Warm summer evenings attract throngs of Madrileños to the streets of the city, where they sip coffee on terrazas and watch a parade of fashionable Spaniards. Madrid is a cultural center and home to many world-famous museums including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen- Bornemisza.
This program offers intermediate and advanced Spanish language courses and area studies courses taught in Spanish. Classes integrate the best of Madrid’s historic and cultural opportunities, allowing you to improve your Spanish skills while also discovering Spain’s rich artistic, theatrical, and film heritage.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the best study abroad program possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
You enroll in one Spanish language course and one area studies course for a total of 6 credits. Highly advanced students, as determined by the language assessment taken on-site in Madrid, may enroll in a second area study course instead of the required Spanish language course. Disciplines include:
This is a list of planned course offerings. A final list of course offerings will be made available to you in your MyIESabroad account.
IES Abroad Madrid organizes course-related excursions that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of Spanish culture and society.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Madrid, it will feel like home.
Homestays - Live in Spanish homes with señoras or families. You have breakfast and one additional meal daily with your hosts. In many cases, two IES Abroad students are placed with a señora or family.
Homestays with Kitchen Privileges - If you prefer to purchase your own food and prepare your own meals, you may wish to consider this housing option. If you choose this option, you receive a meal credit. A very limited number of these placements are available.
Apartments - Share an apartment located in a residential area near the IES Abroad Madrid Center. Apartments are fully furnished, including a fully-equipped kitchen. Utilities and regular cleaning are included, as well as the support of a Spanish apartment guide. Space is limited and meals are not included.
Part of making you feel at home in Madrid is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it is an orientation program that makes you feel prepared, housing that is well-located and comfortable, or field trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with a 2 day orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad Madrid staff, your fellow students, and the city of Madrid. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, extra curricular activities, and health and safety are covered during this time. Your Spanish language placement is also administered during orientation.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the program with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparing for the return home.
IES Abroad Madrid routinely arranges and subsidizes cultural events such as flamenco and cooking classes and guest lectures for the student body and for individual courses.
Even though your adventure starts in Madrid, our field trips take you beyond the city to discover the culture and traditions of your host country. Here are a few possible destinations.
Rascafría de Madre
Hike Spain’s central mountain range, known for its vistas and outdoor sports.
Segovia is known for its Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and for having one of the longest and best preserved Roman aqueducts in all of Europe.
Visit Spain’s third largest city, rich with delicious cuisine, excellent weather, and countless cultural outlets, such as one of Europe’s newest cultural and scientific complexes, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (the City of Arts & Sciences).
The IES Abroad Madrid Center is located in the heart of the Universidad Complutense’s main campus, inside the San Agustín residence hall. There are two museums — the Museo de América and the Museo del Traje— within walking distance of the Center. Features include:
Elvira MunozIES Abroad Madrid Director
Dr. Elvira Muñoz has been the IES Abroad Madrid Center Director since 2005. She served a two-year appointment as Associate Director for the Education Abroad program at the University of California Madrid. Her association with the University of California began at UCLA, where she was a Lecturer and Associate Undergraduate Vice Chair of the Mathematics Department, 2000–2002, and visiting Assistant Professor, 1995–2000. Dr. Muñoz received two Distinguished Teaching awards during her career at UCLA. She also has taught mathematics at State University of New York at Stony Brook, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Mathematics from Université Paris Xi, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Universidad de Salamanca. Her considerable experience abroad also includes work and study in Germany, Sweden, and Brazil.
IES Abroad Staff
María José CachoAssistant Administration and Student Services
Marta CamachoAcademic Advisor
Yolanda CharlánStudent Affairs Coordinator
Angel LópezStudent Affairs Coordinator
Gemma Muñoz GarciaSenior Academic and Internship Coordinator
Yolanda RealAssistant Director of Administration
Fernando Alonso, Ph.D.Economics
Doctor en Ciencias Económicas, Profesor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Montserrat Alonso Cuenca,Spanish
M.A. en Filología Hispánica
Juana Anadón Benedicto, Ph.D.History
Doctora en Historia, Profesor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Beatriz BuesaFilología Hispánica
Gema Cienfuegos, Ph.D.Spanish Literature
Doctora en Filología Hispánica,
Javier CuestaSpanish Literature
Filología Hispánica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Luis Deltell, Ph.D.Doctor en Ciencias de la Comunicación, Profesor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Rafael Fernández Sánchez, Ph.D.Economics
Doctor en Ciencias Económicas Profesor, Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio
Antonia Fernández Valencia, Ph.D.History
Doctora en Historia, Profesora, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Javier Huerta Calvo, Ph.D.Spanish Literature
Doctor en Filología Hispánica Profesor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Cristina Iborra Mateo,Spanish Language
M.A. en Periodismo
Licenciada en Filología Inglesa
Beatriz Mariño, Ph. D. Art History
Doctora en Historia del Arte, Profesor
Ana Martín Pascual,Spanish
Licenciada en Filología Hispánica, Advanced Certificate Latin American Literature
José Manuel Matilla Rodríguez,Art History
Licenciado en Geografía e Historia, Conservador del Departamento de Dibujos y Estampas, Museo del Prado
Carlos Nieto, Ph.D.Contemporary History
Doctor en Historia, Profesor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
José Antonio Nieto Solís, Ph.D.Economics
Doctor en Ciencias Económicas, Profesor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
María Pardo Serrano,Spanish Language
Licenciada en Geografía e Historia
Aurora Pastor Martínez,Theater Performance
Licenciada en Ciencias Políticas, Actress
Emilio Peral Vega, Ph.D.Spanish Literature
Doctor en Filología Hispánica
Juan Carlos Pereira Castañares, Ph.D.Contemporary HistoryDoctor en Historia, Profesor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Rocío Prieto,Filología Hispánica
Antonio SánchezLicenciado en Historia del Arte,
Subdirector General de Bellas Artes de la Comunidad de Madrid
José L. Sánchez Noriega, Ph.D.Doctor en Ciencias de la Comunicación, Profesor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Eva SardónFilología Hispánica
Francisco Seijo, PhDPolitical Sciences
Andrés Úbeda,Conservador Museo del Prado