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Improve Your Spanish… In Spain!

If you find it difficult to fit language classes into your regular class schedule, IAP-Madrid is a way to boost your Spanish proficiency in January, by taking formal classes and then practicing what you’ve learned in everyday life.


  • MIT students in good academic standing
  • Spanish I or a faculty evaluation of the student’s ability to read, write, and speak Spanish 

At a Glance

  • Spend January in Madrid
  • Take Spanish II with an MIT instructor, along with other MIT students
  • Credit for this class is awarded by MIT, so there is no need to apply for transfer credit
  • Classes usually run three hours per day, with the rest of the day and weekends left for exploring Madrid and the surrounding areas
  • Students are placed with local families, according to preferences. Breakfast and dinner are provided in the homestay

Application Deadline

Mid–to-late October 


The program fee varies each year based on exchange rate, housing costs, room type (single or double), etc. Most recently the program fee has been approximately $1,600. Airfare is not included.

The program fee is based on the number of participants and is subject to change if that number changes before the start of the program. 

The fee includes these costs:

  • Single-room or double-room housing in a Spanish home
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Laundry service
  • Use of classroom, internet and library at Instituto International de Madrid

Students should plan to spend their own money for transportation, lunches, textbooks, and personal expenses. We estimate the total you should expect to spend to be around $3,000 (program fee, plus additional expenses mentioned here).

Financial Aid

Financial aid does not currently extend to opportunities during IAP.  However there are opportunities to apply for scholarships through MIT.

Important Dates

October                         General information sessions
Late October                 Applications due
November                     Final payment due
January/February          Arrive in Madrid early January, Depart Madrid late January/early February

Application Forms

Apply online: to be completed online by student
Spanish language evaluation form: for students who have not completed Spanish I at MIT; to be completed by a Spanish faculty member.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will not need to apply for a student visa for this program.  For citizens of other countries, please visit the Spanish consulate website to find out whether you are required to obtain a visa, and information on how to secure a Schengen visa to study in Spain.

Want to Know More?

You can hear from returned students directly at an info session or talk with someone in Global Education.  You can also find out more on the Foreign Languages & Literature department page about the program.