Known the world over for its culture, food, festivals, and sun, Spain is a modern country, with a flair for the exciting! Vibrant and intriguing, Spain offers everything from white sandy beaches to rugged mountains and everything in between. As one of the leading and most popular study abroad destinations for US students, FIE study abroad programs in Spain offer opportunities for a wide variety of majors, and, with options in two of Spain's most popular cities, you are sure to have the experience of a lifetime.

FIE programs for study abroad in Madrid and Barcelona are delivered in partnership with Active Learning Abroad (ALA), a leading and local expert Spanish organization that has worked with US universities for nearly 15 years. With FIE and ALA, you have the opportunity to choose to study at two different universities (Universidad Nebrija in Madrid and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona [UAB] in Barcelona) ensuring you have a top-notch educational experience while letting FIE and ALA take care of the day-to-day, including housing, orientation, extra-curricular activities, and excursions. 

As specialists in Spanish life and culture, our local staff and partners on the ground are proud to help students realize their potential abroad. While the Spanish way of life may take some getting used to (yes, there really is a siesta period in the middle of the day!), an FIE program will serve as the perfect bridge for connecting with the locals in no time. Study abroad in Spain and experience for yourself what it’s like to be front and center on the global stage.

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Program options

  • Study (semester and summer program options) in Barcelona

  • Study (semester and summer program options) in Madrid

  • Study & Internship (semester and summer program options) in Madrid * requires upper-intermediate Spanish speaking skills 


language options

  • UAB Barcelona - A wide variety of courses are available, taught in English and Spanish, including an array of Spanish-language classes from beginner to advanced and also Catalan, the local language in Catalonia. 
  • Universidad Nebrija in Madrid 
    • Hispanic Studies Program – all courses taught in Spanish
    • Spanish Plus Program – all courses taught in English; students can combine with Spanish-taught courses









In both Madrid and Barcelona, students have a choice of housing types, either an Apartment or a Homestay.  Distance from campus varies, anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, so students should expect to do both a lot of walking as well as commuting via the excellent public transportation networks in each city.

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