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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain; Segovia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Budget Sheets: Year (Aug. to May)
IE University is a private university with campuses located in Segovia and Madrid. The essence of IEU is built upon the bringing together of a personalized, student centered community, within an environment that is open to the world and embraces a rich diversity of individuals, ideas and approaches.
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty. 
Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program. 
Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program.
Exchange students will study at either the Segovia or Madrid campus, but not both.
In Segovia students experience a true campus feel where the student body is small enough that it feels like a close-knit community. The campus is housed in the Convent of Santa Cruz la Real, a national heritage site.
In Madrid, students will find modern facilities and innovative resources. IE Tower is the new vertical, technological and sustainable headquarters in the north of Madrid. At 180 meters high, with 35 floors, IE Tower is one of the few high-rise university centers in the world. 
Academic Areas:
Exchange students are required to take at least 70% of their courses based on their area of study/major (at UM).

This program is best suited for juniors and seniors who are prepared to take third and fourth year courses in their degree area. First year courses are not open to exchange students.
Students may take a Spanish language course equivalent to 1.5 UM Credits, however this will not fulfill a language requirement at UM.
Nearly all courses are delivered in English
Bachelor Madrid course offer Segovia course offer
BBA: Business Administration 2nd, 3rd, 4th and electives 2nd year
LLB: Laws 1st, 2nd, 3rd year and electives 1st and 2nd year
BIR: International Relations 2nd, 3rd, 4th year and electives 1st and 2nd year
BCDM: Communication and Digital Media 3rd and 4th year 1st and 2nd year
BISM: Information System Management 3rd and 4th year Not available
BID: Design 3rd and 4th year 1st and 2nd year
BAR: Architectural Studies Not available 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year (*)
(*) For students coming through Architecture study area 2nd, 3rd and 4th year courses are vailable in Fall semester, wheras Spring Semester 4th year courses will not be offered. 
Architecture students need to provide their portfolio in the IEU secondary application
BBSS: Behavior and Social Sciences 2nd and 3rd year 1st year
BDBA: Data & Business Analytics 2nd and 3rd year Not available
BIE: Economics Not available 1st and 2nd year
PLE: Philosophy, Politics, Law and Economics 3rd year 1st and 2nd year
  • Humanities courses – only offered in the 2nd semester both in Madrid and Segovia
  • Seminars – offered in 1st and 2nd semester both in Madrid and Segovia
  • Spanish Language – offered in 1st and 2nd semester both in Madrid and Segovia
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You can view the most recent list of course offerings

Note that not all courses may be offered every term. You must confirm with your Academic Advisor whether they will accept courses worth 1.5 UM credits (3 ECTS) - if they will not, this may severely limit what you are able to take at IEU. 

During course enrollment, classes are available on a first come, first serve basis and we cannot guarantee the availability of any course. 

The final list of courses and syllabi will be available on IE Campus (Blackboard) upon official admission to IEU and closer to when you actually register for your classes. 
Attendance & Absences:
Attendance to at least 70% of classes is mandatory. Schedule overlap higher than 30% is not allowed due to the absence policy.
If students reach the 30% absence limit, they are required to contact the corresponding faculty to justify the absences. Failure to justify these absences will translate into a failed class.
You will have a one month (approximately) Add/Drop period in which to make enrollment adjustments. 

Grading Scale:

Professors at Spanish universities rarely award a 10; students generally receive grades between 6-8. Spanish universities can be severe in their grading in comparison to the US. 
Scale Grade Description U.S. Grade Equivalent
  Matricula de Honor (With Honors) A
9 - 10 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A
8 - 8.9   A-
7 - 7.9 Notable (Notable) B+
6 - 6.9   B
5.5 - 5.9 Aprobado (Pass) B-
5 - 5.4   C
4 - 4.9 Suspenso (Failure) F
IEU Credit Equivalency:
1 ECTS Credit = .5 UM Credits
Program Dates:
Fall semester: September – December
Spring: January – May
There is no on-campus housing at IEU. IEU provides the following resources for students to begin looking for accommodation. IEU recommends that you start looking for housing as soon as you are admitted.
For resources in Madrid visit: 
For resources in Segovia visit:

Off-campus housing resources:
The following resources are not affiliated with the University of Miami but are options that exist if you’d like to research further.
  • Livensa Living: Student Accommodation company with locations in west Madrid and Getafe (near UC3M) – rooms come furnished, private kitchen and bathroom and you can choose between different studio types
  • CityLife Madrid: Provides free and paid services to identify housing options
  • DoveVivo: Short-term rentals (amenities included in rent) located throughout the city
Required Health Coverage:
Health insurance coverage is necessary for all students in Spain but more so for international students, who apply for a student visa, as you will be asked to provide this during the visa application process.
Passport Requirements:
In order to go abroad, you must have a valid passport that will not expire during your time abroad or within 6 months upon your return.
Visa Requirements:
It is up to you to consult the Embassy of Spain in your country of origin to determine your visa requirements. 
An official letter of acceptance from your host institution is required to apply for your student visa. You must wait until within 90 days of your start date to apply.
Next Steps:
Serious applicants should plan to submit a complete, well thought out, and comprehensive application. In the required essay, please focus on sharing your?academic, personal and professional goals?and how admission to IEU will help you achieve them.?? 
Students who submit a complete application by the deadline will be granted an interview. Qualified candidates will be nominated to IEU,?however IEU will make the final admission decision.?Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.?? 
Participation in the program cannot be guaranteed as there may be a limit on the number of students we can send to IEU in a particular semester. Please ensure that you think critically about your?second choice?option when completing this portion of your online application.?? 
Helpful Facts:
Currency The currency in Spain is the euro, the same as in other EU countries. 

The euro is divided into 100 cents. 
  • There are eight different coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents; 1 and 2 euros
  • There are seven different bank notes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros
Language Spanish is spoken all over the Spanish territory. However, other languages are also spoken in certain areas of Spain. 

These are: Catalan in Catalonia; Galician in Galicia; Euskera/Basque in the Basque Country; Valencian in Valencia; and a variety of Catalan in the Balearic islands
Airport Madrid-Barajas Airport

Located in the northeast of Madrid, only 12km from the city center
Weather Madrid has an inland Mediterranean climate in the western half of the city, transitioning to a semi-arid climate in the eastern half. 

Winters are cool due to its altitude and can include sporadic snowfalls and frequent frosts between December and February. 

Summers are hot, in the warmest month of July, average temperatures during the day range from 32 to 34°C (90 to 93°F) depending on location. 

Madrid is the driest capital in Europe.