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:
- Subject credits: from 52.65 euros per credit (first enrolment), 84.07 euros per credit (from the second enrolment). Unless they have resident status (excluding residence for tuition purposes), non-EU nationals shall be charged 84.07 euros per ECTS credit.
- Opening of academic record: 27.54 euros
- Registry fees and replacement student cards: 6.11 euros
- Student insurance: 1.12 euros
- Required insurance for students over 28 years old: 3.60 euros
- Nacional mobility insurance: 3.60 euros
- Internacional mobility insurance: 29.00 euros
- Academic certificates and academic transcript transfer: 27.54 euros
- Certification of documents: 10.43 euros
- Master's degree certificate issuance: 176.27 euros
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.
- Some Colegios Mayores (institutions specialized in student accommodation that often organize cultural activities and usually provide study rooms, dining halls and computer suites) offer accommodation on a daily basis in the months of July, August and September. One of the best is C.M.U. San Juan Evangelista.
- There are many small reasonably priced boarding or guest houses. We advise you, of course, to choose carefully and shop around before you make your decision.
- If you are an IYHF card holder you are eligible to stay at any of the hostels available in Madrid. The Albergue Santa Cruz de Marcenado has the advantage of being centrally located and very reasonably priced as it is publicly run.
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:
- University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations
- First Certificate in English
- Certificate in Advanced English
- Certificate of Proficiency in English
- International English Language Testing System: ≥ 5.5
- Trinity College English Examinations
- Integrated Skills in English examinations (ISE): ISE II & ISE III
- Graded Examinations in Spoken English: Grades 7, 8, 9 & 10
- English Testing System
- TOEFL IBT (Internet Based Test): ≥ 72
- TOEFL ITP: ≥ 543 or Silver Certificate
- TOEIC Listening and Reading: ≥ 785
- TOEIC Speaking and Writing: ≥ 310
- Spanish Official Language Schools (Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas Españolas)
- 1998 Curriculum (RD 967/1988): 4th year pass
- o 2006 Curriculum (RD 1629/2006): Advanced Certificate
- Pearson Test of English General
- Level 3, Level 4 or Level 5
- Have completed a bachelor’s degree at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
- Have passed an internal B2 level language test at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (based on CAPMAN)
- Is a native English speaker
- Has completed his/her higher education in an English-speaking country
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.