Madrid Plaza Mayor aerial
Madrid, Spain

Semester in Madrid

Study Program

Dates

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16 weeks

Costs

Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

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TBD

Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

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16 weeks

Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

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Dates

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18 weeks

Costs

Credit

12 - 16 semester hours

18 - 24 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Overview

Spend your semester living and learning in Spain’s central capital and most populous city, Madrid! Designed for students from all academic backgrounds, the Semester in Madrid program is the perfect chance to earn credits toward your degree while immersing yourself in Spanish culture.  

When class is in session, you'll choose from a unique mix of flexible and diverse courses (in English or Spanish) at CIEE Madrid and one of CIEE's renowned partner institutions: The Fundación Ortega y Gasset y Gregorio Marañón (FOM) or the Universidad Antonio Nebrija (UAN). You may also enroll in courses with a local flavor, like language, politics, photography, cuisine, or sustainability initiatives.  

Outside the classroom, you'll have every opportunity to participate actively in Madrid’s local community. Immerse yourself in Spanish culture with optional credit-bearing internships, volunteering opportunities, or language programs. Don't stop there; round out your study abroad adventure by participating in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and off-the-beaten-path trips organized by CIEE to appreciate Madrid's impressive cultural attractions and landmarks.

Unique Experiences

Practice Your Spanish Skills

through local language exchange groups.

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Visit the Prado

to explore some of the world’s finest art collections

Catch a Football Game

cheer on Madrid’s international football team

667 M

Above Sea Level

3.2 M

Population of Madrid

300 +

Days of Sunshine

Experience
  • madrid spring students abroad historic site
  • madrid lion statue flag

Your Destination

Situated in the center of Spain, Madrid is not only the political and cultural center of the country, but also an important player in global economics. When you study abroad in Madrid, you can expect to see centuries of history, a lively sports scene, and a large variety of tapas bars throughout this capital city.  

With three world-class art museums, more than three million residents, and multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites near the city, Madrid offers exciting learning opportunities for students studying abroad. Amongst its modern flair, much of Madrid’s historic past remains beautifully preserved in its landmarks, museums, and architecture.

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 student outside restaurant

Other Excursions & Activities

  • Take a day trip to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the medieval city of Alcalá de Henares or hike the trails in the Guadarrama Mountains 
  • Discover the flavors of Spain while learning the culinary history on a tapas food tour 
  • 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 local students while you play basketball, frisbee, hike, kayak, swim, or catch a theater, dance, or music performance   
Madrid student intern outside hospital

Projects

Internship: A for-credit internship (in English or Spanish) allows students the opportunity to gain practical real-world work experience in a local company within a variety of industry sectors. In addition to the on-site business experience, students participating in an internship program have a weekly classroom component, which provides academic support to their practical experience.  

Directed Independent Research: Designed for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity toward a particular research topic; independent research topics will be approved by CIEE Madrid and the home institution and must reflect a topic that is relevant to Madrid or Spain. (English or Spanish.) 

Program Blogs

From CIEE

Take the Solo Trip

By College Study Abroad Ambassador at CIEE

By: Kayla Keats Hi, my name is Kayla and I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain for the fall of 2023. A huge goal I had for my time abroad was... keep reading

From CIEE

Best Day Trips from Madrid

By College Study Abroad Ambassador at CIEE

By: Lucas Taliaferro Madrid, with its vibrant culture, stunning architecture, and lively atmosphere, is undoubtedly a captivating destination. However, for those seeking to expand their horizons and immerse themselves in... keep reading

From CIEE

A Realistic Day In My Life Studying in Madrid

By College Study Abroad Ambassador at CIEE

By: Ella Schneider Hey everyone! I'm Ella, currently a student at Tulane University. As my semester abroad is ending, I wanted to give you a glimpse into a typical day... keep reading

Housing
Academics

Academics

The Semester in Madrid program allows CIEE students to take all CIEE courses in various disciplines at the CIEE center, located near the iconic Puerta de Sol, the main transportation hub of the city center. Students also have the unique opportunity to combine their CIEE coursework with classes offered at one of two local host universities or take all of their classes at the university.

Both partner schools are located in Madrid´s historic city center and offer a full range of semester courses in English with other international students: The Fundación Ortega y Gasset y Gregorio Marañón (FOM) or the Universidad Antonio Nebrija (UAN).  

Students enrolled in FOM and/or CIEE courses during the Spring 2024 semester have an earlier program end and departure date that can accommodate students who need to return to the U.S. by mid-May. UAN has a later program end and departure date and does not allow early exams.

Motivated students also can apply to an elective internship for credit and gain hands-on professional work experience in a local organization. 

GPA

2.5

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.

Requirements

Students are required to take four to five courses total, for a total of 12-16 credits. These courses can be a combination of CIEE and host institution courses in English and/or Spanish. If a student enrolls at either local university, they must take a minimum of two courses there and cannot combine courses at both universities.  

Program Credit

Total credit: 12-16 U.S. semester/18-24 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE Courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours  
    • CIEE Language Courses: 3 – 4 U.S. semester/4.5 – 6 quarter credits; 45 – 60 contact hours
  • CIEE Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 internship placement hours 
  • CIEE Directed Independent Research: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 15 seminar hours, 100-120 research hours 
  • FOM courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 
  • UAN courses: Typically 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

Courses typically include lectures, discussions, critical analysis of readings, case studies, audio-visual documents, field trips, and require active participation from the students. Language courses privilege work by tasks and group collaboration. Active participation of students is required given the communicative approach of these courses. 

Class Format

Host institution classes are typically scheduled Monday through Thursday. CIEE classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday and exceptionally have at least one Friday class. Students should expect to have daily homework assignments and weekly quizzes.  

Grading

In language classes, students are normally graded on weekly quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments, oral presentations, and class participation. Grades in the content courses are based on class participation, a mid-term exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Each instructor determines the exact breakdown of grades. 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

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

Course
Language
Semester Credit

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

Natural Resources, Conservation, and the Environment

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Course offerings may vary from semester to semester. Here is a sample of courses in English:   

Fundación Ortega y Gasset y Gregorio Marañón (FOM) 

FALL SEMESTER

  • Art History  
  • Business in Spain  
  • Spanish Culture  
  • Globalization & Media   
  • Marketing  
  • Organizational Behavior  
  • Financial Management  
  • Corporate Social Responsibility  
  •  Sensation and Perception  
  •  Cross Cultural Psychology  
  • Abnormal Psychology  
  • Health Psychology  
  • Biological Psychology  
  • Neuroscience  
  • Statistics  
  • Computer Data  
  • Spanish Language and Literature  
  • World Religions  
  • Spanish Language and Conversation  

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Abnormal Psychology  
  • Art History  
  • Biological Psychology  
  • Business in Spain  
  • Corporate Social Responsibility   
  • Cross Cultural Psychology   
  • Financial Management   
  • Globalization & Media   
  • Health Psychology   
  • Marketing   
  • Neuroscience  
  • Organizational Behavior  
  • Sensation and Perception,   
  • Spanish Culture  
  • Spanish Language and Literature, and World Religions,   
  • Spanish Language and Conversation  

Universidad Antonio Nebrija (UAN)

FALL SEMESTER and SPRING SEMESTER 

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

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
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant
  • Trailblazer 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 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*
Program Spring 2025 16 weeks Start Date * End Date *
Program Spring 2024 18 weeks Application Due Deadline Passed Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $20,950

*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 = $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:

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

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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

^based on availability

^^based on availability

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

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

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 = $1,120

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 = $3,415

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:

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

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

^^first-come, first serve, based on availability

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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