BU’s eight Madrid programs offer the chance to study and live in one of the world’s most dynamic metropolises. All students have the unique opportunity to experience life in a Spanish homestay. The Madrid Engineering Program, offered Spring Semesters and designed for sophomores, gives students the opportunity to take technical and engineering courses through the Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICAI. Classes are taught in English by Spanish faculty, and no prior language study is required.

Ideally suited for second-semester sophomores in engineering, the program comprises courses taught in English by Spanish faculty at Universidad Pontificia Comillas-ICAI and at the Instituto Internacional en España. No prior language study is required.

Required Courses

Students enroll in the following four 4-credit courses:

  • Spanish Language Course (4 credits)
    • Students will be placed into a Spanish Language Course according to their level. Langauge courses are taught at the Instituto Internacional.
  • CAS LS 241 Spanish Civilization (4 credits)
    • An introduction to Spanish civilization with special emphasis on history, art, and literature. Course content is enriched by visits to the Prado Museum, Segovia, Toledo, and other sites. Evaluation is based on three exams and/or papers. Taught at the Instituto, the course begins in English and shifts gradually into Spanish as students’ fluency increases.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS MA 226 Differential Equations (4 credits)
    • Prerequisite: CAS MA 225 or MA 230, or the equivalent.
    • First-order linear and separable equations. Second-order equations and first-order systems. Linear equations and linearization. Numerical and qualitative analysis. Laplace transforms. Applications and modeling of real phenomena throughout. (Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS MA 231.) Taught in English at a local university.
  • ENG EK 307 Electric Circuits (4 credits)
    • Prerequisite: ENG EK 127. Corequisite: CAS MA 226, or the equivalent.
    • Introduction to electric circuit analysis and design; voltage, current, and power; element I-V curves, circuit laws, and theorems; energy storage; frequency domain, frequency response, transient response, sinusoidal steady state and transfer functions; and operational amplifiers, design. Includes lab. Taught in English at a local university.

Elective Courses

Students choose one of the following 4-credit elective options, taught in English at a local university:

  • CAS PY 321 Thermal Physics (2 credits)
    CAS PY 322 Quantum Physics (2 credits)

    • Prerequisites: CAS PY 211, CAS PY 212 and CAS MA 124, or the equivalent.
    • Focuses on waves and physical optics, relativistic mechanics, experimental foundations of quantum mechanics, atomic structure, physics of molecules and solids, atomic nuclei, and elementary particles.
    • Courses can only be taken together, and will fulfill a Natural Science elective for BU Engineering students.
  • ENG BE 209 Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology (4 credits)
    • Prerequisites: high school biology and at least one semester of college chemistry.
    • For biomedical engineers. Principles of cell and molecular biology and biochemistry emphasizing biomolecules, the flow of genetic information, cell structure and function, and cell regulation.

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • CAS IP101 The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)
    • All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.
    • Syllabus
Local Homestay 

  • Individual bedrooms in local family home. Each room has a bed, a desk, and some storage space. Linens are provided and washed regularly. Kitchen access is not guaranteed. Students will have the ability to reheat food.
    • Board included: 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.
    • Students may eat at the dining hall.
    • Host families provide laundry, internet.
    • Gyms at the university and in town, but may be expensive. Students can study at the Instituto or the Autónoma. Many students study at home, as university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US.



    • Spring Semester: early January to late May.

             Please note: This program is only offered during the spring semester.

    • Spring: October 1

    Please Note: After October 1, applications will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis. Notification of admissions begins after the application deadline.