- Location: Spain - Madrid
- GPA Requirements: 3.0 GPA
- Other Requirements: 5 semesters of college level spanish
- Application Deadline: February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs
- Program Term(s): Fall, Spring, academic year
- Official Website: Liberal Arts in Madrid, Spain (CIEE)
Spring 2023: (tentative) January 23 – June 3
Fall 2023: (tentative) August 28 – December 23
Where: Madrid, Spain
Madrid’s influence in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and arts make it an important international metropolis, and a major hub in Southern Europe. Spain’s capital city is also its largest, with a historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire, and world-renowned art museums. A huge variety of tapas bars, dance shows, concerts, outdoor parks, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema make it a lively place to live and learn.
The Liberal Arts program is designed for students with advanced Spanish language skills – five semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent — who want to immerse themselves in Spanish university life. Students may also choose to complete a for-credit internship in Madrid. Liberal Arts students choose from CIEE elective courses and a wide range of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) courses in humanities, social sciences, journalism, psychology, linguistics, or communications. Students can also take Curso de Estudios Hispánicos (CEH) courses, which are offered to international students and focus on Spanish language and culture.
Housing & Student Life
Homestays: Hosts range from families to individuals, and they may welcome one or two CIEE students. Each student has a private bedroom and shared kitchen, bathroom, WiFi access and laundry facilities. Hosts provide breakfast plus one hot meal a day. Students purchase the rest of their meals on nearby campus.
Residence halls: These modern-style, WiFi enabled dormitories typically house students in single or double bedrooms and do not have kitchen access. Residence halls are close to supermarkets, restaurants, public transport and have independent dining halls and laundry facilities. Meals, kitchen access and laundry are not included in the program fee. Students have the option to purchase dining hall meal plans on their own if offered by the residence hall management.
Shared apartments: Students can live with other CIEE students in apartments and be part of a local community of Spanish neighbors. Depending on room size and availability, students will be placed in single or double rooms. Specific municipal noise curfews are in place. Utilities, cleaning, laundry facilities, and internet access are included. Meals are not included. Students prepare meals in their shared kitchen apartments or purchase affordable meals on or off campus.
Fees & Costs
Students pay Allegheny tuition, double room (homestay option), meal plan C (if choosing homestay option), and an off campus study fee of $300. Allegheny financial aid, except work/study, is applied to program costs. Tuition includes housing, international travel insurance (CIEE iNext), orientation, field trips, and transcript administration fees. Allegheny students do not have to pay the program deposit requested by CIEE. Estimated additional costs include: meals (if in apartment housing), CIEE application fee, books and supplies (approx. $300), international airfare & local transportation ($1650), visa fees ($160) and possible travel to consulate for visa, and personal expenses.
Visa & Immigration information
All students are required to have a visa for study in Spain. Please consult with CIEE regarding visa processing.
Allegheny students must first be approved to study off-campus before applying to their chosen program. Application deadlines are February 20 for fall programs and September 20 for spring programs. Applications will be reviewed immediately following the appropriate semester deadline. For more information about the off campus study application process, please visit: Apply