• Junior, Senior
• At the time of participation students must have completed 4 semesters at a US College or University. 
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Language Prerequisite: Academic Year/Fall session- 5th semester of college-level Spanish
Spring session- 6th semester of college-level Spanish
• 3.0 cumulative GPA in all Spanish language courses
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students and Wisconsin residents seeking a degree at a US college or university. Preference is given to UW-Madison students
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Arts, Spanish language, humanities, and social sciences

Classroom Language



Apartments, Local Hosts, Residence Hall

Program Duration

Academic Year: Late August - Early June
Fall: Late August - Mid-December
Spring: Mid-January - Early June

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2018-19  9/7/2018
Fall 2019-20  2/1/2019
Year 2019-20  2/1/2019

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

Spain, Madrid
WIP Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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Immerse yourself in the Spanish experience by living in Madrid, home to some of Spain’s finest museums, theater, and cinema. Join the UW-Madison WIP Madrid program for an academic year or semester to enjoy tapas, futbol, y arte while studying in Spain’s vibrant capital!

This program, a consortium of students from Wisconsin, Indiana, and Purdue (WIP), allows you to study alongside Spanish students in university courses at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, an authentic complement to additional courses at Universidades Reunidas that are specially designed for American students and are jointly sponsored by WIP and other U.S. colleges and universities with programs in Madrid.

The goals of the WIP Madrid program seek to advance your competence with the Spanish language and knowledge of Spanish literature, culture, history and the arts. By enrolling in courses at Complutense and living in an apartment shared with Spanish and international students, you will integrate into the academic and social environment of being a student at a global institution. This program is ideal if you’re seeking a challenging academic program with immense rewards in personal and academic development through immersion experiences.

Complutense is located on an old estate known as La Moncloa, which traces its history back to 1499. The grounds encompass full range of facultades (or "schools"), each housed in a separate building with its own library and offices. This campus serves as your home base in a city of nearly five million inhabitants. 

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Gain competence with the Spanish language; knowledge of Spanish history, culture, literature and the arts
  • Take advantage of the course offerings at the Complutense University
  • Integrate into the academic and social environment of the Complutense University
  • Develop a literacy in day-to-day life in Madrid
  • Experience intentional immersion in a supportive environment
  • Achieve personal development and the ability to adapt to a new culture