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THE UC3M MBA EXPERIENCE
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AN INTERNATIONAL MBA


The UC3M MBA attracts international students from around the world. In an average class of 30 students there are around 20 different nationalities. With some year-to-year variations, about a third are from Europe, a third from America, and another third from Asia. The Puerta de Toledo campus, moreover, has a very international atmosphere, as other Master’s degrees also attract a large percentage of international students.

A third of professors are international and the international dimension of business is fully integrated into the curriculum through the use of international case studies, internationally oriented electives, and the discussion of international topics in the main core courses. Teamwork, which is extensively used in the program, and class discussions, provide further opportunities to exchange views and to learn from one another’s cultures and backgrounds.

Since business is increasingly global, the international nature of the MBA will help you in many ways. Personal and academic interaction with other MBA students with different nationalities will give you a better understanding of other cultures, which will prove useful when doing business internationally. You will also create long-lasting relationships that will help you internationalize your professional network. These connections will help you in the future, whenever you have to obtain information about a given country, industry or company.

The language of the UC3M MBA is English so that we can attract students from all around the world and make the class as diverse as possible. At the same time, living in Madrid will give you an opportunity to learn Spanish, one of the most international languages. The MBA offers extracurricular Spanish language courses on campus and the schedules are integrated with the curricular activities so that you make an efficient use of your time. Living in Madrid you will have constant opportunities to put this knowledge into practice.


CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND PLACEMENT


Because of the university’s selective admissions criteria and high-quality academic standards, UC3M is a strong brand among Spanish employers, who perceive the university as a valuable source of talent. The university’s best business card is its network of alumni, who show their value day after day in all business sectors.

The university’s Career Services organize Madrid’s largest employment fair, Forempleo, sponsored by Accenture, Atos, BBVA, and Repsol. Forempleo takes place in October and is attended by around 90 employers every year, including numerous multinational companies. In addition, the university’s Career Services offer internship opportunities that are built on an extensive network of employers with which the university has long-standing relations. Because the MBA is a full-time program, students are encouraged to look for internships that start in September, once the second semester is over. A working knowledge of Spanish is required for most internships.

The UC3M MBA Program offers access to an international job market with openings for MBA graduates and also provides personalized coaching and job hunting.

The MBA curriculum includes two specific modules to help you to enhance your career potential: Leadership and Career and Personal Development. These courses are designed to increase your awareness about your personal strengths and weaknesses and help you to take the actions needed to improve your employability. They will also help you to develop a “personal branding” strategy that takes advantage of your academic background and professional experience and helps you meet your post-MBA professional expectations. Both courses are led by qualified professionals with experience in coaching and selection.

Given the generalist nature of the MBA, placement opportunities are present across all industries and for graduates with very different pre-MBA backgrounds. In addition, the AMBA seal gives ample international recognition to the UC3M MBA degree.

About a third of our graduates are employed at or shortly after graduation and around 70 percent are employed within six months of graduation.


LIFE IN MADRID
Madrid is the third largest city in the European Union, with a population of around 3.2 million. Its metropolitan area has a population of around 6.5 million, which makes it one of the five largest in Europe. The city has a large and modern public transportation system, which makes transportation very convenient.

Madrid is the country's capital and its main economic and business center. It hosts Europe's third largest stock market (Bolsa de Madrid) and Latin America's second largest stock market (Latibex), as well as the headquarters of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Some of the world leading corporations, such as Santander, BBVA, Telefonica, or Repsol, are headquartered in Madrid, and the city is the preferred choice for both national companies central headquarters and multinational companies regional headquarters. Madrid is also one of Europe's top meeting cities and international trade shows take place continuously throughout the year.

The city has a high safety level and a vibrant cultural life. Restaurants and bars are open late at night and the population is very outgoing. The city hosts the Prado Museum, one of the worlds most important museums, as well as the outstanding Reina Sofía and Thyssen Bornemisza museums. World-class sports events are frequent as the city has two of the leading European soccer teams (Real Madrid and Atlético) and the Madrid Mútua Open Tennis championship is part of the ATP World Tour. For those who like hiking and skiing, the nearby mountains of Madrid's "Sierra" provide excellent opportunities within and hour drive or train ride.

Madrid is one of Europe's main transportation hubs, with excellent connections to all continents. Its international airport Europe's fifth largest airport in terms of traffic. Moreover, Madrid's location in the center of Spain makes it an excellent base to explore the country's rich variety of regions. Madrid is also the main hub of the Spanish high-speed train network, which provides fast connections to most of the other main Spanish cities.
DOWNTOWN CAMPUS: PUERTA DE TOLEDO
The UC3M Puerta de Toledo campus is located in downtown Madrid, in the historical district of La Latina and at walking distance from prominent touristic attractions such as the Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, or Plaza Mayor. The Madrid Rio Park, one of the city's newest urban developments, is also at walking distance. La Latina is famous for its historical flavor and its tapas bars.The campus central location facilitates the interaction with the business world and makes it easier for students to enjoy the pleasures of living in a historical European capital while taking advantage of the benefits of one of Europe's main business centers.

The campus facilities are in a fully renovated historical building that dates back to the 1930s and which constitutes a nice example of rationalistic architecture. The campus is very well connected, with an underground station, bus stops, and electric bike parking spot at the doorsteps of the building. It is fully dedicated to Masters programs, which creates a great learning environment and facilitates personal and professional networking. The large percentage of international students on campus offers wonderful opportunities to benefit from an enriching life experience.

Apartment rentals and general cost of living are lower in Madrid than in other European capitals. In addition, in La Latina you will find affordable housing options at walking distance from the campus.
The UC3M MBA has been accredited by the prestigious Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 2006. AMBA is one of the leading accreditation agencies and the only one that focuses on MBA Programs.

AMBA accreditation is an exclusive seal as there are only 220 AMBA-accredited business schools worldwide, and only five in Spain. Accredited schools are in 70 diferent countries, which makes AMBA’s the most international accreditation. AMBA Accreditation gives students access to a worldwide network of graduates of accredited MBA Programs, an online job market, job fairs, and onlinecontinuous learning materials.

Unlike rankings, which are based on an analysis of data provided by the schools, accreditation involves, in addition to such analyses, regular external audits. In each audit, a panel of experts (MBA Directors or Deans of other accredited schools) visits the facilities, collects information from the program manage-ment team, and gather direct opinions from students, alumni, employers, and faculty.

Accreditation has a developmental focus: accredited schools participate in regular conferences to discuss trends and best practices, and AMBA supervisesschools to ensure that quality is continuously improved.

The UC3M MBA includes a business plan project that serves two purposes. On the one hand, it is a fully practical project which will increase your understanding of business, forcing you to sharpen your information analysis tools, to make strategic choices that are consistent with the business environment, and to work out the implementation details of your strategy. On the other hand, it helps you to integrate the knowledge from the different courses, thus providing you with a broader understanding of business, where you will be able to see how the different aspects of the business interact.

The MBA Program is partnering with the university’s Technology Park to offer MBA students the opportunity to work on projects that are currently conducted by start-up companies located in the Park’s incubator, or to create business plans for some of the university’s patents.

Business plans are conducted in teams and are supervised by professors with ample business experience.