Universidad Complutense de Madrid
The Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) was founded in 1499. Its history can be traced back to May 20th 1293, the date on which Sancho IV of Castile created the Estudio de Escuelas Generales de Alcalá which two centuries later became Cisneros’ Complutense University.
During the Civil War the Ciudad Universitaria was turned into a battle front, with the destruction of Faculty buildings and institutions on the campus and part of its rich scientific, artistic and bibliographical heritage as well as the loss of many prestigious members of the teaching staff.
In 1970 the Government embarked on a reform of higher education and the Central University was renamed the Complutense University, in reference to its origins.
Today, the university is located on a sprawling campus that occupies the entirety of the Ciudad Universitaria district of Madrid, with annexes in the district of Somosaguas.
The exchange agreement between King's and UCM allows for up to 20 Full Year Equivalent (FYE) places for each institution. This equates to 20 students going for a full academic year OR 40 students for a single semester OR a mixture of the two.
Eligibility for King's students
Important: Final decision on students' study abroad application to their host institution rests entirely with that host institution. Students must also meet their departments’ academic requirements to obtain final departmental approval to study abroad. It is usually at least a 60% average prior to departure, however this can vary amongst departments. Students should double check with their Study Abroad Tutor if they are unsure of their academic requirements.
King’s students that wish to study abroad at this institution should check the ‘Undergraduate options by department’ page to see if this institution is indeed an option for them.
Estimated living costs
Please see here for current estimated living costs, but actual expenses may vary depending on student lifestyle. The cost of travel to and from the country is not included in these estimates.
A reminder that King's students on exchange are not required to pay tuition fees to the host university, but you may incur administrative and/or orientation fees at the host. There may also be mandatory insurance costs, and transcripts may incur a fee.
Please also note that, if required, student visas often require applicants to supply evidence of financial support throughout the duration of the study abroad programme. Sometimes this will mean showing financial evidence for a specific amount, so please pay attention to the advice on this from the host institution.