ISA Madrid

ISA partners with two excellent Spanish universities in the nation’s capital. Come to Madrid to discover the vibrant, unique mix of modern and traditional Spain in this centrally-situated city. Most of ISA’s Madrid options have no language requirement for admission; students are welcome to take content classes in English to supplement their Spanish language classes. Optional (for a fee) and free excursions are included in the program cost.

ISA Madrid, Spain: Fall, Spring, Summer and Year (Fall & Spring) Terms. Study here and be captivated in this vibrant, historical yet modern city, with its impressive universities, royal palaces, parks, and world-famous art and architecture. Choose from two host universities with courses taught in English and/or in Spanish. Program options: Spanish language; Hispanic studies and electives; Hispanic Studies; Spanish Language and Courses with Locals; Business, International Studies and Communication Courses with Locals in English; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Courses with Locals in English; or Spanish Language, Hispanic Studies and Electives. Internships are available. Cultural excursions are included. Housing is either homestay, student resident, apartment or independent (independent housing - the student secures their own housing).




Academic Description
You can choose programs such as, Spanish Language, Hispanic Studies & Electives; Business, International Studies & Communication Courses with Locals in English; Hispanic Studies; Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Business, Science Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Courses with Locals in English; or Global Internships. Not all courses may be available during all study periods, see your program's website for up-to-date course lists.
Arts and Sciences
Communication: Rhet & Comm
Comparative Economics of Central Europe
Film Studies
Gender Sexuality & Women's Studies
History of Art & Architecture
International Studies
Political Science
Theatre Arts
Application Instructions

If you are applying for a Pitt-Recognized Program for Spring 2020 and beyond, Program Application Questions must be completed before your application can move forward, regardless of any application requirements established by your Pitt-Recognized Provider. These questions can be found under “Questionnaires”  in your application. Most require short answers of 150-200 words. Our goal is to help you to think about and express your goals for studying abroad in a way that will help you to maximize learning and growth in the following 3 phases of your experience:

  1. Pre-departure
  2. While abroad
  3. Post abroad 

While you will work on our application and your Provider’s application simultaneously, you will need to complete your Pitt application before your study abroad advisor will complete any forms or approval for your provider. Even if your Provider accepts your application, your application cannot move forward in our process until you complete our application questions.

SAO Staff

Leslie Ann Smedley

Hello Students! I am Leslie Ann Smedley, Senior Advisor and look forward to helping Arts and Sciences students to identify, apply for, and thrive in the study abroad program that fits each students’ academic/linguistic/cultural needs. I have been in the field of International Education for many years, including the last 10 in the Study Abroad Office. I am a Pittsburgher who studied abroad in Strasbourg, France while an undergrad and haven’t stopped travelling since. In addition to being passionate about discovering new places, I love to cook, garden and read. I look forward to helping you to achieve your goals!

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