Artistic masterpieces, delicious tapas, wide plazas, charming locals, and a city that takes off after the sun sets: this is Madrid. Prepare to be in awe—that is, until you settle in and make this city your own. During your Semester in Madrid, you’ll study at Madrid’s Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, a private university with a strong campus culture of academic quality, social integration, and student support. The heart of Madrid is a short walk from campus. Soak in some rays on Nebrija’s outdoor terrace, fuel up at a nearby café, or practice your Spanish as you stroll down Gran Villa to the famous Plaza del Sol. Madrid marches to its own beat and you’ll quickly catch on.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Fall Intensive Language: June 15
Fall: July 1
Spring Intensive Language: October 15
Spring: November 1
- Avg Course Load
- 4 courses (12 credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
- English and Spanish
Key Program Highlights
- Intimate campus community located in the heart of the city
- Numerous extracurricular activities and student clubs, including the International Club
- Homestay option with a local family
- Advanced language classes to strengthen your Spanish
- Wide variety of course options to fulfill major/minor and gen ed/elective requirements
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
Life in Madrid
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of life in Spain, like how to get around by public transportation, how to stay safe, what to do in case of an emergency and who to contact if you have any questions. We’ll also tell you all about our favorite places in town (restaurants, museums, markets, etc). Oh, and you’ll join in on a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever tried Spanish Tortilla?) so that you can start to taste the local flavor.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of your farewell to Spain.
CISabroad Semester in Madrid at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija students can choose apartments or homestays.
- CISabroad students live with other study abroad, international, and Spanish students in a community living space, with six to fourteen rooms per student residence
- Two meals included a day
- 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.
- 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.
More About 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.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and 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
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.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
The following are the possible course offerings you may choose from:
Courses offered in Spanish:
Spanish Language, Specific Grammar Problems, Conversation and Composition, Conversation and Reading, Written Language, Business Spanish, Language Study, Spanish in the Media
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
For a list of course descriptions of the electives offered in Spanish during Spring please click here.
Courses offered in English:
International Business and Management:
International Business, International Marketing, International Management, International Communications for Professional Purposes
Art and Art History:
Fundamental Aspects of Spanish Art, Spanish Civilization and Culture, Modern Art and Architecture in Spanish Cities
History and Politics:
European Studies: Culture, History and Integration, European Cinema: A Reflection on European Identity, Integration, The European Union, International Relations, Contemporary World, Intercultural Communication
Women’s Roles in Present-Day Spain
For a list of course descriptions of the electives offered in English during Spring please click here.
Intensive Spanish Language
Language intensive month offered before each semester- Spanish Language and Culture
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.
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Senior Program Coordinator of Spain
Site Director of Madrid, Spain
Application DeadlineJune 15ArrivalSeptember 15OrientationSeptember 18Classes StartSeptember 19Classes EndDecember 20DepartureDecember 21PRICE$11,990 - $13,390
Fall 2017: Intensive Language
Application DeadlineJune 15ArrivalSeptember 1OrientationSeptember 4Classes StartSeptember 5Classes EndDecember 20DepartureDecember 21PRICE$12,290 - $13,690
Application DeadlineNovember 1ArrivalFebruary 2OrientationFebruary 3Classes StartFebruary 5Classes EndMay 18DepartureMay 19PRICE$11,790 - $13,490 (Estimated)
Spring 2018: Intensive Language
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 5OrientationJanuary 6Classes StartJanuary 7Classes EndMay 18DepartureMay 19PRICE$12,990 - $14,990 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
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
- CISabroad 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
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program