About the Madrid, Spain Program

The Madrid program is a USAC specialty program. Learn more about on-site program elements and the city itself below.

About Madrid

  • Population: approx. 4 million
  • Distance from Alicante: 222 miles
  • Distance from Bilbao: 200 miles

Retiro Park

Retiro Park

Madrid is one of the liveliest capitals in Europe. The capital is a melting pot for all regions of Spain and for other cultures, yet it has maintained its own well-defined character. Madrid has a modern infrastructure, but has successfully preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods and streets. The result is in a cohesive blend of old and new: cobblestone streets and monumental architecture, parks, and plazas, alongside modern architecture and public art. Hence, the city is home to both ancient buildings and modern skyscrapers designed by world-renowned architects. The local public transportation system, mainly composed of buses and a metro, makes any part of the large city easily accessible. The city offers a wide variety of entertainment, cultural, and sporting interests, as well as cuisine. It also boasts some of the finest art museums in the world. Madrid's location in central Spain makes it a great starting point for any trip to other Spanish cities such as Córdoba, Sevilla, Barcelona, or Valencia, or to neighboring countries like France and Portugal.