Program sponsor: BU Study Abroad
The Madrid University Studies program is a specialized program for exceptionally well-qualified students who have a strong command of Spanish. Offered in the spring semester (winter/spring quarters) only, students enroll directly at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), where they attend classes at the university’s Cantoblanco campus alongside native speakers. Founded in 1968, the UAM is widely considered to be one of the premier universities in Spain.
Open to students from all majors meeting Northwestern's minimum application requirements.
3 years or the equivalent of college-level Spanish.
Only offered during winter/spring quarters, program is from mid-January to late May.
6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.
Individual bedrooms in local family home. All meals (3 meals per day/ 7 days per week) will be provided by the host family. A packed lunch will be provided by the host family if the student is unable to commute home for lunch.
Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.
This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated BU programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.
After you are accepted to a BU program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to BU to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.
Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your BU program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.
If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.
It is your responsibility to waive the Boston University domestic student health insurance plan, which will be billed to you directly by BU.
Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from BU for your study abroad program. However, additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to BU.