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Program Summary

The Madrid program welcomed it’s first group during Winter Quarter 2007-08 and officially celebrated its opening with Inauguration Ceremonies on May 30, 2008. Through the Madrid program, Stanford undergraduates have the opportunity to take academic courses, live with Spanish families, study the Spanish language, and engage in cultural activities in Europe’s third-largest city. The program is available during Autumn, Winter and Spring Quarters.

The Stanford-run program is located at the International Institute in Madrid, a place with a rich history of promoting cultural exchanges between Spain and the United States as well as playing a key role in providing educational and cultural programming to students studying abroad. Students have access to the Institute’s library, an impressive collection specifically designed to serve international students studying in Spain.

The program offers courses in Iberian Studies, political science,
economics, history, Spanish language and literature, among other disciplines.

Program Location Quarter(s)
Prerequisite(s) Language of Instruction Internship Type Living Arrangements Enrollment Capacity
Madrid Autumn Winter Spring

SPANLANG 13C, 13R OR SPANLANG 25C (ends Spring Quarter 2012-13)

SPANLANG 3  or SPANLANG 2A (effective Autumn Quarter 2013-14)

Spanish Academic; part-time, unpaid Homestay 40


The unique focus of the Madrid program combines linguistic rigor, cultural authenticity, academic discipline, and personal attention. The program introduces students to the richness and diversity of the Iberian Peninsula through first-hand theoretical and practical experiences. It seeks to familiarize students with the nuances of language, artistic expression, political culture, and environment that characterize the region. In conjunction with this goal, the Madrid program follows a “Spanish Only” rule. Students are expected to speak in Spanish at all times during their enrollment in the program. Prior to enrollment, all students sign a Spanish-only pledge.

Academic Prerequisites

For the 2012-13 academic year, participants must have completed SPANLANG 13C, 13R OR SPANLANG 25C. For the academic year 2013-14 and beyond, participants must have completed SPANLANG 3 or SPANLANG 2A.  For students who have completed the language prerequisite by means other than Stanford language classes, please contact the Stanford Language Center to determine if that preparation serves as an equivalent prerequisite.