• 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

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
Dec 25, 2022
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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

4.83 Rating
based on 29 reviews
  • 5 rating 82.76%
  • 4 rating 17.24%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Academics 3.95
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.8
  • Safety 4.9
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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
4 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
3 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
9 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
10 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Madrid Study Abroad

I had such an amazing time in Madrid! I had amazing professors and took one of the best classes of my life (Beginner Spanish) I met so many other fun people participating in my program, and made lots of friends who shared common interests. I also had a wonderful time exploring the city and all of the food, drink, and beauty Madrid has to offer (especially Retiro Park). It was such an incredible study abroad experience for all of my friends and I, I would highly recommend it to other students. :)

  • Fun people
  • Great city
  • Night life
  • No kitchen
12 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Open Campus Madrid

What I liked the most about this program is that the classes are very flexible and interesting and the professors are very understanding. In addition to academic work, I had the opportunity to do an internship abroad; CIEE found the best fit for me and it was an incredible learning and cultural experience.

Additionally, CIEE gives students a lot of freedom and independence so we can immerse ourselves more deeply in the culture, but they are always there to help and answer any questions that might arise.

  • Traveling during the weekends
  • Meeting locals and creating friendships
  • Learning about and living in a new country/culture
  • Dorms were very nice but far away from the city center
  • No meal plan included/no kitchen to cook food
10 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Study Abroad Spring 2022, Madrid, Spain

This was one of the best decisions I made over the course of my college career. If you are even on the fence about doing a semester abroad do it. I promise you, it's worth the time, money, and experience. You will not miss anything while you're gone. Make the right decision. Go Abroad.
Some of my favorite memories of my 22 years of life have come from this experience. I get asked about it all the time and love talking about it. It is great for your resume believe it or not. Telling people that you were able to communicate in a society that doesn't speak the same language as you is a big eye-opener for people. The food, clubs, travel, and friendships that were made will be part of my life forever and this is something that I can recommend enough. I just traveled to Seattle to meet friends that I met abroad.

  • Freedom to Travel on Weekends
  • Experience
  • Culture
  • Time away from Family
  • Expenses
  • Coming home
13 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


Madrid was an amazing experience. However, UC3M was a very long compute from where we lived in the city center. I think finding a university that is closer to the city center would be preferable, as I didn't like the atmosphere at UC3M.
Madrid is really cool though because there's so much to do in the city and just out of the city. Manzanares el Real was a personal favorite hiking spot and you can get there with the monthly metro card as it lets you get on busses, the metro and Cercanías trains.

  • Beautiful city
  • Great housing
  • Easy to travel on weekends
  • UC3M was 45 min commute one way from housing. Some had up to an hour commute.
  • Lived over a club, very loud on weekends if you did not go out yourself.
11 people found this review helpful.

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