Introduction Spain’s capital since 1561, Madrid is the contemporary capital of Spanish culture, finance, and industry. A large, international and cosmopolitan city, Madrid is a city of possibilities. It boasts incredible monuments and museums, including the Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando. Visitors cannot miss the Iglesia de San Isidro, once the cathedral of Madrid, or the Palacio Real. Madrid is also known for its fountains and elaborate parks, including the glorious Parque del Retiro. The energy of Madrid is in its street life and warm people. To study abroad in Madrid is to experience more than a classroom – it is to experience the history of Spain and its people. API offers students two options universities at which to study abroad during their gap year in Madrid: The Universidad Complutense de Madrid was founded in 1492 in the city of Alcalá de Henares, and later moved to Madrid. The University is one of the most prestigious in Spain. API students can also choose to study Spanish language and culture and/or take classes in business or humanities at the Universidad Nebrija. The university was named for a great humanist and the first grammarian of the Spanish language. Since 1985, Universidad Nebrija has been hosting international students in its ‘Centro de Estudios Hispanicos Antonio de Nebrija’. “My Resident Directors were great! I could not have hoped for better staff. They are easy to get along with but also professional and take their jobs seriously. They communicated with us well and made living in a foreign country much less stressful." Patricia S.