Before applying

The Universidad a Distancia de Madrid (UDIMA), as all other universities participating in the Erasmus+ Programme, accepts only exchange students from partner Universities with which there is a signed inter-institutional agreement, in the subject area they wish to study. You should check in advance with your home university about the possibility of coming to UDIMA through the Erasmus programme and find out the procedure for applying for an Erasmus grant.
Step 1: Find relevant courses at UDIMA

Students interested to visit UDIMA need to search the UDIMA programmes of study available for each academic year and consult with the academic coordinator of their home university, regarding the student's courses that would normally be completed at the sending institution and which will be replaced by the study abroad at UDIMA.

This match between home University courses and UDIMA courses (and corresponding ECTS matching) is finalized in the student’s Learning Agreement. It is important that exchange students consult with their departmental Erasmus coordinator prior to course selection.
Information about the UDIMA programmes of study, corresponding courses and other academic matters can be found on UDIMA website.
Important: students should know that the official teaching language at UDIMA is Spanish.
Step 2:  Familiarize with the UDIMA Educational Methodology

UDIMA is a distance teaching University. UDIMA’s staff and technology allows us to develop an adequate methodology as well as to create a sense of belonging to the learning community. They also provide high quality teaching, making use of technological means of synchronous and asynchronous communication for student support, tutoring and monitoring student progress.
The teaching-learning process is undertaken through the University’s Virtual Classrooms. Our students can establish direct communication with their professor via fora, telephone, and additional data transmission tools that allow real-time communication. Professors acting as “Guides and Facilitators”, detailed academic monitoring, and custom-built teaching characterizes UDIMA as an authentic learning community focused on people.
  • students can access their courses’ educational material
  • organize their study calendars
  • submit their coursework and receive feedback on their progress
Information about the UDIMA educational methodology can be found here.
Step 3: Get nominated by the Home University and inform UDIMA

Students wishing to study at UDIMA apply at their home university to get a nomination for participation in the Erasmus+ programme for studies. If there is a valid inter-institutional agreement between the partner University and UDIMA, UDIMA will admit all students who are qualified to the chosen course of study and recommended by their home university on an exchange basis.
The Erasmus+ coordinator of the partner university needs to send an official e-mail to the UDIMA International Relations Office (, with the students that have been nominated as exchange students to the UDIMA, in specific areas of study.

Applying at UDIMA

Step 4: Apply at UDIMA

Following officinal nomination from the home University, exchange students need to fill in the UDIMA Incoming Student Application Form and to submit to the UDIMA ( the following documents:
  1. Learning Agreement, duly signed (from home University)
  2. Spanish language certificate (B1)
  3. Copy of passport/ID
  4. Transcript of Records of current higher education study
  • Winter semester/academic year: 30th August
  • Spring semester: 15th January
All Erasmus+ incoming students will receive an email from the UDIMA International Relations Office, confirming acceptance by signing the student’s Learning Agreement.
Step 5: Practical arrangements

European Health Insurance Card

All exchange students need to make arrangements to acquire the European health insurance card that will cover the duration of their study period in UDIMA. A copy of this must be send to, before arrival in Madrid.


Incoming exchange students are responsible for finding and booking accommodation in Madrid, since UDIMA is a distance teaching University and does not have a campus. The UDIMA IRO staff will assist all exchange students in any way they can to help them find suitable accommodation.

Visa Requirements for non-EU students

Citizens from EU/EEA countries do not need a student visa to enter or stay in Madrid. Only a valid passport or an ID card stating their nationality is necessary.
Non-EU/EEA citizen need a student visa to enter Spain. Information can be found here.

You can download our Incoming students guide where you will find information about accommodation, Madrid public transport, tourism, etc.

Upon arrival

Registration at UDIMA

Upon arrival at the UDIMA as an Erasmus+ exchange student, you will meet with the UDIMA International Relations Office to complete all paperwork for registration.
You will then meet with the Academic Coordinator of your chosen study programme. The courses you have chosen may be organised as video lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects and other coursework. Right from the beginning, the Academic Coordinator will provide you with a course description giving you the general framework of the courses, the list of recommended or required reading, valuable information on how to study online and the assignments and exams you will need to undertake, to successfully complete each course.

At the end of the study mobility period at UDIMA

Upon successful completion of your exchange study period at the UDIMA, UDIMA will provide you with all the necessary documents (Transcript of Records, Learning Agreement, Certificate of attendance) to submit to your home University.

Spanish courses

For further information about Spanish courses please click here.

Looking forward to meeting you in Madrid!

Contact at the International Relations Office:
Institutional Coordinator >>
Phone number: (+34) 918 56 16 99 | (+34) 911 89 69 99