Madrid, Spain

Exploring Madrid Through the Arts

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Information for term Exploring Madrid Through the Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 9 – 29, 2019 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 7 – 27, 2019 (3 weeks)


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Trace the history of this magnificent city through the lens of its art – from its Moorish origins to its ultra-modern present.

Madrid is a heavyweight among “art capitals.” Three of the world’s most important art collections are located in one block alone – the Paseo del Arte – making it easy to view works by Velázquez, El Greco, Picasso, and Dali all in one afternoon. That still leaves time for dabbling in projects of your own, from outdoor photography to studio art.

As an “artist-in-residence” in this experiential program, you’ll learn about Madrid by exploring the Spanish greats and ornate buildings of world renown. But you’ll also find a blooming contemporary art scene of photography, graffiti, architecture and studio art. It’s hard to imagine a more lively place to study art, history and the connection between the two.

Morning classes prep you for exciting afternoon tours and excursions to working studios. You’ll meet local artists and photographers, create art projects with local Spanish-speaking peers, and take a survival Spanish course to help you navigate the city.

As a final project presentation, you’ll focus on a Spanish painter, architect, studio artist or photographer, or create a short documentary video about the significance of Madrid as an art destination. You’ll return home with a certificate in Art & History, an amazing portfolio, and inspiration to make your mark in the year ahead.



    Portfolio items including a final project


    Demonstrated knowledge about art history and fine arts subjects, vocabulary and techniques covered in coursework


    A certificate of learning in Art & History

Location & Culture

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Fans of art and architecture, football, food and fashion flock to the lively Spanish capital.

Madrid is one of the preeminent art capitals of the world. Its astonishing collection of art museums is the legacy of private collectors and Spanish royals who courted the great painters of the day during various centuries and built up collections of masterpieces from all over Europe.

But one cannot live on famous artwork alone. Madrid is a foodie’s paradise and it’s never hard to find a mouthwatering snack, tapas plate or hearty meal wherever you go. Iberian ham is legendary and the must-try dish. Chocolate con churros, crispy sticks of deep-fried dough dipped into mugs of warm melted chocolate, are an amazingly addictive treat served up at cafés and stands on every street.

One of the largest cities in Europe, Madrid is full of vibrant people who love going out, dining out, and enjoying the city. They also love sports and are home to two of the best football (soccer) clubs in the world. If you’re looking for a bargain or the latest fashion, there’s a huge shopping district selling anything and everything. In short, there’s no shortage of things to do!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

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

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  • Local Support

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


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Activities & Excursions

Sample Activities

  • Peek at Picasso's Guernica, Spain's most famous artwork, at Reina Sofía, Madrid's premier collection of contemporary art.
  • Tour the Prado, widely considered to have one of the world's finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century.
  • Learn some serious culinary skills in a Spanish cooking class.
  • Shoot some memorable scenes for a photography assignment on a bike tour of Madrid Río . Meet with actors and actresses behind the scenes of a local theatre.
  • Interact with a local jewelry maker and create an original design as a group.
  • Flex your creative muscles in an urban street art project or pottery painting workshop.



Sample excursions

  • Trek to Cuenca’s historic walled town with steep cobbled streets and medieval castle ruins. Tiptoe through the Museo de Arte Abstracto Español – in a “hanging house” on cliff!
  • Take a weekend journey to Valencia, home to some of the best galleries in all of Spain

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



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


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2019 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 9, 2019 Jun 29, 2019


Summer Session II 2019 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 7, 2019 Jul 27, 2019


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