The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2024
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Attend CIEE Spain: Engineering and Society program in Madrid to take courses in English or Spanish at the prestigious partner school, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). This program is designed for students who want to learn Spanish and gain insight into Spanish and European culture while immersing themselves in Spanish university life. Although it is helpful, you do not need to have prior experience with the Spanish language in order to apply.


During the semester, you take a blend of courses at the CIEE Madrid Study Center and UC3M. If needed, you can take all of your coursework in English.

UC3M has several campus locations, but you will take engineering classes on the Leganés campus. You can also take courses at the main campus, Getafe, which offers a wide variety of disciplines, from business courses to sociology, economics, communications, political science and law.

If you are a SEAS student, you will typically attend this program during the spring of your sophomore year; however, select majors may find appropriate courses for junior year.

Program Features

You will have the option to live in a homestay, residence hall, or shared apartment with CIEE students. To have a more immersive experience, you are encouraged to select the homestay option. This experience allows you to be immersed into a Spanish lifestyle, such as 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 various sites in Spain and co-circular activities to enhance classroom learning.


Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.

Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.

Application Instructions

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 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.