Quick Facts

Language of instruction: Spanish

Language requirement: Spanish 204 or its equivalent is required for participation. The program in Valencia does offer some classes in English. Spanish language classes are available at most schools.

Eligibility requirement: UW-Madison Engineering students in good academic and non-academic standing.

GPA requirement: 3.0 cumulative

Class standing requirement: students must have met engineering progression requirements to apply.

Application deadline:

  • March 1 for Fall or Academic Year
  • October 1 for Spring

Approximate Academic Calendar:


Fall: Early September to late January

Spring: Early February to late June

Duration: Fall, Spring or Academic year


Fall: Late August to late December

Spring: Early January to mid May

Duration: Fall, Spring or Academic year


The program in Valencia is run through IESP. Please refer to the web pages below for more information:

The program in Madrid is run through the Global Engineering Education Exchange (Global E3), a consortium of universities in the U.S. and abroad working together to provide students with the opportunity to study internationally. Please refer to the Global E3 website as well as the schools' website for more detailed information.


You must carry the equivalent of 12-18 UW credits while abroad, as determined through a scale for credit equivalency. At least 50% of the courses you take abroad must be in engineering, science, or math. You can take any course abroad that you can get approved as equivalent to a UW course; learn how to get courses equated. You can also choose from a list of courses already approved as equivalent to UW courses:

  • To view all Universidad Politécnica de Valéncia courses that have been equated and their UW equivalents go to the UPV equivalency list under the 'Academics' tab at the bottom of the page.
  • Consult Universidad Politécnica de Valéncia's course catalog. You may also review the academic calendar.
  • You may want to look into the pre-semester Spanish program in Gandia. Review the intensive language classes offered during this program.
  • Some courses and majors at UPV are taught in English; they are generally offered at the junior or senior level. UPV offers four majors entirely in English:
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Technical Architecture
    • Informatics Engineering
    • Business Administration and Management

  • To view all Universidad Pontifica Comillas de Madrid courses that have been equated and their UW equivalents go to the Comillas equivalency list on the 'Academics' tab at the bottom of the page.
  • Consult Universidad Pontifica Comillas de Madrid's course information and course timetables by department.
  • You are eligible to take courses offered at Comillas in partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. These specific course are offered during the spring semester ONLY. Please see their page for more information.


The current cost estimates can be found on the program page for Valencia and Madrid. Click on the "Cost" link and then on the program term that you plan to attend (ex: Fall 2017-18).

The amounts are approximate and will vary based on the actual program you attend, your own spending, and the current currency exchange rate. As you budget for your study abroad, make sure you plan for these contingencies. Check current exchange rates online at or

Host institutions may also require students to purchase their insurance policies in addition to CISI.


Academic institutions in Spain do not (generally) have on-campus dormitories. Students participating on these programs will need to locate housing upon arrival with the assistance of the international offices. More detailed housing information is available for UPV and for UPCM.


1) For either UPV or UPCM, you will need to complete this IESP application for Valencia, and this IESP application for Comillas. The application will ask you to submit a variety of materials as listed here.

2) For the Universidad Politécnica de Valéncia, the following items are required for application.

  • UPV's application for admission
    • Nomination Required: In order to receive authorization to apply to UPV, you must first request to be nominated by IESP. Send an email to including your full name and major at UW as well as a copy of your UW student record. You will be notified when you can initiate the UPV program application (see next step). 
    • Pre-register your application: this application will require you to request a login and password in order to gain access. Click on "On-line exchange application" to begin the process.
      • On the next page, click on "Request user ID and password (PIN number) to start.
      • You will provide some preliminary information (country, home university, etc). For "Activity," select 'Official Mobility Programmes (ERASMUS and similar)'.
      • You must then select a home center (school). Please make sure to review course offerings in advance of selecting your center; use the links given in the Academics section of this page to do so. The school that offers the most courses you are interested in taking will be your home school and this may not be the school that is the closest in name to your department at UW-Madison.
      • Fill out your personal information including passport number or UW ID number.
    • The next business day at UPV*, you should receive your login and password at which point you return to the above link and select 'Complete an application (I already have a login and password).'
      • Print, sign and submit a hard copy of this application to IESP along with all application materials. Retain a copy of all documents for your records and so that you will be able to send in the necessary documents once you are able to complete your UPV application. US citizens should choose 'North American' as their nationality.

    *UPV only issues logins and passwords after they have opened their applications, approximately March 1 and October 1. Please submit all other application materials before the deadline; you may need to submit the UPV application days after the listed deadline.

For Universidad Pontifica Comillas de Madrid apply through Global E3's electronic application form.

3) Submit any original/official application materials directly to IESP through the online application; do not send them to the institution to which you are applying.

If you have an up-to-date passport please submit a copy of it with your application, otherwise start applying for a passport immediately.

Transcripts can be obtained by either (1) visiting the Office of the Registrar at 333 East Campus Mall or by (2) ordering them online via MyUW. Either option is free. Please note that hard copy transcripts ordered online may take up to 10 business days to arrive through the mail. Transcripts ordered online are available for pick-up the same day.

If you have any questions, contact IESP.