Madrid old city street view
Madrid, Spain

Summer in Madrid

Study Program

Dates

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6 weeks

Costs

Credit

6 - 7 per Block semester hours

9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

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12 weeks

Costs

Credit

6 - 7 per Block semester hours

9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Dates

-

6 weeks

Costs

Credit

6 - 7 per Block semester hours

9 - 10.5 per Block quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

Apply Now

Request Information

Overview

Live and learn in the heart of Spain's vibrant and multicultural capital city this summer! Designed for students from all academic backgrounds, this program in Madrid invites you to spend one six-week block (or up to two blocks) of your summer earning academic credits while traveling around the most populous city of Spain.

When class is in session at CIEE Madrid, your courses will be delivered in English and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase your intercultural understanding of the city. Outside the classroom, you will have the unique opportunity to enjoy enriching seasonal summer celebrations, including the Madrid Pride Parade, the San Isidro festival commemorating the patron saint of the city, the major summer festival Fiesta de San Lorenzo, and many music festivals across jazz, rock, and electronic genres.

Build Your Summer Adventure
Select one or two six-week blocks at any CIEE Open Campus Block location. Stay in Madrid for both blocks or go mobile and spend your second block in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Santiago, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, or Yucatan. 

Unique Experiences

Program

with one or two six-week blocks.

Stay in Madrid, Or

add blocks in other Open Campus Block locations

Explore the Country

with eye-opening excursions

500

World-Class Museums

81,044

Seats in Bernabéu, Real Madrid’s Home Stadium

23

Square Miles of Green Parks in Madrid

Experience
  • Students on Madrid bench
  • madrid lion statue flag

Your Destination

Madrid's influence in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and arts makes it an important international metropolis and the primary hub of southern Europe. Summer in Spain's capital city is full of exciting events, including the annual Gay LGBTIQI+ Pride celebration, World Tapas Day, arts festivals like PHhotoEspaña, and access to world-renowned art museums. A wide variety of tapas bars, dance shows, concerts, parks, soccer matches, outdoor swimming pools, and contemporary theater and cinema make Madrid a lively place to live and learn. Only steps away from the historic Puerta del Sol, CIEE Madrid is located in the heart of Madrid's downtown area, and all the city's vibrant culture has to offer.

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 students on rowboat

Other Cultural Activities

  • Explore beyond Madrid with day trips to the medieval city of Toledo and UNESCO World Heritage sites like Alcalá de Henares. 
  • Discover the flavors of Spain while learning to cook. Learn the correct type of rice to use to make authentic paella and try your hand at flipping a Spanish tortilla.  
  • Is the outdoors more your style? Try kayaking and hiking to beat the heat, or dip into one of Madrid´s many public swimming pools while learning about Spain´s approach to environmental preservation. 
  • Experience the breathtaking works of art at the Prado, the most visited art museum in Spain. 
  • Treat yourself to a uniquely Spanish cultural experience in a workshop where Flamenco dance and music is performed live 

Program Blogs

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Madrid vs. Barcelona Study Abroad: Which is Better for You?

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Beach Time in Madrid

By Eero Jesurun at CIEE

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My Experience as a Woman in Madrid and my Observations of the LGBTQ+ Community

By Cassidy S.

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Housing
Academics

Academics

Students take two credit-bearing courses each block of attendance. Students can also enroll in an optional Survival Spanish course (non-credit) during a single block. 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 Madrid is located near the Puerta de Sol and includes classrooms, lounges, Wi-Fi, student life, and academics.

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

All students must enroll in two credit-bearing CIEE courses per block. 

Program Credit

  • One block: 6-7 U.S semester/9-10.5 quarter credits 
  • Two blocks: 12-14 U.S. semester/18-21 quarter credits 

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: typically, 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 
  • Language courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 60 contact hours 
  • Lab courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 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

Each course is a full semester in content, covered in a six-week block, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. Courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from the city when classes are in session and plan trips for the weekends in between blocks. 

Class Format

Courses are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet two, three, or four times per week. Attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online with our learning management system, Canvas.   

Grading

The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi. 

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 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

Course Notes 

  • Courses are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are delivered in English unless otherwise noted. “GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple CIEE locations. 

Language Classes 

  • During course selection, students interested in a non-introductory language course will be required to take a language assessment to determine their proficiency level. Enrollment will be finalized on site and is based on assessment outcomes. 
  • Students can also enroll in an optional Survival Spanish course (non-credit) during a single block. 

Summer Block I 2024

Course
Language
Semester Credit

Summer Block II 2024

Course
Language
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.

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
  • CIEE Stem Scholarship

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 Summer Block I 2024 6 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $6,950
Program Summer Blocks I, II 2024 12 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $13,900
Program Summer Block II 2024 6 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $6,950

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 = $4,453**

Housing = $2,000

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $6,950

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 = $420

International Airfare = $540

Local Transportation = $75

Books & Supplies = $20

Personal expenses = $160

Round trip airfare between locations = $250

Other = $30

Total Costs = $1,495

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 = $300^

Select Plus Housing Fee = $600^^

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.

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

^^first-come, first serve, 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.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $9,403**

Housing = $4,000

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $13,900

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 = $840

International Airfare = $1,080

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $40

Personal expenses = $320

Round trip airfare between locations = $250

Other = $60

Total Costs = $2,740

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 = $600^

Select Plus Housing Fee = $1,200^^

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.

^first-come, first serve, based on availability

^^first-come, first serve, 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.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $4,453**

Housing = $2,000

Insurance = $197

Total Fees = $6,950

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 = $420

International Airfare = $540

Local Transportation = $75

Books & Supplies = $20

Personal expenses = $160

Other = $30

Total Costs = $1,245

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 = $300^

Select Plus Housing Fee = $600^^

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.

^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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