstays of the UPM’s programs, which are designed to attract students and professors from other countries.
In the style of the French Grandes Écoles, UPM has 18 schools and faculties, some dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The schools are spread across four campuses (Madrid, City Centre, Moncloa Campus, Montegancedo, South Campus) and specialize in different areas of engineering and technology, including aerospace engineering, agroforestry and environmental engineering, biotechnology and biomedical engineering, civil engineering and sustainability, information and communication technologies, organizational engineering, industrial engineering, physical, chemical, and geological sciences. UPM schools award four- and five-year undergraduate degrees, and one- and two-year master's degrees.
The International office at each school provides guidance for students and is responsible for academic matters relating to both UPM and international mobility students.
Terms of Exchange
- Undergraduate students: Accepted
- Graduate students: Accepted
- Computer Science majors: Accepted
- Students should have the equivalent of a 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA grade scale.
- Students must be beyond their second year of study during the exchange period.
Language of Instruction
Spanish and English (a limited number of undergraduate courses are available in English)
One to two semester academic courses and/or one-semester bachelor or master's project.
Research projects and work experience program - Graduation projects are possible for both undergraduate and graduate students provided a suitable supervisor can be found.
Company internships up to 20 hours a week are possible for international students registered at UPM.
Academic Calendar | Semester Dates (including exam period)
- Fall (first semester): early September to end January
- Spring (second semester): early February to end June
- Agricultural Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Food Engineering
- Forestry Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Spatial Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Energy Engineering
- Geological Engineering
- Industrial Design
- Industrial Electronics and Automation
- Industrial Engineering
- Marine Architecture and Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Organizational Engineering
Information and Communications Technologies
- Artificial Intelligence and Data Science
- Biomedical Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Science
- Data Engineering
- Geomatics Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Telecommunications Engineering
Restricted Disciplines and Courses
- Some MS courses may place restrictions on the number of exchange students admitted. Therefore, MS students are advised to check with GE3 advisor in advance.
See the UPM Global E3 Program web page: https://www.upm.es/internacional/Students/ExchangeMobilityPrograms/InternationalProgram/Global_E3_Program
Workload per Semester
300 in-class hours / 30 ECTS
Additional Application Materials
Students nominated by IIE to UPM will be contacted by respective UPM School International Office to complete the UPM application.
Recommendation letter from a professor or academic staff:
The acceptance packet will be sent about one month after application is received.
On-campus accommodation is not available to exchange students. Students are expected to find their own accommodation. Possible links are:
For support, students should contact the housing officer at email@example.com
Estimated Cost of Living
The approximate monthly cost of living in Madrid ranges from 600 to 900 euros (accommodation and food), taking into account that this will depend on the cost of your accommodation. As an example, sharing a rented apartment will cost around 400 euros (accommodation only).
Accommodation – 300-500 €/month
Food/meals – 15-20 €/day
Local transportation – 20 €/month
Academic expenses (e.g. books, stationery) – 200 €
Personal expenses – 250 €
Student mobility insurance – 200 €/year
Office Responsible for International Exchange Students
Vice Rectorate for Academic Strategy and Internationalization
Student Advisor - Rachel Elliott
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