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. You can take classes and put into practice what you have learned in Spain.

If you are an MIT student in good academic standing with Spanish I (or a faculty evaluation of your ability to read, write, and speak Spanish), you are eligible for the program.

At a Glance

  • Spend January in Madrid.
  • Take Spanish II with an MIT instructor.
  • Get MIT credit for this class. (You don’t have to worry about transfer credit.)
  • Classes are usually about three hours per day.
  • Spend the rest of the day and weekends exploring Madrid and the surrounding areas.
  • Stay with a local family. They will provide your breakfast and dinner.

Application Deadline

Mid–to-late October 


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

The program fee is based on the number of participants and may change before the start of the program. 

The fee includes:

  • 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

You should bring some money for transportation, lunches, textbooks, and personal expenses. We estimate the total you should expect to spend to be around $3,200 (program fee, plus additional expenses mentioned here).

Financial Aid

Financial aid does not currently cover IAP programs like IAP Madrid. However you can apply for scholarships through MIT.

Important Dates


Information sessions

Late October

Applications due


Final payment due

January /February

Arrive in Madrid early January. Leave Madrid in late January/early February


Application Forms

Complete our online application in Horizons.

Have a faculty member in Spanish evaluate your Spanish language ability if you have not completed Spanish 1 at MIT.

Visa Information

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

Want to Know More?

You can hear from students who did the IAP Madrid program at an info session or talk with someone in Global Education.  You can also find out more from MIT Global Studies and Languages.