Study Abroad in Madrid

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Explore Madrid, Spain

Seated in the center of Spain, the capital city is not only the political and cultural center of the country, but an important player in global economics.  Despite its present-day status, much of Madrid’s historic past remains beautifully preserved in its landmarks, museums, and architecture.

Study abroad students about to take a cooking class in Madrid
Study abroad student taking a selfie of the city of Madrid
Study abroad students jumping in the air in Madrid

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Madrid, past excursions  have included:    

  • de Duratón, the Monastery of El Escorial, the Roman architecture of the city of Segovia, or the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alcalá de Henares
  • Visits to Seville, Barcelona, Granada, Bilbao, the Canary Islands, or Morocco
  • Cooking classes, flamenco lessons and shows, visits to the Rastro open-air market, local festivals, and celebrations in and around the city
Study abroad students studying in Madrid


CIEE Madrid
Our Center in Madrid is part of the CIEE Open Campus Block Network. Located near the Puerta de Sol, the Institute includes classrooms, lounges, Wi-Fi, and full-time staff.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)   
Established in 1989, UC3M received the European Campus of Excellence award in 2010 and is recognized as Spain’s most prestigious institution of higher education. It follows a U.S. academic calendar and has one of the highest percentages  of full-time and tenured female faculty in Spain.

Study abroad students internship group in Madrid


Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. 
In Madrid, students can volunteer to help kids, teens, and disabled persons through schools, associations, and outreach programs. Students can also earn credits and gain international work experience at an internship.

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Pocket Guide to Madrid

  • Currency

    Spoken Languages
    Spanish, English

    Available Transportation
    Metro, bus

    Famous Local
    Julio Iglesias – Spanish singer, songwriter, and former professional footballer

  • Climate
    Short, hot, dry summers (June to September); cold, cloudy winters (November to March); mild spring and fall

    Did You Know?
    Madrid’s classic Spanish restaurant, Sobrino de Botín, was founded in 1725, making it the oldest restaurant in the world

    Local Attraction
    The Prado – a Spanish national art museum with one of the world’s finest collections of European art

  • Airport
    Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)

    Social Norms
    Summoning a person by curling your index finger toward you is considered offensive

    What to Pack
    Backpack, comfortable shoes, sunscreen

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