During a typical Madrid summer, throngs of madrileños flock to the streets of the city where they sip coffee on terrazas, sample tapas at the city’s bars, or simply stroll and watch the parade of fashionable Spaniards. Every Sunday in the summer, the Plaza de las Ventas, Spain’s largest stadium for corridas de toros (bull fights), features the country’s leading toreros (bull fighters).The seat of Spain’s government, Madrid is also a cultural center and home to many famous museums, including the Prado and the Reina Sofia, where Picasso's Guernica resides.
Over the course of the summer, you will come to know the city's vibrant plazas and winding streets for yourself. IES Abroad’s Madrid Summer Program offers enrollment in IES Abroad courses, housing in student apartments as well as in homestays with local families, extracurricular activities, and field trips.
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 field study trips 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 welllocated and comfortable, or the field trips that take you places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is just one of the things we’re known for.
During orientation, you receive information about Spanish culture, housing, transportation, and extracurricular activities. You will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with fellow IES Abroad Madrid students and staff.
Typically, students take a day trip, sponsored by IES Abroad, during orientation. A Spanish language placement exam is also administered.
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.
Possible field trip options include:
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
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Andrés Úbeda,Conservador Museo del Prado