Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain


Study abroad in Madrid and experience the work of Picasso, Miro, Goya, el Greco, and Dali in the galleries of the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen. Spend a lazy afternoon people-watching at Casa de Campo or El Retiro. Undertake an in-depth exploration of the city's famous tapas bars. Join Real Madrid fans at an electrifying futbol match. Spain’s capital and largest city has a sophisticated vibe that’s evident in its world-class culinary culture, never-ending nightlife, and thriving art scene. Study abroad in Madrid and immerse into student life at one of our partners, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija or Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, where you’ll choose from a range of courses and engage with local culture like a true Madrileño.

About the Country


Studying abroad in Spain can lead you to experience the sophisticated life of a country more diverse than you could imagine. Rich in history, Spain’s art, architecture, and culture will amaze you. The birthplace of some of the world’s most influential artists including, Pablo Picasso and Manolo, travel to Spain to live amongst some of the worlds most treasured art. From the ancient Roman ruins, to the flamenco dancers and matadors, to the gothic cathedrals overlooking the streets, and even to its captivating mountain ranges, Spain captures the true essence of traveler’s journey overseas. Experience the true beauty and history behind some of the most admired art in the world. When you study abroad in Barcelona, you can visit the Museum Marítum, where a large collection of art represents how Barcelona’s history is connected to the sea. While in Madrid, see one of the most famous art pieces in the world, Pablo Picasso’s La Guernica, which depicts the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. As the local gallery scene within Seville is growing, one of its most popular galleries is the Wabi Sabi Shop Gallery. There you can find more than just paintings, home to all types of contemporary art, including fashion to décor, to furniture or handmade ceramics. If you’re looking for classical art, then Granada is the place to be, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, where it houses over 2,000 pieces, with works of art from Alonzo Cano, who designed the façade of Granada’s cathedral. Granada’s star attraction though, is a piece of art in itself and is one of the most iconic sights, the Alhambra. This sprawling complex sits on the Darro Valley, with the Sierra Nevada Mountains as its backdrop. 

Silvia Martínez, Program Director, Madrid

Silvia Martínez ensures that all CEA standards are maintained in Madrid. Silvia oversees all educational programs, including short- and long-term program planning, products, and services, and maintains the financial plan for Madrid. She also manages student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, program improvements, and staff. More


Magical Madrid


Local Highlights

Restaurante Botín

Restaurante Botín is the world oldest restaurant, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. This iconic Madrid eatery opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1725.

La Bicileta Café

This welcoming café is the perfect spot to study and work. Amenities like free WiFi, workspaces, lockers for your belongings, and a variety of drinks and food (coffee, milkshakes, soda, beer etc.) make it your go-to study spot.

Círculo de Bellas Artes

Want to see the Madrid skyline from its best angle? Then head to the Círculo de Bellas Artes in the center of the city. Along with its amazing views, there’s a cafeteria/restaurant where you can have a drink and some snacks while enjoying the scenery. Círculo de Bellas Artes offers jazz concerns, art exhibitions, and a film series throughout the year.


If you’re a hiking person, you won’t want to miss Madrid’s mountains and trails. Cercedilla is one of the best options; you can get there for free by train, in no more than an hour!

San Ginés

Don’t miss this well-known spot, famous for its chocolate con churros Madrileño. San Ginés is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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Sarah Underwood, Fall 16 MOJO, Madrid .

Language Level Improved Immensely  
My language level improved immensely in just a few weeks and it was a great way to get to know the culture and city.

Marisa Bognanno
DePaul University,
Spring 2015, Madrid, Spain
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