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The unique focus of the Madrid Program combines linguistic and academic rigor, cultural immersion, and personal attention. The program introduces students to the richness and diversity of the Iberian Peninsula through first-hand theoretical and practical experiences.

The Madrid program welcomed its 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. This location requires proof of language proficiency for all participants, including native Spanish speakers.  Please refer to the Language Prerequisite section for more information.

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Photo: This picture was taken after a long night of working in the Teide Observatory with our Astronomy class. We were all pretty tired because we only had intermittent sleep between the turns we took at operating the telescope, but seeing the sunrise at the top of this mountain was an incredible sight that I won't soon forget! —Dorian Lumarque, Winter 2017-18

Teide Sunrise By Dorian Lumarque Madrid, BOSP Winter 2017-18

Student Ambassadors

share their first-hand experiences about the program, what led them to choose the program, and some of the challenges they faced while studying abroad. Dive deeper into 'a day in the life' while abroad, as a particular student experience may help you decide if this program is right for you.

What I Did in Madrid

Federico García Lorca, Plaza de Santa Ana by BethM527, Flickr.

Kelly Hernandez 

Political Science
Having the opportunity to live and study in Madrid was beyond exciting for me; to be at the site where Federico Garcia Lorca wrote Canciones, where Picasso’s piece Guernica is displayed, and experience the rich diversity of culture in the heart of Spain would be incredible.