Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

Living Abroad

Housing and Meals


  • Includes daily breakfast and dinner
  • Weekly laundry


  • Includes meal allowance worth $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries
  • Double room (single room available for supplement of $800, plus $200 if on Optional Early Start program)
  • 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. 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 co-ed and are generally shared with other AIFS and/or non-AIFS international students. You will share a double room with another AIFS student of the same gender. There is 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 $13,195.

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
  • Royal Palace
  • Tapas Tour
  • The Prado Museum and other art museums
  • Alcalá de Henares
  • The Santiago Bernabéu (home ground of the Real Madrid football team)
  • Aranjuez Palace and Garden
  • 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.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available through a local NGO to provide services to people in need within the local community.


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, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Bárbara Franconi

Phone: (34) 689 372 882

¡Hola! My name is Bárbara Franconi and 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 you to develop both professional and personal aspects and that is why it a pleasure and a goal for me to help the students to get the best from their studies abroad.

I have been a student at Universidad de Nebrija so I will love to show you and share with you the academic life in the campus.

Madrid is an amazing city with a huge cultural life. There is always something new to discover. I will organize a variety of cultural activities for you to explore and get involved in the different things that the city offers such as visiting the Barrio de las letras, Museo del Prado, the Royal Palace, the Bernabeu Stadium, or enjoy the view of the city from the Faro de Moncloa, or even having some 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.