At the historical crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Americas, Spain is a culturally diverse nation comprised of 17 autonomous communities that proudly proclaim unique identities. A modern, cosmopolitan city, Madrid, Spain’s capital, is located in the center of the Iberian peninsula and is a convenient point of departure from which to explore the entire country: from its rich Christian, Jewish and Muslim past in Toledo and al-Andalus to its cutting edge architecture and design in Barcelona and Bilbao. At NYU Madrid students can study literature, history, art history, sociology, politics, anthropology, economics, and environmental studies, among other topics, while significantly advancing their command of the Spanish language. The richness of Spain’s capital is reflected in its architecture, its museums and cultural treasures, and its cuisine. A vibrant city that is engaged with pressing global political and economic issues – from immigration, climate change and human rights to debates on the future of the European Union – Madrid is also an important center for contemporary cultural production in dance, film, theater and the visual arts.

At NYU Madrid students may choose to live in an apartment-style residence or homestays. Excursions to El Escorial, Segovia, Toledo, Salamanca, Ávila, Córdoba, Bilbao and Barcelona are among the extracurricular activities that complement the academic program. Internships in Spanish start-up companies and major corporations are available, as well as an Intercambio Program that brings NYU Madrid students together with local college students to practice their Spanish and to further cultural exchanges. During the spring semester students with advanced Spanish language skills may also enroll in up to two courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). 

Partnerships & Affiliations

The following NYU departments are key contributors to the NYU Madrid curriculum. Partnerships indicate departments with a significant curricular stake. Affiliations indicate the offering or development of at least one course. 


Faculty of Arts & Science
    Art History
    Spanish and Portuguese

    Teaching and Learning


Faculty of Arts & Science

College Core Curriculum
Dramatic Literature
European and Mediterranean Studies
Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies
Social and Cultural Analysis

Liberal Studies



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Fast Facts

Academic Calendar: Fall/Spring/Full Year

Credits: 12 to 18 NYU credits

Faculty: 40 instructors

Student Body: 80 fall semester- 110 spring semester 

Course Language: English & Spanish

Affiliated Institution: Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Housing: Homestays and Student Residence

Meals: All homestays includes kitchens and meal plan options 

Faculty and Staff: 7 full-time professional student affairs and academic support staff

Currency: Euro

Population of Madrid: 5.8 million

Official Language: Spanish