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Fact Sheet:
Open to Visiting Students: Yes Admissions GPA Requirement:: 2.5
Program Description:
Photo from Nick PapantonisMadrid Center

This program is for students who wish to take all of their courses at Syracuse University's Center in Madrid. The center's cultural activities and service learning programs will further immerse you in your new surroundings.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 15-19 (includes the required Signature Seminar)
  • No language prerequisite

This option offers Spanish language classes at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, as well as a broad selection of non-language courses taught in Spanish or English. There is no language prerequisite, however, all students must take a Spanish language course, and students with language abilities beyond SPA 202 (the equivalent of four semesters of college-level Spanish) must also take a non-language course taught in Spanish.

Internships are also available for different areas of study; from management and business to political science and international relations. One to three-credit internships are available during the fall and spring semesters, and are available at different language levels.

Your Campus in Madrid: The Instituto

Located in the vibrant heart of the city, the Instituto Internacional is the home of Syracuse Madrid. A former private palacete, the Instituto also houses the Madrid programs of other U.S. institutions. The Instituto organizes cultural activities for its students, such as lectures, concerts, seminars, and more. Its main aim is to develop links between Americans and Spaniards, and offers a conversation exchange program between American and Spanish students.

Signature Seminar

(3 credits; required)

Though based in Madrid, the Syracuse program in Spain is designed to give you a rich experiential understanding of the entirety of Spanish history and culture. Your semester begins with one of several Signature Seminars. Students indicate their seminar preference based on language proficiency and interests. Summaries of each of the Signature Seminars are available here.


In Madrid, students can choose between two options for housing: a homestay with a Spanish family or placement in a residence hall with a roommate from the Syracuse Madrid program.

In the homestay option, you will live with hosts in Madrid (usually two students to a household, though occasionally, you may live singly). This experience allows you to assimilate quickly and to immerse into a Spanish lifestyle, taking breakfasts and dinners with your Spanish hosts and participating in la sobremesa (discussion around the table), and other Spanish customs.

The residence hall, Colegio Mayor El Faro, is situated in the Moncloa neighborhood of downtown Madrid and is a 25-minute walk to the Syracuse Madrid Center. The rooms are furnished, including a small kitchen with a sink, mini-fridge, and microwave. Bed linens and bath towels are provided and laundered weekly by the cleaning staff. Three meals a day in the El Faro cafeteria are included in this option.

Program Cost

The cost of the Syracuse Madrid program includes Syracuse tuition and a program fee. Financial aid is available. For a complete breakdown of costs, we have prepared a budget sheet (Madrid Planning Budget 2018-19.pdf) for students and their families.

Hear from Syracuse Madrid Alumni!

Talk to our Syracuse Madrid global ambassadors if you have any questions about the program - they are students who have just recently returned from a semester in Madrid. You can also check out our program reviews on


Rick Cieri, Syracuse Madrid Admissions Counselor:

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 08/19/2019 12/04/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change pending release of local university's calendar.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.