Madrid, Spain

Syracuse’s program in Madrid is designed to give you a rich experiential understanding of Spanish history and culture.

It begins with your Signature Seminar; from there, you’ll become part of a modern city full of life, vigor, and celebration. Faculty and staff will inspire you to develop meaningful relationships with locals and absorb the Spanish language, and your homestay family will introduce you to new customs and traditions, making you a part of a city that is over 500 years old. You can also visit sites all around Spain via field study and additional programs.

Did you know? Syracuse offers a first-semester option at the Madrid campus for students with an interest in the arts, humanities, languages, international studies, social sciences, mathematics, sciences, or engineering.

Government building in Madrid

Madrid ranks with the most sophisticated and lively of European cities, with its monumental buildings, tree-lined avenues, and teeming plazas.

Madrileños are justifiably proud. Much more than just a place to learn or perfect Spanish, Madrid is a modern political, cultural, and financial center. Her people have managed to preserve the old while embracing the new, keeping alive small-town traditions alongside cosmopolitan cultural events and a world-famous nightlife scene. The city is now enjoying its latest renaissance—boasting a newly expanded metro system, numerous restored historic buildings, and an abundance of well-maintained parks and public squares.

Watch The New York Times’ 36 Hours in Madrid to see why so many students choose Madrid for study abroad.

Explore Madrid

“Exploring the City”

Follow @oursyracuseu on Instagram for a look at Syracuse University through the eyes of our students.

Overhead view of Madrid“#TBT: I had the pleasure of studying abroad in Madrid, Spain last fall through @syracuseabroad. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss walking about the Spanish capital, learning more about the culture, and exploring the city. There’s so much to learn outside of a classroom, and I encourage every student to take advantage of the opportunity!” —Jane Hong #SyracuseU


Choose from wide array of courses, from art history and textual studies to physics and accounting. You'll have the option to take courses solely through Syracuse University's Madrid Center, or combine your center-based studies with classes at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid or IE University in Madrid.

Internship Opportunities

Consider supplementing your academics with an internship equal to 1 to 3 credits per semester. For-credit internships are available for different areas of study, or you can choose to participate in service learning projects.


Located in the vibrant heart of the city, the Instituto Internacional is the home of Syracuse University Madrid. The Instituto organizes cultural activities for its students, such as lectures, concerts, and seminars, as well as conversation exchange programs to develop links between Americans and Spaniards.

This palacete features wide staircases and gracious rooms, a library, and a café. Exciting courses give students an intellectual understanding of Spain and Spanish culture. The academic palette covers a breadth of fields: arts and sciences, communications and film, management and international business, and Spanish language and literature, as well as LGBT and women’s and gender studies.

Talk to Recent Syracuse Madrid Students

Madrid global ambassadors formed close bonds with their host families, explored Spain, and cheered at Real Madrid matches—ask them about Madrid!