The CIEE Madrid: Engineering and Society program offers courses in both English and Spanish to accommodate engineers who would like to study abroad in Spain. Students take courses Universidad Carlos III. Throughout the program, students will live with homestay families to deepen their intercultural experience and provide opportunities for Spanish language practice.
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All students must take one Spanish language course in order to ensure that they can navigate life in Spain. Students can then take courses through the CIEE study center and the Universidad Carlos III. Note that while the program requires a culture course (in addition to Spanish), CU students are eligible to take Spanish as well as three technical courses, if this is of interest. The program is best done during the spring of sophomore year to accommodate students technical requirements, however, select majors may find appropriate courses for their junior year. Students do not need to have prior experience with the Spanish language in order to apply to this program.
The academic program is supplemented with excursions to important engineering achievements in Spain as well as company site visits.
Students can live with hosts in Madrid (usually two students to a household, though you may choose to live singly) or choose to live in apartments. To have a more immersive experience, it is encouraged that students select the homestay option. This experience allows you to assimilate quickly and to immerse into a Spanish lifestyle, taking breakfasts and dinners with your Spanish hosts and participating in la sobremesa (discussion around the table), and other Spanish customs.
A variety of day/weekend and long weekend school trips are available throughout the semester to familiarize students with not just Madrid, but the rest of Spain as well.
All students should consult the OGP eligibility page to ensure that they meet all specific academic requirements for SEAS students to study abroad.
There is a two-part application process for this program: an internal Columbia approval process called 'clearance' and an external admission application submitted directly to this program. Click "Start an Application" above for instructions and to begin.