Semester in Madrid
Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Virtual Options

Feel the rhythm of Spain's capital city from a cozy campus base

Experience Spain’s largest city with all the benefits of a small, supportive campus community of both local and international students. Prepare for a socially and culturally immersive experience in the “college town” within the larger, vibrant city of Madrid. Your cozy campus base will be Madrid’s Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, a private university with a strong campus culture of academic quality, social integration, and student support. You’ll be able to choose courses from all levels of Spanish language, literature, and culture, as well as a variety of English electives to provide additional insights into your new home in Spain and to fulfill your academic requirements.

What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Spanish
  • Average Courseload: 1-5 courses (3-15 credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • Intimate campus community located in the heart of the city
  • Numerous extracurricular activities and student clubs, including the International Club
  • 10-minute walk to the city center
  • Advanced language classes to strengthen your Spanish
  • Optional internship program for an additional fee

Program Details

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

With the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija’s centrally located international campus, the heart of Madrid is only a ten-minute walk away. You can easily explore the city as you study. Your courses will be just as exciting as the city itself. You can pick from five areas of studies, and you can also choose to take classes in English or Spanish. Courses are offered in a variety of fields, from business to art to women’s studies.

At Nebrija, you’ll meet Spanish students and other international students from around the world. The university plans many excursions so you can get to know your new city and the rest of the country. Excursions often include Toledo, Salamanca, and Segovia. A fantastic new-student orientation will help you easily transition to living in Spain.

On campus, you’ll have access to the library, a beautiful terrace, a computer lab with free wifi, and the cafeteria. Join one or more of the many clubs and international organizations on campus to meet new people and deepen your connection with Madrid. Clubs and activities include language exchanges, workshops on public speaking or intercultural communications, and welcome parties, dinners, and games.

Accreditation(s): Ministry of Education and Science.

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Communications

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Spanish

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Here’s a list of course descriptions offered in both English and Spanish at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, as well as the Hispanic Studies Program.

The following are the possible course offerings you may choose from:

Courses Offered in Spanish

Spanish Language:

  • Spanish Language
  • Specific Grammar Problems
  • Conversation and Composition
  • Conversation and Reading
  • Written Language
  • Business Spanish
  • Language Study
  • Spanish in the Media

Spanish Literature:

  • Panorama of Spanish Literature
  • Contemporary Spanish Novel
  • 20th Century Spanish Theatre
  • Medieval Literature
  • Women in Spanish Golden Age Literature
  • Celestinas y Donjuanes

Spanish Culture and Civilization:

  • Spain and Spaniards
  • Discovering Spain
  • Diverse Spain
  • Contemporary Spanish Society
  • Current Spanish Issues
  • Spanish Cinema and Society
  • Art and Civilization
  • Art in the Prado Museum
  • Contemporary Spain

Intensive Spanish Language

Also available is a language intensive month before each semester, focusing on Spanish Language and Culture.

Elective Courses Offered in English

Business and Management:

  • International Business
  • International Finance
  • International Trade Marketing
  • International Management
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Communication
  • Trends of the Global Economy
  • Global Skills for International Business Environments
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Online Marketing in the Digital Era

Liberal Arts:

  • European Studies: Culture, History and Integration
  • The European Union: Culture, History and Institutions
  • European Cinema: A Reflection on European Identity
  • International Relations
  • Spanish Civilization and Culture
  • Women’s Roles in Present-Day Spain
  • Fundamental Aspects of Spanish Art
  • Modern Art and Architecture in Spanish Cities
  • Corporate Psychology
  • Sports Industry and its role in European Identity

Why Life in Madrid

Madrid is both the capital of Spain and the country’s largest city. It’s home to four million people, and is Spain’s center for art, shopping, cuisine, film, and politics. Don’t be intimidated by the city’s impressive size—it offers something for every traveler. Madrid’s public transportation system makes it easy for students to travel through the city.

Be sure to tour some of Madrid’s famous museums, like the Prado Museum, which contains one of the most impressive collections of European art. If politics and government interest you, check out the Parliament building. Food lovers will rejoice at the streets lined with every culinary treat and option imaginable. If you’re more of a night owl, then Madrid’s legendary nightlife will keep you entertained. It’s not uncommon to encounter more traffic after midnight than you do during the day.

For a city with options for every mood, look no further than Madrid. From ancient cobblestone streets to bustling boulevards, Madrid will keep you charmed and entertained during one of the best semesters of your life.

Live La Vida Local

  • Visit to the Royal Palace

    Located right in the center of the city, this stunning monument has over 2500 rooms! Walk through the palace grounds and get the feel for how kings and queens used to enjoy their private life.

  • Flamenco cultural show

    Spain is the birthplace of the rich, passionate art form of Flamenco. Learn about this traditional Spanish cultural performance and even get a chance to try your own skills!

  • Wine Tasting

    To say Spain is well-known for their wine is an understatement! Come taste the flavors of Spanish geography from wine regions such as Rioja or Ribera.

  • Visit to Santiago Bernabeu football stadium

    Take a tour of the place where the legendary David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo play for Real Madrid. The Spanish love their futbol!

  • Madrid de los Austrias

    Through funny anecdotes and stories we will review a time period of Madrid which can still be reflected in many of its streets and spaces; the reign of the Habsburgs.

Apartments in Madrid


CIS Abroad students who choose our apartment housing option live with other study abroad, international, and Spanish students in a community living space, with six to fourteen rooms per student residence.

Homestay in Madrid


Living in a homestay is a great option to experience Spanish culture while also working on your Spanish language skills. Get fully immersed and learn what it’s like to live like a local.


Looking for another reason to choose a homestay? Your homestay family will provide you with two meals a day for the duration of your program!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • MealsHomestay

What's Included


Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Orientation to Madrid’s cultural highlights and excellent transportation system
  • Transportation card
  • Airport shuttle to and from airport
  • Day trips to locations such as Toledo, Salamanca, and Segovia
  • Guided day trips to places like the Royal Palace, Spanish Parliament, and major museums around the city.
  • Cultural and recreational excursions and activities in Madrid
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing in shared residence or apartment
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • On-site support
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Official Universidad de Nebrija transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Museo Del Prado

Museo Del Prado

Spain’s impressive national art museum is based on the former Spanish Royal Collection. It features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century to the early 19th century.



Explore this picturesque millenary city located just outside Madrid, where a stunning Roman aqueduct still stands.



Visit a traditional city in Spain. A tour introduces you to the city’s history, architecture, and unique culture. You’ll spend the night, giving you an excellent chance to explore the city on your own.

Site Director

Sara Hazzard
Travel Tip:

Slow down! Before jet setting off to multiple countries, take time to get to know the place you decided to call home for the next few months. The best travel experiences occur when you meet locals and learn about activities that aren’t in your guidebook.

Travel Tip:

Slow down! Before jet setting off to multiple countries, take time to get to know the place you decided to call home for the next few months. The best travel experiences occur when you meet locals and learn about activities that aren’t in your guidebook.


Sara Hazzard moved to Madrid from her hometown of Philadelphia, PA. She received her M.A. in International Education/Bilingualism from the Universidad Camilo José Cela and worked in the field as an English language teacher. Passionate about exploring and cross cultural exchange, the move to Spain was a natural fit. Sara’s first encounter with international travel was during her undergraduate studies when she decided to study abroad in Granada, Spain. Falling in love with the Spanish language, she continued on to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to extend her awareness of different accents and linguistics. Finally settling in Madrid, Sara applies her own experiences as motivation to support students while studying and living abroad. As Site Director in Madrid, her goal is to welcome students to Spain’s vibrant capital, engage them with the locals through different activities, and deepen their understanding, along with their appreciation, of Spanish culture. In her free time, Sara tours different villages and cities in Spain. She also enjoys cooking, running, and a good book written in Spanish.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
Travel Tip:

We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us—be it through a text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2020/21. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Spring 2021 Programs or consider a Virtual Internship.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Aug 1
  • Arrival: September 29
  • Departure: December 19
  • Price: $1,790 - $5,690
  • Application Deadline: Oct 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: January 6 (Estimated)
  • Departure: May 5 (Estimated)
  • Price: $13,990 - $14,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: February 9 (Estimated)
  • Departure: May 5 (Estimated)
  • Price: $12,590 - $15,590 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: May 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 13 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 19 (Estimated)
  • Price: $13,990 - $14,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: May 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 27 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 19 (Estimated)
  • Price: $12,590 - $14,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Virtual Fall 2020:

  • 3 Credits: $1,790
  • 6 Credits: $2,890
  • 9 Credits: $3,890
  • 12 Credits: $4,990
  • 15 credits: $5,690

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.