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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.

Programs to love in Madrid

Programs to love in Madrid

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Engineering & Social Sciences

Engineering & Social Sciences

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Expand the scale and scope of your engineering coursework by studying abroad at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. With almost 100 STEM courses available each semester in Aerospace, Bioengineering, Computer Technology, Electrical and Energy Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, you are sure to find the right courses to fit in your degree plan regardless of your year in school.

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  • YR
  • Starting at $15,995
Liberal Arts & Business

Liberal Arts & Business

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Choose business and liberal arts courses that align with your academic and personal interests, all taught in your choice of Spanish or English. Early-start language program options are available.

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  • SE
  • YR
  • Starting at $4,795
Study + Internship in Madrid

Study + Internship in Madrid

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Put your Spanish language skills to daily use while gaining work experience that will set you apart as a future job candidate. The Study + Internship program in Madrid allows you to make progress toward your degree while gaining practical skills in fields such as business management, communications, design, engineering, finance, hospitality, information technology, journalism, marketing, mathematics, political science, urban planning, and more. Courses are taught in English and Spanish. Learn more about the benefits of a CEA internship.

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  • Starting at $13,995
Business, Management & Finance

Business, Management & Finance

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Infuse an international perspective into your business degree by studying in Madrid - the leading economic hub of the Iberian Peninsula and Southern Europe. Take courses at the Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid, an AASCB accredited institution. You’ll take courses alongside other Spanish and international students at the Getafe Campus, outside of the city center. Coursework is available in areas such as finance, marketing, management, and economics.

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  • YR
  • Starting at $15,995
Communication, Journalism & Media Studies

Communication, Journalism & Media Studies

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Home to Spain’s major newspapers such as El Mundo and El País, as well as Spain’s international news agency, EFE and the Spanish media conglomerate PRISA, Madrid serves as a hub to explore the transformation that modern media has made in this era of 24-hour news and communications. In this program, you’ll study these topics alongside Spanish and international students at the Getafe Campus of the Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid.

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  • Starting at $15,995
History, Politics & International Studies

History, Politics & International Studies

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Delve into the interconnectedness of politics, economics and history at a global level. With the rise of nationalism around the world, it’s increasingly important to develop an understanding of the nature of interactions amongst people, cultures, and countries on a global scale.  With courses available in these areas and more, you’ll study these important topics alongside Spanish and international students on the Getafe Campus at the Universidad de Carlos III de Madrid.

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  • YR
  • Starting at $15,995
Spanish Language & Culture

Spanish Language & Culture

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Immerse into local culture and improve your Spanish language skills at Antonio de Nebrija University. Designed for all levels of Spanish language ability, courses help you gain proficiency and a deeper understanding of the culture and daily life in Madrid.

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  • Starting at $4,795
What's included in your Program'

What's included in your Program

From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • International Emergency Service Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Transportation Pass
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Student Clubs & Organizations
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Career & Re-entry Workshop
  • Official Transcript(s)

Seville & Cádiz

Toledo

Segovia

Madrid Inside Out

One of study abroad’s many benefits is the opportunity to explore beyond your host city. That’s why CEA offers excursions for all semester, year, and summer programs; typically, we offer between two to three excursions to semester students and between one to two excursions to summer students. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation. Here are a few day and weekend trips we’ve offered in the past:

Seville & Cádiz

Your time in Seville begins at La Maestranza, an infamous bullfighting ring, followed by a visit to Reales Alcazares, a 14th century Moorish fortress. Tour La Giralda—one of the world’s largest Gothic cathedrals and (allegedly) the final resting place of Christopher Columbus—before enjoying a fabulous lunch in a restaurant set in a former Arab bathhouse. Let yourself be amazed by the incredible buildings that line Seville’s narrow streets and small plazas. Spend free time relaxing at the popular Parque de Maria Luisa and Plaza de España, complete with fountains and rowboat-filled canals. You’ll also have time to take a pleasant stroll along the banks of the Gualdalquivir River.

In coastal Cádiz, Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city, you’ll relax at Playa Victoria, considered by many to be Spain’s best urban beach. Spend the day enjoying the sand and sun, watching the surfers, and exploring Cádiz’s picturesque historic center.

Toledo

For 200 years, Toledo was the capital of medieval Spain; today it’s the capital of Castilla la Mancha, the land of Don Quixote. Known as the "City of the Three Cultures," Christians, Jews, and Muslims lived together peacefully; their legacy is a city filled with diverse, impressive architecture. Enjoy a captivating train tour to Toledo’s most beautiful locations, narrated with tales from local legend and history. Art lovers will appreciate Toledo as the home of El Greco, the world-famous Renaissance artist whose most important pieces can be appreciated in the city, including his masterpiece, The Burial of Count of Orgaz, displayed in the small church of Santo Tomé. Toledo is particularly well known for its quality sword makers; many films, like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, feature swords made in Toledo. While students are welcome to handle and photograph the swords, you’ll need to start saving early if you want to purchase one of your own, as price tags range up to $600. As many people consider Toledo the most beautiful city in Spain, get ready to have a remarkable experience on this excursion.

Segovia

The first thing that’ll catch your eye in Segovia is the massive 1,900-year-old Roman aqueduct that delivered water to this charming town until just a few years ago. You’ll also tour the Alcázar, an 11th century castle that’s rumored to be Disney's inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. The local cuisine is an experience in and of itself, particularly the cochinillo (a.k.a. roasted suckling pig). You’ll also have the chance to visit La Granja, an incredible royal palace and grounds just 10 km from Segovia.

Valencia

Spain’s third largest city is a seaside destination with beautiful weather year-round and a rich, interesting history. While you’re here, you’ll have the chance to eat the famous dish paella in its birthplace and soak up the sun on one of Valencia’s lovely beaches. We’ll visit the City of Arts and Sciences, an entertainment complex featuring a planetarium, interactive science museum, outdoor art gallery, landscaped walkway, a performing arts center, and more. We’ll also make a stop at L’Oceanográfic, Europe’s largest aquarium that hosts 45,000 animals of over 500 species. As we roam through the city, you’ll see a wide range of architectural styles represented by Valencia’s many eye-catching buildings.

Madrid Inside Out

These morning trips allow you to explore other cities in the Community of Madrid, with visits to sites such as:

  • Aranjuez
  • Alcalá de Henares
  • El Escorial and Valley of the Fallen

Flamenco Show

Join your classmates at a typical flamenco show, where you’ll witness and understand one of the most representative dances of Spanish culture.

Retiro Park Tour & Rowboats

El Retiro is Madrid’s main park; together, we’ll discover its hideouts, main spots, and take a few rowboats out on the lake.

Madrid Rio - Biking the Manzanares

The Madrid Rio Park was renewed from 2006-2011; ever since, it’s become an outdoor sport destination. You’ll have the opportunity to cycle through the park and along the Manzanares River that runs through it.

Prado Museum

The Prado is Spain’s main museum, featuring one of the world´s finest collections of art from the 12th to the early 19th centuries. Visiting it is a must!

Chueca & Gay Culture, Guided Tour

Madrid is a LGBTQ-friendly city; in this tour, you’ll would get familiar with the main gay neighborhood and its historical importance.

Senate & Congress

Visit these emblematic buildings while learning about local politics. You’ll learn how Spanish government operates and gain familiarity with the politics of your host country.

Wellness Activities

As a CEA Madrid student, you’ll have the opportunity to stay active, meet new friends, and have fun while participating in CEA-led sports and exercise activities. You may:

  • Participate in a 5K or 10K race
  • Join a running club
  • Bike tour around Madrid Rio
  • Bike tours during weekend excursions

Language Exchange Partners (Intercambios)

Practice your Spanish with locals who want to improve their English! You may study with students from your own university or with Madrileños from different universities. It's a great way to learn the language and get to know local students on a friendly basis.

Volunteering

Give back to and engage with your host community through volunteering! Past opportunities include:

  • T-oigoStudents are assigned a family, then visit weekly to “play” in English, in order to help children learn the English language
  • Desarrollo y Asistencia: Participate in a variety of activities, depending on your level of Spanish and length of stay. Activities include helping children with their homework, accompanying elderly, feeding homeless, and more

*Please note: If you intend to volunteer, intern, or participate in service learning with children, you must obtain a criminal background check prior to departure for your program. Please contact your Site Specialist for more information.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

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What's included in your Program'

Madrid Housing

Available:

Semester
Summer

All CEA students studying in Madrid have the option of living in apartments while abroad. Generally located in the city centre, these apartments cater perfectly to independent, do-it-yourself type students who want to experience Madrid just as the local Madrileños do. Cook tasty tortilla de Española with your roommates in your kitchen, explore the personality of the neighborhood that surrounds you and make your new Spanish apartment a home.

Typical Commute

  • Universidad Antonio de Nebrija: Up to 45 minutes by metro & walking
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid: Up to 50 minutes by metro

Meals Included

  • N/A

Roommates

  • 1-2 students per room
  • 3-11 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared-single sex bathroom
  • Partial bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Central heating or space heaters
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Semester
Summer

Engage in Madrid’s colorful culture firsthand when you live in a homestay with a Spanish family. For the culture-seeking type whose study abroad goals include improving Spanish language skills and cultural understanding, homestays provide the opportunity to dive headfirst into the daily lives of Madrid’s locals.

Typical Commute

  • Antonio de Nebrija University: Up to 45 minutes by metro & walking
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid: Up to 50 minutes by metro

Meals Included

  • 3 meals per day (M-Sun)

Roommates

  • 1-2 student per room
  • 1-3 students per Homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Limited kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Internet access
  • Weekly laundry service included
  • Central heating, space heaters available
  • Fans available

Additional Fees

  • Semester: $1,600 - $3,000
  • Summer: $600-$1,200
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While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Madrid housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.

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Institutions

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Since its founding in 1989, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has grown into one of the leading higher education institutions in Spain.  The public university offers a range of courses to a culturally diverse population of more than ­­­­­­19,000 students.  More than 3400 international students participate in exchange programs through the university each year.

You will have the opportunity to take courses from two different campus locations.  Each campus is about 15-25 minutes train ride from Puerta del Sol in Madrid.  There are also buses that run between the campuses.  The Getafe campus is where students take their Social Science and language classes while the Leganés campus is where students take their Engineering, Science, and Math courses.

You will have access to the same university facilities and will be able to take courses in English with local Spanish students, allowing you to fully appreciate UC3M student life. By sharing the campus with local and other international students you’ll have the opportunity to meet and interact with your peers.

Accreditation

The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree granting institution of higher learning. 

Grading

UC3M professors carefully evaluate students’ work and progress.  Reading, written, and oral exercises; homework assignments; attendance; classroom participation; and exam performance are taken into account when calculating the final grade. Attendance policy is very strict and each unexcused absence lowers the grade as follows: 1st unexcused absence – grade reduction of 0.3, 2nd unexcused absence – grade reduction of 0.5 and 3rd unexcused absence – fail.

Grades at UC3M are based on a 10-point scale.  Below is a table used by all faculty at UC3M and represent the grades you will see on your transcripts:

Spanish Number Grade

US Verbal Equivalent

U.S. Letter Equivalent

10

Excellent

A+

9 – 10

Excellent

A

8 to 8.9

Very Good

B

7 to 7.9

Good

C

6 to 6.9

Satisfactory

D

5 to 5.9

Sufficient

E

< 4.9

Fail

F

NP

No report

 


Classroom and Information

  • Faculty from UC3M teach your language, social science, STEM courses, including other electives.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 5 and 20 students for language courses and between 10 and 40+ students for electives.
  • You may attend class with international students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and other parts of the world.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Room
  • Study Area
  • Counseling Services
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Printing Facilities
  • Student ID
  • Multi-Media
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring
  • Language Exchange with Local Students
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Dining Facilities
  • Banks & Post Office
  • On-campus ATM
  • Lockers
Universidad Antonio de Nebrija
Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

With an annual student population of about 5,000, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija prides itself on being "the smallest of the great Spanish universities." This highly ranked private university was founded in 1995 and named after the first grammarian of the Spanish language. In 1492, Nebrija presented the first-ever Spanish grammar book to Queen Isabel; today, teaching Spanish as a foreign language is a key activity, and the Center of Hispanic Studies at Nebrija is dedicated exclusively to Spanish language training.

In addition to Spanish language and Hispanic Studies, the university also offers a wide range of academic subjects taught in Spanish and English, such as art history, cultural studies, political science, and sociology. Courses are instructed by Antonio de Nebrija faculty through Centro de Estudios Hispánicos. Nebrija's small student population allows for personal attention and specialized studies.

Accreditation

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a Spanish grade by 10 to find its U.S. equivalent. Grading in Spain is usually more severe than at U.S. institutions, and you should be prepared to adapt to different methods of teaching. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades.

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija has released the following chart to assist U.S. universities in interpreting the Spanish grading scale:

Spanish Verbal Grade

U.S. Verbal Equivalent

Spanish Number Grade

U.S. Letter Equivalent

Sobresaliente

Excellent

10

A+

9.5

A

9

A-

Notable

Very Good

8.5

B+

8

B

7.5

B

7

B-

Aprobado

Adequate/Pass

6.5

C+

6

C

5.5

C-

5

D

Suspenso

Fail

0 - 4

F

Classroom and Information

  • International faculty teach language courses and electives.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance in all classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to your school’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • Class size ranges between 10 and 20 students. Small class sizes mean personalized attention from instructors.
  • You will attend class with international students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and other parts of the world. Due to the superior mastery of the language required, you will not be in classes with host national students.

Amenities
  • Student Offices
  • Clubs & Organizations
  • Student Lounge
  • Study Area
  • University Library
  • Computer Lab
  • Printing Facilities
  • Student ID
  • Internet Access & Wi-Fi
  • Academic Advising
  • Tutoring
  • Language Learning Services
  • Language Exchange with Local Students
  • Student Sports Teams
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Dining Facilities
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