Answers to most frequently asked questions on the programme.

Curriculum and teaching methods

What exactly is the Madrid program and how is it different from the Paris campus program?
The Madrid program is similar to the Paris Bachelor's program except that it is set in a Hispanic environment. Curriculum covers the same subjects as years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor's in Economics and Management taught at the main Paris campus. Students benefit from the program's international focus and classes taught in both English and Spanish and can take classes at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (U3CM) 's International School. The program includes a special conference series in addition to classes.

Who teaches the Madrid classes? In what language?
Classes are taught either in English (about 50% ) or in Spanish (about 50%) by professors from universities and international schools. Professors work closely with an official Paris campus correspondent for their discipline in order to ensure that course content is consistent with that taught at the Paris campus  and also adapted to the Spanish academic and social environment.

Are all electives available to Paris students also available in Madrid?
Elective courses may be different. GBD Madrid students take two elective courses and can choose between several language options. Language classes are taught at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (U3CM) 's International School. The CEJ – Certificate in Law, mandatory for students who wish to go on to an L3 in Law at Dauphine Paris, is not available in Madrid.

How many students are there per class?
There are a maximum of 30 students per class.
How many hours of class are there per week and what is the workload?
Students have between 20 and 25 class-hours per week. You should count on doing one hour of additional personal work for every class hour.

How are students assessed and graded? Does everything hinge on exams?
Class-work and continuous assessment counts for 50% of your grade and the final exams count for the remaining 50%. Exams are in January and May.
What are student success rates in L1 and L2?
The success rate in L1 is 88% and in L2 it is 89%
To successfully complete(validate) the academic year, will I need to have an average grade or higher in all subjects?
At the Bachelor's level, grades can off-set each other (a below average grade can be off-set by an above average grade in another subject);

Organization and practical issues

Were are classes held?
Classes are held at the prestigious Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (U3CM).

How much does housing and transportation cost? Does the university offer student housing?
The university has a housing information service where you can find different types of accommodation : flats, rooms, student residences …
There are two student residences on campus. They cost €957 per month for a single room with full board or €627€per month for a room without board.
It is easy and economic to find student flat-shares in Madrid. A flat share in a three-room apartment costs somewhere between €150 and €200 a month.
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Transportation costs approximately €20/month.

If I enroll in the Madrid program, can I choose to spend my second year (L2) in Paris or London?
No, it is not possible to transfer in and out of the Madrid program. Students commit to the spending the entire two years in the program.
It is, however, possible to spend 6 months or 1 year in another country in L3.

What extracurricular activities are available to GBD Madrid students?
There are a wide variety of extracurricular activities available on campus and numerous student clubs and associations.
GBD Madrid student have access to the university's athletic facilities, classes and events. For information on sports at U3CM: portal.uc3m.es/portal/page/portal/cultura_y_deporte/deporte/actividades/ti
Do GBD Madrid and GBD London students have any shares classes?
No, there are no joint classes for GBD Madrid and GBD London, but we do organize an event so that students from the two programs can meet and exchange.

Can I go on international exchange during my two years in the GBD Madrid program?
GBD Madrid is already an international program and we believe that to take full advantage of the program, students must commit to completing the full two years within the framework of the program. So international exchange in L1 and L2 is not an option for GBD Madrid (or London) students. It is however an option in L3.
Paris-Dauphine has over 300 international partnerships worldwide to choose from (New York University, Copenhagen Business School, McGill University, UCL, the University of Hong Kong, FGV Brazil …)n L3 you can choose to do 6 months in New York or Shanghai or 1 year at a partner university …).

Is there a Dauphine representative or administrative staff on site in Madrid?
Dauphine has offices at U3CM and a resident coordinator is in charge of managing the program from an administrative and practical point of view. The coordinator works closely with the LSO Department in Paris and is in charge of assisting students in finding housing and resolving day-to-day issues.

Is there any financial aid available for GBD Madrid students?
Students who have been granted a government scholarship (bourse d'état) maintain that scholarship for the GBD Madrid program.
Fondation Dauphine International Exchange Grants are available to GBD Madrid students. In 2015-2016, Fondation Dauphine provided financial aid in the form of individual grants of between €3,000 and €5,000, based on need and academic merit.
Students can also finance their tuition and/or living expenses via government-guaranteed, low-interest student loans, available through most major French banks.

Do I need to take out healthcare insurance?
All GBD Madrid students are automatically enrolled at Université Paris-Dauphine and as such are required to  complete certain mandatory registration formalities, including signing up for student national health insurance.
Student national health insurance is MANDATORY for all Dauphine students.
French residents: If the student is a resident of France, then he/she must choose one of the two French national student health insurance providers (Smerep or LMDE) when enrolling. Coverage and payment is compulsory for all students aged 20 or more. Once enrolled in the French national health system via one of the two providers, students can request a European Social Security card that makes it possible to be reimbursed healthcare expenses incurred in Spain based on the same scale used in France. We also strongly advise that students take out additional health insurance coverage (mutuelle) that includes repatriation provisions.
Students who are not French residents can also enroll in the French national student health insurance program unless they are 100% covered by another health insurance program in their country of residence.
We strongly recommend that any non-European students take out a comprehensive private health insurance plan (Europ assistance or Sanitas) for the entire duration of their studies in Spain.

GBD Madrid admissions criteria

What are Dauphine's GBD Madrid admissions criteria?
Admissions are selective, based on academic standing in "première" and "terminale" (the last two years of high school preceding the Baccalaureate exam), scores on the first round of Baccalaureate exams (épreuves anticipées) taken prior to the year-end exams*, a letter of motivation written either in English or in Spanish, and proof of language proficiency. *The procedure is the same for students from the Southern hemisphere who passed their baccalaureate in November 2015.
Language proficiency requirements:

  • TOEFL minimum = 90
  • IELTS  minimum = 6.5
  • TOEIC minimum = 800
  • CEFR - Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Level C1
  • GCSE English B or A
  • BULATS minimum = 75
  • Cambridge Advanced English Certificate
  • or secondary education completed in an English-speaking country or the English section of an international school


  • DELE – level B2 (official notification document)
  • or secondary education completed in a Spanish-speaking country or in the Spanish-language section of an international school.

Students who cannot provide test results or proof of secondary education in one or both of the required languages may submit written affidavits from their language teachers in the final year of high school.

What percentage of students have passed a BAC S or a BAC ES?

Approximately two-thirds of the student body has passed a BAC S and one-third has a BAC ES all majors included.

Where do GBD Madrid students come from?
GBD Madrid students hail from Lycées français de l’étranger (LFE) and from international sections of French high schools. We also have some students who have had part of their schooling in Spanish-speaking countries, notably in South-America.

Applying to GBD Madrid

How and when do I apply to GBD Madrid?
Applicants for admission to GBD Madrid for the 2016-2017 academic year should submit their applications via the Boléro on-line system (bolero.dauphine.fr) between February 8th and April 4th 2016. This is a special application/admissions process, separate from the standard French "admission post-bac" system. For detailed information on the application/admissions process, visit the LSO website (lso.dauphine.fr) section "comment s'inscrire?" (How to Apply).

Can I apply simultaneously to Paris, London and Madrid?
If you apply to an international program (London, Madrid or Mannheim) the system will automatically consider it your first choice. The system will also automatically file your application for Paris., which will become your second, or "fall back" option. Once you have been accepted for the Madrid program, your choice cannot be modified.
All applicants who are accepted to the Madrid program are automatically withdrawn from the Paris campus selection process. Students who are not selected for the GBD Madrid program automatically continue the Paris campus application process.
Successful GBD Madrid candidates commit to the full two years of the program, i.e. both the 1st and 2nd year of the Bachelor's in Economics & Management. No transfers from GBD Madrid to Dauphine Paris are permitted during years 1 and 2 of the program.
What is the admission calendar and when are admissions decisions notified?
The calendar is as follows:

  • Applications can be filed: from February 8th through April 4th 2016
  • Admissions decisions are notified to students:  early June
  • Registration: early July
  • Wait list published: early July
  • Wait-list admissions notified: mid July.

How much is tuition and what does it cover?
Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is €7,500. Tuition covers academics and access to on-campus resources (library, IT, sports …). Tuition does not cover room and board.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
You can contact the GBD Madrid team at : dauphinemadrid@dauphine.fr or by telephone at +33 (0)1 44 05 44 13.
We also encourage you to visit the dedicated GBD Madrid section on the LSO website (lso.dauphine.fr) and look out for the up-coming GBD Madrid Chat dates, an excellent opportunity to ask all the questions that come to mind about the London program.