Academics in Madrid
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 a required Spanish course along with the remaining courses taught in 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:
- 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
language will have the opportunity to enroll in courses taught at the local university.