Welcome to IE!
We look forward to seeing you on campus.
The Student Services’ mission is to make your transition to Spain as smooth as possible. Our team is here to support you with immigration and relocation processes, such as housing, health care, bank accounts, resources for partners and information about life in Madrid, so that you can focus on studying and enjoying the IE experience.
To contact our department, you can email us at Student.Services@ie.edu or call us at (+34) 91 568 97 50 — 91 568 96 00.
If you are in Madrid, feel free to visit our office in María de Molina 13 from 9 am to 6 pm (Monday to Friday).
What to prepare before moving to Madrid?
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN FULL-TIME PROGRAMS IN SPAIN (STUDENT VISA)
You do not need a visa if you are a passport holder of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, or the *United Kingdom.
*Please note that the requirements for UK citizens may vary after Brexit’s established transition period, which ends on December 31st, 2020. Please contact us at Student.Services@ie.edu if you require further information on the matter.
However, you DO need to register with the local authorities when you arrive in Spain. Once you have arrived in Spain, you must register at the nearest Foreigners Office to obtain your Certificate of Registration* (a residence permit that allows you to live and study in Spain for 5 years).
Remember that this process is a legal requirement; additionally, you will need it to secure an internship or a job after completing your master’s degree.
Our office will send you all the necessary information. In the meantime, make sure to bring your passport and your European Health Insurance Card (if available in your country) with you to Spain.
If your nationality is not listed above, you will need a student visa. It is very important that you apply for your visa three months before your expected arrival to Spain to ensure that you receive it on time. This also applies to non-European citizens currently residing in the European Union.
Students enrolled in full-time programs in Spain (student visa)
WHERE CAN I APPLY?
You must submit your student visa application at the Spanish consulate with jurisdiction in the place where you have been legally residing for more than the last 6 months.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY?
Spanish consulates only accept applications within the 90 days before the start of your program. It is important to do so as soon as possible within this time frame. Visa application appointments fill up quickly, so be sure to book an appointment as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT: The visa process can take between 4 and 6 weeks, depending on the application and the consulate. Besides the processing time, you must also consider the time it takes to obtain, prepare and legalize (if required) the student visa application documents. Therefore, we advise students to prepare their documentation with enough time in advance, considering the application’s timeframe.
WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO PRESENT?
Although most consulates generally ask for the same set of documents, many consulates have specific requirements which can change from year to year. Therefore, it is essential that you contact your local consulate to ask for an updated list of requirements. The Student Services department will issue your visa supporting documents. Student Services will contact you once you have concluded the enrolment process and around 5 months before your program starts.
Students enrolled in part-time programs with mandatory face-to-face sessions in Madrid (Schengen visa)
Blended programs, which include online and face-to-face periods, do not entitle students to apply for a student visa and reside in Spain until the end of the program. Therefore, depending on your nationality, you might need to obtain a Schengen visa to come to Spain. Click HERE to find out if you need one.
Before applying for a visa, you should check the website or bulletin board of the consulate in which you will submit your application. If you have any questions or need clarification on this matter, please contact Student Services.
*IMPORTANT: Your passport needs to be valid for at least 3 months beyond the intended duration of your stay in Spain.
Once you have finished the enrollment process, if you wish to obtain your visa supporting documents, get in touch with Student.Services@ie.edu
WHERE SHOULD I LIVE IN THE DYNAMIC CITY OF MADRID?
There are several types of accommodation available for our students; private apartments or residences are two of the most popular options. We recommend that you start looking for accommodation as soon as possible to ensure that you can choose the best option for you.
RentalsPRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT RENTALS
Before renting a flat in Madrid, there are a few things to consider: the most important factor that determines the price of the rent is whether you decide to share a flat or not. Living alone is always more expensive.
Although prices for renting a flat in Madrid vary depending on many factors, including a student’s personal taste and needs, you can expect to pay between 800 and 1200 euros per month for a one-bedroom apartment. If you are thinking of sharing a flat with other students, you can expect to pay less.
BEFORE SIGNING A CONTRACT
If you plan to live in a flat, in order to avoid scams, we always recommend visiting it in person and not making any payment before signing a contract.
BEYOND CAMPUSCurated apartments near your campus
Beyond Campus is a new accommodation platform for IE students. IE MBA Alumni, who identified a real need for quality, reliable and secure accommodation for the growing IE community, created it.
In addition to having the best selection of apartments near campus, they strive to enhance the experience by offering benefits like contracts in English, 24-hour service, and quality control of the apartments!
REAL ESTATE AGENCIESRECOMMENDED REAL ESTATE AGENCIES AND SEARCH ENGINES
Although renting a flat through an agency tends to be a bit more expensive because of the commissions, it can also be a very convenient option. IE recommends the following real estate agencies. Be sure to mention that you are an IE student. Visit the following links to learn more:
In general, the most common way to search for a flat in Spain is by using one of the most popular real estate websites. Visit the links below to find out more:
RESIDENCESRESIDENCES FOR MASTER STUDENTS
The student residences take care of time-consuming logistical tasks – such as WiFi and contracts – so that you can focus on the important things. Many of them offer the option of signing up for additional services, such as full board and laundry service.
We recommend that our students book rooms in the student residences as soon as possible, as availability is limited, and they fill up quickly. For updated information about our recommended residences on prices, availability and how to book a room, please contact them directly:
ARE YOU A LANDLORD INTERESTED IN OFFERING A FLAT FOR STUDENTS?
If you are a landlord, you can register your flat through Beyond Campus, IE’s new accommodation platform for students. For further information, please contact us on telephone number +34 609 07 40 04 or send us an email.Send an email
WHY DO I NEED HEALTH INSURANCE?
It is essential that students have insurance for their own safety and because the Spanish government requires that all students have health insurance. Please note that travel insurance is not accepted for students enrolled in full-time programs.
PRIVATE MEDICAL CARE
If you would like to sign a contract with a private medical insurance in Spain, please keep in mind that our office has an agreement with three large insurance companies: Adeslas, Cigna and Sanitas. All three offer full coverage policies with special prices for IE students (contact us for more information) which comply with Spanish established requirements for student visas and residence permits.
Students that have international health insurance are strongly recommended to investigate all policy procedures, requirements and limitations of their insurance. It is better to be proactive than to try to deal with an emergency after it arises.
If you need a routine appointment, you should first contact your private medical provider. They can guide you to the correct medical centers and answer questions about your specific policy.
PUBLIC HEALTH CARE
If you hold a European passport and you have a legal residence in a European country, you might be able to apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This way, you will have free access to Spain’s public healthcare system.
Please, keep in mind that you cannot apply for this card from Spain. You must apply for the European Health Insurance Card in the EU country where you legally reside.
Can I open a bank account in Spain?
While students are welcome to try opening a bank account at the bank of their choice, banks have the right to ask foreigners for their NIE/TIE (the Spanish ID assigned to foreigners) to guarantee that they will be in Spain for extended stays.
In order to facilitate this process, IE has agreements with certain entities.
For more information on the matter, please contact Student.Services@ie.edu upon completion of the enrollment process.
Life in Madrid
Visit the official tourist website, where you can download Madrid’s official tourist guide and some helpful apps to discover the city and make the best of your experience.Discover
Students often come to IE accompanied by their partners and families. They are an integral part of the IE community, having access not only to campus facilities, but to most of the extracurricular activities organized at the school.More information
Families in Madrid
For those students who move to Madrid accompanied by their children, the Student Services team can provide information regarding schools and children’s services. You can also consult the Community of Madrid – schools and educational services information web. If you wish to have more information on nurseries or bilingual schools, please contact us at Student.Services@ie.eduSchools and educational services in Madrid
GETTING TO CAMPUS
BY METROFrom Madrid Airport (Barajas) to IE (Calle María de Molina 13)
Line 8 (the pink line) takes you straight from Barajas airport to the center of Madrid. The airport metro stations are in Terminal 2 and Terminal 4, and there are signs to help you find it throughout the airport. The metro stop in downtown Madrid is called Nuevos Ministerios and it is in the middle of the Paseo de la Castellana.
From Nuevos Ministerios you can take line 10 (dark blue line) to Gregorio Marañón. This stop brings you out further down the Paseo de la Castellana, and you simply cross this road to reach Calle María de Molina. Or you can take line 6 (grey line) to Avenida de América.
BY BUSFrom Madrid Airport (Barajas) to IE (Calle María de Molina 13)
Bus number 200 provides a permanent bus service that goes direct from the airport —from all its terminals — stopping at the Avenida de América bus and metro station. It runs from 5:15am to 11:30pm and has special racks for luggage.
Take the bus all the way to the end of the line. The bus will drop you off at the Avenida de América bus station. From there you only have to walk down a couple of blocks to IE or take a cab a short distance to campus.
Another choice is to take the Airport Express bus, which provides service 24h, and offers different stops. This bus has a flat rate fare of 5€, regardless of where you want to get off. The journey takes around 40 minutes, depending on the amount of traffic.
BY CARFrom Madrid Airport (Barajas) to IE (Calle María de Molina 13)
Arriving from T1-T2-T3:
- Follow the signs M-14/Madrid Centro Ciudad/ Avda. América / A-2 / M-40 / A-4/A-5/A-3 and merge onto M-14
- Take exit 1 to merge onto E-90/A-2 and keep left to continue A-2
- Continue to Avenida de América and then on to Calle María de Molina
Arriving from T4:
- Take the M-12 ramp to Madrid/M-11/M-40
- Use the middle lane to continue toward M-13 and follow the signs M-13/M-11/BARAJAS/AEROPUERTO
- Continue to M-13 and then onto M-14
- Use the two right lanes to take exit 1 to merge onto E-90/A-2 towards Madrid
- Keep left to continue on A-2
- Continue on to Avenida de América and then to Calle María de Molina