The cosmopolitan capital of Madrid offers endless opportunities for studying abroad! When you're not grabbing a bocadillo de calamares on the go near Plaza Mayor, you might be able to catch a Real Madrid game at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

With the vibrant streets of Madrid as your classroom, you can revel in all the familiar landmarks — the Royal Palace, Gran Via, and Plaza de Cibeles, while taking in the history and culture during your courses. 

FIE’s study abroad programs in Spain seize the best of both worlds. With an emphasis on co-curricular activities to ensure you contextualize your academic learning, Spain offers extensive and authentic exposure to the local culture. Our academic partner (Universidad Nebrija) and on the ground partner (ALA) serve as not only as your homebase, but also as your launchpad to adventure (but not just any kind of adventure — the juicy kind that leads to boundless inspiration and profound lifelong lessons).



universdad nebrija red logoIn Madrid, your options for academic immersion can be as custom as you want it to be! Universidad Nebrija is a private and independent university officially accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The University takes its name from the 15th-century humanist who published the first grammar of the Spanish language in 1492. Nebrija is a small, private university  (5000 students) with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1 ensuring students are given individual attention.

The historic Madrid Princesa Campus is located in the thriving city center, with easy access via metro and bus.

Universidad Nebrija is an ideal setting for students looking for a comfortable, close-knit community, international student atmosphere, and a vibrant social scene in the “university area” of Madrid.

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  • Spring Semester
  • Fall Semester
  • Summer



Universidad Nebrija has it all.  In addition to a variety of English-taught courses, the university has a Hispanic Studies Center exclusively dedicated to the teaching of Spanish Language and Culture. Students with Spanish-language proficiency can also do an internship too.

All students will take FIE's signature "Spanish Life and Cultures Course" (CH3661 – Present-Day Spain: Living in Spain) to connect with others on the program, similar to the Life and Cultures courses offered at FIE London and Dublin.


Spanish-speaking internship option

While enjoying your coursework at Nebrija University, you’ll have nothing but "Buen rollo" (good vibes!) and be able to take serious advantage of the city experience unique to Madrid. Students with upper-intermediate Spanish speaking skills also have the option to undertake an internship with local or national companies and organizations of all sizes.

Internships are available in a variety of industry areas, including:

  • Business
  • Finance
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Communications
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Music Industry
  • Others may be possible, let us know what you are looking for!

The internship programs allow students to participate in our regular study abroad programs by adding an internship component, so students gain invaluable experience in an international working place and atmosphere. If you believe you have the necessary language skills to immerse yourself into the fluent local working culture in Spain, please indicate this on your program application. 



FIE in Madrid offers two housing options for students to stay in during their study abroad experience. 



  • Upper-intermediate Spanish required for the internship option
  • GPA: 2.75
  • NOTE: Your home institution may require a higher GPA and other prerequisites
  • If you currently attend an FIE partner institution, contact your study abroad advisor on campus to learn of any additional requirements
  • If you do not currently attend one of our partner institutions, for any clarifications or to express questions/concerns, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



  • Check with your study abroad advisor for course equivalencies, credit approval, and transcript information on your campus
  • Based on your campus requirements, you may receive a transcript from your home university or from the host Spanish university
  • Depending on courses selected and approval on your campus, you will earn:
    • 12-16 credits/semester
    • 6-9 credits/summer
    • Quarter school students should check with their registrar’s office to determine their credit equivalents
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