• 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
Sep 22, 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

9.57 Rating
based on 23 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 91.3%
  • 7-8 rating 8.7%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
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  • Academics 7.1
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.6
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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
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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.
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Madrid Study Abroad Review Spring 2022

really loved the study abroad program in madrid. once you're there the CIEE staff is incredibly supportive and communicative, and they plan lots of fun events that are included in your tuition -- i.e. a day trip to segovia ciee took us on is one of my highlights to look back on. madrid is an amazing place to be and the housing ciee provided was pretty good, i.e. one bathroom per two people which is good for dorms. academics were doable with the exception of one pretty rigorous class bc the teacher was new - that's something that could have been improved upon as there were a lot of complaints with that, but other than that it was solid.

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Well run program, run by nice people great professors I felt so comfortable acclimated quickly! Only complaint would be they cancelled my class on my first day of orientation and I did the program because of that class. But I loved the program! Professors are so nice always willing to help wanting to get to know the students make them comfortable. Loved that they had interesting activities for students including cooking classes and flamingo! Loved this program and would definately reccomend again!

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An Unforgettable Summer Spent in Madrid Spain

Hi everyone!

As you may have assumed based on the title of the review, this past summer I traveled to Madrid, Spain! I remember first being hesitant about fully committing to the program since there were so many things going on in the world at the time, but I decided to get out of my comfort zone and go for it. I’m extremely glad I went that route because the memories created there were unforgettable.

First comes the people. Going alone was one of the factors that contributed to my hesitation on going abroad. I decided to just stick it out and go. Who would’ve thought that the people I met there would be so fun to hangout with in another country. Conversation came easy and making plans while in Madrid came smoothly. The staff at the CIEE center were really cool and easy to talk to too! If my friends or I ever had any questions, comments, or just wanted insight on where to get the best Paella from, the staff at the CIEE center never failed to provide. As for the people in Madrid, for the most part, they were all pretty friendly and helpful if we ever had directions questions or anything similar to that matter. Of course, being a woman, you’ll receive your fair share of catcalling and long stares, but truth be told, it’ll be like that wherever you go in the world.

Next, comes the sightseeing and scenery. Madrid was honestly such a beautiful place. It definitely had its more traditional parts and old architecture but also provided more urban and modern areas as well. The public transportation - in reference to the metros - was SO convenient. I could literally go from one end of Madrid to the other in a short amount of time, and I honestly liked how normalized taking public transport over there is. However, something to be cautious about is pick-pocketing. Pick-pocketing is extremely common in Europe, including Madrid. In fact, my friend briefly put her cross-body bag behind her, and when she turned it back in front of her, she had her phone stolen from her bag. This was only the second day of being abroad too. On a lighter note, I’m also big when it comes to cafes, so cafe hopping is a MUST here, and I promise you will not be disappointed. Of course, while in Madrid, you have to visit well-known spots such as El Parque de Retiro, Plaza Mayor, The Royal Palace, Sol, and much more.

Now the most important part, is the program itself. The class I took and was getting credit for was called Arts and Activism. Classes were Monday through Thursday, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. My class days mainly looked like: 1) waking up at the dorm and getting ready 2) having breakfast then taking the metro down to sol 3) have class 4) then having the evening to do homework, dinner, and spend time with friends. The dorms we stayed at were really nice and acquiring transportation cards was fairly easy. One thing I wished CIEE could've done better is to reach out in regards to what to pack and bring. I had to ask previous alumni who did the same program I did what to and not to bring, as well as do my own research. I could go on about how cool this program is, but do feel free to check out: https://www.ciee.org/go-abroad/college-study-abroad/programs/spain/madrid/summer-madrid for more info as well as reach out directly to me!
And remember: bring your Euro-plug and/or voltage converter, a small hand-held fan, and be prepared to walk!!

  • Independence in a foreign country
  • Easy public transportation
  • Culture immersion
  • Pick-pocketing
  • Air conditioning rare
  • Solo night walks
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CIEE Open Campus (Madrid, Rome, Copenhagen)

CIEE's Open Campus program is a brilliant way to experience a variety of cities all within a semester. I chose Madrid, Rome, and Copenhagen as my 3 locations, and I could not be more grateful for the experiences I had in each of these unique cities. I was introduced to so many new foods that I'm still obsessed with today, new scenery, and frankly, a new way of living. CIEE also provided a bunch of cool extracurricular activities that were included in the program's price such as a paella-cooking day in Madrid and a trip to the Tivoli gardens outside of Rome. Seriously, I'd recommend anyone who's thinking about a semester abroad to consider CIEE's Open Campus program -- no regrets, and I'd do it all over again if I could.

  • Extracurricular activities like cooking classes and site tours
  • Reasonable pricing and opportunities for scholarships and grants
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Yes, I recommend this program

CIEE Summer in Alcalá: Memories for a Lifetime

My summer studying abroad in Alcalá de Henares outside of Madrid was the most memorable experience of my life, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to attend the CIEE program. I felt incredibly supported by the program staff as they were very encouraging during my studies and always available for advice. I gained a better understanding of Spanish culture and became independent through navigating public transportation which allowed me to explore Madrid, as well as take advantage of the ease of travel to visit places including Granada, Valencia, and San Sebastián. I also improved my Spanish speaking and writing abilities, and gained so much confidence through interacting with CIEE staff and locals in the language; I now feel comfortable using Spanish with anybody and left with new vocabulary. I made many friendships that I will cherish forever, and have developed a strong love for travel. I hope to return to Europe one day, and am so glad to have spent the summer in Alcalá de Henares which is filled with such amazing history, beautiful sights, and easy access to Madrid!

  • Fun CIEE excursions including kayaking, museum trips, and visits to el Escorial, Toledo, and Segovia.
  • The beautiful University of Alcalá and its location near the Plaza de Cervantes which always has something to do.
  • Convenience and ease of travel through Atocha in Madrid and accessibility of public transportation.
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CIEE Society and Engineering

I absolutely loved my time abroad with CIEE. I was ecstatic to find a study abroad program with my STEM courses, even computer science courses. It was so hard to find programs for Engineering and I am so glad I found CIEE. They made it so easy for us pre-departure with a lot of info and handled our Visas and housing for us. Orientation events were really impactful and I got to learn so much on the tours they provided for us. I made lifelong friends with my roommates and got to travel and learn so much!

  • Easy to reach
  • Great resources
  • Facilitated move in/travel plans
  • Campus was a little far from central Madrid

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