Master in Software and Systems

Guidance

Welcome and Guidance Actions

The welcome and guidance procedure starts as soon as fresher students are admitted to the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos and includes the following actions:

The Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos's IQAS has provided mechanisms for supporting and guiding students through the "tutoring process". Below it is included a list of specific actions which will be carried out to support and guide enrolled students:

Policy regulations for that MSS students continue the Master

As a requirement of permanence to continue studies in the Master's degree in Software and Systems a student must pass at least 12 ECTS the first year and at least 30 ECTS credits in the first two years of enrolment. In addition, students must finish their studies, as maximum, in 3 academic years. In the event that the student, for cause, has not exceeded the minimum number of credits required or has run out the three academic years, and want to continue her/his studies in the Master program, must submit an application to the Academic Committee of the University’s Master in Software and Systems, which will make a decision according to the current regulations and the grounds stated by the student.

In any case, the Master’s regulations for permanency must comply the "rules established by the UPM for the procedure of permanence in Master’s degrees" of qualifications regulated by the RD 1393/2007, approved by the Social Council in 6/2009 extraordinary session of the plenary UPM Social Council held on July 8, 2009.

FAQs (and some answers)

We cannot guarantee the accuracy of all the information listed here, as some of it depends on other institutions that may unilaterally alter their conditions, rates etc. Students are advised to visit the links on this page and listed in the Contact section.

Where can I find information on agreements or cooperation agreements and aid for student exchange programs?

The International Office is responsible for the management of agreements, cooperation agreements, exchanges, etc. for all students in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos.

What are the material resources and services available to the Master students?

All the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos material resources and services are available to any Master student that may need it. A summary of these services can be obtained by consulting the faculty Services and Resources webpage, while the facilities and classrooms available can be found on the Facilities webpage.

How much does the Master in Software and Systems cost?

On top of the cost of living in Madrid, the Master in Software and Systems course fees for the 2016/17 academic year are:

Members of general-category large families are entitled to a 50% reduction in the above rates. Members of special-category large families are exempt from the payment of tuition fees.

How to get to the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos

The Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos is situated on the outskirts of Madrid in the district of Boadilla del Monte and, specifically, at the Montegancedo Campus. The transport options for reaching the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos are private car (from M-40), taxi, regional bus and light railway (linked with the Metro (underground) network).

Here are some instructions about how to get to the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos.

Where will I live?

If you are unable to arrange your accommodation before you arrive at Madrid, a reasonable strategy is to first book provisional accommodation and then look for a longer-term option when you arrive. This page contains links with plenty of information on addresses and prices. Here is some general advice.

September is not usually a good time to find accommodation (especially permanent) because many workers and students descend on Madrid after the summer holidays. On the other hand, you may find that in August, although officially open for business as usual, some offices are closed and there is not much on offer. We suggest that, whenever possible, you look for accommodation before (or during) the month of July.

Provisional accommodation

Long-term accommodation

The usual options are:

Shared flat
Many students prefer this option and usually share a flat with other Spanish or international students. This is the cheapest option. The price ranges from 200 to 400 euros per month. You can find these flats:
  • Through adverts at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos (rooms for rent and wanted)
  • Through adverts at the Ciudad Universitaria
  • Through housing classifieds in periodicals
  • Through online housing classifieds
  • Through specialized agencies
Landladies or private owners
Private persons or families that offer accommodation, including the monthly payment of a number of services, like cleaning, laundry, meals, etc., negotiated with the guest.
Private accommodation agencies
A convenient, albeit not cheap (because they charge a fee for their services), way of finding accommodation in Madrid for weeks or months is to engage the services of an accommodation agency.
University Halls of Residence (Colegios Mayores)
There are many possible choices in the Ciudad Universitaria area, but applications should be submitted in advance: the closing date for applications usually ends in late May. They are quite expensive (as of 550 euros per month), but they do provide board and services like cleaning, laundry, library, sports facilities, cultural and recreational activities in return. Madrid Regional Government offers a Hall of Residence search service. Some University Halls of Residence are:

How much does it cost to live in Madrid?

Although not as expensive as other European capitals, Madrid is not a cheap city to live in. For example, the cost of renting a one-bedroom flat starts at around 400 euros per month. You can find rooms in shared flats as of 200 euros per month. All these prices depend, of course, on the area and do not include the proportional cost of water, electricity, phone, communal charges, etc.

Note for international students: the Spanish Government will not issue a student's visa required for residence in Spain unless you have a means of guaranteeing your livelihood. An amount of money held in a bank account or a grant award is acceptable proof for this purpose. We suggest that you contact your nearest embassy or consulate in due time.

Apart from grants from official institutions, what other funding options are there?

Some private institutions (banks, savings banks, large corporations, etc.) award student grants. However, there is usually a lot of competition, and they generally target a specific field of study. Even so, it is an option well worth considering.

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos professors can, at their discretion, offer internships and research grants generally associated with research and development projects. In this case, the work and research to be carried out are completely dictated by the topic of the project covered by the grant. On the other hand, they offer an unbeatable opportunity for joining the research and education system.

Finally, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos departments sometimes offer student grants for working part-time on tasks like systems administration. Although in short supply, this is yet another option.

How can I improve my Spanish or my English?

It is recommended to the students in this graduate program a good knowledge of Spanish and English. The UPM offers through the Language Program for the Internationalization different possibilities of studying languages. For this, are scheduled during the year several courses of Spanish language and culture, as well as courses in other languages ​​such as English, German, Chinese, etc.. In any case, in Madrid there are many language schools with a wide variety of prices and schedules.

How can I certify to having an English language proficiency level of B2 or equivalent?

To be eligible to take the master’s degree, students must have a specified level of English proficiency to assure that they will be able to follow the lectures. The Council of Europe has established a number of language proficiency levels through the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR). A person with a B2 level of language proficiency is considered to have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization.
  • Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

To certify that they have an English proficiency level of B2, students should submit an official certificate specifying that they have attained the above level or any other equivalent examination certificate, such as:

Will I have WiFi access to the Internet at the UPM?

The UPM offers WiFi access as part of the eduroam initiative. Anyone with access to the eduroam network will be able to wirelessly connect to the Internet across the UPM. UPM students also have access to this network (follow the instructions given in the wireless network section at the UPM website). Otherwise, students can quickly connect to the Internet via the WIFIUPMWeb using just their UPM email address and password.

I wanted to study at the Facultad de Informática at the UPM. Where I can find information?

The Facultad de Informática has renamed and since 2013 it is named Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos. But it has only changed the name: the degrees taught, faculty, location ... everything is same as before ... except the name.