Study abroad student from Marquette




Founded in 1965, the Marquette en Madrid program immerses students in the language and culture of a beautiful, exciting and historic European city. You will explore places like the Parque del Retiro, a favorite spot for Study Center students; shop in the markets and small stores; and sample Spanish cuisine at cafés, tapas bars and restaurants. Live the culture through festivals, theatre, music, dance and other entertainment. And you can do all of this easily and affordably thanks to Madrid’s excellent mass transit system.

Immerse yourself

You will get to know Spanish students just like you! Through the Study Center’s optional intercambios, or language exchanges, you will have the opportunity to interact with Spanish students studying English at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras. And if that’s not enough, lace up your tennies and join the Club de Deportes, through which you’ll be able to participate in university intramural soccer, rugby, basketball and other sports.

Throughout your learning experience and adventure in Spain, Marquette staff will give you personal attention — from your initial inquiry to your program time to your reacclimation to the States.

Universidad Complutense

The Marquette program makes its home in the Universidad Complutense de Madrid — one of Spain’s largest and most prestigious universities. As a student, you’ll integrate yourself into campus life through daily contact with Spanish faculty, students and staff. You’ll also have complete usage of Complutense’s facilities — libraries, computers, sports fields and cafeterias — as well as cultural and academic events sponsored by the university and its affiliates.

Student Life in Madrid

For more than 30 years, students from around the United States have been attending the Marquette University Study Center in Madrid. You, too, can explore this opportunity to live and learn the Spanish language and culture in the heart of one of Europe's greatest cultural capitals.

Whether it’s for the fall semester, spring semester or entire academic year, you will be immersed in all this exciting city has to offer:

Madrid has all the things you would expect from one of the world’s cultural capitals, but its small-town feel may surprise you. The neighborhoods of Madrid, where you’ll live, are warm places, each with their own charm.

Overnight Excursions

There are plenty of opportunities for you to explore Spain and become familiar with the Spanish language and culture. The resident director will organize overnight and cultural excursions, which are included in program tuition.

Recently, students have experienced the regions and culture of Spain on trips to Asturias, Barcelona, Córdoba, La Coruña, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Segovia, Sevilla and Toledo.


Office of International Education

OIE works to promote the internationalization of Marquette University by recruiting and advising international students and scholars, developing vibrant partnerships with international institutions and providing innovative study abroad opportunities.
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