Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain
Begin the adventure with IAU.
The IAU Madrid Program offers courses from a variety of disciplines including Spanish, art, business, history, political science, and religious studies, as well as an early start language and culture program. Courses are held on the Universidad Pontificia Comillas campus, located in the historic center of Madrid, and students have access to all campus facilities such as libraries, study spaces, gyms, and cafeterias, and can participate in student activities alongside local students. During the semester, students take a full academic load, which is a combination of courses taught by IAU and Comillas faculty. The IAU Madrid Program’s administrative office is also located on the Comillas campus, making support staff easily accessible to students on a daily basis.
Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Academic Year, Summer, J-Term, Custom
Schools: The School of Business & International Relations, The School of Fine Arts & Museum Studies, and The School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Specialized Programs: Art & Art History Program, Spanish Honors Program, Business & International Relations Program
Disciplines: Architecture, Art, Art History, Business, Communications, Economics, Engineering, Film Studies, Finance, History, International Relations, Literature, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish
Internships: Students have access to internships in a variety of fields (in both English and Spanish) throughout the city of Madrid. Those participating in this field experience will earn academic credit and take the accompanying internship course to support and facilitate learning. Internships are 120 credit hours.
Field Studies and Study Tours: All courses have a required field studies component, where faculty use the city of Madrid as their classroom. These field studies include visits to museums, historical and cultural sites, and local businesses. For example, class sessions of the Great Masters of the Prado course will often be held in this world-famous museum. Students also will participate in a variety of activities and study tours that enrich the academic and cultural experience of the program. The study tours are day trips for the entire student cohort to cities like Toledo, Segovia, and Valle de los Caídos, while weekend study tours may be to international destinations such as Morocco or France. Cultural activities include visits to world-famous museums, language exchanges with local students, and thematic walking tours to familiarize students with different areas of the city. Additionally, students can participate in Comillas student organizations (sports, interest groups, etc.). IAU also offers a lecture series, where local faculty share their expertise through presentations and engaging dialogue.
Cultural Excursion Examples
- Weekend in Barcelona
- Day Trip to Avila and Segovia
- Day Trip to Toledo
Housing Options: Housing options available to students include homestays, residence halls, or shared apartments. Homestays include daily breakfast and dinner, weekly laundry service, and have the benefit of ongoing cultural and language exchange. Students in shared apartments will be responsible for their own meals while those in residence halls will have the option to include a meal plan. Please note that some universities require their students to stay in homestays.
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.
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Specialized Academic Programs in Madrid
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
- Have the opportunity to be placed in a homestay where only Spanish is spoken
Be spokento 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
intoa 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
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