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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 four universities at which to study abroad 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.

Suffolk University is an accredited American university based in Boston, with a branch campus located in the active university area of Madrid. Most courses offered at Suffolk University’s Madrid campus are taught in English with the exception of the Spanish language courses. Advanced level students may take courses with native Spanish speakers at the University CEU San Pablo.

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’.

Finally, API students can pursue communications and humanities studies at Universidad CEU San Pablo. Universidad San Pablo is Spain’s oldest private university with more than 80 years of experience in higher education, particularly its School of Communication Sciences, created in 1926.

"API did a great job in organizing events and making sure all of my needs were met."

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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.

    Suffolk University Madrid is the Spanish campus of the American university of the same name in Boston, MA.

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

    The Universidad CEU San Pablo is one of Spain's oldest private universities and offers a wide variety of humanities and science programs.

U.S. Staff

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Erica Sowder

Erica Sowder will be your Program Manager and will help prepare you to go abroad!

On-Site Staff


María Angeles Garcia

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



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!