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  • Locations: Segovia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 15-Mar-2021 16-Mar-2021 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Hogan, Jennifer Click here for a definition of this term Program Director: Hogan, Jennifer
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Dormitory, Off Campus, On Campus Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: English
Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State University Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

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IE University Exchange (Architecture only)

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The College of Design's Department of Architecture and IE University's Department of Architecture participate in a reciprocal exchange agreement. This exchange program is available to undergraduate architecture students during the fall of their third or fourth year. 

The Program seeks to broaden the scope of the academic curriculum and to provide a unique learning experience in an overseas environment, as well as to promote co-operation between the two institutions. More specifically, the goals of the Program are:

1) to promote scholarly activities
2) to foster mutual understanding in areas of professional interest
3) to gain better understanding of the teaching process and teaching philosophy in the field of architecture in both countries
4) to facilitate broader cross-cultural links among students and professionals from both countries. 

Additional information about IE Madrid can be found at the following URLs:
Main website
Incoming exchange students
Architecture program
Architecture brochure
Exchange experiences (including an architecture student's perspective)


“My experience during the fall 2014 semester at IE University was different than what I have experienced in Ames. The university campus is very small so it is easy to run into the same people almost every day. The architecture classes are also small with about 15 students in fourth year architecture. Since the class size are small, you get to interact with the professors a lot more and they get to know you better. The studio sizes did not feel any different because in Ames the studio classes are also small. I took the recommend classes for the semester so I was around the same people for all of my classes. I did not like the fact that there are not many optional classes like the ones offered in Ames. Iowa State allows you to find an class that you are really interested in, but that option is very limited at IE.
Most of the professors are really helpful and understood that I was an exchange student and part of my goal was to see and learn about this different culture and its people. Part of the semester I did experience some culture shock, which I was not expecting. It was difficult to be in a new country with new people and very few people to turn to for help. I also think that of course not everyone will feel the same way.
I got to meet many students from around the world who were also doing an exchange program during the same semester. The university is mostly made up of international students, so being able to learn about many cultures was really rewarding. Being the only student participating in the exchange from ISU pushed me to interact more with other people and make many friends.
I would recommend the exchange opportunity to people because it holds the opportunity to explore and live in a rich culture with a unique environment. For architecture students, Spain has much to offer and teach, and the proximity to other great European cities is also great.” 
--Fall 2014 participant


Exchange students are considered full-time students and therefore have access to all the resources that are offered at IE University. This includes:
  • membership in clubs
  • activities and sports
  • IE Library access
  • Online Campus access
  • Wi-Fi internet on campus
  • Language Center
  • printing center
  • cafeteria
  • computer labs
  • study rooms

Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Accepted into departmental program of study
  • Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation
In addition, the following requirements apply to the IE Madrid exchange program:
  • Architecture major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Third-year or fourth-year undergraduate student during the semester of participation
  • Must satisfy all IE Madrid admissions requirements
The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.

Costs and Financial Assistance

Budget information for this program is available here. Students participating in this exchange program will pay ISU tuition and fees.

Students are also responsible for the following expenses:
  • Transportation to and from host institution
  • Room and board expenses
  • CISI insurance
  • Student Union fees, if applicable
  • Textbooks, clothing and personal expenses
  • Passport and visa costs
  • All other debts and incidental expenses incurred during the course of the exchange period
Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to study at IE Madrid and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. The college offers financial assistance in the form of scholarships specifically for students studying abroad.


All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.22 per day. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ
International Insurance 101
CISI Policy Information

Application Process

Students interested in this exchange program must first apply here at ISUAbroad to participate. Once the application has been reviewed in the College of Design and the student has been accepted as a potential candidate, the college will contact IE Madrid to nominate the student. Do not apply directly at the IE Madrid website.

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about this exchange should be referred to faculty sponsor Deborah Hauptmann

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