• Spain
    • Madrid
Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Cultural Studies Economics Film Health Sciences History International Relations Language Studies Liberal Arts Marketing Psychology Sociology +1
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships

Program Details

Program Type
Degree Level
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Price Details
You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE! Our high-quality programs include tuition, housing, on-site airport pick-up, field trips and cultural activities, 24/7 on-site professional staff, and automatic iNext insurance. There are no hidden charges or surprises when you arrive, and scholarships opportunities are available!
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
Jul 14, 2022
Sep 30, 2023
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About Program

Seated in the center of Spain, the capital city is not only the political and cultural center of the country, but an important player in global economics. Despite its present-day status, much of Madrid’s historic past remains beautifully preserved in its landmarks, museums, and architecture.

A huge variety of tapas bars, dance shows, concerts, outdoor parks, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema make it a lively place to live and learn.

Courses are available in English and Madrid.

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Program Highlights

  • Soak up Spanish culture with museum visits, dance classes, urban art and graffiti tours, and neighborhood visits in Lavapiés, Malasaña or La Latina.
  • Explore beyond Madrid with day trips to Toledo, the Monastery of El Escorial, or the UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Toledo and Alcalá de Henares.
  • Visits to Seville, Barcelona, Granada, Bilbao, the Canary Islands, or Morocco
  • Depending on their program of study, language ability, and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer.
  • Do Madrid on your own terms by customizing your experience through the Open Campus program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your academic track from six options, then choose your courses from a wide range of subject areas.

Popular Programs

CIEE Madrid Summer Programs

Develop your Spanish language skills this summer, explore historical 20th century events that shaped modern Spain, and discuss how art is used as a creative tool for political activism.

CIEE Madrid Semester Programs

Come to Madrid and take your advanced Spanish language skills to the next level in one of the world’s most energetic, artistic, and cosmopolitan cities.

CIEE Madrid January Programs

CIEE’s January in Madrid program invites students of all majors to explore world-famous artists and their art featured in the city’s many museums.

Madrid Landmark

With CIEE's Open Campus Block Programs, you can design your very own study abroad program to include up to three different locations for 6, 12 or 18 weeks.

Stay in one city the entire time or spend other blocks at our other Open Campus Block locations in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dublin, Kyoto, London, Madrid, Monteverde, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, or Sydney.



CIEE Scholarships and Grants

CIEE’s need-based grants offer support to students who face financial barriers to studying abroad. CIEE awards need-based grants based on students’ EFCs and program selection. The Gilman Go Global Grant offers students $750-$2,000 toward airfare, plus $2,500 toward semester program costs, or $1,000 toward summer program costs.

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

4.85 Rating
based on 33 reviews
  • 5 rating 84.85%
  • 4 rating 15.15%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4.05
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.75
  • Safety 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Madrid is amazing

Super fun classes with really engaging professors and lots of field trips. The center staff are really helpful too. Housing is clean and comfortable. The center is in a great location in the heart of the city at Puerta del Sol!
I love the Open Campus Block program because it let me study for one block (six weeks) before my regular school started (quarter system). But some people stayed longer or moved to another city. Such a unique and flexible program!
You will meet a lot of really cool people :)

10 people found this review helpful.
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CIEE Madrid Daily Life

My experience was very unique because first of all, a whole new culture. I came into it not knowing what to expect and little study about the country and I was blown away. From learning about tapas and siesta time to experiencing flamenco shows and amazing site visits such as the palace. Everything felt surreal and the friends I made here are sure to be lifelong ones that I will stay in touch with. A bonus is that traveling to nearby places is cheap such as Barcelona or Majorca and can be done over the weekend

  • Site visits
  • Cheap traveling to nearby places
  • Easy to travel in Madrid
  • Very hot, bring a hand held fan
  • Diet (Ate tapas the first three days)
12 people found this review helpful.
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Madrid summer study abroad

The opportunity to participate in a study abroad program can be a life-changing experience, offering a unique blend of academic, cultural, and personal growth. I recently had the privilege of joining an exemplary study abroad program. I would recommend this program 10/10. The CIEE staff was responsible, caring, and accommodating from arrival to departure. The housing is very nice and clean and everyone is very attentive to your needs. The classes are fun and interesting with very engaging and enthusiastic teachers. This program has taught me a lot inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Easy Travel
  • Good Enviornment
  • Safe
  • A bit of travel from residence to school
  • on site school is not that big
28 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

What an Experience!

Madrid, Spain is a vibrant and dynamic city that offers a unique and amazing study abroad experience for students. The housing, culture, and academics in Madrid are all standout elements that make it an unforgettable destination for international students.

Housing in Madrid is diverse and offers a range of options for students. The city is home to student residences, apartments, and homestays, all of which provide an affordable and convenient living experience for students. Student residences in Madrid offer a supportive community for students, with common areas for socializing and study rooms for academic pursuits. These residences also provide a range of services, such as laundry facilities, 24-hour security, and meals, making life easier for students. Apartments in Madrid offer a more independent living experience, with many options that are fully furnished and equipped with all the necessary amenities. Homestays in Madrid offer an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the local culture and learn Spanish by living with a local family.

The culture of Madrid is a major highlight of the city, with a rich and diverse cultural heritage that is evident in its architecture, art, music, and food. Madrid is a city of art lovers, and it is home to several world-renowned museums, such as the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. These museums showcase works by some of the greatest artists in history, including Velázquez, Goya, and Picasso. In addition to its museums, Madrid is also famous for its nightlife, with its many bars, clubs, and live music venues providing a lively and dynamic atmosphere. The city also offers a range of outdoor spaces, such as Retiro Park and Casa de Campo, where students can relax and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Academics in Madrid are top-notch, with a wide range of programs available for students in many different fields. The city is home to several universities, including the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, all of which offer high-quality education and resources for students. In addition to regular classes, Madrid also offers a range of extracurricular activities, such as sports clubs, cultural organizations, and volunteer opportunities, which provide students with the opportunity to explore their interests and make new friends.

In conclusion, Madrid, Spain offers an amazing study abroad experience for students, with its diverse housing options, rich culture, and top-notch academics. The city is a dynamic and vibrant place, with a wealth of opportunities for students to learn, grow, and have fun. Whether you are interested in art, music, history, or just soaking up the local culture, Madrid is an unforgettable destination that will provide you with an experience of a lifetime.

  • Nightlife in Madrid
  • Amazing Classes
  • Opportunities to explore the city via metro
37 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


I really enjoyed studying abroad with CIEE! All of the staff members were so helpful and truly cared about our experience. The CIEE Center was like a second home for me.

Madrid is an excellent city to study abroad in -- tons, TONS of things to see and do. The night life is incredibleeee and there's endless restaurants and museums to explore. The people here are the kindest I've ever met.

CIEE made it easy to handle all the logistics of study abroad, especially the visa process, and I'm so grateful for their support! They also plan activities weekly which is soooo convenient. I can't recommend this enough! Study abroad changed my life!

  • great host home (authentic experience - full immersion)
  • Language skills improved lots
  • great food
  • culture shock / discomfort at times
  • phone was stolen :( (just be careful with your belongings)
  • class sign-up was difficult
38 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE College in Madrid

I thought I was going to become friends with Spaniards but I was closer to the students in my program. However, there were friends of mine in the program that became closer with Spaniards. What I want to say by this is that there is opportunity to become friends with a lot of nationalities, and the best is that you would not expected. There is always something to do. Studying abroad is a great experience and it definitely makes you go out of your comfort zone for the best. You will know yourself better and become more open minded.

  • In Madrid everything is accessible
  • Good Food
  • Great places to visit
  • Carlos III University is an hour far
39 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Madrid Block 2

Wow, I had an amazing time during my CIEE study abroad block! When I arrived off my flight, I was immediately welcomed with warm faces. The staff are some of the nicest people that I have met and are always helpful. The dorms are a little bit far away from the CIEE center but the Metro is cheap ($10 per month) and is about a 40min trip each way. The teachers in the program are great. They are very knowledgeable but are super nice! One thing that sucks about the program is that food is not provided and the dorms have no kitchen, so eating out can get costly! Overall I had a great experience with CIEE in Madrid and would recommend it to other students

  • Great Teachers
  • Great Staff
  • Organized
  • Housing far from classroom
  • No food provided
  • No kitchen in housing
45 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Madrid

This experience is great for anyone who wants to practice Spanish, even if they aren’t taking classes. Many people here speak English so it’s easy to get around. The staff are all very helpful and know great places and recommendations for you to see. Housing is fantastic, I’m at the Galdos residence. I feel safe in this city, using the typical caution anyone would when alone. The only downside is that the residence is a metro or two away from most museums and parks that you want to attend. The trips we go on during the week with CIEE are always interesting and if you don’t want to go you can opt out. Trips to other places in Spain can be expansive, Barcelona for example by train is over 200 Euro right now. Lots of American food if you are coming from the states and get homesick but also plenty of opportunities to try local cuisine.

  • Great residence
  • Support from staff
  • Freedom to explore
  • Got my housing confirmed last minute
  • Not in the center of downtown
48 people found this review helpful.

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