Kristen Wang, CC'18

Student with Spanish Food

CIEE Spain: Engineering and Society in Madrid

Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Head off to Madrid to study engineering and technology

The next application deadline is Oct 1, 2021
See other program dates


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.


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. If needed, you are able to take all of your coursework in English, given the technical focus of the program.

Former CU participants typically attend this program during the spring of sophomore year; however, select majors may find appropriate courses for junior year.

Program Features

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 various sites in Spain.


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.

Fact Sheet

Humanities, Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Engineering
Language of Instruction:
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021