Study & Intern in Madrid

Study & Intern in Madrid — About

About Study & Intern in Madrid

This program is geared toward students who would like to improve their beginning or intermediate Spanish language skills and take English-taught courses. Areas of study include business, finance, marketing, communication and media, religion, and more. English-speaking internships are also available. This program also offers the opportunity for students to take English-taught courses at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

The program is offered in partnership with the prestigious Fundación Ortega–Marañon in Madrid and the University of Minnesota. The Foundation is located in a central part of Madrid, near Paseo de la Castellana. Due to its location, it is easy to catch public transportation to any other part of the city. 

Housing & Meals

Choose to live either with a Spanish host family (homestay) or in a student residence hall (summer only).


For many students, living with a family is a highlight during their time abroad. Many students make lifelong ties to their families and, through them, can meet other Spaniards. When you are in a homestay, you will have a first-hand look at Spanish culture and society and will be immersed in the Spanish language. Typically, you and your family will live in an apartment, as single family houses are not as common in Europe as in the US. 

Most host families live near the Fundación Ortega-Marañon. You will be within walking distance or a short ride away by bus or metro.

The program fee includes two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). You should budget separately for lunches each day.

Student Residence

During the summer session, you may also choose to live in a student residence. You will share a room with another program participant or choose to live in a single room. The rooms include a wardrobe, desk, chair, cable, bathroom, and WiFi. At the residence hall, there are study rooms, a cafeteria, fitness area, leisure/activity room, access to laundry facilities, and weekly maid service. This option offers convenience and flexibility to come and go as you please.

The student residence is very competitive during the summer and requires early reservation. If you are interested in this housing option, apply and confirm your place on the program as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee placement in the student residence. If we are unable to house you in the student residence, we will contact you.

The program fee includes two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). You should budget separately for lunches each day.  


A walking tour of Madrid will help you learn how to get around the city and also familiarize you with some of Madrid's iconic landmarks. There will be multiple day-long excursions to Toledo and other cities as well as a 3-day excursion to Andalucía also included in the program fee.

Coordinated Group Flight

The LAC arranges an optional coordinated flight in consultation with Village Travel, a local travel agency. Group flight information will be available by the program application deadline, if not before. The program staff or homestay families will meet this flight at the airport. Information, booking, and payment are handled directly by Village Travel. Consult Village Travel’s website for information on the coordinated flight. If you make your own flight arrangements, you are required to provide the LAC with a copy of your flight itinerary. Select a roundtrip flight that has a flexible return date, since most students change their return date. Flying standby is not allowed.

Learning Outcomes

Faculty & Staff

The staff at Fundación Ortega-Marañon provide housing, program classrooms, and study areas. They also arrange the on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events. Classes are taught by Spanish and American faculty who are specialists in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.

About the Learning Abroad Center

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