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Madrid, Spain

January in Madrid

Study Program



3 weeks



3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours


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Spend January in Madrid, where students of all academic backgrounds are invited to explore artwork by world-famous artists displayed in the city's many museums. When class is in session at CIEE Madrid, you'll take courses in English delivered by expert faculty. Outside the classroom, your courses will be complemented by co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding. You will also have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Spanish culture. You can also take advantage of experiencing local holiday traditions, like witnessing the Three King's Parade on January 5.

Unique Experiences

Explore Popular Districts of Madrid

Extracurricular activities take you beyond the postcard views of the city and introduce you to a multi-dimensional capital.


Discover the Art Triangle

and spend the day in the city district with one or all three of the world's top-rated museums; the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen, art galleries, bookshops, and exhibits

Visit the City’s Many Scenic Parks

And enjoy a rowboat, a cable car, or chocolate con churros at the Retiro, El Capricho, and Casa de Campo to name a few


Square Miles of Green Parks in Madrid

3.25 M

Residents in the Greater Metropolitan Area


Seats in Bernabéu, Real Madrid’s Home Stadium

  • Madrid students in Plaza Mayor
  • Madrid city tour girls books

Your Destination

Madrid’s influence in politics, education, science, entertainment, and arts makes it an important international metropolis and a major hub in Southern Europe. Spain’s capital city is also its largest, with a historic center dating back to the Habsburg Empire. The city hosts world-renowned art museums, a wide variety of tapas bars, dance shows, concerts, parks, soccer matches, bustling neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema, making 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 with its vibrant cultural offering.

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

Madrid open campus students walking

Excursions & Activities

  • Soak up Spanish culture with visits to museums, urban art tours, and small family-owned shops in different neighborhood visits. 
  • Learn about all the traditions related to the Three King’s Holiday in Spain and try out a delicious roscón cake. Try the local cuisine at local markets in downtown Madrid. 
  • Visit one of the largest and oldest outdoor Sunday markets in Europe, the Rastro. 

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During the January in Madrid program, all students take the required course: Spanish Masters in Madrid Museums. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.

CIEE Global Institute – Madrid is located near the Puerta de Sol. The Institute includes classrooms, lounges, Wi-Fi, student life, and academics.



Additional Requirements

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.


1 CIEE elective course

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact 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

The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE classes are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions.

Class Format

Courses taught at CIEE Madrid are for CIEE students only. Courses are taught Monday – Friday. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.


Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. Students must check with their professors to find out exam and project presentation dates. Under no circumstances will CIEE alter deadlines or exam dates for study abroad students who have made conflicting travel plans. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used.

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


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.


Course Information

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit

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.

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.



Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program January 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $4,250

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 = $2,720**

Housing = $1,150***

Insurance = $80

Total Fees = $4,250

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 = $195

International Airfare = $1,200††

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $50

Personal expenses = $140†††

Total Costs = $1,635

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.

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**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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

For groceries if you plan on making your own meals, budget more money if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

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

What's Included



Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet


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


Our Staff

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