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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IAU: Institute for American Universities 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 11/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Anthropology, Art History, Business, Communication, Economics, English, Finance, History, Internships, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Spanish Program Type: Cosponsored, Internship Abroad
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Housing Options: Apartment, Home Stay
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:


IAU offers semester, summer and January term programs in the lively and beautiful city of Madrid, Spain. IAU’s campus in Madrid is centrally located at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in close proximity to many of Madrid's famed attractions. IAU Madrid employs a student affairs and academic affairs staff to advise, place, house, and otherwise support incoming students for full semester, year-long, and summer programs. It is part of IAU's mission to make study abroad affordable and accessible to the broadest possible range of students. To that end, IAU's Madrid program fees are among the most competitive.

Madrid is regarded as an important economic, artistic, and educational center, home to the Spanish Parliament (las Cortes), the Spanish Stock Exchange (la Bolsa), as well as a number of world renowned cultural and historical sites. Students studying in Madrid will have access to a wide variety of activities, including visiting the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Parque del Buen Retiro, to catching a fútbol (or soccer) match at The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, to flamenco dancing, and sampling local cuisines such as tapas, bocadillo de calamares, and churros con chocolate.  

To complete the course curriculum, IAU hosts a plethora of guest speakers and lecturers from a wide breadth of disciplines including journalists, musicians, and political activists. Students who participate in this program will develop a deeper understanding of the Spanish language and its historical, economical and cultural importance in Europe. 



Spanish Honors Program

The Spanish Honors Program is designed for Spanish majors or other students with demonstrated advanced-level Spanish, interested in a comprehensive language and cultural immersion program. As part of the program, students will take all courses taught in upper-division Spanish language. Students in the Spanish Honors Program have access to courses taught at the local university as well. As part of the Spanish Honors Program, students will:

  • Have the opportunity to be placed in a homestay where only Spanish is spoken
  • Be spoken to solely in Spanish by IAU faculty and staff
  • Enroll in all courses taught in Spanish
  • Engage in a Spanish Language Partner Program with local Spanish students at Comillas
  • Opt to be placed into a for-credit internship based on their academic background and career aspirations
  • Upon full completion of the program, students will be awarded a Certificate in Spanish Honors Abroad

Business & International Relations Program

Through the Business & International Relations Program, students will have the unique opportunity to learn about international business strategies and procedures with a specific focus on the global market. Disciplines taught include, but are not limited to, economics, finance, international business, management and marketing. Each course includes field studies to hubs of business and politics around Spain and Europe. Students participating in the Business & International Relations Program will have access to unpaid, for-credit semester-long internships at local enterprises. Students will take three courses in the Business & International Relations Program, one Spanish language course, and an additional elective of their choosing.

Art & Art History Program

Students interested in pursuing a program of study centered on the art and art history of Spain are encouraged to join the Art & Art History Program at IAU Madrid. Students enroll in a minimum of two courses in art and art history, one course in Spanish and one to two elective courses of their choice. Students of all majors are welcome to join this program.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

IAU Madrid offers a wide breadth of course disciplines to students from all majors and minors. Prior knowledge of Spanish is not required as courses are offered in English, though students are required to take a minimum of one course in Spanish language, and students with background in Spanish language will have the opportunity to enroll in courses taught at the local university.

Semester courses

Student Life & Housing 

Students in Madrid have the option to be housed in either shared homestays or in shared apartments.  Students who select the homestay option will live with Spanish families (who may also house other international students), which includes daily breakfast and dinner.  Students in shared apartments will be responsible for thier own meals and may share an apartment with other international students.  Students may request roommates on the housing application form and IAU will do its best to accommodate such requests.  

IAU’s hosts come from a cross section of society. They represent a diverse definition of ‘family,’ from young families with children to older retirees. Some work busy schedules while others may spend most of their days at home. Some of our hosts have several rooms that they rent out to students, and some have just one room.  Hosts are selected for their interest in sharing a cultural exchange with students, and IAU alumni consistently remark on the growth and insight offered by the homestay experience. Students must be flexible and accepting within their Spanish household, and will in all likelihood find the attitude rewarded. Under certain circumstances, an additional fee for apartments applies.



Students have the opportunity to participate in an internship at a local enterprises for course credit. Students work with the IAU Internship Coordinator to prepare a resume in Spanish, to practice interviewing standards and techniques and to prepare for placement in a Spanish enterprise. Several different opportunities for internships are available for students in Madrid at a wide range of businesses and organizations throughout the city. Service-learning opportunities are also available for interested students. 

Program Costs

Program costs for Madrid include course credit, housing, most meals (for homestays only), cultural activities, insurance and welcome orientation. Participants will engage in daily classes; weekend excursions will be offered throughout the semester for students to enjoy the vast array of possibilities the city and nearby regions have to offer. 

More information and online application!