Best Tips to Get Through Your First Erasmus Exchange

Studying in another country can be a great time if you plan your trip and stay well before you get there. If you want to study in Spain as part of the Erasmus program, it might be interesting to choose a university in Madrid because of the city’s great weather, culture, public transportation, many national and international travel connections, and wide range of sights and services.

The Autonomous University of Madrid, which in Spanish is called Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and is abbreviated as UAM, has been given the Campus of International Excellence award. According to the QS World University Rankings®, UAM is one of the top 200 universities in the world because it is public, modern, focused on students, and known around the world. Since 1989, UAM has been hosting Erasmus students, so it has a lot of experience giving exchange students all the help and services they need.

The Cantoblanco Campus of the university is in a great spot that is easy to get to and has good connections to Madrid’s public transportation system. In fact, it has its own commuter train station, Cantoblanco Universidad, which takes only 20 minutes to get to Puerta del Sol. There are also many educational, cultural, and sports facilities on the Cantoblanco Campus.

1. Don’t get lost!

The Oficina de Acogida Internacional is on campus and helps international students, researchers, and academic staff. It gives them information about academics and administration and helps them find answers to all their questions. There, you’ll also learn how to get a Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero, or NIE, which is an ID card for foreigners. You should start this process during your first month in Spain. This office will also help you get in touch with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Spanish Consulates and Embassies abroad if you have any problems with student visas, return authorizations, or travel documents while you are in Spain.

This office will also tell you how UAM works and how its services (university card, website, location, and housing) work. It will also help you find scholarships.

2. Make sure you have a place to stay.

Both the Colegio Mayor Juan Luis Vives and the Residencia Universitaria Erasmo are on campus and have rooms for students. Also, the website has information about student housing in shared furnished apartments or studios with internet service. Because of agreements to work together, UAM students can get a 40% discount on contract preparation if they show an Aluni brochure with a university stamp. Visit or send an email to [email protected] to find out more.

3. Sort out your bank account and health insurance

To get a residence permit for the first time or to have it renewed, you must show proof that you have health and accident insurance. There are a lot of insurance companies that offer policies that cover these needs, but the prices vary and, as a result, so does the medical coverage. Getting insurance that covers surgery and emergency care is a good idea.

It is also a good idea to open a bank account in Spain as soon as you get there. To renew your NIE, or national identification number, you must show a bank statement from this account that shows you are financially stable. To open a bank account, you must show proof that you are either a resident (EU or not) or a non-resident. This is true no matter what country you are from.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Due to the fact that policies are always changing and the new Immigration Law is being put into place, we recommend that before you start any procedure, you contact UAM by sending an email to [email protected] so that we can help you plan your trip. You can also use this email address to send us comments and suggestions and share any information you think would be helpful for other Erasmus exchange students.

5. Meet people from other countries and learn a new language

Part of what makes the Erasmus exchange program so appealing is the chance to make lasting friendships with students from different backgrounds and to improve your language skills. People from all over the world come to UAM to study. The university gives you the chance to study six different languages, which will help you communicate better and also help you learn and have fun (English, French, German, Italian, Dutch and Spanish for foreigners). Visit the Language Service if you need more information (Servicio de Idiomas).

At the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, you can do an Erasmus exchange. UAM has a lot of programs that make it easier for students to move around by letting them transfer course credits within the European Union. It also has a mentorship system for bachelor’s programs that gives students academic advice and the help of a professor during their time in school. UAM has 12 master’s programs where all the classes are taught in English, and several bachelor’s programs where more than 75% of the classes are taught in English.

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