Learning Spanish

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  • Why Madrid?
  • Where can you learn Spanish?
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  • Studying and working

Students from all over the planet come to Madrid, the world capital of Spanish, to learn a language already spoken by 595 million people, including 496,5 million native Spanish speakers, which makes Spanish the second biggest mother tongue in the world by number of speakers and the third most important language based on the total number of speakers. It is studied by 24 million people (figures taken from El español en el mundo 2022 survey by the Instituto Cervantes). Exhibitions, shows, and countless artistic and leisure initiatives (shopping, gastronomy, clubbing) help students to broaden their knowledge and explore our culture.

Madrid is the economic and financial capital of Spain and, as such, it offers a wealth of in-company training opportunities to international students. Moreover, the city is home to major institutions dedicated to guarding and teaching the Spanish language, like the National Library or Instituto Cervantes, named after the author of Don Quixote, who lived and wrote his best known work in Madrid. Miguel de Cervantes was born in a city a few kilometres away from Madrid, Alcalá de Henares, which is on the World Heritage list. Will you miss it?

Madrid has been a source of inspiration for numerous generations of writers, which is the reason why it’s the main character of so many novels, short stories and plays. One of the city’s most valuable assets is the language; conversely, you could safely say that Madrid is a jewel in the Spanish linguistic casket. In sum, there’s no better place to learn Spanish than Madrid.


Download free maps and guides to the city to help you plan your trip.

Discover the city's most popular sights and attractions, from one of Europe's largest royal palaces to the magnificent Prado Museum and the Real Madrid football stadium. 

Get the Most out of Your Time in Madrid

Citylife Madrid (EN)

Prepare for your move to Madrid with the the help of the Citylife Madrid portal. Check out their ultimate "Moving to Madrid Guide" and download their eBooks.

  • Students from around the world flock to Madrid as the perfect place to learn a language now spoken by over 500 million people and counting.

    Madrid Student Guide (PDF)
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The city’s new official sightseeing and tourist travel pass.

An observation deck at 92 metres.

Our online store (in Spanish) sells artisan souvenirs.