Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

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Living Abroad

AIFS in Madrid Resident Director, Summer Program

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Bárbara Franconi

Phone: (34) 689-372-882

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.

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 Bernabéu Stadium, enjoying the view of the city from the Faro de Moncloa, or simply trying the Spanish tapas in Malasaña! I will be pleased to welcome you and assist you during your stay!

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

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Housing and Meals


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

Student Residence (Sports Management Program Only)

Sports Management Program students stay in a university student residence within easy reach of the university.

  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • Weekly room cleaning
  • Laundry service
  • Breakfast and dinner provided daily in the dining room
  • Recreational areas and a small gym

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Madrid

Cultural Activities

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
  • Guided tour of Chueca, Madrid's vibrant LGBTQIA+ community
  • Royal Palace
  • Tapas Tour
  • Visit to the Prado Museum
  • Reina Sofía Museum
  • Madrid de los Austrias tour
  • 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.

Download PDF with full program details on all AIFS Spain programs! Offerings!

Download PDF with full program details on all AIFS Spain programs!

Download PDF with full program details on all AIFS Spain, Madrid programs!