Students may study in Madrid for a semester, year, or summer term. CIS provides academic bilingual programs for students from select colleges and American universities. The College is a meeting place for students from all over the world. They share both academic and social activities. This makes CIS unusual among study abroad programs in Madrid. This integration, along with a meaningful experience living with a host family, prepares all students for life in an increasingly international, global community. Endicott College students automatically receive at $3,000 tuition scholarship, which makes this program even more desirable.
CIS is located in a pleasant area of Madrid with easy access to excellent and modern public transportation. Madrid is a beautiful and vibrant city with a rich cultural life and social scene. Spain’s capital retains the enchantment of Spanish history and its traditions, but is also at the forefront of progress. Visitors to Madrid can savor traditional Spanish cooking like roast suckling pig or lamb with a bottle of vintage Rioja wine in the world famous Botin’s on Calle Cuchilleros (est. 1725) or eat roast chicken with their fingers washed down with Asturian cider at Casa Mingo’s. There are literally thousands of traditional and avant-garde restaurants in the city spread across every single neighborhood.
With courses taught in English and in Spanish, the study abroad in Madrid gives the student the chance to explore the rich culture and traditions of the country, while at the same time taking courses within the student's major and general education courses, as well as studying the political, economic and business realities of contemporary Spain and Europe. The Madrid program also offers students the chance to improve their Spanish language skills – a critical advantage in doing business with Spain and Latin America.
All students will enroll in SP 205: Cultural Introduction to Spain, a required course for Endicott students. Students are encouraged to enroll in a language course in addition to this, and information regarding a Spanish Language Placement Test will be provided from our Madrid staff.
Course offerings for Fall and Spring semesters can be found here.
The Fall 2017 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: September 12, 2017
- Orientation: September 13-17, 2017
- Classes Start: September 18, 2017
- Mid-Term Exams: October 25-26 & 30-31, 2017
- Classes End: December 14, 2017
- Final Exams: December 18-21, 2017
- Departure Date: December 22, 2017
The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: January 9, 2018
- Orientation: January 10-14, 2018
- Classes Start: January 15, 2018
- Mid-Term Exams: February 26 - March 1, 2018
- Mid-Term Break: March 2-6, 2018
- Classes End: May 4, 2018
- Final Exams: May 7-10, 2018
- Departure Date: May 11, 2018
Study abroad students live with a Spanish family with three meals a day and full laundry service. In this type of environment, students are able to learn more about Spanish language and culture with full immersion into the host family culture. This environment is comfortable, safe and supportive, but also independent. Students have their own key to access the house thus giving each person the independence they desire. The families have been visited by the Housing Director and receive student evaluations each semester to ensure our high housing standards are met. Host families are known for their exquisite cuisine, their great locations and a true cultural experience.
CIS plans several activities for the school year. Some of them are as follows:
• Art and Cultural Excursions to Avila and Salamanca, El Escorial, Toledo, Andalucia, Cordoba, Sevilla, Barcelona, Segovia
• A visit to Feria de Sevilla
• A visit to Fallas de Valencia
• Ski Trips
• Charity Concerts and Dinners for our school’s NGOs
• Night Parties
• A Paintball championship
• Sports Days for Soccer, Volleyball and Basketball, including a men’s and women’s soccer team which plays in a local league
The Office of International Education will secure visas on behalf of all students studying in Madrid. Students must attend a mandatory meeting which outlines the necessary steps needed to complete their visa application, and must pay a $200 visa application fee. Students are expected to complete this process on time, with all appropriate original and photocopied documents, in time for Endicott's appointment at the Spanish Consulate. If a student has not turned in their full application by the given deadline, he or she will be responsible for securing their own individual appointment at the Spanish Consulate.
Please note the following:
- If a student has not turned in their full application by the given deadline, he or she will be responsible for securing their own individual appointment at the Spanish Consulate.
- If a student requires their passport to travel during the visa processing time, he or she will be responsible for securing their own individual appointment at the Spanish Consulate.