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Academic Year/Semester in Madrid - WIP

Program Location Madrid, Spain
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30010
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2022 08/29/22 to 12/22/22
2022-23 Academic Year 08/29/22 to 06/10/23
Current Program Dates
Spring 2022 01/17/22 to 06/04/22
Past Dates
Fall 2021 08/30/21 to 12/22/21

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Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
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Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Academic Year/Semester in Madrid - WIP

Imagine yourself enjoying some of the finest museums, tapas, flamenco, and futbol in the vibrant multicultural capital city of Madrid. For more than 50 years Purdue students have done just that, all while enrolling in one of the most prestigious universities in Spain and earning credit toward their Purdue degree.

The Purdue in Madrid WIP program offers advanced Spanish speakers the opportunity to:

  • Build Spanish language skills in classes with Spanish nationals and other study abroad students

  • Live alongside local students or young professionals and fully immerse themselves in Spanish culture

  • Explore all Madrid has to offer like el Parque del Buen Retiro, el Rastro, and the Golden Triangle of Art museums (the Prado, the Reina Sofia, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza)

The Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) is one of the oldest public universities in the world, tracing its history back as far as 1499. UCM is currently ranked as one of the top universities in Spain with over 85,000 students. Situated in the Ciudad Universitaria district of Madrid, the Moncloa campus was conceived in 1927 as an integrated campus where education, science, and culture would harmoniously merge with each other. Within the Complutense, the Reunidas is a consortium of six study abroad programs that offers courses for exchange students taught in Spanish by local faculty in a variety of Liberal Arts disciplines.

Madrid is a bustling metropolis, home to over three million residents – in the EU only Berlin has a larger population. Yet Madrid maintains its old-world charm with cobblestone streets, balconies covered in flowers, ornate iron railings, and colorful Spanish tiles. Everywhere you turn there is something to see, do, and taste in Madrid.  Eat at the world’s oldest restaurant Sobrino de Botin, enjoy world-famous churros at the Chocolateria San Gines, or sample tapas all over the city. Walk through the carefully maintained gardens around the palace. Just don’t forget to visit el oso y el modrono – a statue of the national symbol of Madrid.

Click HERE for a short "Introduction to the WIP Program" video from Associate Director Amy Olson.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Academic Year/Semester in Madrid - WIP

3.0 GPA requirement in Spanish language courses

Students need to have taken or be enrolled in at least fifth semester Spanish (for fall and academic year applicants) or sixth semester Spanish (for spring applicants)

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture. 

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 5-6 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Semester Course Load: 15 Purdue credit hours minimum

Participants enroll in a varying combination of Reunidas and UCM courses, all located on the UCM Moncloa Campus. Reunidas courses are taken with other American students and taught by local faculty. UCM courses are taken with other UCM students and taught by UCM faculty.

Academic Year Students:
Fall: Participants will take at least one UCM course and make up the remainder of the required credits in Reunidas courses.
Spring: Participants will take at least two UCM courses and make up the remainder of the required credits in Reunidas courses.

Fall Only Students: Participants will only take Reunidas courses. UCM courses are not available due to the exam schedule.

Spring Only Students: Participants will take at least two UCM courses and make up the remainder of the required credits in Reunidas courses.

Click here for possible Reunidas courses.


One weekend trip and several day-long excursions are arranged by the WIP office each semester. Destinations vary, but past excursions have included Segovia, Toledo, Cordoba, and the Extremadura Region. Special meals are also held for Thanksgiving, Spring Welcome, and End-of-the-Year celebrations and holidays. See photos of past excursions and catch up with what students currently on the WIP program are up to via Facebook and Instagram!


During the start of the program students live in provided program housing (fall/AY students will stay in a student resident hall for two weeks, spring students will be placed in a homestay for one month). After the housing orientation students are given the freedom to choose their neighborhoods and housing style for the remainder of the year/ semester either choosing a student apartment or homestay. The WIP staff will actively assist students in their search for long-term housing with resources provided as part of the housing orientation. The majority of students find an apartment within the first two weeks of their search, renting either a single or double room in apartments shared with a mix of other students and young professions. Fall/AY students can look for a homestay and spring students will be given the option of extending their homestay if desired. The majority of students typically live with at least one native Spanish speaker. Many later emphasize that this was a fundamental part of their language acquisition in Madrid.

Estimated Program Costs
Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes housing costs for the first month in Madrid.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2021

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$6,982.72
Study Abroad Fee$914.10
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,100.00
Local Transportation$250.00
Books and Supplies$300.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Deadline Extension for WIP Fall/ Academic Year Mar 15
Spring Semester Program Sep 1

Returnees Information
Academic Year/Semester in Madrid - WIP

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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