Madrid, Spain

Advanced Spanish Language & Culture

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Information for term Advanced Spanish Language & Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

January 18, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: January 18, 2023
  • Dates: Jun 11 – Jul 8, 2023 (4 weeks)

Application Deadline

January 18, 2023

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: January 18, 2023
  • Dates: Jul 9 – Aug 5, 2023 (4 weeks)


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Join a group of highly motivated language learners in the capital of Spain!

This program offers an exciting and challenging alternative for more proficient language learners! While all our Language & Culture programs offer intensive immersion, this “Advanced” program is designed to group students who have intermediate to advanced fluency in Spanish and the drive to take their language and cross-cultural understanding to the next level. 

Our Advanced cohort will:

  • Take a language proficiency pre-test to ensure all participants have the fluency required to stay in Spanish at all times. No novice learners can be accepted on this program.
  • Strictly adhere to the CIEE Global Navigator Language Pledge to always use Spanish in and out of class for a grade.
  • Provide feedback on your language course every week through a survey, so that our local teachers can adapt lessons to meet the group’s needs.
  • Be paired in homestays with other students in the Advanced Spanish program.
  • Go on all excursions and cultural activities separately from participants who are concurrently attending our regular Language & Culture program in Madrid.   

If you are still excited after reading this introduction, you found the right program!

If you can continue reading this page without a dictionary, you are going to rock this and need to fill out an application ahora mismo!

Haz crecer tu español en la vibrante capital de España con una de las historias de arte más ricas de Europa.

Los expertos de CIEE te llevarán a los rincones de Madrid, mucho más allá de la ruta turística. Conocerás a artistas y artesanos locales, te conectarás con estudiantes locales de secundaria, comprarás donde los madrileños compran, recorrerás los vecindarios y probarás la increíble gastronomía de la ciudad.

Después de tus clases diarias de lengua y cultura, practicarás el español que aprendiste en clase en la comunidad en actividades con tu líder de programa, un profesor de español de EE. UU., y participarás en actividades y talleres culturales.

Tu hogar lejos de casa será una gran experiencia de aprendizaje en sí misma. Vivirás con una familia anfitriona local, practicando español mientras preparas y compartes comidas, y pasarás el rato con tus "hermanos" anfitriones, viviendo inmerso en la cultura que te rodea.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

CIEE is requiring all participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling on programs. Read more ›

The Take-Aways


    Call Madrid home for 4 weeks and come back with increased language proficiency and a greater understanding of the Spanish way of life. Bring home life stories to remember your cultural experiences. Demonstrate your language growth through a test before and after your program. On average across our programs, students learn in four weeks what U.S. high school students learn in one year.

  • College Credits

    Earn 4 college credits to either apply toward your future college degree, or to use to demonstrate your ability to do college-level work, or test out of a language level in college!


    After just 4 weeks away, you'll build self-confidence, gain a broader world view, improve your interpersonal communication skills and make lifelong friends from all across the U.S.

Location & Culture

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Live like a Spaniard in vibrant Madrid.

The capital of Spain is one of the largest cities in Europe. Madrid is a cultural hub of art, fashion and sport, and home to many world-famous art museums and two of the best soccer clubs in the world.

Madrid is full of vibrant people who love going out, strolling the parks, eating tapas, and enjoying the city. There’s a huge open-air market, El Rastro, selling anything and everything. In short, there’s no shortage of things to do!

Food options abound, as Madrid is considered a melting pot of cuisines from all over Spain. Fried squid sandwiches and churros with chocolate are perennial student favorites. Try some pig ears if you dare!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

Every day brings new discoveries and fun, but you can always count on a perfect balance between interactive instruction, excursions and free time! Here's what to expect on a typical day:

  • 7:00 am: Get up and have breakfast at your homestay
  • 8:00 am: Commute to CIEE for your language class, using public transportation
  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm: Interactive language class in small groups, with a local teacher
  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm: Practice in the streets what you just learned in class, through short activities and challenges led by your program leader in small groups
  • 12:45 pm - 1:30pm: Find a fun spot to grab lunch with your friends (your program tuition includes a stipend for lunches).
  • 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Gather back at CIEE to go on today's cultural activity or excursion.
  • 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Each activity or excursion is designed to echo what you learned in class that morning.
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00pm: Free time! Hang out with your friends and shop. Commute home.
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Recount your day at dinner and try to use your new vocabulary!
  • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Wrap up your day with jotting down some notes in your reflection journal and get your homework done before the next day. Usually just readings and personal research for your weekly project.
  • 10:00 pm: Lights out!


Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts below.

  • Housing

    Carefully screened homestay

  • Local Support

    24/7 support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

  • Take a guided walking tour of Spain’s cosmopolitan capital city.
  • View graffiti art, wall murals, and street performances – all part of Madrid's vibrant urban art scene.
  • Visit the home of Impressionist painter Joaquín Sorolla.
  • Bike on cobblestone walkways along the Manzanares River and catch great views of Madrid’s historic bridges and buildings.
  • Go for group hike and picnic in the National Park of Guadarrama mountains.
  • Travel to the old city of San Lorenzo del Escorial, and visit the Golden Age royal palace and pantheon of Spanish Kings.

Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances, covid-related measures and restrictions and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Completion of high school Spanish Level 2 or higher is required by the start of the Advanced program. If you’ll have completed Spanish Level 1 by the start of the program you are eligible for any of our standard Spanish Language & Culture programs. For our other Spanish Language & Culture programs, see our programs in Buenos AiresBarcelona, Madrid, and Seville.
  • A minimum ACTFL proficiency level of Intermediate-Low or an average score of 4 in the pre-program STAMP test to determine language proficiency. If you score lower, you may be asked to transfer to the regular Language & Culture program in Madrid. Please sign up for the earliest STAMP pre-test date possible. Information about the STAMP pre-test—including pre-test dates—will be released in the spring.
  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 

For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.

Application Fee


Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.

Optional College Credit Fee

$150  Learn more 


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2023 4 weeks Jan 18, 2023 Jun 11, 2023 Jul 8, 2023


Summer Session II 2023 4 weeks Jan 18, 2023 Jul 9, 2023 Aug 5, 2023


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