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USD Madrid Program

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MAP of the NEW USD Madrid Center Location - adjacent to Retiro Park and the Prado Museum!


The University of San Diego Madrid program is coordinated and managed exclusively by the USD Office of International Studies Abroad. As an extension of the University of San Diego, USD Madrid semester program offers similar courses to those offered on the San Diego campus and provides students with on-site support from USD faculty and staff who work in our Madrid office. Please explore this page for all details regarding this unique program.


The USD Madrid Center is open to undergraduate students from accredited universities around the world. If you are a non-USD student and would like information on how to apply, deadlines and fees, please contact Dr. Kira Espiritu, Director of International Studies Abroad, University of San Diego.


The program offers courses across several disciplines including Spanish, art history, business, communication studies, history, political science, theology and religious studies, and engineering. All courses offered in Madrid are USD courses and will transfer back seamlessly to fulfill credit requirements for majors, minors and core. USD students attend classes with other USD students and those whom have advanced Spanish language skills may also choose to enroll in courses offered by Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

Course Requirements and Course Offerings

All students are required to enroll in one Spanish language course and the travel seminar, where students can choose to receive credit in either Spanish, history, art history, political science, or business (see below for more details about the required travel seminar).

USD courses are all taught in English by local faculty who have extensive experience teaching in Madrid and, therefore, all courses are infused with site specific information relevant to the course content. All students are required to take a minimum of 15 units during the academic semester (excluding the Travel Seminar). To determine which courses are available in Madrid, visit the USD Madrid Program page.

Travel Seminar

The Travel Seminar is a very attractive component of the program in Madrid. The Seminar offers students an academic and culturally intense opportunity to travel throughout Spain with area specialists. This is an academic course that travels throughout Spain, coupling cultural sight visits with guest lecturers as well as company visits. The Seminar includes travel to the following destinations. Please view the USD Madrid Program page for specific details.

  • Toledo
  • Granada
  • Sevilla
  • Córdoba
  • Barcelona

In the Travel Seminar, students can choose to receive academic credit for one of the following courses: SPAN 394, BUSN 494, POLS 494 or HIST 354. To learn more about this unique feature of the program, please see the Travel Seminar Calendar.


Madrid is one of the most livable capital cities in the world. Festive and friendly, this modern, fast-paced political and financial center of one of Europe's most ancient countries has managed to preserve the old while embracing the new. The city offers an abundance of opportunities to participate in Spain's rich cultural life. Its central location offers easy access to Spanish cities in every direction.

Throughout the semester, the USD Madrid Center will inform students about interesting activites taking place in the city. Additional planned and guided excursions are planned during some weekends and holiday breaks. Please check in with the USD Madrid Center for information about upcoming excursions.

Additional Excursion - Spring semester only


Note: a minimum enrollment of 25 students must be met

Students participating in the USD Madrid during the SPRING semester have the opportunity to tour the fabulous City of Lights - Paris. This trip is INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEE (available to students at no additional cost). The tour includes the following:

  • Three nights stay
  • Hotel with breakfast
  • All tours
  • Program-related activities
  • Airfare (to/from Madrid)



All students participating in the USD Madrid program live off-campus in a home stay. Students may request to live alone in a home stay or students can be housed with up to two other roommates. Breakfast and dinner are included.

Students have declared that the home stay experience was one of the best parts of their entire time abroad. A home stay doesn't just provide a roof over your head and meals on the table, it provides an insider's perspective to life in Madrid and integrates you into the culture by including you in social events as well as daily life activities.

For security reasons, students are not permitted to find their own housing arrangements outside of the USD-contracted home stays.

USD Madrid Center

USD maintains an office on-site in Madrid staffed by our Academic Director, Program Coordinator as well as our housing and student activities staff. The entire staff is available to assist USD students at any time during their stay abroad.



Carlos Burgos, Ph.D. Academic Director
Lupe Burgos Program Coordinator
Marisol Garcia Housing Coordinator

Faculty and Staff

Click here for a list of current Madrid Center faculty and staff.

Office Location

University of San Diego, Madrid Center
Calle Alfonso XI, 6
28014, Madrid