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Madrid

Spain

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We dare you to get bored studying abroad in Madrid.

You can wander around the Plaza Mayor, visit the city’s many churches and cathedrals, enjoy the sunshine in one of Madrid’s many parks, see a Flamenco show, watch a Real Madrid soccer game, taste the city’s unique cuisine, and always see something new when you study abroad in Madrid.

Take your Spanish language abilities to the next level inside and outside the classroom. Whether you add a part-time internship or courses at a local university to your Madrid study abroad experience, you can open doors of opportunity to meet local professionals, students, and professors.

Not only is Madrid the capital city of Spain, it’s also the heart of the country. Located in the center of Spain, Madrid is a great starting point to explore this gorgeously diverse country.

Programs

Madrid - Engineering, Math & Science

Madrid
,
Spain
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$18,990
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Madrid - Language & Area Studies

Madrid
,
Spain
Length: 
Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Language prerequisites: 
4 semesters of college-level Spanish
Estimated Cost: 
$18,100
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Madrid Summer

Madrid
,
Spain
Length: 
Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
2 semesters of college-level Spanish
Estimated Cost: 
$7,250
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Multi-Location Summer - Museums & Beyond: Art & Culture in Paris, Rome & Madrid

Paris
Rome
Madrid
,
France
Italy
Spain
Length: 
Summer 2019
Language prerequisites: 
None
Estimated Cost: 
$7,270
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Madrid's Top Five

Visit La Tabacalera

Catch a free concert or art show at La Tabacalera, an old tobacco factory turned funky cultural center.

Take a Walk in the Park

Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon walking down la Gran Via and la Calle, then picnic and people watch in Parque del Retiro.

See La Plaza Mayor

Witness the breathtaking architecture and history found in la Plaza Mayor—Madrid’s central square. A must-have photo!

Enjoy Fresh Foods

Stop by the farmers' market in Casa de Campo the first Saturday of every month to taste the best local products.

Explore Must-See Museums

Include Museo del Prado, Museo Thyseen-Bornemisza, and Centro de Arte Reina Sofía on your to-do list while in Madrid. You don’t want to miss some of the top art museums in the world!

The Latest from Madrid

Mar 6 6:46am
Madrid

My First Month in Spain...

by Rahul

Castles, Mosques, Churches, Tapas, Mountains, Beaches, and Sunsets…

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Feb 4 12:15pm
Madrid

The Road to Love: How Study Abroad Brought Two Alumni Together Years After Madrid

by IES Abroad

Karen van Es and David Main never could have predicted what the spring of 1969 would hold when they chose to study abroad on the IES Abroad Madrid program. Read on to discover how their time in Spain affected their lives, and how their paths crossed again many years later, eventually leading to their marriage.

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Jan 18 2:11am
Madrid

Pre-departure Detachment

by Rahul

As I prepare for my study abroad trip, I discover more about the importance of detaching myself from materialistic possessions. We have so much stuff and stuff and stuff and stuff…you would be surprised about how much stuff a normal household or person possesses but does not need. Attachment to materials is like a loop; it consumes us and takes us away from real emotions, awkward moments, unimagined connections, unfelt feelings, and from experiencing life.

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Dec 30 10:59pm
Madrid

No Es Adios

by Juliana

A few final closing thoughts about my time in Madrid. I loved my time abroad, and I hope you enjoyed following my journey!

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Dec 30 10:41pm
Madrid

Finals in Spain and Education Differences

by Juliana

Who even studies while they’re abroad? ME. Here are the differences between the American and Spanish education system and my official proposal for more study spaces in Madrid.

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