Associate degree in Liberal Studies


Program Description

In taking Liberal Studies courses that cover a multitude of varied disciplines, students are able to explore a wide range of liberal arts subjects, discovering the powerful and undeniable connections between fields like politics, literature, science, sociology, art, and history. Exposure to multiple areas of students with a broad knowledge base and enhanced critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Internships are an integral part of the curriculum. Through actual work experience during the program, students are better prepared for their future professions. Possible internships include experience in art galleries, museums, hotels, as well as art and events management companies — and much more.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the content of liberal arts disciplines.
  2. Communicate effectively in written form.
  3. Articulate the connections and distinctions between and among liberal arts disciplines, and their contemporary relevance.
  4. Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analytical skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse in across disciplines.
  5. Develop an understanding of the relationship between liberal studies, and career opportunities via professional internships.

Liberal Studies is a 65-credit program consisting of courses in the areas of business and humanities. The program offers students general requirements, as well as elective courses that coincide with students’ interests, which students themselves can choose together with the Dean of Students. In order to successfully complete the program, students must also take part in a two-credit internship program. Upon the successful completion of two years in Madrid, students may finish their Bachelor’s Degree either at Endicott College in Massachusetts or at any other American college or university in the world.

Curriculum Requirements

  • General Education Core Requirements (6 credits)
    • ENG 111 Critical Reading & Writing I – 3 credits
    • ENG 112 Critical Reading & Writing II – 3 credits
  • Individual and Society (3 credits)
    • PSY 100 Psychology 3 credits
  • Global Issues (3 credits)
    • International Studies Course – 3 credits
  • Literary Perspectives (3 credits)
    • ENG 102 Introduction to Literature – 3 credits
  • Values and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
    • PHL 104 Ethics 3 credits
  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression (3 credits)
    • ART 102 Visual Art and Cultural Values II – 3 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 credits)
    • One Math Course – 3 credits
  • Science and Technology (3 credits)
    • ENV 150 Environmental Issues – 3 credits
  • World Cultures (3 credits)
    • One World Culture Course – 3 credits
  • Free Electives (21 credits)
    • ENG 103 Speech – 3 credits
    • Six Approved Elective Course – 18 credits
  • Concentration Requirements (12 credits)
    • Two courses each in two areas of concentration – 12 credits
  • Internship
    • INT 200 Internship II – 2 credits


The admissions process at CIS is very personalized. We closely examine the application in order to get a true sense of the person behind the document, and we fully consider the personal profile, characteristics, interests, and objectives of all aspiring CIS students.

The admissions process consists of five phases:

  1. Initial contact for information via telephone, email or in person.
  2. Personal interview.
  3. Two entrance exams:
    • Mathematics Placement Test.
    • English Level Test: For non-native speakers, this allows us to determine if you speak, read, and write English well enough to effectively study at CIS. For native speakers, this helps us to see how you think and write.
  4. Each student must provide the following documentation:
    • Completed application form (either using our online form, by traditional mail or in person)
    • Official High School transcripts.
    • Letter of recommendation (you can use the form included below if needed).
    • An ID photo.
    • Copy of ID or Passport.
    • Application fee (100 €).
  5. Should you be admitted, you will receive an acceptance letter from CIS. At that point, you will begin to create your personalized academic program with our Academic Dean.

International Students

Upon being admitted to CIS, non-EU students must obtain a student visa in order to stay in Spain during the first two years of the program. The requirements will vary depending on nationality. Students should consult their local Spanish Consulate, and obtain information relevant to their specific situation. CIS provides non-EU students who are admitted with documentation that is necessary to help them to obtain a student visa.

Tuition Fees

Application Fee

Application Fee: 100€ (Non-Refundable)

(Required with the application form)

Enrollment Rates

  • Fall/Spring: 1.300€ (Non-Refundable)
  • Summer*: 650€ (Non-Refundable)

*When attending our summer sessions.

Academic Fees

  • Fall: 7.397€ 12–15 credits
  • Spring: 7.397€ 12–15 credits
  • Summer: 3.458€ 6 credits
  • Additional credit: 586€ –

Books and Supplies

  • Fall: 340€
  • Spring: 340€
  • Summer: 204€

Tuition Fees may be updated each academic year.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

CIS – The College for International Studies was founded in 1981, an American University, is located in the very heart of Madrid in one of the loveliest parts of the city. Our building is easily acces ... Read More

CIS – The College for International Studies was founded in 1981, an American University, is located in the very heart of Madrid in one of the loveliest parts of the city. Our building is easily accessible and in an extremely safe area. We take great pride in offering European students an American higher education closer to home just as much as we do in offering Americans precisely what they are used to, only here in Spain. Read less
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