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CIEE: Madrid, Spain (Third Party)

The Program

CIEE offers many different semester-long program tracks in Madrid, Spain. All tracks, except Legal Studies, are open to UConn students.

Liberal Arts: Put your advanced Spanish language skills into practice in one of the world’s most energetic, artistic, and cosmopolitan cities: Madrid! You’ll whip your language skills into excellent shape, and deepen your understanding and appreciation of Spanish culture with American, Spanish, and international students. Live with a local homestay or apartment roommate, enjoy an exhilarating variety of courses at a prestigious university, get real-world experience with an internship, volunteer, and have fun during day trips to breathtaking monuments and historical cities.

Business, Economics, & Culture: Madrid is southern Europe’s major financial center and headquarters to most major Spanish companies, so it’s the perfect place to pursue learning in business and economics. On CIEE’s Business, Economics, and Culture program, you can develop your Spanish language skills while furthering your studies in your field of expertise. You’ll have plenty of adventures outside of class. You’ll go on excursions that are off the tourist track, volunteer with locals, and if you like, go to work at an internship with a Spanish or international business.

Engineering & Society: Whether your interest is in aerospace or biomedical engineering, studying abroad in Madrid offers highly motivated students like you a chance to develop your Spanish skills and have adventures to remember. Rigorous courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) will open your mind to current theories and case studies, and excursions throughout Spain offer a chance to see engineering and cultural feats up close. An optional internship will help you gain real-world experience to use back home.

Open Campus: Customize your study abroad experience. Our Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute – Madrid offers maximum flexibility to engage and experience Madrid in your own way. Match the academic experience with your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements: Take one, two, or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement, select your academic track from five options; then choose from a wide range of courses and subject areas.

No matter how you build your program, you’ll surround yourself with the Spanish language, culture, and people throughout the city of Madrid. Live with other Open Campus students or with Spanish hosts, study in modern classrooms at the Global Institute – Madrid, centrally located near the Plaza de Sol. Get out and learn more about Madrid, Spain and Europe during integrated co-curricular and extra-curricular outings and structured study tours.

Students can also opt to combine locations across the CIEE Open Campus locations – in Berlin, Cape Town, London, Paris and Rome – to create a truly individualized study abroad experience.

The Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Madrid opened in 2005 at the Universidad Carlos III, one of Europe’s preeminent public universities. The CIEE academic program is geared towards advanced level students who seek an academic experience, including a for-credit internship or professional teaching development with Spaniards, to complement their cultural immersion in a Spanish campus and urban setting.

The CIEE program is suitable for advanced undergraduates with strong language skills, serious dedication to academic work, and a background in the humanities, social sciences, computer science, or engineering. All students must complete a Spanish placement test onsite to determine their language level.

Students interested in taking engineering courses should note that some engineering courses are taught in English but many are taught in Spanish. Students are not encouraged to take a full course load of engineering courses (taught at the Leganés Campus).

Classes are small- to mid-sized (varying from 15 to 60 students). All courses meet two to three times a week and classes are scheduled every day, Monday through Friday. Instruction is usually lecture style. Carlos III faculty has worked with American, European, and other foreign students for many years and are familiar with their expectations. Students should expect to maintain an active academic schedule that includes a variety of structured out-of-classroom activities with Spanish students from the University.

For a list of courses, visit the CIEE Seville page and select the program track that you are interested in:

To receive credit for an internship, the internship experience has to be part of a graded course listed on the transcript from the foreign institution; and before you leave UConn, you must have approval for that internship credit from an academic department faculty evaluator.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title  Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
POLS 3406 Globalization and Political Change INRE 4001 Theory and Practice of International Relations: European Perspective 3 12/31/2018
POLS 3993 Foreign Study POLS 3001 Politics and Society in the Contemporary Arab World 3 12/31/2018
SPAN 3293 Foreign Study UCM SPNTHEAT Spanish Theatre 3 Expired – Needs to be Re-Accredited
SPAN 3293 Foreign Study UCM SPANLIT Spanish Literature in 19th & 20th Century 3 Expired – Needs to be Re-Accredited

The Experience

Madrid is the capital of Spain and is located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Its highlights include the historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and world-renowned art museums, including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage site, Madrid is a lively, artistic metropolis which can be experienced through its variety of food, tapas bars, dance shows, opera house, music concerts, outdoor parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema.

Housing and meals are included in the program fee. Students have two housing options: living with a Spanish host or in a furnished apartment with other CIEE students, and in some cases, a CIEE Resident Fellow. Fellows are professionals, graduate students, and/or staff members at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid who provide students with general guidance during their time in Madrid.

In the host option, students have an individual room in an apartment with a Spanish host and a choice of hosting options, ranging from very independent to those where they are fully engaged with hosts. CIEE hosts have unique backgrounds and are actively involved in the community with various professional experiences; theater and film, non-profit and education, and business and engineering. Housing is in central Madrid with a commute of 30-45 minutes to campus. Meal options vary and may include two or three meals per day provided by the host; independent cooking; or some shared meals with the host. If all meals are not provided by the host, students receive a meal stipend.

In the apartment option, all apartments are located in the city of Madrid and, in most cases, are in the same building and/or neighborhood. Students have an individual room and full kitchen access with a variable meal plan in an informal academic and social community. To accommodate student class and internship schedules, the meal plan comprises both university cafeteria meal tickets and a monthly food stipend. The CIEE Resident Fellow also arranges group meals to help foster cultural reflection among participants. Students take public transportation to their classes at the Getafe campus, on average a 30 to 45 minute commute.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: Spanish Prior language study required: 5 semesters
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5