IECA 2024 Regional Symposium–Madrid, Spain

Saint Louis University–Madrid Campus
February 22–23, 2024

As our members and our clientele span the globe, IECA is dedicated to facilitating global educational access for families across various continents. We acknowledge the critical importance of global networking and professional development of our international members and have partnered with Saint Louis University–Madrid (SLU Madrid) to bring you this global professional experience focused on university admissions.

Schedule of Events

In addition to an exciting and varied symposium format and content, we are pleased to announce that there will be a university fair on February 22.
All times listed on the schedule are in Central European Time (CET)

Thursday, February 22: Symposium Day 1: 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. CET
Friday, February 23: Symposium Day 2: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. CET

Download a preliminary schedule of events here

Symposium Fees for IECs

IECA Member Consultant: $265
Non-Member Consultant: $375

For the IECA Member Discount, enter the word member in the Discount Code box on the payment screen, click the Apply button next to it, and the fee will change to $265.

Symposium cancellations received by January 1 will receive a 50% refund. After January 1, there will be no refunds for cancellations, even in emergency situations, nor can we apply a payment to a future event. Those who cancel after January 1 will forfeit their registration fee.


Optional Pre-symposium Tours

The Planning Committee is finalizing details on optional pre-symposium tours. We are pleased to offer the following options.

Registration will be conducted by the universities. Contact information to sign up for the tours will be sent to registered symposium participants in the coming weeks.

Monday, February 19

IMPORTANT NOTE: You may be responsible for your own transportation and hotel accommodations. Transportation between  Madrid and tour cities may not be provided for all tours. Pending confirmation from our host institutions.

Option 1: Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona (approx. 400 km/250 mi north of Madrid)
We suggest you plan to arrive in Pamplona no later than Sunday, February 18. Transportation and accommodation might be offered by the university, but we cannot confirm that yet; details to follow soon.

Pamplona is approximately 400 km/250 mi north of Madrid. For those arriving in Madrid, please plan to arrive on Saturday, February 17, as the University of Navarra will provide bus transportation to Pamplona on Sunday, February 18. For those who prefer to arrive later, there should be three flight connections from Madrid to Pamplona on Sunday, February 18. Don’t forget to check Bilbao (2h45m) and San Sebastian (1h20m) airports, as they also put Pamplona within reach of some major European airline hubs.

Option 2: Esade in the Barcelona area (620 km/385 mi northeast of Madrid). A second campus visit may be added if schedule permits.
We suggest you plan to arrive in Barcelona no later than Sunday, February 18.

Barcelona is approximately 620 km/385 mi northeast of Madrid. The high-speed train from Madrid to Barcelona runs nearly every hour and is affordable. Travel time is 2h45m. Travel via high-speed train might be covered by Esade, but we cannot confirm that yet; details to follow soon. If arriving in Madrid first, plan to arrive on Saturday, February 17 to allow ample time to travel to Barcelona on Sunday, February 18.  Direct flights to Barcelona are also frequent.

Option 3: ESCP Business School downtown campus and/or The Global College (boarding and day school) in Madrid (schedule TBD)
Please note, these campuses are in downtown Madrid, and participants may incur small transportation costs.

Tuesday, February 20

Option 1: IE University Segovia campus (90 km/55mi northwest of Madrid) (morning) and IE Tower (Madrid) campus (afternoon).
Transportation and lunch provided.

Option 2: Universidad CEU San Pablo Montepríncipe and Moncloa campuses (morning) and IE Tower (Madrid) campus (afternoon)*
Transportation and lunch provided.
*Those not wishing to attend the IE Tower (Madrid) campus visit in the afternoon are welcome to arrange visits to campuses of their choice. The tours subcommittee can assist with providing contacts and advice on transportation.

Option 3: Second opportunity to visit The Global College (boarding and day school) in Madrid (11.30 a.m.).
Please note, this visit is in downtown Madrid, and participants may incur small transportation costs.

Wednesday, February 21

Multi-university program.

Morning: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) Engineering and Social Sciences campuses, southern Madrid suburbs. Transportation and light snack provided.

Lunch & Afternoon:  TAI University School for the Arts, Madrid city center. Lunch provided.

Afternoon: Spain College Degrees Showcase of Spanish Universities with Bilingual Degree Programs (4:30-7:30 p.m.)

Travel Planning

Monday Tours
Monday’s tours (Option 1: Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona or Option 2: the Barcelona area campuses) are quite a distance away from Madrid. You have the option of arriving in Madrid and traveling to your first tour city (Pamplona or Barcelona) or you may prefer to arrive directly in your first tour city and then travel to Madrid after the tour on February 19. Either way, be sure to leave enough travel time.

Tuesday and Wednesday Tours
If you choose not to participate in the Monday tours but intend to join us for the Tuesday, February 20 and/or Wednesday, February 21 tours, please plan to arrive in Madrid no later than Monday, February 19 or February 20, respectively.

These tours will depart from one of the two hotel options below (TBD).

Hotel Recommendations

While you are welcome to book accommodations at any hotel you choose, SLU-Madrid has arranged special rates at the two hotels listed below.  Tours on Tuesday and Wednesday will depart from one of these two hotels (TBD).

Muralto Madrid Princesa
Calle del Buen Suceso, 3
Rate: Several options ranging from 125€ per night
Click here to receive the special IECA rate. Select Reservations (top right) and enter Promo Code IECAMADRID. For assistance email [email protected].

SLU is accessible via metro and is a 25-minute walk.

Hotel Indigo Madrid Princess
Calle del Marqués de Urquijo, 4
Rate: Individual rooms are 120€ including VAT and breakfast. Double rooms have a 25€ supplement. Rooms are available for February 21-24 only. Rate available until January 21. To make a reservation, send an email to [email protected]. Request the “Corporate Special Rate” with code: 149639. SLU is accessible via metro and is a 25-minute walk.

Thank you to our Symposium Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor

St. Louis University–Madrid

 

 

 

 


Gold Sponsor

 

 

 


Silver Sponsors