Madrid skyline at night
Madrid, Spain

Business + Culture

Study Program

Tentative Dates

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19 weeks

Costs

Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Costs

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22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

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Credit

15 - 18 semester hours

22.5 - 27 quarter hours

Eligibility

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Overview

Take your studies to Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain! Designed for students looking to gain an international perspective on business, the Business + Culture program is an incredible opportunity to live and learn in Madrid while earning credits toward your degree. 

When class is in session, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in courses at one of CIEE’s renowned partner institutions: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) or Universidad Antonio Nebrija (UAN). Both institutions are well known for their prestigious business programs. In addition to learning at a partner institution, you’ll choose from a wide range of elective courses at CIEE Madrid, including business topics and optional internship opportunities.  

Outside the classroom, you’ll have every opportunity to appreciate the program’s emphasis on culture by immersing yourself in the local community. From participating in co-curricular activities to experiencing Spanish culture firsthand, discover for yourself why Madrid and its numerous startups and multinational corporations make this the ideal location to study business abroad. 

Unique Experiences

Gain Insights From Madrid-Based Entrepreneurs

through visits to local businesses and startups

Visit Famous Landmarks

like Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, and the El Prado Museum

Take in the Sights

by walking through El Retiro Park

44

Museums Featuring World-Famous Art Collections

2nd

Best Startup Ecosystem in Spain

6 M

Population of Madrid Metropolitan Area

Experience
  • Madrid financial district skyline
  • madrid cathedral segovia

Your Destination

Madrid’s influence in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and arts makes it an important international metropolis, and a major hub in southern Europe. Spain’s capital city is also its largest, boasting a historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and world-renowned art museums. A huge variety of tapas bars, dance shows, concerts, outdoor parks, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema make it a lively place to live and learn.  

Only steps away from the historic Puerta del Sol, CIEE Madrid is located in the heart of downtown and its vibrant cultural offering. The UAN main campus is a 10-minute commute by train or bus from the CIEE center. The UC3M Getafe campus is a 40- to 60-minute commute by train to the south end of Madrid.  

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Madrid. 

The Culture

alcala street view

Excursions & Activities

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the medieval city of Alcalá de Henares, or hike the trails in the Guadarrama Mountains, on a CIEE-organized day trip  
  • Discover the flavors of Spain while trying out some typical tapas, such as croquetas, Spanish tortillas, and spicy potatoes  
  • Soak up Spanish culture with museum visits, dance classes, urban art and graffiti tours, and popular neighborhood visits to Lavapiés, Malasaña, or La Latina  
  • Savor downtime with other students while you play basketball, frisbee, hike, kayak, swim, or catch a theater, dance, or music performance 
Madrid student intern outside hospital

Projects

Internship: An internship in Spanish allows students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in a local company within a variety of industry sectors (startups, tourism, digital industries, marketing, etc.). In addition to the on-site business experience, students participating in an internship program have a weekly classroom seminar component, which provides academic support to their practical experience. Students must have a student visa to be able to comply with local labor laws.    

Directed Independent Research is for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity toward a particular research topic. Independent research topics will be approved by the CIEE Madrid Director and must reflect a topic that is relevant to Madrid or Spain. To be considered for this course, students must submit a structured proposal with the topic of exploration and the significance of the research topic. Upon research completion, students will present their findings to a panel of academics. 

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Business and Culture program offers students the opportunity to study Business in Madrid by choosing courses from one of CIEE’s partner institutions in Madrid (UC3M and UAN) as well as CIEE course electives, including the CIEE internship seminar.    

As you start planning for your time abroad in Spain, it’s helpful to consider how your academic experience at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) or Universidad Antonio Nebrija (UAN) may differ from what you’re used to on your US college campus, and how this enhances your scholastic learning. How will your learning preference adapt to a teacher-lecture method that emphasizes independent study? What challenges and opportunities do you anticipate with a different grading system using a 1-10 grade scale?  Think about any changes in your study habits when you register for direct enroll coursework at UC3M where nearly half your grade is based on only final assessment. Consider how your academic accommodation may require earlier and more frequent communication with CIEE staff before your arrival in Madrid.  What home school course requirements can be replaced with alternate course electives offered at the Spanish host university?

Attending the CIEE pre-departure online orientation is important as we review the steps for your successful course registration. CIEE collaborates closely with the local host institutions to advise students during the in-country registration add/drop period. One of the indirect benefits of host institution classes is that CIEE students can learn how to collaborate with students from different cultural backgrounds, while expanding their own international job career network, and gaining insight into the professional workings of a cross-cultural collaboration.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) was established in 1989 and is recognized as Spain’s most prestigious public institution of higher education. It follows a U.S. academic calendar system for US visiting college students and has one of the highest percentages of full-time and tenured female faculty in Spain. CIEE students take classes on the Getafe campus, which is the main UC3M campus, located 25-40 minutes outside of downtown Madrid via efficient and modern public transit. Depending on your housing location, your commute time to campus can vary from 40 to 70 minutes on public transportation because UC3M classrooms are located outside of Madrid’s city center.  

Universidad Antonio Nebrija (UAN) is a private university that hosts hundreds of international students each year. Known for its focus on Spanish language learning, UAN also offers CIEE students a wide range of business and culture courses through its International Program or Center for Hispanic Studies. These courses are taught in Spanish and English at its city center Madrid campus.   

GPA

Universidad Antonio Nebrija (UAN) - Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. 

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) - Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. 

Additional Requirements

  • UAN: Minimum sophomore standing at the start of the program.    
  • UC3M: At least three courses completed by the start of the UC3M semester in the following areas: micro- or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, or statistics.   

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.


 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

All students take 15-18 U.S. semester credits, according to the following: 

Students enrolled at UC3M:  

  • Minimum three UC3M courses and/or UC3M International School English-track courses  
  • Remaining credits in any combination of CIEE, UC3M, or UC3M International School English-Track courses 

Students enrolled at UAN:  

  • Minimum two UAN courses  
  • Remaining credits in any combination of CIEE or UAN courses (maximum 5 UAN courses) 

Program Credit

Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/ 22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE Courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours   
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours 
  • UC3M Courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours   
  • UC3M International School Courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours   
  • UAN Courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 90-96 notional hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

Students should expect to maintain an active academic schedule that includes a variety of structured extracurricular activities with students from the local universities. Class attendance is mandatory, and coursework and exams are to be completed as assigned, on schedule. Class schedules are varied and, depending on your class group sections, are offered anywhere from Monday to Friday. When choosing host university courses, note that local students begin to study one area right away; they do not take general or core courses. CIEE students should not enroll in upper-level courses for subjects not previously studied in college. Students enrolled at UAN take classes in the International Program or Center for Hispanic Studies, with other international students. UC3M courses run from early September until early-mid-to- late December in the fall, and from late January to late May in the spring.

Early departure is not allowed in fall and spring. CIEE students take their UC3M final exams in December during the fall semester and in late May and early June during the spring semester.  

Class Format

Classes are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday, with only a few UC3M courses also extending into Friday classes. Students should expect to have continuous evaluation of their academic progress.   

Grading

In language classes at UC3M and UAN, students are typically graded on weekly quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments, oral presentations, and class participation. Grades in the content courses are generally based on class participation, a mid-term exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Attendance is mandatory and absences affect final grades.    

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English and/or Spanish

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Academic Projects

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Communication, Journalism, and Media

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Business, Economics, Management, and Marketing

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Social Sciences

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

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Sample courses in English at UC3M  

FALL SEMESTER  

  • Advanced Big Data Analysis  
  • Antitrust Law  
  • Bank Management  
  • Big Data and Business Analytics  
  • Consumer Behavior  
  • Data Analytical Techniques for Business  
  • Data Design for Sense Making  
  • Digital Business  
  • Digital Entrepreneurship  
  • Digital Marketing  
  • Digital Supply Chain  
  • Digital Product Development  
  • E-Branding  
  • E-Commerce  
  • Economic Growth  
  • Economics of Law  
  • Econometric Techniques  
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management  
  • Financial Systems and Institutions  
  • Game Theory  
  • Human Resources Management  
  • International Accounting  
  • International Trade  
  • Introduction to Data Mining for Business Intelligence  
  • Labor Economics  
  • Machine Learning for Business Decision Making  
  • Management Accounting  
  • Mathematics of Economics I  
  • Marketing and Sales Management  
  • Methods for Quality Control   
  • Organizational Design  
  • Origins of the Modern Firm  
  • Public Economics  
  • Quantitative Microeconomics  
  • Regional and Urban Economics  

SPRING SEMESTER  

  • Analysis of Dynamic Data  
  • Applied Economics  
  • Artificial Intelligence in Business  
  • Asset Valuation  
  • Big Data for Business  
  • Business Model and Design Thinking  
  • Commercial Law  
  • Cybersecurity and Data Protection  
  • Digital Finances   
  • Econometrics  
  • Economic Development  
  • Economics of Education  
  • Economic History  
  • Financial Economics  
  • Financial Management  
  • Financial Statement Analysis  
  • Health Economics  
  • Interactive Ecosystems  
  • Integrated Information Systems  
  • Industrial Organization  
  • Innovation and Technological Change  
  • International Business Management  
  • International Finance   
  • Markets Research  
  • Mathematics for Economics II  
  • Monetary and Financial Economics  
  • Optimization and Simulation for Business  
  • Organizational Behavior  
  • Planning and Control Management  
  • Positive Accounting Theory  
  • Quantitative Macroeconomics  
  • Supply Chain Management  
  • Technology Management  
  • The Engines of Growth: Innovation, Institutions and Human Capital  

SAMPLE COURSES IN ENGLISH-TRACK AT UC3M INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL  

FALL AND SPRING  

  • Cervantes and His World: Exemplary Novels  
  • Cultural Studies: Spanish Cultures from 1940 to the Present  
  • Gender Perspectives in Contemporary European and Spanish Literature  
  • Latin America in a Post-Colonial Perspective and its Relationship with Spain  
  • Sociology of Migrations: The Context of Spain and the European Union  
  • Spain in Progress: Spanish Society Today  
  • Spain and the European Union: Political and Economic Issues  
  • Spanish Art Masters in Madrid Museums  
  • Spanish Language (all levels)  

SAMPLE COURSES IN ENGLISH AT UNIVERSIDAD ANTONIO NEBRIJA (UAN) 

  • Consumer Behavior   
  • Corporate Psychology   
  • European Cinema: A Reflection on European Identity Cinema  
  • European Union: Culture, History, and Institutions   
  • Fundamental Aspects of Spanish Art   
  • Global Skills for International Business Environments  
  • Intercultural Communication   
  • International Business   
  • International Finance   
  • International Management   
  • International Relations  
  • International Trade Marketing   
  • Online Marketing in the Digital Era   
  • Spanish Civilization and Culture   
  • Spanish for Business (Intermediate and Advanced-level sections)   
  • Sports Industry and its role in European Identity   
  • Trends of the Global Economy   
  • Women's Roles in Present-Day Spain   

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Scholarships

Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.

Learn more about scholarships

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program Spring 2025 19 weeks Start Date * End Date * Fees & Housing $21,450
Program Fall 2024 16 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950
Program Academic year 2024-2025 Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date * End Date TBD*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, your college or university may charge additional fees for study abroad, or may require you to receive a transcript via CIEE's School of Record, which carries an additional fee of $500.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $15,256**

Housing = $5,700***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $21,450

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,330

International Airfare = $1,200††

Local Transportation = $125†††

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $160††††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500†††††

Personal expenses = $300††††††

Total Costs = $3,665

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $750

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,500

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $260 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††The youth public transportation card for under 24 years old offers a significant discount on local bus metro travel

††††Students staying a full semester in Madrid require a visa

†††††If no consulate in your home area

††††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $14,456**

Housing = $6,000***

Insurance = $194

Total Fees = $20,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,190

International Airfare = $1,200††

Local Transportation = $125†††

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $160††††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500†††††

Personal expenses = $260††††††

Total Costs = $3,485

Optional Housing

CIEE accommodation options are detailed in the Housing section. Based on availability, Select or Select Plus Housing can be chosen during the application process for an additional fee. Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis; however, other factors may also be considered.

Select Housing Fee = $750

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,500

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable fee

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide 2 meals (breakfast and dinner). For students in apartments, you should budget approx. $260 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

††round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

†††The youth public transportation card for under 24 years old offers a significant discount on local bus metro travel

††††Students staying a full semester in Madrid require a visa

†††††If no consulate in your home area

††††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Eero Jesurun

CENTER DIRECTOR

Eero Jesurun, Ph.D. completed his B.S. and M.A degrees from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Eero studied at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where he obtained a Ph.D...

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