Imagine yourself studying abroad in Spain’s capital and largest city—Madrid. Warm summer evenings attract throngs of Madrileños to the streets of the city, where they sip coffee on Terrazas and watch a parade of fashionable Spaniards— now is your chance to experience it, too. Madrid is a leading cultural center in Europe and home to many world-famous museums including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza.
What You'll Study
This program offers intermediate and advanced Spanish language courses and area studies courses taught in Spanish. Classes integrate the best of Madrid’s historic and cultural opportunities, allowing you to improve your Spanish skills while also discovering Spain’s rich artistic, theatrical, and film heritage.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences. We offer unique courses that explore Spanish language learning and area studies courses through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
While in Madrid, you enroll in one Spanish language course and one area studies course for a total of 6 credits. All courses are conducted in Spanish. Course disciplines include:
- Art History
- Film Studies
- Spanish Language
Highly advanced students, as determined by the language assessment taken on-site in Madrid, may enroll in a second area study course instead of the required Spanish language course. Our goal is to make sure your academic needs are met.
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
- Art in the Prado
- Spanish Society, Political Culture and Film
- Madrid The City
- Contemporary Spanish Theater
- Cultural Myths and Spanish Literature
- García Lorca and His Time
- Spanish Language in Context: Novice Abroad
- Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad
- Spanish Language in Context: Independent Abroad
- Spanish Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad
Field Trips & Events
Even though your adventure starts in Madrid, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Here are a few possible destinations.
1 Day | Summer
Hike Spain’s central mountain range, known for its vistas and outdoor sports.
1 Day | Summer Segovia is known for its Romanesque and Gothic architecture and for having one of the longest and best-preserved Roman aqueducts in all of Europe.
3 Days | Summer
Visit Spain’s third-largest city, rich with delicious cuisine, excellent weather, and countless cultural outlets, such as one of Europe’s newest cultural and scientific complexes, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (the City of Arts & Sciences).
Note: IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability.
IES Abroad Madrid organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Spanish culture and society.
Part of making you feel at home in Madrid is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services.
The program begins with a 2-day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Madrid staff, your fellow students, and the city of Madrid. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, extracurricular activities, and health and safety are covered during this time. Your Spanish language placement is also administered during orientation.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the program with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Madrid, it will feel like home.
Homestays - Live in Spanish homes with señoras or families. You have breakfast and one additional meal daily with your hosts. In many cases, two IES Abroad students are placed with a señora or family.
Homestays with Kitchen Privileges - If you prefer to purchase your own food and prepare your own meals, you may wish to consider this housing option. If you choose this option, you receive a meal credit. A very limited number of these placements are available.
Apartments - Share an apartment located in a residential area near the IES Abroad Madrid Center. Apartments are fully furnished, including a fully-equipped kitchen. Utilities and regular cleaning are included, as well as the support of a Spanish apartment guide. Space is limited and meals are not included.
Extracurricular Activities & Cultural Events
Redefine the way you live and learn in Madrid through our cultural activities, such as:
- Guest lectures
- Lessons in Spanish cooking and dance
- Sports activities such as soccer games
Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.
Scholarships & Aid
Summer Need-Based Financial Aid
Up to $1,000.
Open to students who apply to and attend an IES Abroad or IES Internships summer program.
Criteria reviewed to determine award:
- Level of financial need as determined from the information provided on the application. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients.
- IES Abroad program location.
- IES Abroad membership status of the home campus.
The IES Abroad Madrid Center is located in the heart of the Universidad Complutense’s main campus, inside the Colegio Mayor Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. There are two museums — the Museo de América and the Museo del Traje - within walking distance of the Center. Features include:
- High-speed wireless internet and printer access
- A student lounge and garden
- A small gym
- A library, classrooms, and offices
About the School
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