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Study Abroad | Madrid

Spain | Forced Migration: Refuge, Protection and Integration | Summer 2023
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Spend a summer in the welcoming capital city of Madrid, Spain, with AIFS! Study the situation of voluntary and forced migration around the world, earning credits through Fairfield University and doing volunteer work with Spanish NGO ACCEM at a shelter for refugees.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 3 credits

  • Courses

    Courses offered in sociology, social justice, volunteering

  • Housing

    Homestay or student apartment. Residence/Hotel while volunteering

  • Meals

    Homestay students receive daily breakfast and dinner. During the volunteer placement students receive daily breakfast and dinner in the residence/hotel

  • Excursions

    Guided day trips to Segovia and Toledo

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Guided city tour, visits to El Prado and the Royal Palace, tapas tour, walking tours and events of cultural interest

  • On-Site Resident Director

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

Program Details: Study Abroad | Madrid Forced Migration


June 5, 2023June 24, 2023



Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

Inclusive Fees


Stay for a year to save on cost


Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Area Studies
  • Service Learning & Community Service
  • Social Work


AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

A 3-week program designed for students wishing to focus their studies on Social Justice and migration including 5 days of volunteer work at an ACCEM shelter for refugees. The course is taught in English.

The field of migration and refuge is a growing and expanding professional area, with multiple job opportunities in various disciplines (Law, Social Work, Social Education, Psychology, etc.). This 45-hour course is a first step to understanding the situation of international migration and its management in Spain and the interdisciplinary work carried out with migrants and refugees, from the perspective of the defense of fundamental human rights and social care, reception and integration. This course, divided into 25 academic hours and 20 hours volunteering in an ACCEM shelter, aims to promote civic reflection and train people with a social sensitivity and a commitment to social justice.

  • Area Studies
  • Service Learning & Community Service
  • Social Work
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Living Abroad


Apartments are co-ed and generally shared with other AIFS or international students. Apartments are fully furnished and located in a central area of Madrid.

  • Single room
  • Communal kitchen, living areas and bathroom


Living in a homestay is the best way to improve your Spanish and immerse yourself in Spanish life and culture and students often find this the most rewarding aspect of their study abroad experience.

  • Single room
  • Laundry once a week
  • Daily breakfast and dinner

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Madrid


Founded in the ninth century, it is an ancient city with a modern outlook and as the progressive capital of a diverse nation. The city contains some of the best art galleries in the world spanning over 1000 years of art history.


The centre of Madrid, with its winding streets opening into grand boulevards and squares, is a gem of a location and whatever the season provide shelter from the sun or the wind.

AIFS in Madrid Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

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Bárbara Francon

Hola! I have been working with international students from all over the world since 2005 as a Spanish teacher and cultural immersion coach. I have been AIFS Resident Director since 2013. I have a degree in Spanish and Literature, a Masters in Applied Linguistics in teaching Spanish as a second language and currently I’m doing my PhD.

I have studied abroad twice, so I know how challenging and wonderful it is to immerse yourself in a new culture and a new language. Undoubtedly, it is an enriching experience for life that allows for both professional and personal development and that is why it is a pleasure and a goal for me to help students to get the best from their studies abroad.

I have been a student at Universidad de Nebrija so I am looking forward to introducing you to the academic life of the campus.

Madrid is an amazing city with a huge cultural life and there is always something new to discover. I will organize a variety of cultural activities which will help you to get involved in all that the city offers such as visiting the Barrio de las Letras, Museo del Prado, the Royal Palace, the Bernabeu Stadium, enjoying the view of the city from the Faro de Moncloa, or simply trying the Spanish tapas in Malasaña! I am looking forward to welcoming you to Madrid.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Spanish culture, a wide range of cultural activities and excursions are included in your program fee. The Resident Director organizes a variety of activities which may include:

  • Welcome tapas – get to know your fellow AIFSers and the AIFS staff in Madrid
  • Guided city tour
  • Royal Palace
  • Tapas Tour
  • Visit to the Prado Museum
  • Visits and activities of historical and cultural interest

Please note that students may need to pay an additional fee for some of the activities above.


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Madrid and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Spain. Previous excursions have included:



Locally guided tour. Entrance to the Alcázar Castle. Includes round-trip transportation.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee


Locally guided tour. Entrance to the Toledo Cathedral, Church of Santo Tomé and Santa María la Blanca. Includes round-trip transportation.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
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Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Deposit Deadline
    March 20, 2023
  • Scholarship Deadline
    March 1, 2023
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    June 4, 2023
  • Program Begins
    June 5, 2023
  • Program Ends
    June 24, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    June 25, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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Ready to Study Abroad in Madrid?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: aifsabroad@aifs.com