The IE University campus is located in the financial center of Madrid, a leading European capital. Our students benefit from a global legal environment, top-tier networking opportunities, and facilities equipped with the latest generation technologies – all shared with the prestigious top-ranked IE Business School and its multiple buildings.
Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be around 6.5 million.
The capital has a rich historic, artistic and cultural heritage; it is home to some of the best art museums in the world. Additionally, the Madrid Community region includes historic municipalities such as Alcala de Henares, Aranjuez, or El Escorial, and it is very near the monumental cities of Segovia and Toledo..
Madrid also offers the possibilities of practicing a wide variety of sports, including winter sports, as there are several ski stations in the Madrid Community region.
Cercanias Train: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/madrid/index.html
Courses at IE University are in European credits or ECTS. 2 ECTS units are equivalent to 1 SDSU unit. SDSU must enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS at IE University per semester.
SDSU Business students should review the course articulation sheet on the CBA study abroad
- Courses are taught in English and Spanish
- Students who wish to pursue courses taught in Spanish must have completed two upper-division Spanish language courses (300+) prior to departure in order to qualify for the exchange program.
- All applicants must meet the language prerequisite by the end of the semester prior to departure.
- A Language Proficiency Recommendation Report completed by your most current Language Instructor must be submitted in the Aztecs Abroad application to verify language ability.
Fall Semester: late-August to late-December
Spring Semesters: early-January to mid-May
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
Business students should review the information on the CBA Study Abroad
website concerning course articulation.
2 ECTS (European credits) equal 1 SDSU unit, so SDSU students must enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS per semester
, however students can take up to 30 ECTS.
Housing and Meals
Students may choose to live in residence hall or shared apartments off-campus. Details about each housing option are described in detail on the IE Living in Madrid
webpage. Please note that housing is not
guaranteed for international students and can be in high-demand in central Madrid.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
Student Visa Requirement
- The visa process varies by nationality, length of program, and consulate of jurisdiction.
- U.S. citizens are required to obtain a Student Visa to study abroad in Spain for one semester or longer (all programs longer than 90 days require a student visa).
- Southern California residents: