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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: BC applicants only
Quick Facts:
Accommodation: Home-stay, Student Residence GPA Requirement: 3.0
Language of Instruction: Spanish On-Site Staff: BC Resident Director
Minimum Language Requirement: Intermediate 2 BC Program Type: BC Program
Program Manager: Patrick O'Donnell
Program Description:
Note: Students in the School of Management and the following majors: Communications, Economics, or International Relations cannot apply to Complutense. They must instead apply to Carlos IIIComillas ICADE, or Comillas Sociales if they want to study in Madrid. 

The University

The Complutense is a large city university whose main campus is set in central Madrid. It is the oldest of Madrid’s public universities and the largest university in Spain. The campus offers a dynamic intellectual community, and its professors are among the most distinguished in Spain. Of special interest are courses in romance languages, art history, psychology, education, hard sciences, linguistics, philosophy, and theology.

MadridThe Program

The BC resident director organizes an orientation program upon arrival in Madrid. The orientation includes tours of the city and universities and provides practical information about living in Madrid. In addition to regular university course work, BC students are strongly encouraged to take the Spanish culture course taught by the BC resident director. Students can be assigned tutors to assist with discipline-specific university classes.

On-site Staff

Dr. Ana Peláez
BC Resident Director - BC in Madrid

Paloma Landecho
Program Assistant and Housing Coordinator

Academics & Support

As a BC student, you are required to take a full load of courses at your host institution abroad. BC program participants can refer to the OIP website for details. 

BC students register for courses with the assistance of the BC resident director once they are in Madrid. 

For course selection information, please refer to the course catalog.

  • Fall Term: Starts in last August and ends in mid-December
  • Spring Term: Starts in mid-January and ends in early June.


Placements in homestays or dormitory-style accommodations are arranged by the BC resident director based on student preferences. Students are required to fill out housing forms included in the BC application package. BC in Madrid is responsible for housing assignments for Complutense students. 


BC in Madrid will provide meals. Some residence halls will be closed over breaks. 

Cultural Activities

Students are encouraged to take part in clubs and activities sponsored by their host university. The BC resident director as part of the Spanish culture course organizes weekend trips around Spain, such as day trips to Toledo and El Escorial, visits to the major museums El Prado, Thyssen and the Reina Sofia.

BC-sponsored activities:
  • Welcome dinner
  • Workshop on how to make the most of Madrid
  • National Archaeological Museum
  • Two walking tours of Madrid
  • Chocolate con churros and flea market  
  • Toledo, one-day trip
  • Reina Sofia Museum
  • Three-day trip to Cordoba and Granada
  • La Caixa Museum
  • Cooking lessons
  • Thyssen Museum
  • El Escorial, one-day trip
  • Prado Museum
  • Flamenco Show
  • Workshop on re-entry  to the US at the end of the semester
BC students may also participate in volunteer activities, student associations and clubs. Please contact the BC resident director for details or go to Welcome to Madrid. This site lists cultural activities and sites.

Travel Information

Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. BC in Madrid Complutense students will be met at the airport and picked up the official arrival day, provided they supply the necessary travel information one month prior to departure to the BC resident director.

For local transportation a transportation pass is included in program for the first four months.