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 (open to High Intermediate and Advanced levels)
  • Universidad Nebrija (open to any Spanish level)
Eligibility Rules: Click here
Academic Focus: 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 live with Spanish host families. Homestay accommodation includes Internet, as well daily breakfast and dinner and 1 load of laundry per week. For further information about living with a host family, please click here!
Sample Day Excursions: Toledo, Segovia

Why Madrid?

  • Capital of Spain; legendary nightlife
  • Easy and inexpensive travel to the rest of Europe
  • Home to some of the world’s most famous art museums: the Museo del Prado, the Thyssen, and the Reina Sofía
  • Sophisticated, cosmopolitan city on the cutting edge of Spanish politics, cuisine, fashion, film, theatre and art

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. The oldest part of the city, El Centro, has narrow, winding cobblestone streets that show the city’s ancient origins. Elsewhere, find skyscrapers and wide, sprawling boulevards lined with department stores, markets, restaurants, discotecas, theatres, monuments, and museums.

Madrid is  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.

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).

Universidad Carlos III

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) was founded in 1989 and is one of the newest universities in Spain. Academics are taken seriously, as Carlos III was one of the first Spanish universities to meet the updated requirements set forth by the European Higher Education Area. The university currently has over 17,000 students spread across 3 campuses, and has quickly become well respected for the quality of its teaching and academic research. The campus that ASA students will attend is located about 8 miles south of Madrid but is easily accessible by train. Included in the cost of the program is a monthly train pass to assist in your commute to and from school. For most students, the commute takes approximately 30 minutes each way – a reasonable commute in a city the size of Madrid.

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.

Universidad Nebrija

Universidad Nebrija is a private university founded in 1995. ASA students will take classes at the three Universidad Nebrija campuses located in the city center: the Madrid-Princesa Campus, the Berzosa Campus in Northern Madrid, and the Dehesa Campus near Moncloa. All campuses are easily accessible by Madrid’s metro system.

Universidad Nebrija offers 2 different programs: the Estudios Hispánicos Program and the Spanish Plus Program. The Estudios Hispánicos Program is for students with a Spanish level of Intermediate or higher, with classes entirely in Spanish in over 40 different subjects: Spanish language, grammar, literature, history, art, political science, and more. The Spanish Plus program allows students to take courses taught in English and in Spanish (your level permitting) alongside local Spanish students. Classes in English are open to students of any Spanish level. An Advanced level of Spanish is required to take classes in Spanish alongside local Spanish students. For course offerings, please click here.


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. Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.


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 Programs

  • 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. For further details about living with a host family, please click here!
  • TUITION for the maximum number of credits indicated on the program course offerings page. 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.

*For students going on an ASA program to Spain who live or attend a college/university in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Maine, ASA can now get your Student Visa FOR YOU through our Group Visa Service!  The additional fee for this service is $150.  Full details will be sent to eligible students after they are accepted to the ASA program.  (You must attend a college/university in MA, NH, RI, VT, or ME or reside in one of these states in order to participate in ASA’s Group Visa Service.  If you do not live or study in MA, NH, RI, VT, or ME you will need to apply for your visa on your own – ASA will send you detailed, helpful information about how to apply for your visa on your own after you are accepted.)

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.


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