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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain; Segovia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: CU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Semesters Available: Fall, Spring, Full Year
Language of Instruction: English, students must also take a Spanish as a foreign language class while at IE
Academic Calendar:
Fall (September to December)
Spring (January to May)
Orientation program: During first week of classes. Exact dates will be posted on IE's website.
Location(s): Madrid (Business program); Segovia (Communication program)

Special program for CALS students only!

IE University has its roots in IE Business School, which was founded in 1973 in the heart of Madrid's financial district. Those early years saw the launch of IE Business School’s MBA and Executive MBA programs. As Spain opened its doors to the world, IE served as a platform for debate on business challenges on an international level. In 1983 the School's International MBA was born. The same decade saw the creation of IE's entrepreneurship department, geared to strengthen the School's innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. IE has since grown to become a hub for international business students and enjoys top rankings worldwide as a leading business school.

IE University was established in 2006 to offer international education at the undergraduate level. Its campuses in Segovia and Madrid bring together undergraduate students from around the world to study degree programs which continue to possess the innovative and entrepreneurial model which IE is build upon. IE University has now gained recognition in Europe and worldwide for excellence in teaching and learning, and is counted among the top universities in the world.

Top three reasons to study at IE:
1. Academic excellence/top-ranked
2. Global, diverse, and entrepreneurial  environment
3. Location

Registering for classes:
Once applications have been received and accepted, students will receive log-in information for IE’s online campus where they can register for classes. All classes and timetables will be posted.

In Segovia campus housing is available, but not in Madrid. Please keep in mind that full year students have first preference. The residence has 66 total spots divided over individual and double rooms (both with regular beds as well as bunk-beds), includes full-board meals, individual bathrooms for all rooms, are fitted with bed and bathroom linen, are cleaned daily, and have wi-fi internet access.

IE acts as an intermediary for off-campus housing options. We recommend students get in contact with IE as soon as they decide on program to be informed about

Residences range between 800€ and1,200€
Renting an apartment in Madrid ranges from 700€- 1,500€ depending on the size, location and number of rooms.
Renting an apartment in Segovia ranges from 600€- 1,000€ depending on the size, location and number of rooms.
Renting a room in a shared flat for both Madrid and Segovia ranges from 200€ - 500€.

The price of renting apartments in the center of Madrid can be fairly expensive although good deals can always be found with some careful hunting. For example, you should be able to rent a decent one/two flat for €700 - €800 per month.
Keep in mind that if you are willing to rent a flat, you will be asked for a refundable deposit that can be anywhere from one to six month’s rent. Additionally, it is possible that the landlord may request you to secure the contract against a bank deposit or other guarantee. Try to avoid finding a flat renting through a real estate agency, as they are likely to charge a finders’ fee of one month rent once you sign a contract.
Finally, be aware that most of the time utilities (i.e. electricity, water etc) are not included in the rent and must be paid apart on a monthly or bi-monthly basis.

Monthly pass in Madrid costs 35€ for people under 23 years of age, for those older than 23, the cost is 54.70€
Bus ticket in Segovia costs 0.93€, but discounts are made if Abono de Transporte is purchased – amount from 5€ up

What to expect if you apply:

First of all, we’re glad you’re interested in joining our exclusive group!  Yep, we’re talking about the CALS Exchange Program!  Since 1954, we have offered CALS students unique opportunities to study abroad. Through reciprocal agreements with select partner universities, CALS students integrate themselves into a partner university abroad, taking classes and living alongside degree-seeking students from the host university.  In exchange, a student from our partner institution comes to study at CALS.  Nearly all partner institutions in non-English speaking countries offer a wide range of classes taught in English.

Students are billed their regular CALS tuition, with no added administrative fees. Students purchase plane tickets and pay remaining costs such as housing, meals, student visa application fees, local travel, and personal expenses. Financial aid travels with eligible students. Hands-on experiences, internships, scholarships, and stipends are available at select institutions.

The CALS Exchange Coordinator is available by appointment for assistance with program selection, financial and travel planning, registration, credit, obtaining a student visa for host country, and pre-departure programming.  Whether you’re completely new to the idea, or you’ve been planning to study abroad since you were in elementary school, we want you to feel supported every step of the way!

The CALS International Exchange Program: Selection Criteria

We take great pride in our students selected to attend a CALS Exchange Program.  The criteria for selection are based on a combination of 1) grades and academic preparation and 2) personal suitability as assessed by interview with exchange coordinator, personal essay, and academic references. While grades (especially for some partner universities) are a major factor, they are not the sole criterion for selection. Students who are concerned about their academic performance have the opportunity to improve their application by taking extra care with their essay and other application components.

Applicants must have no pending disciplinary action against them. Any past or current disciplinary actions must be disclosed during the application process and may be grounds for barring participation by CALS and/or the host institution. Students may not participate in semester exchange while on disciplinary or academic probation. Students may apply while on probation, but any conditional approval is contingent upon removal from probation before participation.

Successful applicants must:

  •     Demonstrate good interpersonal skills, the ability to study in an overseas environment, and enthusiasm to be an ambassador of Cornell University and CALS
  •     Be a current full-time CALS student (except for EPFL, which is also open to ENG students) with at least two full-time semesters of study before commencing exchange period
  •     Meet minimum requirements of host university (GPA, foreign language ability, prerequisites, study focus, etc.)
  •     Apply by CALS application deadlines
Step One: Meet with Exchange Coordinator
  • The Exchange Coordinator meets personally with every student interested in going on an exchange.  During this time she will pre-screen you for eligibility and answer any questions you might have

Step Two:  Application
  •     Apply for the CALS Exchange Program using our new online system (hosted by CU Abroad’s website)
  •     Get your proposed courses you want to take abroad signed off by your major advisor
  •     Complete the host/partner institution’s application (we will provide to you--and submit for you--unless it’s submitted online)
  •     Apply for housing at partner institution or host location (unless you have to wait for your acceptance letter)
Step Three: Nomination
  • Our office nominates you to our exchange partner and will advise you when you’ve been accepted to the program

Step Four: Apply for student visa/residence permit
  • Once you receive your official acceptance letter from the partner institution you will be able to apply for your visa.  You will need a student visa/residence permit for just about any host country in which we have partnerships.  It is important that you know what is needed for your visa—don’t worry; we will walk you through this process! (We even host visa sessions for students going to countries where the visa application process isn’t so intuitive!)Foreign University Application (if not paper/PDF application, include a printout of online application)
  • You’ll start making your travel plans now too!

Step Five: Attend Pre-Departure Meeting(s)
  •     All students must attend the CALS Exchange pre-departure session
  •     It’s also a good networking opportunity to connect you with other students who are going abroad—before you go!
While you’re abroad and upon return

    Interested in sharing events from your life abroad, as they happen?  We have a student blog program just for you!
    After you return you can volunteer to be a buddy to a visiting student (we also throw you a welcome back party!)

CALS International Exchange Application Checklist

    Form A: CALS Exchange Online Application Search for program at (even though it’s a Cornell Abroad website, you’ll still be going through the Exchange)
    Form B: Proposed Course of Study (must be signed by you and your faculty advisor)
    Form C: CALS Student Exchange Program Medical and Accident Form
    Form D: CALS Student Exchange Program Participation Agreement/Release Form
    Form E: Authority for release of information to the Office of the Judicial Administrator
    Recommendation Forms x 2 Submit two recommendations (via the online application website).  One form must be completed by your faculty advisor, and the other by a non-family member or friend, of your choice.  For example: another Cornell instructor, Graduate TA, or employer.
    Statement of Purpose Write a one page essay describing why you want to participate in the CALS Exchange Program and attach it to your CALS application.  Include personal characteristics, contributions you can make, personal benefits you anticipate, how you adapt to new situations or uncertainty, and how the program will fit into your curriculum and career plans.  Also include reasons why you feel particularly qualified to represent Cornell and the United States on a CALS exchange program.
    Paper Copy of Transcript (do not use digital service—we cannot print these copies for our partner universities)  Request an official Cornell transcript (University Registrar, B7 Day Hall, or online at and transcripts from any other university you may have attended before transferring to Cornell.  Transcripts can be sent directly to Christine Potter, 140 Roberts Hall.
    Copy of Current Passport (should be valid for 6 months past anticipated return date)

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.