• Spain
    • Madrid
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Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, Work study, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
High School Diploma Associates Bachelors
Apartment Host Family


Price Details
Included: Personalized Pre-departure Advising; Tuition & Registration; Travel Medical Insurance; On-site Orientation; Housing; Volunteer Opportunities; On-site Staff Support; Excursions and Cultural Engagement; Host Institution Services & Amenities and more. Scholarships available.
What's Included
Some Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes
Jun 20, 2023
Mar 25, 2024
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About Program

Home to roughly 4 million inhabitants, Madrid is Spain’s primary political, financial, art and cultural center. Madrid boasts many historical and cultural landmarks, such as the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace, as well as world-class cuisine and a lively nightlife.

Study liberal arts, business, Spanish, or engineering at CEA CAPA’s centrally-located partners, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Antonio de Nebrija University. Both universities offer small class sizes, courses taught in English, and an immersive experience. Courses are available in aerospace engineering, art history, biology, business, chemical engineering, communication, computer engineering, cultural studies, economics, electrical engineering, film studies, history, humanities, and international relations.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

CEA CAPA provides, in conjunction with Diversity Abroad, Destination Guides which provide resources and tips for Black/African-American students, Latinx students, Asian American students, and all other students of color.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Through our personalized advising, CEA CAPA takes steps to understand the needs of a diversity of student identities like the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to diversity and identity training, CEA CAPA leadership engage in continuous department level project work to identify and revise policies and practices using the appropriate Justice, Equity, Diversity or Inclusion lens as a frame to reduce bias and barriers that impact students, faculty, and staff. CEA CAPA is intentional in elevating diverse student voices and providing a platform for a broad array of identities to share their experiences abroad. The CEA CAPA World Blog promotes stories and personal experiences from the perspectives of diverse student bloggers and vloggers.

Neurodivergent Support

CEA CAPA is willing and able to assist students with learning disabilities and physical disabilities. Students are requested to disclose disabilities through the application health forms as part of their application and in discussion with their application advisor or program manager. The earlier CEA CAPA is made aware of learning or physical disabilities the better we can work with the student, institution, and overseas team to tailor an Individualized Education Program if necessary to support the student.



CEA CAPA makes a conscious effort to create study abroad experiences that leave a positive impact on host communities. Each location implements a variety of strategies to support the local community and promote sustainability. Examples include:

Use of recycling bins in Study Center locations and in CEA CAPA housing

Signage in CEA CAPA housing urging students to limit water and electricity usage

Students are often given reusable bags and water bottles upon arrival to limit single plastic use

Students are provided with instructions for acquiring transportation passes to promote use of public transportation rather than taxis

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions


CEA CAPA Scholarships and Financial Aid

CEA CAPA is committed to increasing access to study and interning abroad. We offer more than $2 million each year in scholarships, affiliations, and grant programs.

$100 - $5,000

Program Reviews

4.92 Rating
based on 25 reviews
  • 5 rating 92%
  • 4 rating 8%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Academics 4.25
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Madrid Education Review

I had a great time in Madrid and made countless friends through my experience! I loved my apartment and most things about my school, especially the professors. I always felt super safe and cannot wait until I can go back again. I only had classes with other exchange students though, so it was a bit hard to make friends with locals and other people from Spain, but other than that I have no complaints from my semester abroad!
I really enjoyed all the new experiences I got to have, including trying new food and going to new places and it has given me such a different outlook on life.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I did this all over again I would probably take at least one class that wasn't for my Spanish major, so I could maybe meet some people from Spain instead of only having classes with other Americans and exchange students. All my classes were also separate from the main campus building so I didn't really get a great college experience while I was here because there wasn't a social scene where my classes were.
  • Exploring a new city and trying new activities and foods
  • Meeting new people
  • Bettering my Spanish
  • Felt separated from the rest of my friends that had classes at the main campus
  • Didn't connect with my roommates
  • Super strict attendance policy for class (Even if you're sick, you aren't excused)
5 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Thanks CEA CAPA!

My study abroad experience in Madrid, Spain with CEA CAPA exceeded my expectations and is something I cherish and look back on even now just a few months removed, so I think that will be the case forever. Being able to live and learn so far away from my normal life seemed so scary and unrealistic beforehand, but CEA CAPA gave me the resources and boost of confidence to be able to do so, and from the moment I arrived I did my best to make the most of it and say yes to whatever I could. I explored my host country to my heart's content and fell in love with the country, my host city of Madrid, and the people and life there. I would recommend anyone who is thinking about study abroad to just go for it if you are able. Enough said there.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was most definitely the day I arrived in Spain and specifically when I got to my accommodations. I got there in the morning and my roommate wasn't arriving until later that night, so I was alone for most of the day in a unfamiliar setting. It was overwhelming to say the least. I started to overthink and get stressed and sad about being so far from family and wondering if I was really capable of conquering the experience and having fun. I decided to take a breath and take a nap, because I was exhausted from traveling and needed to calm down a little. From then on, I decided to take each day one at a time, and remember to be grateful for this once in a lifetime experience. I had to always remind myself when things got tough that it was a special and positive experience, and I'm just going through a rough patch. Pretty soon I was having the most fun and being appreciative everyday, while still managing missing home but not letting it dictate or influence my experience there.
  • Madrid is an extremely affordable city and my program helped us navigate that well too with tips
  • CEA CAPA's weekend trip to Seville was one of my favorite places I traveled
  • Getting 2 meals a day at my residencia really helped me
  • Majority of the students in my program were from the same home university which made it hard to make new connections sometimes
16 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Claire! Thanks for reviewing your 5 star experience in Madrid. So happy you got the chance to explore and felt confident doing so thanks to CEA CAPA!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Go with CEA!

I loved my abroad experience with CEA CAPA! Madrid is an amazing place for studying abroad. There is so much to do due to the city being so large, but also because of the amount of events that are put on. During my time there I watched one square close to my living arrangement be changed from a Latin Festival, to a Dance Floor at night, to a Christmas Market with an ice skating rink. With CEA you will have support every step of the way. My favorite thing about them is you can email them if you get sick and need help scheduling a doctor's appointment and they will guide you every step of the way! The details of healthcare and visits are very complicated while you're overseas so it was so nice to have that help. We had some issues registering for classes and CEA expressed how much we shouldn't stress and they would figure it all out, and they did! CEA has amazing staff, I couldn't be any happier with my abroad decision.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Immerse yourself in the culture! Don't go to the same chain restaurants because they are familiar and comfortable. Go to the food festivals and meet new people. This city is amazing and you should explore every neighborhood!
  • Large City
  • Easy to Travel (Big Airport)
  • Amazing Support
  • Classes Fill Up Quickly (don't go with only one class you have to take)
  • No beach close by
18 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Fall 2023 in Madrid

I had an incredible time studying abroad through CEA CAPA. I especially appreciated the onsite staff that was able to help me with medical help, classes, and food recommendations around the city! I had a great time engaging in the CEA excursions which were very well organized and the cooking class with other local students. Regarding housing, we were put in an apartment in a very safe neighborhood, but I wish the other CEA kids were in the same complex, but they are scattered throughout the city. We had a couple of housing problems like our window fell off, sink was leaking, and light bulb broke, and even though they responded promptly, it took a while for them to be fixed, but expected since they told us service was going to be slow. Overall, I highly recommend this program and had an unforgettable experience.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I learned halfway through that a local favorite meal is Cocido Madrileño!
  • Easy to reach staff for any problems or help
  • Great beginning orientation to help adjust to the culture
  • Ability to travel freely on weekends
  • Slow housing service
17 people found this review helpful.
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Madrid program with CEA

Studying abroad in Madrid was an unforgettable experience that surpassed all my expectations. From the vibrant culture to the rich history, Madrid captivated me in ways I never imagined. One of the aspects that made my trip truly exceptional was the city's lively atmosphere. The streets were always bustling with energy, filled with people enjoying tapas in charming cafes, lively street performances, and the constant hum of conversation.

The Spanish lifestyle, characterized by the famous siesta and late-night dinners, provided a refreshing change of pace. It allowed me to fully immerse myself in the local way of life and establish connections with both locals and fellow international students. The warmth and friendliness of Madrileños were evident everywhere I went, making me feel welcome and accepted in this new environment.

The city's architectural beauty was another highlight. Exploring landmarks like the Royal Palace, Prado Museum, and Puerta del Sol provided a sense of the city's rich history and cultural heritage. Every corner seemed to hold a piece of the past, offering a glimpse into Madrid's evolution over the centuries.

The diverse array of cultural events and festivities added a dynamic touch to my experience. From flamenco shows to traditional festivals, I had the opportunity to witness and participate in celebrations that showcased the passion and zest for life that defines Spanish culture.

Ultimately, Madrid became more than just a destination for academic pursuits; it became a second home. The friendships formed, the memories created, and the personal growth achieved during my time in Madrid made it a truly transformative chapter in my life. I left with a deep appreciation for the Spanish way of life and a newfound love for the enchanting city that had become an integral part of my study abroad journey.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Facing the unexpected challenge of missing flights during my overseas stint taught me vital lessons. I recommend students wake up early before flights to avoid unnecessary stress and overspending. Prioritizing punctuality can significantly enhance the overall study abroad experience, ensuring smoother travels and financial peace of mind.
  • Communication with the program
  • Opportunities for engagement with other CEA students
  • City was noisy at night
21 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


Studying abroad with CEA in Madrid was amazing! I had such an enriching experience and feel that I grew a lot as a person. The CEA staff onsite was incredible. They made an effort to get to know everyone and make sure everyone felt supported during their time there. CEA also made the pre-departure process as easy as it possibly could have been. Housing there was also amazing and I felt very safe and comfortable in Madrid. The area we were located in was very residential, so it felt like I really lived there and was a part of the community. We also had access to classes in English with amazing professors!

20 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


Studying abroad in Madrid was hands down one of the most enriching, eye-opening experiences of my life. I learned so much about Spanish culture, world issues, myself, and what I am capable of. I forged amazing friendships with people from around the globe that I still cherish years later. I became more independent, confident, and adaptable through being pushed outside my comfort zone.

I have memories from my semester abroad that will stay with me forever: getting lost wandering the winding streets of Toledo and stumbling upon a small tapas bar, cheering with locals at a heated Real Madrid soccer match, feeling awe stand at the top of the Alhambra in Granada, gaining new perspective on classic works of art after seeing them in person.

Both the structured learning activities organized by my program and simply living day to day life in another country taught me so much. Improving my Spanish language skills exponentially while taking engaging courses on history, literature, business, and culture was also an invaluable academic experience. I loved traveling all around Spain and Portugal during breaks from schoolwork too.

The combination of immersive cultural excursions, hands-on academic learning, and forging global friendships made my study abroad experience absolutely life changing. It challenged me, enlightened me, shaped my worldviews, and created memories I'll cherish forever. I gained perspective on global issues, practical skills for career success, and lifelong friends from around the world. Without a doubt, those few months living abroad in Madrid profoundly impacted who I am and my path in life. I would highly recommend studying abroad to anyone!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate was a calamari bocadillo which is a fried calamari sandwich. I went from being weary of it to it being one of my favorite snacks in Madrid!
  • Extracurricular activities
  • academic support
23 people found this review helpful.
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The best college experience

Studying abroad in Madrid with CEA CAPA is the best choice I made when looking to study abroad. The staff created a low-stress experience by giving each student the tips and tricks to make Madrid feel like home. The program gave numerous opportunities to explore the city with guided tours, trips to different cities, dance classes, cooking classes, and sports games. My favorite excursion was a three-day overnight trip to Seville with the other students in the program. The friendships I made throughout the trip are relationships I will cherish forever.

  • Multiple housing options
  • Helpful staff
  • Excursions included in education abroad program rate
  • You will wish you were staying for longer
40 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Emma! Thanks for sharing your experience in Madrid! Your excursions to Seville sounds incredible too!

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