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Exchange Program: IE Business School

Madrid, Spain

For selection, priority is given to students with a base in Spanish language.

The School

IE Business School is recognized as one of the world’s top business schools by the Financial Times, The Economist, and Wall Street Journal. IE offers Masters, Doctorate and Executive Education programs. IE’s student population is culturally diverse, representing more than 80 countries. The IE campus is located in central Madrid, providing students access to everything the city has to offer: Spain’s largest financial center, the Spanish language, arts & culture, leisure and much more…

The City

Madrid is the capital and largest city of Spain, with a population of close to 4 million inhabitants. It is epicenter of Spanish culture, business, and politics in Spain. It is home to most of the financial activities that take place in Spain, as well as being the seat of the country’s government and political activities. Ranked as the 13th biggest economy in the world, the Spanish capital is home to more than 27,000 companies across different sectors. Madrid’s combination of art, music, performance and design make it one of the world’s great cultural capitals.

Term Dates

Spring: April – July
Fall: September – December

Courses Available

Students must choose a specialization [International Business (English & Spanish), Digital Business (English Only), or Sales & Marketing (English & Spanish)] and must take all courses assigned to that specialization.


Spanish is the official language spoken in Madrid. Courses at IE are taught in English, Spanish or Bilingual.

Minimum Credit Requirements

Must take all courses assigned to a specialization (specialization is equivalent to 12 UF credits).




IE does not have on-campus housing. Students must make their own housing arrangements. The IE student office can help with the housing search.

Travel Opportunities

Madrid’s central location in Spain allows easy access to surrounding cities or countries via high-speed train or plane. Madrid’s international airport (Barajas) is the hub of many international airlines, including Ryan Air, that provide service throughout Europe.

  • Salamanca, Toledo, Avila, Segovia, El Escorial (1 or 2 hours by bus)
  • Seville (2 hours by high speed train)
  • Lisbon (6 hours by train)
  • Barcelona (overnight by train)
  • Paris (overnight by train)