Summer in Madrid

From ancient cobblestone to bustling boulevards

This well-supported summer study abroad program in Spain’s largest city, Madrid, provides a comfortable home base at a small, private Spanish research university. With a campus of around 5,000 students, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija is an ideal setting for students looking for a comfortable, close-knit community, international student atmosphere, and a vibrant social scene in the “university area” of Madrid. Summer festivals and cultural happenings, excellent academics, and fun excursions make this an ideal Spanish summer experience.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English and Spanish
  • Average Courseload: 2 courses (6 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • Centrally located campus, where the heart of the city is a short walk away
  • University-organized activities and clubs
  • Spanish language classes for all levels
  • Easy-to-use public transportation system
  • University with a strong international student community

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 fewer than 3 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Humanities

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

  • Spanish

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

Please note: all students on this program must take at least one Spanish language course.

The following are possible courses you may choose from:

Courses offered in Spanish:

Spanish Language and Culture
Spanish Grammar
Spanish Literature
For the list of Spanish courses and courses offered in Spanish, please click here.

Courses offered in English:

Business
Art
Culture and History
Intercultural Communication
For the list of courses offered in English, please click here.

For details on the courses offered during your preferred session, please contact an advisor or get in touch with your Program Coordinator (if you’ve already applied).

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

Location

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

Location

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.

Meals

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

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Go on multiple guided day trips around Madrid
  • Transportation card
  • Participate in a comprehensive orientation that will provide you with everything to adapt to your new campus and city
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Accommodation in Student Residence Halls
  • Transportation Card for bus, metro, and train travel in Madrid
  • 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
  • Airport pickup
  • Official Universidad de Nebrija transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & 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 & 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.

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.

Segovia

Segovia

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

Salamanca

Salamanca

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.

About:

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!

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

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: Apr 1
  • Arrival: May 30
  • Departure: June 27
  • Price: $4,790 - $4,990
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15
  • Arrival: June 30
  • Departure: July 29
  • Price: $4,790 - $4,990
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1
  • Arrival: May 30
  • Departure: July 29
  • Price: $6,990 - $7,590
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 30 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 27 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,790 - $4,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 30 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 29 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,790 - $4,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: May 30 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 29 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,990 - $7,590 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Session 1 or 2: Apartment: $4,790, Homestay: $4,990
Session 1 & 2: Apartment: $6,990, Homestay: $7,590

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.