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Welcome to one of the most exhilarating cities in all Europe!
Located at the center of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid is the capital of Spain and the third largest city in Europe. With three million inhabitants and its outstanding variety of cultural and leisure activities, it offers one of the most vibrant downtowns in all of Europe.

Noteworthy in Madrid is its 18th century Madrid de las Austrias neighborhood, which includes the Plaza Mayor, the City Hall, and the Royal Palace. If modern architecture is more to your taste, they are buildings by some of the most important international architects in the newer areas of the city.

You will not want to miss a visit to museums such as El Prado, Reina Sofía or the Thyssen, which feature collections from the most outstanding painters in history. If you feel hungry after the visit, it would be a great chance to get to know some of Madrid’s vast array of gastronomic options, ranging from the most traditional bars to the newest restaurants. You can also enjoy shows and musicals in the different theaters of Madrid, the largest offer in all of Spain. And if you are still up to it, you can end the day by reveling in the downtown’s outstanding nightlife and lose yourself in its outdoor cafes and rooftop bars, where you can contemplate the city’s nighttime skyline.

Madrid also has several large green belts including Retiro Park, Madrid River and Casa de Campo where you can stroll, practice sport or simply relax in Madrid’s annual 2691 hours of sunshine, or you can head to the nearby mountains and the snow, located just kilometers away.

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The Department of Economics is located on the Getafe Campus, 15 minutes from the heart of Madrid, so you can choose between living in the city center, if you want to enjoy city life, or in the ​​Getafe area, a quiet place and just a step away from the University. You can find a home here.

Barajas-Adolfo Suárez International Airport offers flights to anywhere in the world and the highway network and high speed trains will allow you to reach the main cities in Spain in less than a few hours.

You can easily move across the city thanks to the bus, underground and local train interconnected network that allow for a quick commute at any time.

For further information check out these online resources with endless information on transportation, accommodation, culture, entertainment, eating, shopping and local classifieds that can give you a fair idea of life (and the cost of living ) in Madrid


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid was founded in 1989 with a clear commitment to establishing a university center of teaching and research excellence in the south of Madrid. Its two main campuses [U1] are located in cities of Getafe (the School of Law and Social Science and the School of Humanities) and Leganés (The School of Engineering)The University has a young faculty trained at leading world universities (1,900 teachers and researchers grouped into 27 departments) whose exclusive professional activity is teaching and research. UC3M has the highest proportion of faculty members receiving positive evaluations of its research by the Ministry of Education, and it is among the top three universities in Spain in publication of articles in JCR international journals, doctoral theses and research projects per professor. In 2016, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid received 160 million euros in public and private funding. Its faculty guarantees the quality of an academic offer that includes 20 undergraduate degrees, 13 of which can be studied in English or in bilingual option. In addition it has 63 University Master’s degrees, with a total enrollment o f 3,000 students, and 18 doctoral programs, all of them having received a distinction of of quality award, with 500 students enrolled.