Spain Madrid Plaza Mayor 61905616

This program is designed for students who wish to study abroad in Madrid primarily in English, while still having the option of taking some courses in Spanish. Students choose 3-5 courses per semester.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)


Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Spring Jan 14, 2021 - May 7, 2021 $20,800 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Madrid programs. All excursions are subject to change.

  • Segovia

    Segovia is a characteristic Old Castilian town that rose to importance under the Romans. Entering the city, all roads converge to one of the largest ancient structures remaining in Spain – the 2,000-year old Roman aqueduct. Following the winding roads through town, the cathedral tower and the beautiful medieval tower, as well as the Alcázar, rise above the city with majesty and grace.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • Alcalá de Henares

    Alcalá de Henares is a city located in the northeast of Madrid. It is known for the University of Alcalá, which is located in buildings from the 16th Century inside the old town. Among them is the auditorium, a room with an elaborate Mudejar-style ceiling, where the King of Spain awards the Cervantes Prize for Literature every year. Nearby there is the Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes, where the famous author of Don Quixote lived.

  • Salamanca

    Salamanca is one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe. Golden sandstone has lent itself to every major architectural style from Romanesque to Baroque. The Plaza Mayor is one of the most beautiful town squares in Spain.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-18 credits per semester

This program is designed for students who wish to study abroad in Madrid primarily in English, while still having the option of taking some courses in Spanish. Students choose 3-5 courses per semester. Most classes are equivalent to four semester credits unless otherwise noted. Business classes are equivalent to three semester credits each.

Minimum enrollment is required for each course to be offered and no class is guaranteed. Students are encouraged to identify alternates and visit the API website for the most current course offerings. Additional fees are charged for courses that offer field trips or lab work.


In addition to their classes at Suffolk University, students have the opportunity to enroll in classes with Spanish students at the neighboring Spanish University CEU San Pablo. While most classes at University CEU San Pablo are taught in Spanish and require at least one previous upper-division Spanish class (or equivalent proficiency) some classes may be available in English. Contact the API office for more information.


API students will receive a transcript from Suffolk University upon completion of their program.

Suffolk University Madrid Campus is fully accredited as a branch campus of Suffolk University in Boston MA by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). The Madrid Campus receives its own regular on-site accreditation reviews and fulfills the NEASC Principles of Good Practice in Overseas International Programs, as well as meeting the standards of NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

In Spain, Suffolk University Madrid Campus is authorized by the Consejería de Educación y Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid, the official educational body within the Madrid regional government.

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    Maria Angeles Garcia

    Maria will be one of your Resident Directors in Madrid and will be a resource for you while in Spain!

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    Quique Blanco Lopez

    Quique will be one of your Resident Directors in Madrid and will be a resource for you while you are in Spain!

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    Erica Sowder

    Erica Sowder will be your Program Manager and will help prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - [email protected]



Click on the pdf links below for a tentative course schedule:


API students participating in the Suffolk University Madrid program have the opportunity to participate in a credit-bearing internship to complement their academic studies. Placements are available in a variety of fields, including global business, communications and journalism, economics, government, history, management, marketing, philosophy (applied ethics), psychology, sociology, theater, science, and women’s and gender studies. Students must have a high level of Spanish language proficiency (minimum 5 semesters), as all placements are in Spanish businesses/organizations. The deadlines for the internships are earlier than the regular academic program, so students are encouraged to apply early. Contact the API office for more information.

  • 5 semesters of Spanish
  • Earn 3-4 semester credits
  • Placements vary per course/department
  • Within 45 minute commute of city center
  • Deadlines earlier than academic program – apply early
  • Spring: October 1
  • Fall: April 25


Suffolk University (Madrid), which is a branch of the U.S. university by the same name located in Boston, MA, issues credit as U.S. university credits.

Suffolk: History Courses

History courses include:

Empires & Globalization in World History I
Empires & Globalization in World History II
The Spanish Civil War and Spain Today
History of Spain I
History of Spain II
Nazi Germany

Suffolk U. History Course Link

View Syllabus   

Suffolk: Philosophy Courses

Philosophy courses include Critical Thinking and Augmentation, Introduction to Philosophy, and Ethics

Suffolk U. Philosophy Course Link

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Suffolk: Psychology Courses

Surveys the concepts and representative findings in the major sub-fields of psychology: history and systems; physiology; perception; thinking; emotion; learning; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Required for psychology majors. 4 credits

Suffolk U. Psychology Course Link

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Suffolk: Physical and Life Sciences Courses

Physical and life science courses include astronomy, environmental biology, environmental science lab, chemistry, "The Built World," and "Science and Life in the 21st Century."

Suffolk U. Science Course Link

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Suffolk: Art History Courses

Art History I: A survey of the art of western civilization from prehistoric caves to the cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented in their historical context. Course covers Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, early Islamic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic. 4 credits

Art History II: A survey of the art of Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented in their historical context. Course covers the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and Post-Modernism. 4 credits

Suffolk U. Art Course Link

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Suffolk: Business Courses

Business courses include:

Accounting for Decision Making I
Accounting for Decision Making II
Principles of Business Law
Business Ethics
Business Foundations
Principles of Marketing
Business Writing
Introduction to International Business

Suffolk U. Business Course Link

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Suffolk: Economics Courses

Economics courses include the Principles of Microeconomics, Global Macroeconomics, and The Economics of the European Union

Suffolk U. Economics Course Link

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Suffolk: Political Science and Government Courses

Government courses include:

Intro to American Democracy
Evolution of the Global System
Research Methods
Theory & Practice of International Relations
International Security
Politics of Spain
Crisis & Integration in Europe
Global Environmental Threats in the 21st Century
Politics of the Middle East

Suffolk U. Government Course Link

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Suffolk: Sociology Courses

An introduction to the sociological understanding of human interaction, group process and social structures. Students are introduced to basic concepts, theories and methods of sociological investigation. Majors and minors must pass with a grade of C or better. 4 credits

Suffolk U. Sociology Course Link

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Suffolk: Creativity and Innovation Courses

This course focuses on the creative process by introducing students to creative practice as a disciplined approach to problem solving and innovation requiring research, persistence and grit. Students will be encouraged to synthesize existing ideas, images, concepts, and skill sets in original ways, embrace ambiguity and support divergent thinking and risk taking. Even though the course will have an undertone based on science, it is suitable for non-science majors too. 3 credits

Suffolk U. Creativity & Innovation Course Link

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Suffolk: Communication and Media Studies Courses

Intercultural communication: An explanation of the communication variations and cultural viewpoints and their impact on cross-cultural communication. A special emphasis is placed on rituals and message patterns in non-western cultures. 4 credits

Suffolk U. Communications & Journalism Course Link

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Suffolk: Spanish Language & Literature Courses

Suffolk U. Spanish Link

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Suffolk: Mathematics and Statistics Courses

Mathematics and statistics courses include: Precalculus for Management and Social Sciences
Math for the Modern World
Finite Math with Recitation
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Applied Statistics

Suffolk U. Math Course Link

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Suffolk: English Language and Literature; Linguistics Courses

English language and literature courses include:

Developmental Writing I
Studies in American Literature
First Year Writing I
First Year Writing II

Suffolk U. English Course Link

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  • Classes taught in Spanish and English
    • Internships available (for credit)
      • Option to enroll in courses with Spaniards
        • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Suffolk University)
          • AACSB accredited business courses
            • International excursion
              • Apply early – classes fill quickly!

    API students in Madrid may choose from three different housing options: a host family, in a residencia, or in an apartment.

    Students who choose to live with families are typically placed in double rooms with a fellow API student and are provided with two meals per day and laundry service. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

    Students in Madrid may also choose to live in a residencia. Residencias are smaller than American dorms and house between 15-90 students. The rooms are double-occupancy, and there are common bathrooms with showers. Three meals per day, laundry service, and cleaning are provided.

    Students may also choose to live in apartments located throughout Madrid. Students generally share their apartment complex with other Spanish families, as opposed to other students. Apartments may be co-ed, and the number of students sharing the apartment varies based on the apartment size. Students may have single or double rooms depending on the number of bedrooms. Meals are not included in this option.

    Single rooms are available in all three housing options for an additional fee.

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