API Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

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Academic Programs International (API) invites you to study in Madrid, Spain! Spain’s capital since 1561, Madrid is the contemporary capital of Spanish culture, finance, and industry. A large, international and cosmopolitan city, Madrid is a city of possibilities. The energy of Madrid is in its street life and warm people. To study abroad in Madrid is to experience more than a classroom – it is to experience the history of Spain and its people.

API offers several programs in Madrid, including: Spanish Language, Humanities and Business Studies; Business, Liberal Arts and Sciences; Spanish Language and Culture; Communications, Humanities and STEM Studies; and Multidisciplinary Studies for Spanish Speakers.

Housing options for this program are plentiful, and include home stays with local host families, as well as apartment and student residence accommodations. Register today and go study in the largest city in Spain with API!


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API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.

$250 - $1,000

Popular Programs

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Offering classes taught in English in both business and humanities, as well as Spanish language courses at all levels, this program is open to beginning, intermediate, advanced and superior-level Spanish speakers who want to study abroad in Madrid. Students who have completed more advanced Spanish courses can choose from a wide variety of classes focusing on Spanish culture and civilization that are taught in Spanish. This program is offered during fall, spring, academic year, and summer.

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This program is designed for students who wish to study abroad in Madrid primarily in English, while still having the option of taking some courses in Spanish. Students choose 3-5 courses per semester. This program is offered at Suffolk University in Madrid.


This program is designed for students at all levels of Spanish who want to study abroad in Madrid and focuses on Spanish grammar, conversation, and culture. This program operates on a quarter schedule and is offered at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Originally founded in 1492 in the city of Alcalá de Henares and later moved to Madrid, the university is one of the most prestigious in Spain.


Students who are interested in a study abroad program in Madrid that focuses on communications studies, humanities, and sciences will be a perfect fit for this program. Students will take up to 4 classes, and may take an extra class for an additional fee. Courses are available in the sciences and in the communication fields. All classes are in English but students may also take a Spanish Language course (offered at different levels).

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Advanced/superior level students who want to study abroad in Madrid may take up to 5 courses with Spaniards through API at Universidad Nebrija’s main campus or it’s second campus located on the outskirts of Madrid. Campus Dehesa de la Villa is within the city of Madrid, while Campus de Berzosa in on the outskirts of Madrid. Students will only be able to choose classes from one area of study and one campus – i.e. mixing of subjects or campuses is not possible.

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  • Academics 8.8
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An experience I will never forget

This was one of the best experiences of my life and it was made possible through API. The support they provided, the housing I was given, and the activities they planned were incredible, just to name a few. I was connected with amazing people from all over the country, and got to know everyone in the program really well. I got to live in an amazing city while improving my Spanish and earning academic credit. If you are considering API or this program, do it! You won't regret it.

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Incomparable Experience Abroad

Studying abroad was one of the most valuable experiences of my life, and I owe so much to API for organizing and facilitating my trip. Before I left I decided I wanted to experience the authentic culture through Spanish cooking lessons, dance classes and more, and wouldn't you know, API had that all organized already. I really, really appreciated just how many trips and activities were organized by API that were all included in the price of the program!

I also loved that one of the housing options included Spanish dorms, where I met many local students my age who I still stay in touch with today. Though academics were very much you-get-what-you-give, I felt like I came out with much, much stronger language skills than I ever expected.

Finally, I couldn't have asked for better coordinators to be there for me the first time I traveled on my own. When my wallet was stolen they were there to make sure I had enough money and was able to get in touch with my parents and bank and get everything solved quickly. When I needed help planning a trip, advice on where to go or even just printing my plane tickets, they were there to help. I came out feeling so confident in travelling and I undoubtedly owe it all to API's support while I was abroad. I only wish that API would offer more programs for post-graduation travel :)

What would you improve about this program?
It was hard to bond with all the students in the program when everyone is living in different places.
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API Madrid- Best Experience!

I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the API program. The directors were great and always available if you needed anything or just wanted to talk. There were, I believe, about 25 of us in the API Madrid program and the directors did a really good job at bringing us all together. I made some of my closest friends through this! Also, as far as program costs go I found this one to be a very good deal. In one semester they took us to Paris, Sevilla, Santander, and Toledo and paid for our transportation hotel and breakfast. They would also include a tour of some sort throughout these places.

As far as the different universities, I chose Antonio de Nebrija because they offered an intensive language program. It was great! I loved my teachers and I feel liked they pushed us a good amount. For example, we had to only speak spanish to them no matter what. Which I found to be pretty tough at first, but they help you along and everyone was in the same position as you. But in my one semester taking all spanish classes, I learned more spanish then in the 5 years of taking it in the US.

Overall, best program by far. I also spoke with some of my friends who did study abroad through other companies and they were either far more expensive or same price but didn't include a lot. Also, the directors were phenomenal and I have to say that that definitely helps when you are beginning a fresh start in a foreign country!

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Best Summer of My Life, Seriously.

I had an amazing time in Spain, and API made it happen. I chose this program because it was the most affordable with the most up-front support and information before applying. Their eye-catching blue-and-black website color scheme drew me in, and the many pictures and pages of organized information convinced me to apply. My academics in Spain were equally well-managed--API took care of enrollment at Antonio de Nebrija (which boasted a beautiful campus, incredible professors, and rigorous yet doable course work) and transfer of credits back to my home institution, while leaving me to plan my social calendar. I think that's important when studying abroad. API offered weekend trips and nightly activities, but attending the planned activities was not a requirement. I also made a bunch of lifelong friends during my time abroad--including my host mother, Mati, who opened her massive Puerta del Sol apartment and incredible home cooked meals to me. I could not have asked for a better experience, and by the time I left Spain I was more or less fluent in Spanish (I entered on an Intermediate level and left Advanced High).