Connect to the World
in Madrid, Spain
Soak up the passionate energy of Madrid through its delicious food, world-class art, dynamic history, and rich traditions.
Enjoy an authentic Spanish lifestyle, plus the inspiring courses, one-on-one support, and cultural immersion opportunities of a Verto Education.
Global Learning Center
$15,000 USD before financial aid
August–December, Fall 2021
Start College withCommunity
Live in dorm-style housing alongside other Verto students and befriend the many local and international students in Madrid. Our experienced staff is on-site to support you and guide you towards a transformative semester.
The museums, sites, and neighborhoods of Madrid become your classroom as you dive into Verto’s experiential learning courses. Study European History from inside an 18th-century palace, and practice your conversational Spanish during a traditional cooking class!
Your program leaders will set you up with everything you need to safely and confidently explore the city independently. You can also opt-in to exciting study tours and excursions with your Verto cohort—like a day trip to the ancient city of Toledo, a traditional flamenco performance, or a futbol match!
Sharpen Your Mind
In all Verto classrooms, you’ll enjoy small class sizes, energetic and caring professors, and hands-on learning—
Earn College Credit
Earn college credit through a selection of fascinating courses including:
Please note that course offerings and programming are subject to change.
Strong writing is one of the most important skills for college success and a highly sought-after skill by employers. Get ready to write essays that ‘wow’ and use writing as a tool for deeper reflection, exploration, and analysis of the subjects you care most about.
Find yourself through the stories of others and learn what it means to be a global citizen as you dive into Spanish literature, travel writing from around the world, and writing from global diaspora groups. Enjoy day trips to the real-life backdrops of these writers and their stories, and watch literature come to life before your eyes.
Analyze what you are observing on the streets of Spain and uncover meaning behind everyday social phenomena. You’ll examine the ways in which religion and ideology, social stratification, and symbolic expression define cultures and gain the tools to analyze and compare elements of culture around the world.
Build your Spanish language skills through real world immersion activities—whether it’s on a bike tour around the Madrid Rio or during a traditional cooking class! Three levels of Spanish are offered to accommodate varying degrees of proficiency.
Dive into the historical evolution of the European Union (EU) to understand how the EU has influenced Spain’s economic and monetary policies. Learn about Spain’s economy from its historical landmarks, like the Plaza Mayor, the center of commerce in Old Madrid!
How has modern Europe developed as one of the most important world centers for historical change and development?
Explore the formation of European power, identity, and geography since the 18th century. You’ll dive into Spain’s warehouses of all-things-history—including the Reina Sofia, Prado Museum and Plaza Mayor—and discover the primary sources, sites, and important artifacts that help uncover Europe’s past.
Students walk away from their Madrid semester with much more than incredible memories and transferable credits; through Verto’s one-on-one counseling and mentorship, you’ll build the confidence, self-awareness and clarity to thrive in college and in life.
Get College Ready
Work with your personal Academic Success Coordinator and College Counselor to develop your game plan for an impactful college career. You’ll get a head start on how to manage your time, study effectively, and adapt to life on campus.
Find Your Purpose
Get clarity on your future goals as you contemplate what you’ve been learning and the type of impact you want to make on the world. Your program leaders will help you reflect on your experiences through group activities and one-on-one check-ins.
Details About Verto Madrid Semester
Students will live in double occupancy rooms in a student residence. The student residence is no more than 25 minutes by public transit from where classes are held at the Madrid Study Center.
- Single beds in double room
- 1 wardrobe per student
- 1 desk per student
- Linen pack provided
- Fully furnished bedrooms
- Shared bathrooms
- Wireless Internet Access throughout residence
Full board meal plan (three meals per day, including weekends, with a to-go lunch service) included.
Student responsible for airfare to/from Madrid and any internal airfare.
Students have the option for independent travel within the country pending permission from the Verto team.
Student Metro Card included in semester fee. This provides access to the full Madrid City network as well as City Buses.
As students will be living in the heart of Madrid, getting around by foot and on public transit will become a part of their everyday experience—as it is with all locals!
Verto sponsored programming may include
- Day trip to Toledo
- Day Trip to Segovia and La Granja
- Museum/study tours: Reina Sofia, Prado Museum, Plaza Mayor
- A traditional flamenco performance
- Picnic in Retiro Park
- Futbol match
Recommend €350–500 euro/month
Madrid is one of Europe’s most affordable capitals. Additionally, since meals are included in the semester fee, this budget will vary based on your personal spending habits, particularly your budget for independent travel. Talk to your family about expectations for budgeting before you arrive. You don’t want to blow your whole budget on churros! (Or do you…?!)
Included With the Cost of Your Semester
- 3 meals per day during the semester
- Drinking water
- All accommodation while overseas
- All scheduled events
- Books and other course materials
Not Included With the Cost of Your Semester
- Internal Airfare
- Fruit shakes, soft drinks, additional drinks at mealtimes
- Souvenirs and gifts
- Medical insurance and treatment
- Visa fees
- Optional activities and associated equipment
- Food, travel, and accommodation when traveling to, from, or between programs
- Airline change fees or new tickets for flights to and from programs
- Any costs associated with early departure from the program
US passport holders do not need a visa to participate in the Madrid semester.
All passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program. If this is not the case, students should renew their passport as soon as possible.
Non-US passport holders should check with the local consulate and will need to obtain the proper visa to participate in the semester.*
*Verto Education is not responsible for any student’s inability to obtain the correct visa for any given semester, and cancellation fees will apply if a student is denied the proper visa. Verto Education cannot overturn any decision made by any Consular or Embassy official. Each student will receive support from Verto’s visa and passport partner, G3 services.
The health and safety of our students is always our top priority. We’ve developed stages of planning to address the specific concern of Covid-19.