Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

Living Abroad

Housing and Meals


  • Includes daily breakfast and dinner
  • Single room
  • Weekly laundry


  • Includes meal allowance worth $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries
  • Double room (single room available for supplement of $950)
  • Laundry facilities

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Madrid

Housing Options

The program fee includes housing in a Spanish homestay or in an apartment.


Living with a homestay family is the best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Spain and many students choosing this option find that it is the most rewarding part of their time abroad. It is the best way to learn Spanish, get a unique insight into the culture and integrate into the local community. Each family is unique; you may live with a retired couple whose children have left home, a divorced or widowed woman with children still living at home, a married couple with children or a family with some older children still living at home. Students will have their own room. You will receive a weekly laundry service.

Meals: The homestay option includes two meals per day with your host.


Students can opt to live in a fully furnished apartment in a centrally located neighborhood of Madrid. Apartment living is ideal for students who like their independence, want to cook for themselves and to experience city life. Apartments are generally shared with 3-4 other AIFS and/or non-AIFS international students in a shared double room with access to a communal kitchen, living area and bathroom. Single rooms are available for an additional fee. Coin operated laundry facilities are available.

Meals: Apartment students receive a meal allowance of $800 to subsidize the cost of groceries and meals. Apartment students can choose to opt out of the meal allowance and pay a reduced program fee of $12,695 for the Hispanic Studies, Spanish Plus or Internship Programs or $13,495 for the Integrated Studies Program.

Cultural Activities

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Spanish life. Typical activities, tours and visits may include:

  • Guided city tour including the Royal Palace
  • Tapas Tour
  • The Prado Museum and other art museums
  • The Santiago Bernabéu (home ground of the Real Madrid football team)
  • Local Fiestas
  • Farewell event
  • Visits and activities of historical and cultural interest

You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some events. Additional cultural activities are included with the Universidad Nebrija.


Universidad Nebrija and AIFS organize a program of “intercambios” (conversation exchange) in which you can practice your Spanish with a native speaker while a Spanish speaker practices their English with you!

AIFS in Madrid Resident Director, Semester Programs

AIFS provides a dedicated Resident Director for this program who will assist students throughout their stay in Madrid. Details and contact information will be posted on the AIFS website prior to the start of the semester.

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