An increasingly modern and economically vibrant EU nation of 40 million people, Spain has a diverse culture and geography that make it an ideal place to study abroad. The Suffolk University Madrid Campus is located in the country’s capital and economic center.


While most classes are taught in English at Suffolk's Madrid campus, Spanish is the predominant language spoken in the country. Spain also has three other official languages:

  • Gallego is spoken in Galicia
  • Catalán is spoken in Cataluña
  • Euskera is spoken in the Basque Country

Additionally, most Spaniards speak at least some English, which means that even for students who don't speak Spanish ordering food at restaurants or talking with shopkeepers shouldn't be an issue.


Like other Mediterranean cultures, Spaniards favor pubs and restaurants, theaters and cafeterias, cafes and city squares as part of their custom of “living in public.” This gives students at Suffolk Madrid the opportunity to interact with local people and increase their understanding of the culture.


The breathtaking terrain is yet another reason why Spain is an ideal country to travel abroad. Among the many things to do in Spain are exploring the extensive coastline of the world-famous Mediterranean beaches of Alicante, Valencia, and Málaga; and discovering the rugged cliffs and rocky beaches of Galicia, Asturias, and the Basque Country on the Atlantic side.


Atop the 2,000-foot-high Castilian plateau of central Spain, Madrid enjoys sunny weather throughout most of the year. Summers are very hot but tend to cool down by mid-September. Winters are very mild compared to Boston--it almost never snows, and the temperature rarely dips below freezing. The spring and autumn months are very pleasant.

About Madrid

Spain's capital buzzes with a distinct energy that mixes Old World charm and a cosmopolitan vibe. The city's temperate daytime weather gives way to its night-owl rhythms with tapas bars, live music venues, and town squares bustling well past midnight. As the largest city in the country and one of the largest in the EU, Madrid is home to countless boutiques, restaurants, parks, monuments, museums, and so much more. The ease of travel throughout Europe is yet another benefit of choosing to study at Suffolk Madrid.

View of Toledo during a sunny day with beautiful waters and greenery.
View of Toledo

Legendary skiing and hiking are on offer along the Pyrenees mountains at the French border, as well as the Bética mountain range in Granada. The northern peaks of the Picos de Europa are the perfect vantage point for the greenery and lakes of Asturias. Suffolk University Madrid Campus is the perfect starting point for day or weekend trips.