Madrid, Spain

Language & Area Studies

Study Abroad
Program Options:
Experiential Learning, Part-Time Internship
Fall, Spring, Academic Year

At a Glance


Apartment, Colegio Mayor, Homestay


15 to 19 per Semester

Language of Instruction:


Language Prerequisites:

4 semesters of college-level Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course within the last year

Part-Time Internship (Optional):

Included in Program Fee

Visa Required:


About the Program

Designed to help you strengthen your Spanish language skills, this program also caters to a wide range of academic interests and majors. In addition to a required Spanish course, you have the option to take IES Abroad-taught courses and local university courses at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), one of the country’s most distinguished universities and where our Center is located.

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Gain Hands-On Experience

Enroll in an optional internship placement and seminar.

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Earn a Spanish-Language Certificate

Take a preparation course for the DELE examination.

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Immerse Yourself in Spanish Culture

Make Spanish friends during our weekly cultural events.

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Madrid Will Be Your Classroom

You'll be captivated by Madrid’s vibrancy.

Spring 2025

Program Dates:

January 14 - May 09

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


Program Advisor

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Cyane Thomas, Kayti Everette & Liat Wasserman

Once you’ve applied for a program, one of us will be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, we're here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️

About the Destination

an aerial view of Arco de la Victoria in Madrid at night

Why Madrid?

The IES Abroad Madrid approach is unlike any other educational experience. Our academically immersive Language & Area Studies Program takes you around the heart of Spain to live and learn in this sophisticated, capital city—not as a tourist but as a local student.

Learn More About Madrid

Get to Know Your New City

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Visit La Tabacalera

Catch a free concert or art show.

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Take a Walk in the Park

Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon walking down la Gran Via and la Calle.

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Enjoy Fresh Foods

Stop by the farmers' market the first Saturday of every month.

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Explore Must-See Museums

You don’t want to miss some of the top art museums in the world!

The Student Experience

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A student and their host mother gathering at the dinner table in a Madrid Homestay.
  • Apartment
  • Colegio Mayor
  • Homestay


We offer single room student apartments which resemble upscale student residence halls with private bathrooms that are located near the city center of Madrid. Student apartments are furnished, including a fully equipped shared kitchen. Utilities and Wi-Fi access are included. Gym facilities may be available. Meals are not included in this option and are ideal for students who wish to prepare their own meals. This option is ideal for students who are looking for a more independent experience.

The student apartment has a base option with no additional fee and a premium option that carries an additional fee for a placement in a larger room.