IES Abroad: Madrid - IES Abroad in Madrid, Summer
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Imagine yourself studying abroad in Spain’s capital and largest city—Madrid. Warm summer evenings attract throngs of Madrileños to the streets of the city, where they sip coffee on terrazas and watch a parade of fashionable Spaniards— now is your ... read more
My experience was certainly worthwhile: I gained Spanish language knowledge/skills, contact with high quality professors, confidence in navigating a new culture and city on my own, and much more. A student - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
This program was most definitely worthwhile. It can be a challenge at first, but you learn quickly that you can overcome it. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Try to make as many friends as possible. Yes A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Although I hate being the stereotypical study abroad student who says their experience abroad was life-changing, I can 100% agree. Stepping out of my comfort zone like I did on this trip really helped shape a perspective on embracing new cultures and on trying something new in general. A student - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
I learned independence, a foreign language, and how to be a world traveler. Amazing experience. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned a lot more Spanish and about the Spanish culture. I also made new friends and learned how to be comfortable in a new environment Carly Amendola - University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill View Entire Review
I was able to achieve so many of the study abroad goals that I set for myself before going. I gained greater confidence in my speaking abilities and was able to immerse myself in the culture. I remember leaving for Madrid the first day. I was excited and a little nervous sitting at the airport, and I had no idea what I was about... David Eaton - Yale University View Entire Review
A lot of knowledge about myself when I am in an unfamiliar environment and adapting to cultural norms. I am better able to communicate wit native speakers. Tori D - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned that experiencing other countries with people your own age is very valuable. You see a side of the city that you simply can't with family. Deborah F - Tufts University View Entire Review
I learned that putting yourself in a new place with new people is invaluable for figuring out who you are! I love going to a small school but there is nothing that can replace breaking out of that bubble and your comfort zone. Claire R - Rhodes College View Entire Review
It was fun, but academically speaking, my Spanish would have improved a lot more if the program was more structured and rigorous. Jane L - Harvard University View Entire Review
Yes. I learnt a lot through the mistakes I had made. Jinzhao W - Harvard University View Entire Review
I got to test my competency in a huge urban setting. I loved being able to practice and improve my Spanish daily. I loved learning about a brand new culture, while simultaneously learning about how I was able to adapt to a completely new setting. Sophie D - University of Puget Sound View Entire Review
yes yes yes. Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity that should not be overlooked. I gained so much more confidence and self compassion for myself, I made some wonderful friends, and I got to travel to three different countries. I returned as a much more self assured and genuinely happy individual. Jessica U - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained a lot of language and life skills and independence. Absolutely worthwhile. Maya Zanger-Nadis - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Language, communication, culture Yiyu Chen - Brandeis University View Entire Review
The experience was definitely worth it. I got to understand myself better, both in terms of when I am alone as well as in group settings. I learnt how to budget better, how to make myself comfortable in a completely different culture and language settings, as well as how to make other people feel comfortable when I myself am sti... Sharon Kwinjo - Yale University View Entire Review
I learned the language and the culture of Madrid, but also so much about myself. I learned how to jump head first into situations that I was unfamiliar with and I enjoyed every second of it. Regina Duesler - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
Soo worthfull A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Being in a Spanish-speaking country with Spanish immersion classes, I definitely became more fluent in Spanish. However, living abroad also gave me a broader worldview, and also proved to myself that I am strong and brave enough to go live in a new country. A student - University of Missouri - Columbia View Entire Review
I really feel like I have experienced the culture of Spain now, which was my goal from the beginning. I've gained international experience and confidence. A student - Yale University View Entire Review
After my 6 weeks in Madrid, my Spanish and knowledge of Spain improved dramatically. This experience was worthwhile since I was able to understand their culture much more while having plenty of time to explore this unique country. A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
It was worthwhile, I felt like I actually lived in Spain for the brief period I was there, I soaked up a lot of culture. It was amazing being there for the Eurocup too! A student - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I was able to drastically improve my verbal skills in Spanish and I also learned a vast amount of grammar that I would have not been able to all learn at Harvard. Being immersed in Spain while improving my Spanish skills so greatly also made me more determined to improve my Spanish and someday use it in my profession- whether it... Yehna C - Harvard University View Entire Review
Yes, I did it mostly for the language aquisition and that is what I got most out of it. Rachael T - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Imagine yourself studying abroad in Spain’s capital and largest city—Madrid. Warm summer evenings attract throngs of Madrileños to the streets of the city, where they sip coffee on terrazas and watch a parade of fashionable Spaniards— now is your chance to experience it, too. Madrid is a leading cultural center in Europe and home to many world-famous museums including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza.
This program offers intermediate and advanced Spanish language courses and area studies courses taught in Spanish. Classes integrate the best of Madrid’s historic and cultural opportunities, allowing you to improve your Spanish skills while also discovering Spain’s rich artistic, theatrical, and film heritage.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
- Spanish Language, Literature
- Film, Video, Photographic Arts
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