IAP Programs Abroad

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MIT offers three courses over IAP that are taught by MIT faculty and lecturers. We manage program logistics, including financial support.

Pick a Program

Courses offered IAP 2019:

Literary London 
London, UK

This class will explore the locations, history and artistic institutions that have made London a world cultural hub. Through guided readings, theater performances, walking tours and visits to sites associated with major authors, you will experience the vibrancy of London’s past and present. This 9-unit subject will count for HASS-E credit and the Literature minor or major. You can apply & receive credit for this section even if you've completed 21L.590 in Madrid.  2019 Program dates: TBD 

The Spanish Incubator (21L.590)
Madrid, Spain

Films, readings, field trips to museums, a Flamenco show, and visits to Spanish cultural sites will enable you to understand the full context in which today’s vibrant Spanish democracy and internationally acclaimed artistic production emerged. This 9-unit subject will count for HASS-E credit and the Literature concentration, minor or major. Taught in English. Students may apply & receive credit for this section even if they have completed 21L.590 in London. 2019 Program dates: TBD

Advanced Spanish Communication in Spain (21G.795)
Madrid, Spain

Improve fluency and oral proficiency through the study of Spanish culture, history and society in an immersive environment. Assignments and in-class activities include discussions, debates, and oral reports based on interviews with Spaniards. Guided cultural activities provide topics for oral and written presentations. This 12-unit course is completely in Spanish, and will count for HASS-H credit and the Spanish concentration, minor, and major. Spanish language requirement: Spanish IV or equivalent.  2019 Program dates: TBD

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  • Spend January in Madrid or London
  • Get MIT HASS credit for a course taught by MIT faculty or lecturer
  • Explore the city and  surrounding areas with walking tours and day-trips
  • Madrid: stay with a local family that provides breakfast and dinner
  • London: stay in shared, furnished apartments

Application Deadline

October 15, 2018 for IAP 2019


The program fee varies each year based on the exchange rate and housing costs. Recently the program fee ranged from $900 - $1,200. Airfare is not included.

The program fee is based on the number of participants and may change before the start of the program. 

The fee includes:

  • Single-room or double-room housing in a Spanish home, or a shared furnished apartment in London
  • Breakfast and dinner daily (Madrid only)
  • Laundry service

You should bring some money for transportation, lunches, textbooks, and personal expenses. We estimate the total you should expect to spend to be around $3,000 (including program fee & airfare)

Financial Aid

Financial aid does not currently cover IAP programs like IAP Madrid. However you can apply for scholarships through MIT.

Important Dates


Information sessions

Early October 

Applications due

Mid October

Admission decisions sent to students

End of October

Students confirm offer to participate 


Final payment due

January /February

Arrive in Madrid or London in early January 

Courses begin first week of January (varies by program)

Last day of class varies by program


Complete our online application in Horizons.

If necessary, have a faculty member in Spanish evaluate your Spanish language ability if you have not completed Spanish courses at MIT.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will not need to apply for a student visa for this program. Citizens of other countries should visit the Spanish consulate website or British consulate website to find out whether you are required to obtain a visa, and how to secure a Schengen visa to study in Europe or a British visa to study in the UK.

More Information

You can hear from students who did the IAP Madrid program at an info session or talk with someone in Global Education. You can also find out more from MIT Global Studies and Languages.