Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

Quick Facts | Why Madrid? | City Description | Academics & Host Institutions | Housing | Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs

 

Quick Facts

Host Institutions: Semester and Academic Year programs:

  • Universidad de Carlos III
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Eligibility Rules: click here
Language/Academic Focus: Open to Advanced and Superior level Spanish levels. Courses taught in Spanish and available in a variety of subject areas at the Universidad Carlos III and the Universidad Complutense. Courses in Engineering are offered in both English and Spanish at Carlos III.  (Click here for Course Offerings)
Volunteer Opportunities: Students in Madrid will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities (not for credit).
Housing: Students can live with a Spanish host family or choose to arrange accommodation and meals on their own. Homestay accommodation includes Internet, as well daily breakfast and dinner and 1 load of laundry per week. Students who choose to arrange their own accommodations will be credited the room & board portion of their program fees.  For further information about living with a host family, please click here!
Sample Day Excursions: Toledo, Segovia

Why Madrid?

  • Live and study in the heart of Madrid, Spain’s capital!
  • Easy and inexpensive travel to the rest of Europe
  • Some of the world’s most famous fine art museums, such as the Museo del Prado and Reina Sofía
  • Cosmopolitan city on the cutting edge of Spanish politics, fashion, film, theatre, art, and culture
  • The ASA Madrid program includes a free monthly Metro (subway) pass
  • Madrid’s legendary nightlife is unsurpassed

City Description – Large city of 4 million

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a fascinating city that can go from ultra-modern in one neighborhood to medieval the next. It truly is a city of contrasts – both ancient and new, quiet at times and bustling at others. The oldest part of the city, called El Centro, has narrow, winding cobblestone streets that are reminiscent of the city’s ancient origins. Elsewhere, one finds skyscrapers and wide, sprawling boulevards lined with department stores, markets, restaurants, discotecas, theatres, monuments, and museums.

Madrid is not only geographically the center of the country, but it is also the country’s center of politics, fashion, art, cuisine, film, and all facets of contemporary Spanish culture. The 4 million people who live in the nation’s capital are intensely proud of their city and heritage and love to share their knowledge of Spanish language, culture, and history with visitors. You will soon learn to both understand and replicate the distinctive Spanish accent of this region, called Castellano (Castilian).

Many of the most famous spots in Madrid are located in the city center, within walking distance of each other. From the grand Plaza Mayor, it takes only a few minutes to walk to the Puerta del Sol, and then just a few minutes more to the world-famous “Triangle of Art.” In this part of the city, any art lover will find their bliss, with 3 of the world’s most important art collections at your fingertips: the incomparable Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofía, and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Although Madrid’s art is one of its strong points, the city’s appeal certainly doesn’t end there. If you’re a sports fan, watching a Real Madrid soccer match is a must! Or, enjoy one of the city’s beautiful parks, where you’ll find madrileños jogging, reading, or sunbathing. Finally, you may have heard about Madrid’s legendary nightlife – it will make you wonder why New York is called the city that never sleeps!

Your location in the center of the country will make it easy to visit other parts of Spain, as the Madrid airport and train stations will take you just about anywhere in the country. With high speed rail lines going to Sevilla and Barcelona, you can sometimes get to your destination faster by train than by plane. If you need to fly, however, the airport is conveniently connected to any part of the city by the Metro (subway).

Academics

ASA offers several academic options in Madrid for Advanced and Superior level students: 1) Direct enrollment at the Universidad de Carlos III and the Universidad Complutense; 2) Courses in Hispanic Studies at Carlos III; 3) Engineering courses offered at Carlos III in English and Spanish.

Universidad de Carlos III

Cursos de Estudios Hispanicos (CEH) for Advanced level Students

The Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos (Hispanic Studies Program) at the Universidad Carlos III is recommended for students with strong preparation in Spanish who wish to study various facets of Spanish culture in an integrated program: Literature, History, Theater, Art, Economics, Cinema, Journalism, Politics, Spanish Culture, and more. The Hispanic Studies program also offers Spanish language classes at 4 different levels: High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced, and Superior. Courses are taken with other international students.  This program is recommended for students at the High Intermediate, Advanced, or Superior levels.  For course offerings, please click here.

Cursos de Humanidades – Direct Enroll with Spaniards

This is the liberal arts curriculum that is a general degree requirement for local Spanish students at Carlos III. Its one- and two-credit courses range from Art, Literature, History, Geography, Philosophy, and Political Science to Cultural topics. These courses may extend from semester to semester or be offered at various times during the semester (for example, during the first half, second half, or during fewer weeks with more contact hours). While the Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos course offerings are announced weeks or months in advance, the Cursos de Humanidades courses are scheduled and announced only near the beginning of each semester. For course offerings, please click here.

Engineering Courses in English or Spanish

Students who wish to study Engineering in Madrid may enroll as alumnos visitantes at the bilingual program in Engineering (Ingeniería) at Carlos III (Leganés Campus). Students can take introductory and advanced courses in a variety of Engineering fields, as well as fundamental courses in Math, Physics, and Statistics. Through this bilingual program, students may choose to take courses either in Spanish or in English, though certain courses are conducted in Spanish only. Students who wish to take electives in the Humanities and Social Sciences in addition to courses in Engineering can arrange to take CEH courses on the Getafe Campus of Carlos III (see above for CEH program details), but must have at least an intermediate level of Spanish language skills to enroll.

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

The Universidad Complutense de Madrid is a public institution with origins that go back 7 centuries. Today, approximately 125,000 students are enrolled each year, choosing among 43 different areas of study. Unlike many Spanish universities, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid has a campus that is similar to the campuses of many American univerisities. With large, stone buildings, playing fields, and students walking between buildings at all hours, it makes students quickly feel at home. Since the university is almost twice as old as the oldest and largest American universities, your Madrid campus will have a history as old and colorful as the country itself.

Complutense: Alumno Visitante

Studying for a semester or academic year at the Complutense as an alumno/a visitante is demanding in several ways: it requires fluency in Spanish, excellent preparation in the major subject, and extension of the term or academic year by approximately a month in order to take final examinations. The levels of the Complutense Licenciatura are normally designated PRIMER CICLO (courses from the first three years of study), and SEGUNDO CICLO (courses from the fourth and fifth years of the major). Any student intending to study as an alumno visitante at the Complutense for only one semester will not be permitted to take annual courses, that is, courses that extend through two semesters. The minimum number of credits is 18: three six-credit courses.

Housing

Students can live with Spanish host families, who will provide daily breakfast and dinner and 1 load of laundry per week. All ASA student housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from your university. Or, you may opt out of program housing and arrange your own accommodation and meals, in which case, you will be credited the room & board portion of their program fees. Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.

Excursions

2 day excursions are included with your program fee. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Toledo (day excursion) – Located about an hour outside of Madrid, this medieval hilltop city has one of the most important cultural heritages in Spain, as well as a fascinating history of co-existence of Muslims, Jews, and Christians from the 8th to the 15th century. You won’t want to miss the world-famous collection of El Greco paintings and the gorgeous cathedral.
  • Segovia (day excursion) – The history of Segovia dates back to the Celts – even before the Romans, who took power of the city in about 75 BC. Segovia has some of the most unforgettable sites in Spain, such as the Roman aqueducts built in 81 AD that, amazingly, still carried water into the city until the mid 19th century. The stunning Alcázar of Segovia, a castle and fortress, sits on a hill overlooking the city and was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle!

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA Madrid Program

  • ROOM & BOARD: With a Spanish host family – rooms may be double occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room. Includes daily breakfast and dinner and 1 load of laundry per week. Students may opt out of housing and arrange their own accommodation and meals, if desired, and will be credited the room & board portion of their program fees. For further details about living with a host family, please click here!
  • TUITION at Universidad de Carlos III or Universidad Complutense. Students at Carlos III may enroll a maximum of 16 U.S. semester credits per semester. Students at the Complutense may enroll in a maximum of 24 U.S. semester credits per semester.  Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by your host institution. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • METRO PASS: Students receive a monthly Metro (subway) pass that allows free unlimited travel on the Madrid Metro.
  • EXCURSIONS: 2 day excursions, locations to be decided.
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at their host institution and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Madrid (MAD) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE HANDBOOK & ON-SITE ORIENTATION
  • PRE-DEPARTURE ONLINE VIDEO PROGRAM

 

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Daily lunch (for students who choose ASA housing)
  • Meals on excursions
  • Student visa, if required
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, room and board and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions.

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here.

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.

FAQs

If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info