• Spain
    • Madrid
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Subject Areas
Anthropology Art History Business Creative Writing Cultural Studies Global Studies History Journalism Language Studies Liberal Arts Literature Middle Eastern Studies Political Science Social Sciences Sociology +5
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Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Dormitory Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
Tuition and registration fees for full-time NYU students remain the same during semesters spent at a global location as long as the student is enrolled in 12-18 points. Students from other universities should check with their home school's study abroad office to learn if there is a third-party payment arrangement and/or partnership with NYU. If there is not, visiting students pay NYU College of Arts and Science tuition and fees while studying at an NYU global location.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

International Health Insurance

What's Not Included
Airfare Meals Visa
Feb 14, 2024
Oct 05, 2022
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About Program

Experience the madrileño life this fall at NYU Madrid. Choose from courses in anthropology, business, and politics. Since all of your courses are NYU-approved, credits should transfer easily to your home university. You’ll have the chance to improve your Spanish language skills with intensive language courses and immersive homestays. And if you’re fluent in Spanish, you can take up to two courses at the prestigious Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Additionally, there are opportunities for internships, class-related excursions, and regional trips. Located in the city center, NYU’s newly renovated academic center features classrooms, a computer lab, a student lounge, and a reading room with a reserved book and reference collection. Learn more and access our online application on the NYU Office of Global Programs website. Please note, the spring program fills up early. Secure your spot now for an amazing semester abroad! Opportunities vary based on local restrictions.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

The NYU community embraces the values of inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility throughout its network of study abroad locations and degree-granting campuses. Each of NYU’s global locations provides a range of programs and resources specifically geared toward supporting BIPOC students during their time studying internationally.

LGBTQIA+ Support

NYU is dedicated to supporting its LGBTQ+ community across the globe. Each of NYU’s global locations provides an open, inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students who choose to pursue international study and has local staff members equipped with training and resources on all things related to identity, diversity, belonging, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Neurodivergent Support

NYU is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and participation for all students, including those in need of neurodivergent support. The Moses Center for Student Accessibility works with NYU students across the globe to determine and implement appropriate and reasonable accommodations as well as access available programs and resources to support equal access to a world-class education.

Accessibility Support

NYU provides resources, accommodations, and equal educational opportunities for all those in need of accessibility support. Students interested in global study at NYU are encouraged to contact the University’s Moses Center for Student Accessibility where an Accessibility Specialist is available to discuss accessibility and accommodations at locations of interest. The Moses Center also has academic liaisons at each global site to help implement these accommodations.



NYU is committed to responsible stewardship of environmental resources, prioritizing sustainability in decision-making, and setting a powerful example of leadership on climate change and other environmental issues. Read the NYU Sustainability Commitment at the link below.

Ethical Impact

All students at NYU's global locations are required to assume the duties of citizenry and undertake an obligation to respect the culture, customs, and laws of the host nation. Furthermore, NYU is committed to resource sharing, collaborating, and partnering with local communities that are helping to positively impact, benefit, and enrich each neighborhood, city, and country where its global sites are located.

Program Highlights

  • Benefit from NYU’s rigorous academic offerings with a special focus on art history, business studies, and Spanish language and culture.
  • Choose to stay in a homestay with a local host family or apartment-style residence halls with students from local Spanish universities.
  • NYU staff plan trips to Córdoba, Salamanca, Bilbao, Segovia, Toledo, and El Escorial and outings to places like the Mezquita Central de Madrid, Bolsa de Madrid, Palacio Real, and Museo Sorolla.
  • For-credit internships are offered in fields such as advocacy and nonprofit organizations, business, journalism, marketing and public relations, and politics and international relations.
  • Volunteer opportunities are also available.

Program Reviews

4.60 Rating
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  • Academics 4.1
  • Support 4.4
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.6
  • Safety 4.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Year in Madrid

I had a really great experience in Madrid! I learned so much from just being surrounded by history and traveling to actually see the different cultures and materials we were learning about. For example, when we learned about Venus figurines, I got to go to Paris and see some of the ones we talked about. When we learned about the Muslim influence in the Iberian peninsula, we were able to go see it for ourselves in Granada. Or for analyzing Bosch, we had to go to the Prado to see the original work. Having to use Spanish all the time (while hard at first) really helped me improve my Spanish, too! I loved the different parks in Madrid, and while some might disagree, I actually really liked the food as well. While there isn’t a lot of visible diversity in the population, there is a ton of diversity in the food options! The metro and the streets were so clean and nice, and Uber is super easy to use, too. Although it’s tempting to travel out of Spain almost every weekend (because it can be so cheap!!) I would recommend spending time in Spain and also just within Madrid because it really is a beautiful and interesting place to be.

  • Easy to travel around Europe
  • Beautiful parks and museums
  • Great public transportation
  • Not a lot of diversity within Madrid
48 people found this review helpful.
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NYU Madrid Semester Abroad!

The best experience of my life! NYU offers an interesting intercultural experience. Classes are only with other NYU students in the NYU building. However, we live with college students from all over the world! There were some students also studying abroad from the US, local Spaniards, and Europeans from all over! The classes offered a unique insight into the Spanish culture. I loved learned about something and then going out into the city and seeing it! My Spanish greatly improved while abroad and that was something I really wanted to work on. The locals are so kind and always happy to have a conversation with you!

  • Class Schedule
  • Local Culture
  • Improving my Spanish
  • Eating times are different so that is something I had to adjust to!
  • The city is close to 90% white so it is important to note that there may not be other people who look like you
48 people found this review helpful.
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I think NYU Madrid is great, but be prepared for rigorous coursework, as well as the fact that the program is mostly NYU students. If you are from another school, put yourself out there in order to make friends because some people come with friends already. The staff is great and all of the professors are amazing. If you're looking for an academic experience as well as a cultural one, this program is for you. If you're planning on skipping school to travel, party, etc., you're better off somewhere else.

What would you improve about this program?
Cheaper housing, allowing you to miss classes (at least 1) without a grade penalty.
87 people found this review helpful.
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Junior year at NYU Madrid

I'm an NYU junior studying politics, development, and Spanish. So far I have spent one complete semester at NYU Madrid and have just started my second. In my experience, the academics at this campus have been exceptional. First, the class size is usually less than 15 - I have had one class with about 20 students, but this was by far one of the most popular on campus. The small class size allows you to get to know the professors and other students much better than in some large classes at main campus. This is especially helpful if your professors are Spaniards, since they can help you with the city and culture. There is a large range of classes here: Spanish history and culture, business, human rights and international law, urban studies, migration studies, and more. My top class so far has been Migrations & Cultural Diversity. I have been surprised by the quality of the classes here; they've been my favorite of my time as an undergraduate. Many require some form of research about/in the city, which helps you get to know the culture. The student life and academic support staff are as a whole very knowledgeable and helpful, especially with navigating classes and the new city. They also can connect you easily with medical help (including some great mental health options) and have a network of professionals in many fields.

NYU Madrid offers two housing options: a student residence and a homestay. I spent my first semester in the residence, which is centrally located in the Malasana neighborhood, very safe, modern, clean, and has a rooftop area with seats/tables/ping pong. The guest policy is pretty strict, but overall it's a good place to live. I don't have personal experience with a homestay, but all of my friends in homestays have had positive experiences. The only complaints are that some have curfews at night, and many have conservative/traditional hosts.

The city itself is a great place to spend a semester. Madrid's nightlife has a big reputation, and it lives up to it, if that's what you're interested in. There's also great bars, concert venues, museums, and cafés for more relaxed options. The public transit is incredible, so much better than New York. Twenty euros a month gets you access to the subway (which is fast, on time, and clean) and the bus system (same), as well as the light rail network which can bring you to towns as far as an hour away from Madrid. Great for day trips. My advice would be to take advantage of the transit system and go to new neighborhoods/towns as often as possible. It is as a whole safe, but some students (including friends of mine) have had things such as phones and laptops stolen from bars and public transportation. Americans are targets in any city, so be careful to keep your things close. Some of my POC friends have had troubles with racist remarks, stares, and other disrespectful behavior from Spaniards. It's a much less diverse city than New York.

If you're interested in interning, Madrid is a pretty accessible city for that. There are many agencies that help American students find internship placements, and work culture as a whole here is pretty relaxed and welcoming. I'll be interning and doing research at an organization of/for LGBTI refugees this semester, a placement I found through an agency.

Overall I'd recommend this program to anyone who wants to get better at their Spanish, live in a city that's of and connected to Europe as a whole, and study in a country with a really unique and fascinating history.

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

Great Semester

NYU Madrid has a small campus so everyone gets to know each other, which is super helpful if you want to make close friends. The dorm is beautiful, modern and is located in one of the best neighborhoods in Madrid. I also like how NYU Madrid offer classes on Monday through Thursday only, so everyone has Fridays off to travel. Therefore, I was able to explore Europe in various ways within one semester. The faculty and staff of the school are very friendly and helpful. I truly think going to Madrid has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in college.

What would you improve about this program?
I hope the Stern classes here can be improved.
74 people found this review helpful.
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Fall 2017 in Madrid

My semester abroad in Madrid has definitely been my best semester thus far at NYU. In addition to loving Madrid and Spain in general, I loved how small the group was. With roughly 100 students, it was really easy to get to know everyone and a lot less overwhelming than at the New York campus. All of my professors were amazing and I know that my Spanish has improved so much.
But the most rewarding experience for me was volunteering with t-oigo, an organization that pairs English-speaking students with Spanish children with hearing impairments in order to help the children practice speaking English. I heard about it through the NYU Madrid Student Life and I'm so glad that I joined. I was paired with a 5 year-old boy and became so close to not only him but his entire family. They have even invited me back to visit them. I truly feel like I have a family back in Madrid and I am so grateful for that.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the attendance policy should be changed to be more similar to the policy in New York.
80 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Fall 2017

As a city, Madrid was vibrant and so fun! The NYU Madrid location is very small (but I heard they will move to a better location soon), and most of the desks are broken (but again, I have heard that new desks will be purchased in the coming semester). The current location is a 40 minute subway ride from school, but subway cards are cheap (20 euros a month), and Madrid is close to many European countries that you can travel to by plane or bus. Classes are not as great as in some other NYU locations, but definitely passable.

The dorms are absolutely beautiful and so nice, and although the cost is way higher than if you rented by yourself, it is still a very nice furnished apartment-like residence. Each person gets a single bedroom, with shared bathroom/kitchen.

Excursions by the NYU team are free, and there are about 3 day trips to areas like Segovia and El Escorial. In addition, there is a free overnight trip of your own choosing (three options). These were definitely some of the highlights of my experience at NYU Madrid.

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

My experience in Madrid!

here was a specific reason I chose to study abroad in Madrid: to learn Spanish. I realized that I liked Spanish a lot, and decided to take a summer course at an institution in New York to improve a bit quicker. There, a met a fellow student who told me that she had studied in Barcelona for a while, and that it had definitely helped her improve. That's when I decided I wanted to study abroad in Spain through NYU.
The program definitely met my expectations. Taking two courses fully in Spanish was definitely challenging, but so different from what I was used to back then. Even if sometimes I didn't understand half of the things the professor was talking about, it helped me step out of my comfort zone and really use other skills to make out what she was saying, and even respond to her. It also forced me to review material and constantly practice, as I knew that being clueless in class was not an option. The professors there were so helpful and so eager to help us accelerate our Spanish skills, and I truly believe that these Spanish courses I took in Madrid were one in a lifetime opportunities.
As for socially, it was exactly how I heard it was going to be. Based on some Google-searches, many people who had studied in Madrid wrote that everything was mostly at a slower-pace than it is in New York City, and that the people are extremely friendly and amiable. And this was true. Whenever I was lost or needed help using the ATM machine, all I needed to do was ask a local Madrileno and he/she would be so willing to help out. The night life is amazing, as it seems like everyone is partying together in one huge group (especially at local bars). With so many places to go with a metro station always somewhere nearby, it was so exciting to go to new places to try Spanish cuisine. I loved the break for the fast-paced city so much that even now, I yearn to go back for another semester.

What would you improve about this program?
I would love if there were more school-wide trips to other parts of Spain. We went to a few but there were more I wanted to go to, but I do realize there are always time/money constraints.
80 people found this review helpful.

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