IAP Programs in Madrid

IAP Madrid student in front of the aqueduct in Segovia

MIT offers three courses over IAP that are taught by MIT faculty in Madrid. We manage program logistics, including financial support.

Pick a Program

Take one of three courses:

  • Intensive Spanish III (21G.793)
  • Advanced Spanish Communication (21G.795)
  • Global Literature (21L.590; taught in English)

Basic Info

  • Spend January in Madrid
  • Get MIT HASS elective credit for a course taught by MIT faculty
  • Explore Madrid and the surrounding areas with walking tours and day-trips
  • Stay with a local family that provides breakfast and dinner
  • Visit Spanish companies

Application Deadline

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 


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 $1,200. 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 $3,000 (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 no later than January 3, 2017 (if flying from the US, departure  would be January 2).

Courses begin January 04.

Last day of class is the following:

  • Global Literature (taught in English): January 24th
  • Spanish Conversation & Composition: January 26th
  • Spanish II: January 27th


Complete our online application in Horizons.

Have a faculty member in Spanish evaluate your Spanish language ability if you have not completed Spanish courses at MIT (except for Global Literature).

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.

More Information

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.