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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
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Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing Options: Apartment (shared), Dormitory, Homestay
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Acting/Performance Art, Business, Business Administration, Communication, Culture, Economics, Environmental Studies, Finance, Health & Human Services, Journalism, Marketing, Political Science, Sciences, Sustainability Program Type: Internship Abroad, Study Abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Business + Culture


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Program Overview

Take your studies to Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain! Designed for students looking to gain an international perspective on business, the Business + Culture program is an incredible opportunity to live and learn in Madrid while earning credits toward your degree.  

When class is in session, you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in courses at one of CIEE’s renowned partner institutions: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) or Universidad Antonio Nebrija (UAN). Both institutions are well known for their prestigious business programs. In addition to learning at a partner institution, you’ll choose from a wide range of elective courses at CIEE Madrid, including business topics and optional internship opportunities.  

Unique Experiences


through visits to local businesses and startups


like Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, and the El Prado Museum


by walking through El Retiro Park

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Excursions & Activities

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the medieval city of Alcalá de Henares, or hike the trails in the Guadarrama Mountains, on a CIEE-organized day trip  
  • Discover the flavors of Spain while trying out some typical tapas, such as croquetas, Spanish tortillas, and spicy potatoes  
  • Soak up Spanish culture with museum visits, dance classes, urban art and graffiti tours, and popular neighborhood visits to Lavapiés, Malasaña, or La Latina  
  • Savor downtime with other students while you play basketball, frisbee, hike, kayak, swim, or catch a theater, dance, or music performance 


Internship: An internship in Spanish allows students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in a local company within a variety of industry sectors (startups, tourism, digital industries, marketing, etc.). In addition to the on-site business experience, students participating in an internship program have a weekly classroom seminar component, which provides academic support to their practical experience. Students must have a student visa to be able to comply with local labor laws.    

Directed Independent Research is for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity toward a particular research topic. Independent research topics will be approved by the CIEE Madrid Director and must reflect a topic that is relevant to Madrid or Spain. To be considered for this course, students must submit a structured proposal with the topic of exploration and the significance of the research topic. Upon research completion, students will present their findings to a panel of academics. 

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Spanish culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

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  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included


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