21st June 2024
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Spotlight: 5 Reasons to Study a Master’s Degree in Madrid

Are you considering upskilling in 2022 by taking on a Master’s degree? Did you know Spain is a popular spot for postgraduate studies and is home to some of the premier business schools in the world? As far as business is concerned, Madrid is the epicentre of International organisations in Spain, home to hundreds of multinationals and tech start-up headquarters. As a city to study in, it could be considered as possessing a perfect balance of lifestyle, opportunities and culture. Here are five reasons you should consider studying for a Master’s in Madrid, the heart of Spain, and gain your next postgraduate qualification.

Quality Education 

Spain is a top destination in Europe for study abroad programs and ranks among the five countries that have the highest number of business schools in the top 50 global rankings.

Since 2001, Spain has ranked as the number one study destination chosen by Erasmus students, and its capital Madrid is the most sought-after city. One of the reasons for this is the higher education academic opportunities in Madrid, the city offers a wide range of programs, some of which are taught in other languages such as English which attracts international students from around the world that don’t speak Spanish.

Ranked in the Top 100 Best Business Schools in the World (CEOWORLD Magazine 2021), Geneva Business School provides professionally accredited business education, 100% in English for the global marketplace. You can choose to study either a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree on their Madrid campus. Classes are taught by a diverse stable of industry experts who are all professionally active. Students choose from a variety of in-demand specialisations, ranging from Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing and Finance to Sports Management.

If you’re a budding entrepreneur and looking to study in Madrid, you’re in the right place! Madrid is a top start-up hub and ranks as the 24th start-up city in the World’s Top 50. Take a look at a student entrepreneur’s recent success story from the Geneva Business School Madrid campus, Quoin Cards – a digital business card that eliminates the need to print disposable business cards. Quoin Cards already has prestigious clients such as Adif, the public railway system in Spain.

The boating lake in Retiro Park, Madrid.
The boating lake in Retiro Park, Madrid. (Sara Riano / Unsplash)

A Student-Friendly City

Madrid is a thriving city and one of Europe’s top destinations for international students.

According to the QS Best Student Cities ranking, the traits that make Madrid highly desirable to students from all over the world are the city’s quality of life, cultural diversity, gastronomy, weather, vibrant nightlife, and cultural activities – Madrid is home to over 183 theatres, museums, and art galleries!

If you’re looking to network and make friends with other students in Madrid, take advantage of the student networks such as the Erasmus Student Network and AIESEC. Through these international student networks, you can meet other students, take part in a language exchange, connect with locals and even find an internship or future job.

Another great way to meet people is through a website called Meetup.com. You can easily sign up for activities such as volleyball, language classes, and hiking just to name a few – it’s a perfect way to make new friends that share the same interests as you!

To help new students get settled, Geneva Business School has created a Madrid City Guide to help you open a bank account, find student accommodation and discover Madrid’s neighbourhoods and what they have to offer.

Affordable Cost of Living

In Madrid, you can live comfortably on a budget. As a student in Madrid, there is a multitude of discounts that you can benefit from. For example, Madrid’s most famous museum, Museo del Prado is free for students up to age 25 at all times.

As a student, you can benefit from discounts on travel, restaurants, museums, accommodation, transport, and much more. To take advantage of these offers, you can apply for an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). To be eligible you will need to provide a document confirming your student status and a recent photo of yourself.

To find affordable accommodation, you can use apps such as Badi to find a room to rent in a shared apartment. Top tip: make sure to visit the apartment first before paying anything upfront to avoid scams!

Geneva Business School also supports their students in finding accommodation in Madrid. Their Student Experience department will guide you through the options at your disposal before arriving in Madrid, such as a room in a shared flat, a studio apartment, or a student residence.

Prado Museum, Madrid.
Prado Museum, Madrid. (MuseuDelPrado.es)

Cultural Diversity

Madrid is a great place to meet people from all over the world. Geneva Business School is home to students from over 85 different nationalities, so no matter where you’re from, you’re bound to feel reassured knowing that your peers are also studying abroad and in the same position as you.

At Geneva Business School diversity is also celebrated every day. They often host events such as International Food Day where students will bring local dishes from their home country to share with their peers on campus.

One of the best barrios (neighbourhoods) in Madrid to experience the city’s cultural diversity is Lavapies. Located a short walk away from the famous Reina Sofía museum, Lavapies is the most multicultural area in Madrid and is home to 88 nationalities. It’s a neighbourhood full of colourful streets, lively bars and restaurants with cuisine from all around the world.

Learn Spanish in the Heart of Spain

Although it’s relatively easy to get by only speaking English in Madrid, it always helps to learn a little bit of the local language to truly immerse yourself in the Spanish culture.

Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world and is the mother tongue of more than 400 million people around the world. Having this language under your belt will boost your employment prospects as well as enrich your experience of living and studying in Spain.

Geneva Business School offers Spanish classes to all students, no matter whether you are a complete beginner or have some previous Spanish language skills.

Click here to discover Geneva Business School’s Master’s Programs.   

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