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Art History in Florence. Biomedical Engineering in Barcelona. Comparative Healthcare Systems in Havana. Global Business in London. With API Customized Programs, some of the best learning happens outside of the classroom walls. The world is your classroom. API is ready to help you develop your next customized or faculty-led program.
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Experience the world from anywhere in the world with API’s virtual programs. Tackle global challenges, study a new language with native speakers, give your resume a global edge, and more! Want to go abroad and go virtual? You can mix and match your programs to do both at the same time.
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Study Abroad + Options
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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:
Considered one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid was founded in 1492 in the city of Alcalá de Henares, and later moved to Madrid.
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. Universidad Nebrija has been hosting international students since 1985 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."
API students in Madrid have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including teaching English to schoolchildren.
Row boats in Retiro Park
Visit the Museo de Prado or Museo Reina Sofia
People-watch in the Plaza Mayor
Paella (rice and seafood dish)
Fabada Asturiana (bean stew)
Pollo al Ajillo (garlic chicken dish)
Madrid Day (May)
Feast Day of St. Isidore (May)
La Candelaria (February)
The Universidad Complutense de Madrid was founded in 1492, and consistently ranks as one of the top universities in Spain.
The Universidad Nebrija has received a 5-star rating for inclusiveness, internationalization, and teaching by the QS World University Rankings.
Quique will be one of your Resident Directors in Madrid and will be a resource for you while you are in Spain!
Maria will be one of your Resident Directors in Madrid and will be a resource for you while in Spain!