The School in Spain offers distinct academic and cultural experiences in Córdoba, Getafe, Logroño, and Madrid.


Located in Andalucía, and with a population of 325,000, Córdoba is a modern Spanish city that blends several centuries of cross-cultural history. Students on the Middlebury program benefit from the unique cultural experience of southern Spain, with its multicultural legacy and history that stems from centuries of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish coexistence.

As an historic site where Islam, Christianity, and Judaism coexisted peacefully, the city is home to several legendary buildings, including the world’s third-largest mosque, la Mezquita-Catedral, the Castle of the Christian Monarchs, the Synagogue, and the ruins of the old Roman temple. Today, Córdoba, is a bustling city with a vibrant cultural life. Its amazing and diverse restaurants, sidewalk cafes, active nightlife, and large student population all make for an ideal location to experience modern Spain.

Studies in Córdoba

The Universidad de Córdoba, Middlebury’s host institution, has three campuses that house several different academic departments, with particular strengths in art history, history, biology, environmental science, and philology. Middlebury students take most of their classes at the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, which is housed in an XVIII century building located in the historic and picturesque heart of Córdoba. See detailed course information.


Getafe is a city of 100,000 located just 30 minutes south of Madrid by train. Its proximity allows students enrolled at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Middlebury’s host institution, to experience Spanish university life while still benefiting from the cultural and social attractions of the capital. Students typically live in Madrid and commute to campus each day by train.

Studies in Getafe

The Universidad Carlos III is housed on a small campus just a few minutes walk from the Getafe train station. Students enroll directly in classes with their Spanish peers in economics, film and media, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology. See detailed course information.


Logroño is a vibrant city of 150,000 located in the wine-making region of La Rioja, in the north-central part of Spain. The Castillian language has its roots in the nearby monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla. The Camino de Santiago, a religious pilgrimage route, also runs through this province. Students enrolled at the Universidad de la Rioja, Middlebury’s host institution, immerse themselves in Spanish language, regional culture and cuisine. Logroño offers a lively population and relaxed pace of life in a location with very few English speakers.

Studies in Logroño

Students enroll directly at the Universidad de la Rioja in several disciplines alongside their Spanish students, with particular focus on Spanish philology, literature, history, and natural sciences. See detailed course information.


Madrid is a vibrant city of more than 3.2 million residents. As the capital of Spain, it is an important political, economic, and cultural center, and is home to several museums, theaters, and an active nightlife. The student population in Madrid exceeds 200,000, which gives the city an exciting, boisterous, and friendly atmosphere. Even though Madrileños are accustomed to living a cosmopolitan and urban lifestyle, they maintain a strong Spanish identity that makes the city a fascinating location to learn and live the Spanish language and culture. The city of Madrid provides students a wealth of intellectual and cultural possibilities and enjoys a central location, making travel to various regions of the country convenient.

Studies in Madrid

The Sede Prim in Madrid, the headquarters of the School in Spain, houses the undergraduate as well as the graduate programs. This facility, run by Middlebury College, offers an academic program designed specifically for its students.

Madrid students can add to their experience by taking up to two courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. See detailed course information.