Attend CIEE Madrid: Engineering and Society program to take courses in English or Spanish at Universidad Carlos III. Throughout the program, you live with homestay families to deepen your intercultural experience and provide opportunities for Spanish language practice. While it is helpful, you do not need to have prior experience with the Spanish language in order to apply to this program.
Prior to the start of the semester, you take one Spanish language course to help in navigating life while in Spain. During the semester, you take a blend of courses at the CIEE Study Center and the Universidad Carlos III. Universidad Carlos III has a number of campus locations. A majority of the engineering and technology courses are taught at the Leganes campus while humanities courses are taught at the Getafe campus.
Note that while CIEE Madrid requires a culture course (in addition to Spanish), CU students are eligible to just take Spanish as well as three technical courses, if this is of interest. Otherwise, you can take Spanish, a culture course, and 2-3 additional technical courses. Former CU participants typically attend this program during the spring of sophomore year; however, select majors may find appropriate courses for junior year.
You choose to live with hosts in Madrid (usually two students to a household, though you may choose to live alone) or choose to live in apartments with local students. To have a more immersive experience, it is encouraged that you select the homestay option. This experience allows you to assimilate and to immerse yourself 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. The academic program is supplemented with excursions to important engineering achievements in Spain as well as company site visits.
A variety of day/weekend and long weekend school trips are available throughout the semester to familiarize you with not just Madrid, but the rest of Spain as well.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.