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CIEE Legal Studies in Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Spanish Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0
Academic Level: Junior Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing Options: Apartment
Program Description:


As an undergraduate, gaining knowledge and experience in the field of law can be a challenging task. CIEE study abroad in Madrid offers you the opportunity to improve your Spanish, while examining the relationships between law, political science and human rights in the capital of Spain.

Through coursework offered in both English and Spanish, language tutors, site visits, a Legal Studies internship, and volunteering opportunities with legal professional, you’ll gain new perspectives, develop skills in critical analysis, and acquire unique, professional, international experience.

Study abroad in Madrid and you will:


  • Take  courses in Spanish language and culture
  • Focus on the Spanish, EU and US legal systems through a CIEE core course; take regular University courses in law and political science; consider a law-related internship
  • Live with law graduates and professionals practicing in the field
  • Continue learning outside the classroom through activities such as visits to Congress, Parliament, and  the International Court
The CIEE Difference


Choose from specialized CIEE electives in Law and Politics in contemporary Spain and enroll directly in legal studies coursework – offered in both English and Spanish – at Spain's most prestigious institution of higher education.


Gain practical work experience through a for-credit internship with a focus on legal matters. This exceptional internship immerses you in local work practices, giving you the opportunity to collaborate on site with a judge, a lawyer, a paralegal, the police, a prosecutor, or an NGO.

Community Involvement

The CIEE volunteer program currently collaborates with local schools, associations, and outreach programs, giving students the opportunity to volunteer in the local community by assisting with legal advising and consultation, helping with legal administrative duties, or collaborating with legal professionals. Study abroad students also with the Universidad Carlos III community, assisting in university English language classes


Total recommended credit and a full course load for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours, and for the academic year 30 semester/45 quarter hours.Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester credits to be in the program.

Contact hours for CIEE and regular University courses are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester /4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take Spanish language at their level, offered by UC3M; the CIEE core course: Law in Contemporary Spain, in Spanish or English; and three or four additional courses chosen from the CIEE Internship or direct enrolment courses offered in Spanish or English.

Students at the advanced level (5-6 prior semesters) must make one of these courses the CIEE Spanish Legal Language course to prepare for taking direct enrolment law courses in Spanish. Students at the advanced level have the option of enrolling in the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning.

About Madrid

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Points of interest include the historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and world-renowned art museums, including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage site, Madrid is a lively, artistic metropolis that can be experienced through its variety of food, tapas bars, dance shows, operas, music concerts, outdoor parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema.

Where You’ll Study

Established in 1989, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has become one of Europe’s preeminent public universities, and after receiving the European Campus of Excellence award in 2010, is now recognized as Spain's most prestigious institution of higher education. It was the first and one of a few public universities to have adopted a U.S.-style academic calendar, and it has one of the highest percentages (42%) of full-time and tenured female faculty in Spain. The University is the educational center for some 20,000 students with 4,000 students attending programs at the Getafe campus, located in the southern metropolitan area.

Housing & Meals

Housing is in central Madrid with a commute to campus of 30 to 45 minutes. Study abroad students have an individual room and housing and meals are included in the program fee. English track students live in furnished apartments with other CIEE students and a Spanish CIEE Resident Fellow. Fellows are law professionals, graduate students, and/or staff members at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. They provide specific guidance and support during the students’ participation in the Legal Studies program. The CIEE Resident Fellow also arranges weekly cultural activities to foster cultural reflection and integration into Madrid life amongst participants.  Advanced Spanish students live with one or more Spanish hosts who are from a legal background and who are actively involved in the community.

Meal options for both the English and Advanced Spanish tracks vary and may include one or two meals per day provided by the host or by the CIEE program. Any meals not provided by the host are facilitated by university meal tickets.

Academic Program

The CIEE Legal Studies study abroad program is designed for students with limited Spanish language skills up to  advanced Spanish language students who are highly motivated to improve their Spanish language skills through coursework in English or Spanish focused on law, political science, and human rights, while also participating in a Legal Studies internship in Madrid.

Academic Culture

The Law Department at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid offers various degree programs with a total enrollment of nearly 1,200 students. All courses are held in classroom buildings on the Getafe campus, where the Department of Law and the CIEE Study Center office are located. Courses are academically challenging, dynamic, and involve daily reading and homework assignments, as well as required attendance at lectures. The size of regular University courses varies from 25 to 80 students. The Law in Contemporary Spain course as well as The Politics of Legal Language coursehas may have up to 15 students per class. University classrooms are modern, comfortable, and equipped with the most up-to-date technology used for instruction. Students undertaking an internship meet regularly with the course coordinator and other CIEE students, but participants spend the majority of their internship for credit with an individual supervisor at the practicum site.

Universidad Carlos III is one of the few public universities in Spain with new education guidelines according to European Union regulations set forth in the Bologna Agreement, resulting in an academic schedule that is very similar to U.S. higher education. The CIEE courses offered in the fall semester begin in late August and end in December. Students enrolled in regular courses in the Law Department during the fall can arrange to take early exams in December. The spring semester program begins in late January and runs through late April or late May. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during vacation periods, or upon completion of the study abroad program.