MIT Madrid students rowing a boat in Spain

If you are an MIT student in good academic standing with level IV Spanish (or an equivalent faculty evaluation), you can spend your spring semester in Madrid.

At a Glance

  • Study with Spanish students at two top universities in Madrid.
  • Take engineering classes at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
  • Take humanities, science, management, and social science courses at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Participate in an optional internship during the semester to complement your academic courses. 
  • Stay with a local family in Madrid. They will provide breakfast and dinner for you daily.

Application Deadlines

Early May: Priority deadline
Early October: Regular deadline


The program fee is adjusted each year based on exchange rate, tuition at the host universities, etc. Most recently the program fee has been approximately $10,000, plus a $150 refundable deposit.

The fee covers:

  • Tuition at both Madrid universities
  • Single-room housing in a Spanish home
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Laundry service
  • Airport transfer
  • Some cultural activities
  • Use of ACCENT Center: network access, library

You should plan to spend an additional $8,000 - $9,000 for airfare, visa, local transportation, lunches, textbooks, and personal expenses.

Financial Aid

You can use financial aid for your semester in Spain. The Global Education team will provide an estimated budget. You should meet with your financial aid representative to discussusing your financial aid packet for the semester in Madrid.

Transfer Credit

  • Before going to Madrid, talk with your department’s transfer credit examiner and complete a study abroad worksheet (pdf).
  • No grades are transferred, only credit for courses passed.

Important Dates


Information session

Early May

Applications due for priority deadline

Early October 

Applications due for general deadline

Late October

Application to Politecnica due 


Final payment due

Mid January

Flight to Madrid

Application Forms

Complete our online application in Horizons.

Have a faculty member complete the online reference form (part of the Horizons application).

Have a faculty member in Spanish evaluate your language ability (only for students who have not completed Spanish IV).

Visa Information

Make sure to read about how to get a student visa (pdf) for Spain and review the visa information provided by the Spanish Consulate of Boston.