Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)
The UAM Faculty of Medicine opened its doors for the first time in 1969 with a study programme that was extremely advanced for its time, in an attempt to change the way medicine was taught in Spain. This study programme introduced innovative ideas, including a revised definition of teaching objectives, integration and coordination between the different areas and subjects, and more attention to the practical training of students, based both in the laboratory and on constant contact with patients. The initial teaching goal of the Faculty of Medicine was to comprehensively train doctors so that once they completed their studies, they would be fully competent to move onto different specialities or embark upon a scientific career in biomedicine. These premises have been strengthened over the years and have been continually adapted to the changing needs of the society that we care for.
Our Med School
The Medicine Campus includes the Faculty of Medicine, the Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas Alberto Sols (Alberto Sols Biomedical Research Institute), the centro mixto UAM-CSIC (combined UAM-Spanish Council for Scientific Research centre), and the Instituto Teófilo Hernando de I+D del Medicamento (Teófilo Hernando Institute for Drug Development). The campus is located in the north of Madrid, just 100 metres from the La Paz University Hospital, one of the six hospitals it has links with. It is less than 1 km away from two first-class research centres, both included in the proposal for a UAM-CSIC International Campus of Excellence and affiliated to the Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Carlos III Health Institute), the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (National Oncology Research Centre [CNIO]) and the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (National Centre for Cardiovascular Research [CNIC]). The Faculty has 300 members of teaching staff, 75 administration and services employees and around 1800 students.
- Hospital General Universitario La Paz
- Hospital Universitario La Princesa
- Fundación Jiménez Díaz
- Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro Majadahoda: this hospital is not in Madrid, it is situated in Majadahonda, a town next to Madrid.
- Hospital Infantil Universitario Niño Jesús: only for Pediatrics.
We have different research projects involving the following departments:
- Clinical pharmacology at Hospital Universitario La Princesa.
AIEME-UAM offers two types of accomodation: home-stay or student flat / dormitory. The amount of students in each type depends on how many of our students want to be host of international students. During the school year we usually place you with a host student (which will also be one of your contact people). We will try to place you in a hospital close to your accomodation or the one that your contact person studies at.
Anywhere in Madrid and surroundings. You will be staying with a family or with students. Remember this is not a hotel and you must behave politely with your host and his/her family or roomates. Your host will be also your contact person. He or whe will contact you and let you know where the house is, how your room will be, what you have to bring, etc.
Dormitory / Student flat
We usually book double rooms in student flats in the city centre (Gran Vía - Callao). Towels and sheets are included. There are shared bathrooms and kitchen. WIFI is also included. Flats might be only for girls or for both boys and girls.
- Students who come together might not be placed in the same house or same room. In case you are staying at the dormitory/student flat we will try that you can share a room.
- Boyfriend-Girlfriend incomings who come together must let us know in advance so that we can try to place them in the same room or house. Sometimes it is not possible.
- The accomodation cannot be changed unless there is a major reason for it. Not sharing with your friend or boyfriend/girlfriend is not consideren a major reason.
- Pets, family members, friends or boyfriend/girlfriend visits are not allowed. If someone wants to visit you while you stay in Madrid, they will have to book another room or a hotel (your contact people will provide you webpages and information to find a cheap place).
- If your behavior is not correct and we recieve complains (from your host, your roomate or the dorm manager), we will cancel your exchange and you won't have any place to stay in Madrid. If you thought Spain means careless party and fun, think twice before you do it indoors.
You can move easily around Madrid using Metro (subway), buses or trains (Cercanías-RENFE). All of our hospitals in the city are close to Metro stations.
Your contact person will help you get a Transportation Card which includes buses, metro and trains withing the zone you choose (A, B1, B2...) and it is valid for one month. The prize is 35€ for under-23 and 55€ for +23. You cannot use this card to travel in/to other cities of Spain (only Madrid and metropolitan area).
You need to know that the average time to work or school in Madrid can be 1 hour. We try to place our incomings as close as possible to the hospital or the university but sometimes it can take up to 1 hour to get there everyday.
If you are planning on visiting every corner of our country, Madrid is your city. You won't feel bored during the week and can go anywhere in the weekends.
Some web pages in Spanish
Some web pages in English
About your contact people
Please, read the information about the contact person program and the way to contact us in "Social program" section.
About documents for your VISA application
If you need any special documents for your TOURIST VISA let us know at least one month before your exchange. It will take us 1-2 weeks (or more) to get them. We will not take any responsability if we are not able to get them in time if you don’t tell us with enough time.
During the exam season (December, January, May and June) and during summer it might take us longer to get the documents you might need. Please, let us know as soon as you get your CA.
PLEASE, APPLY FOR TOURIST VISA. If you apply for any other kind of visa, we do not take any responsability if we are not able to get special documents or solve any problems with the embassy.
How to get in touch with us
Once you get your CA, if you have any doubts please contact your IFMSA-contact person (for exchange and university or hospital issues), your not-IFMSA contact person (for questions about Madrid, lifestyle, weather, etc.) or write in the Facebook group. DO NOT SEND EMAILS TO OUR NEO.
"I am not and IFMSA exchange student, but I like your university"
If you are a foreign student looking for a clinical clerkship or a research practice in our university out of the IFMSA exchange program, please contact our university International Affairs Office or with the hospital. We are only allowed to organize exchanges through SCORE and SCOPE programs. Sorry. :(