Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

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Living Abroad

Housing and Meals


Living in a homestay 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.

  • Single room
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Weekly laundry


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.

  • Single room
  • Shared kitchen, living area and bathroom
  • Laundry facilities
  • Fully furnished
  • Centrally located neighborhood of Madrid
  • Allowance worth $800 to subsidize the cost of purchasing meals and groceries. Students can opt out for a reduced program fee

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Madrid

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
  • Espacio Afro at Matadero, artistic space created by Madrid's community of African people and people of African descent
  • Local fiestas
  • Farewell event
  • Sightseeing in Chueca, Madrid's LGBTQ neighborhood
  • Madrid Art Week (spring) includes street art and themes of women's rights and ethnicity
  • 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! There is also a Buddy Club and an English Tutor Program at the university, which international students can participate in and receive a certificate issued by the university club.

AIFS in Madrid Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Bárbara Francon

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.

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.

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