Ph.D. in Software and Systems

Student guidance

Welcoming actions

A series of actions have been developed aiming to offer students pre-enrolment support, guidance and information in accordance with the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos Internal Quality Assurance System "Welcoming Actions" Procedure.

Welcome Day

The goal of the welcome day is give an overview of the activities and services regularly provided by the UPM, as a means of improving student adaptation to and integration into their new surroundings. This will also include an official introduction to the Master's degree academic personnel, timetable and programme.

Special-purpose measures for international students and students with special educational needs

The welcome and guidance programme makes provision for special-purpose measures for international students, including: an information and guidance system on visa formalities, documents etc.; information on customs, tourism, transport, accommodation, etc.; information on Spanish courses; or information on grants for international students.

The welcome and guidance programme also covers special-purpose measures for students with special educational needs, including: information specifying accessible entrances for people with disabilities, human support systems for travel and special-purpose measures for students with special educational needs. Additionally, the UPM also has a Disability Support Unit, whose goal is to promote barrier-free higher education, and guarantee equal opportunities and prevent discrimination.

The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid offers a Student Support service for any prospective or current students that have need of information on accommodation, visas, insurance, handbooks, etc.

Grants and Bursaries

Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Information on other sources of grants

Other related links

Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport

Universitary Teaching Organization

Madrid Regional Government

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Informáticos

Information on accommodation

European Higher Education Area

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

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.

How much does it cost to complete the PhD programme?

On top of the cost of living in Madrid, the PhD course fees for the 2016/2017 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. Also, the university community can access, at lower prices, to courses in over 20 languages​​, at various levels, through MultilinguaUniversia. In any case, in Madrid there are many language schools with a wide variety of prices and schedules.

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.