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Spain’s capital since 1561, Madrid is the contemporary capital of Spanish culture, finance, and industry. A large, international and cosmopolitan city, Madrid is a city of possibilities. It boasts incredible monuments and museums, including the Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Visitors cannot miss the Iglesia de San Isidro, once the cathedral of Madrid, or the Palacio Real. Madrid is also known for its fountains and elaborate parks, including the glorious Parque del Retiro. The energy of Madrid is in its street life and warm people. To study abroad in Madrid is to experience more than a classroom – it is to experience the history of Spain and its people.

API offers students two options universities at which to study abroad during their gap year in Madrid:

Considered one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid was founded in 1492 in the city of Alcalá de Henares, and later moved to Madrid.

API students can also choose to study Spanish language and culture and/or take classes in business or humanities at the Universidad Nebrija. The university was named for a great humanist and the first grammarian of the Spanish language. Universidad Nebrija has been hosting international students since 1985 in its ‘Centro de Estudios Hispanicos Antonio de Nebrija’.

“My Resident Directors were great! I could not have hoped for better staff. They are easy to get along with but also professional and take their jobs seriously. They communicated with us well and made living in a foreign country much less stressful."

Patricia S.
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    Cultural Activities

    • Walking tour of Madrid
    • Cooking classes
    • Spanish movie nights
    • Flamenco class
    • Real Madrid Sadium tour
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    API Gives Back

    API students in Madrid have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including teaching English to schoolchildren.

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    Things to Do

    Row boats in Retiro Park

    Visit the Museo de Prado or Museo Reina Sofia

    People-watch in the Plaza Mayor

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    Paella (rice and seafood dish)

    Fabada Asturiana (bean stew)

    Pollo al Ajillo (garlic chicken dish)

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    Festivals & Holidays

    Madrid Day (May)

    Feast Day of St. Isidore (May)

    La Candelaria (February)

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    University Highlights

    The Universidad Complutense de Madrid was founded in 1492, and consistently ranks as one of the top universities in Spain.

    The Universidad Nebrija has received a 5-star rating for inclusiveness, internationalization, and teaching by the QS World University Rankings.

U.S. Staff

On-Site Staff


Quique Blanco Lopez

Quique will be one of your Resident Directors in Madrid and will be a resource for you while you are in Spain!



María Angeles Garcia

María Angeles will be one of your Resident Directors in Madrid and will be a resource for you while in Spain!