Spain (IFMSA-Spain) - Madrid-Complutense
Depending on the hospital you will be assigned to., Hospital Cl
Preferably during summer months.
Provided by host family OR at the hospital OR at the faculty/hospital cafeteria
Either apartment, host family of a student or student's hall
Spanish is recommended to do your clerkship in one of our hospitals
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Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), founded in 1499 in Alcalá de Henares, is the oldest university in Madrid, and boasts amongst its historical students and teachers seven of the eight spanish nobel laureates.

The current campus was built in the 1920s, its first buildings are as the "Medical Group" as they include the faculties of medicine, pharmacy and odontology as well as the teaching Hospital Clínico San Carlos. Today these faculties form the core of the Madrid Moncloa Campus located in "Ciudad Universitaria" (University City) based upon typical american university campuses such as Washington, Harvard and Montreal. It exists as a microcosmos separate but very much incorporated inside the city of Madrid.

During the 1930s the campus witnessed first hand the Spanish Civil War as it became a main battlefield in the skirmishes over the capital. Even today you can find the scars left by the bullets on the walls of the buildings even though there has been an important restoration. That’s why our faculty is part of the Spanish Cultural Heritage.

In its long trajectory UCM has trained and continues to train medical professionals to participate in the health system, research and teaching at a national level, nowadays Complutense remains one of the most important universities in Spain and one of the top medical centres for both education and research in the country.


The unique building that harbours the Medical School (which is one of the buildings in Madrid with the biggest area) has modern facilities, standing out among them the laboratories, abilities theatres, the Library or the University Institutes, for instance. All this to achieve the main aim: help the students in their learning and improve the teaching quality that the institution offers to its students.

The Medical School has been associated for 30 years with three of the main hospitals in Madrid: Hospital Clínico San Carlos, Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre and Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón. During the last years, two more hospitals have joined the teaching programme of the Faculty: Hospital Universitario Infanta Leonor and Hospital Universitario Infanta Cristina. This association improves substantially the teaching possibilities in clinical and practical issues in all the degrees of the Faculty.

The three main hospitals are in the top 10 hospitals in Spain, outlining the transplantation surgery at the 12 de Octubre and the surgery in general at the Gregorio Marañón.

For our incomings, we try to settle you as close as possible depending on where you live. We usually place you at Clínico San Carlos Hospital, because it is in a well-communicated area, close to the Faculty, close to the flats we rent and with lots of bars and student environment.


This projects may vary along the year.

Project Laboratory Availability Other requirements
Functional and phenotypic characterization of T lymphocytes in patients with cancer/ infl. Conditions


Medical school. Universidad Complutense

All summer, except August.

Best month July

                                                   Effect of sevoflurane, lidocaine and carvedilol modulating the inflammatory response to OLV Biochemistry. Medical school. Universidad Complutense. February, March, May, September, October, November .  
The study of BRAFV600E expression in primary and metastatic melanoma samples

Department of Pathology

Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre

January, February, March,  April, May, October, November  The student should have knowledge of physiology and histology.
Acute lung injury/ARDS. Role of phospholipids Dept. of Pharmacology. School of Medicine. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. All year except, August.  
Neurobiology of 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, "ecstasy") Department of Pharmacology, medical school, Universidad Complutense. June and July  
Implication of innate immunity in stroke inflammatory response.

Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Complutense. All year except: July, August, and December. To be at least into third year of Medschool.
Anatomy dissections Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Complutense. All year long  

If your lodging is at a student flat or at a dormitory, we will provide your lunch from Monday to Friday. You will be given lunch tickets or just say your name at the cafeteria (depending on the hospital) and you will get a complete meal: first course, second course, dessert and bread. DRINKS ARE NOT INCLUDED*

If your lodging is at a host family, they will provide you at least one meal per day. They are not required to give you more than one meal per day, although they might depending on their habits. In any case they MUST provide you with all the equipment to cook your own food.

*You can drink tap water in Madrid without any problem , as well as order it at bars or restaurants. We all do it. It’s a good way to save money!!!


Lodging during the school year:

You will be hosted at a Med student flat or house. They have to provide you with a key and a bed, as well as making your transportation to downtown and your hospital easy, but nothing else. Everything else is an extra work they are doing for you, so we kindly ask you to keep that in mind.

Families DO NOT get money for hosting you. They do it because they want to learn from different cultures and feel new experiences.

Your host will get in touch with you as soon as you receive your CA (Card of Acceptance) and you can ask for any further details.

Lodging during the Summer:

You can be hosted at a Med student flat or house OR at a flat that we rent for you.

In case you are in a flat, you will not know the exact location until one week prior to your arrival, but we can assure it will be close to downtown, close to the hospitals and really well communicated with the Madrid public transportation service.

You will be alone in a room, sharing it with another person (same gender) or two more people. The most likely is sharing it with another person.

We try to arrange the flats so you can all be together in the same one, or at least close to one another, but this is not always possible.

The flats DO have:


-Shared bathroom.

-Shared kitchen



-Kitchen equipment.

-Washing machine

The flats DO NOT have:




When you first arrive into the flats, please check that everything is clean and works. If it is not, please tell your coordinator as soon as possible. This is important, since any flaw, broken thing or if you leave the flat dirty will mean that you will have to pay for the repairment, otherwise you will not get the certificate. Leave the flats the way you found them.

  • Leave this world a little better than you found it.

Baden-Powell's Last Message (1945)

IMPORTANT: out of your exchanges dates we do not provide lodging. However, there are some well-located and relatively cheap hostels close to downtown. Although we don’t know much about them (after all we live here) you can ask us anything related to the location or the price =).


The best way to travel in Madrid is using the Metro (underground). Your contact person will help you to get the Public Transportation Card (Tarjeta Transporte Público). With this card you will able to travel by bus, metro and train inside the A zone (Madrid city). It costs 35€ for under 23 and 54,60€ for + 23. ID card (for EU) or Passport (rest of the World) is required, as well as a photo (these prices may change).

We do not recommend taking taxis. They are extremely expensive and not necessary in most of the cases.

The Metro runs everyday from 6am to 1:30 am.

There are also night buses that connect the city centre with the great majority of the places in Madrid.

With the app Madrid Metro/Bus/Cercanías (train) you can easily check the schedules.

Madrid is also well communicated with the most important cities of Spain by train and bus. You can check these websites:

For further information, please contact your contact person, who will help you to book or organize any trip you want.


We always provide a social program. However, it depends a lot on the month you come. Given that we have exams during the months of January, May and June, this months would have a reduced social program.

If you arrive during the Summer months (July, August and September), the social program is more organised. Moreover, during the Summer we have the majority of our incomings, so you will be with more people like you.

But if you come during the year...don’t worry!!! Lots of Med students will do different things with you: going to small trips close to Madrid, show you the city or experience with you the Madrid Nightlife. Moreover, we have agreements with associations like ESN or IAESTE, which have exchange students during the whole year, so we can introduce you to each other and have more fun!!!

We will always help you organising trips, checking hostels, transportation and options to get good bargains. However, we highly encourage you to think that we are also Med students, and our help could be a little bit delayed, specially during the exams period.

Although  we will help you at anytime with any doubt, Madrid is an easy city to explore, with tons of things to do and places to discover. You will never be bored!!!

Our National Team is also working on developing a National Social Program, so you can cheaply travel to different cities during the weekends...but this is still only a project!

We will also provide you with a guide that we made where we explain the location of the Faculty and Hospital, how to get there, info about public transport, activities to do in Madrid, trips, and everything we think you need to know :)


Madrid is a very huge city reason why students will be able to do, see and enjoy all kind of things! There are always a lot of things going on: concerts, exhibitios, festivals… However there are a few places students can not leave without visiting them.

  • Royal Palace
  • Prado Museum
  • Sol
  • Plaza Mayor (“main square”)
  • Plaza de Cibeles
  • Retiro park
  • Reina Sofia Museum
  • Walk around and have some tapas and beer or sangria at: Huertas, La latina, Malasaña, Chueca…
  • Go to “El Rastro”
  • Enjoy the sunset at Templo de Debod
  • Walk around and do some shopping: Princesa, Gran Vía, Preciados, Fuencarral, Goya…
  • Etc,.

Inside Madrid but a bit far from the city center there are really nice places to visit: Real Monasterio de El Escorial, Aranjuez…

Outside Madrid students can go on day trips to several cities that have a really interesting history and that are really pretty too: Segovia, Toledo, Ávila, Granja de San Ildefonso (inside Segovia).

Weekend trips. As Madrid is in the center of Spain, It allows students to go on weekends to another cities in Spain: Granada, Sevilla, Salamanca, Barcelona...


-VISA: Please for those students from countries that need a VISA, please apply for a TOURIST VISA. This is of UTMOST IMPORTANCE.

-FULL MONTHS: please note that we only accept students complete months (from 1st to 30th).

-DEADLINES: as well as we are punctual with deadlines, we ask you to be so as well. Any deadline in the Card of Confirmation (CC) could mean the immediate cancellation of your exchange.

-DEPARTMENTS MAY CHANGE: due to university administration issues, we may not know your department until one week prior to your arrival, so the department written on your CA (Card of Acceptance) may change. We apologise for the inconvenience but this does not depend on us.

-Remember to bring: white coat, stethoscope, passport photo, insurance policy and ID card

-Any doubt you may have you can write to: For any formality or paperwork related to the exchange, ask your local coordinator. We will not reply to emails asking these kind of questions.

To finish we would like to tell you a saying very common in Madrid, especially among visitors and tourists that say: “De Madrid al cielo” or “from Madrid to Heaven”. We hope that at the end of your clerkship you will have the same feeling.

Here there are some clichés, but funny anyway.