Madrid

 
Quick Facts

QUICK FACTS

 
 
HOST INSTITUTIONSUniversidad de Carlos III: Semester and Academic Year programs
Universidad Nebrija: Semester and Academic Year programs
LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTUniversidad de Carlos III: Open to High Intermediate and Advanced levels
Universidad Nebrija: Open to any Spanish level
HOUSINGSpanish host families. Homestay accommodation includes Internet, as well daily breakfast and dinner and 1 load of laundry per week.
SAMPLE OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONSSevilla
SAMPLE DAY EXCURSIONSToledo, Segovia, El Escorial
VISA SERVICEASA can get your Student Visa FOR YOU if you live or attend a college/university in: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, or Vermont. Minimum number of sign-ups may be required. The additional fee for this service is $150. Full details will be sent to eligible students after they are accepted to the ASA program. If you do not live or study in the specific states listed above, 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.
PROGRAM CALENDARSClick here!
The City

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).

Host Institutions

HOST INSTITUTIONS

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. 


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. 

 
Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

Universidad Carlos III
- Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements:

    • Minimum GPA 3.0 (Students with GPA below 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • Language requirement: Open to students with a High Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish (completed at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent)

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must have graduated from high school

    • Official Transcript from your college or university. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution.

    • One recommendation letter from a professor or adviser at your college/university (must speak to your ability to take classes in the host language)

    • Personal Statement/Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages) written in Spanish.

    • ASA Application. To start a new application or continue an existing application, click here.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.


Universidad Nebrija: Hispanic Studies Program
- Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements:

    • Minimum GPA 2.5 (Students with GPA between 2.30-2.49 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Spanish.

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Must have completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university

    • ASA Application. To start a new application or continue an existing application, click here.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.

 
Housing

HOUSING

Students live with Spanish host families. Daily breakfast and dinner are included, as well as 1 load of laundry per week. Rooms are single or double occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room. Bathrooms are shared. Host families usually host 1-3 students at a time. ASA housing includes Internet and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from school.

HOUSING FAQ

+ Can I room with a friend?

Yes, if there are no major differences in your and your friend's dietary needs and allergies, we are usually able to accommodate requests to live with a same-sex friend. Please keep in mind that roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back! You will complete a detailed Housing Questionnaire after being accepted to the program, and on this form you can request a roommate.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program. You will receive a description of your host family and the location, and if there is another ASA student in your housing we will include their name and email address.

+ What if I don’t like my host family?

If it is a problem with the family and not a language or cultural misunderstanding, ASA will move you to a different family right away. We have on-site staff in every city who are there to help students with any issues they encounter while abroad, and who check in periodically with students throughout their stay to ensure all is well.

+ Will my host family speak English?

No, but there’s no need to worry! Living in a homestay is the best way for you to learn Spanish, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you will improve. Also, don’t forget that your host family has hosted international students before, so they understand that you are there to learn their language and want to help you.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Yes, you may have a roommate, as rooms can be either double or single occupancy. We cannot guarantee you a single room.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins. Please consider bringing a small gift for your host, such as a candle, kitchen towel, chocolates, etc.

+ What is the food like?

The food is great and will be typical of your host country. Be prepared to try new things! If you have any food allergies or dietary needs, please let ASA know as soon as possible and we'll be happy to advise you on your options.

+ How far will I live from the school?

Most homestays are located within a 45-minute commute from your university, by subway or train. This is a normal commute in a city the size of Madrid. Please rest assured that we place a high priority on location, and all ASA students live within a reasonable distance from their classes!

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

No.

 

 
Excursions

excursions

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

  • Sevilla (overnight excursion) - Sevilla is a city that stimulates all of the senses – the flutter of Flamenco guitar coming from the nighttime tablaos, the heady fragrance of orange trees, the smell of freshly made tapas being delivered to an outdoor table, and the colorful Spanish tiles that grace buildings, plazas, and street signs. The vibrancy of this city, its people’s zest for life, and its ancient multicultural history are reflected in its aesthetic everywhere you look.

  • 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!

Course Offerings
Cost & Dates

COST & DATES

Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Program Calendars

What’s Included?

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link above to find out if a Down Payment is required.

DATESPRICEAPPLICATION DEADLINEPAYMENT DEADLINEPROGRAM CODE
Fall I 2019 Late Aug. 2019 – Mid. Dec. 2019 (TBA)
Universidad Carlos III
$13,995May 1, ’19May 31, ’19MSF1
Fall II 2019 Arrive Sept. 12 – Depart Dec. 20
Universidad Nebrija
$13,395May 1, ’19May 31, ’19MSF2
Spring I 2020 Arrive Jan. 21 – Depart May 30
Universidad Carlos III
$14,995Extended to Oct. 15, '19Oct. 30, ’19MSSP1
Spring II 2020 Arrive Jan. 30 – Depart May 21
Universidad Nebrija
$13,895Extended to Oct. 15, '19Oct. 30, ’19MSSP2
Fall I 2020 Late Aug. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Universidad Carlos III
$14,995May 1, ’20May 31, ’20MSF1
Fall II 2020 Mid. Sept. 2020 – Mid. Dec. 2020 (TBA)
Universidad Nebrija
$13,895May 1, ’20May 31, ’20MSF2