Outstanding experiences

A world of adventure, discovery, and exceptional learning opportunities await your child.


At International College Spain, every student’s education extends beyond the classroom. Inspired and supported by our brilliant teachers, coaches, and pastoral team, your child will do what they love, discover new interests, and immerse themselves in extraordinary local and international learning opportunities. In doing so, they’ll develop the skills, values, and knowledge they need both now and in the future.

Experiences include life-changing trips to Tanzania and Andorra, which build confidence and independence. Your child will showcase their creativity through our world-leading performing arts collaboration with The Juilliard School. And they’ll do what they love on our extensive extra-curricular programme, which offers a choice of more than 70 clubs and activities.


Our collaborations with The Juilliard School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and UNICEF enhance our students’ school experience, both in and outside of the curriculum.

The Juilliard School
Our collaboration with the world leader in the performing arts nurtures our students’ love of dance, drama, and music.
The MIT-Nord Anglia STEAM programme develops our students’ problem-solving skills through real-world challenges that get them thinking outside the box.
Students are challenged to make a difference both locally and internationally, working together to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Whatever your child loves to do, there’s an exceptional extra-curricular experience for them at International College Spain.
extra-curricular activities
Music and drama
Our performing arts programmes will prepare your child for the world stage, cultivating creativity through drama and music.
Music and drama

We love the arts at ICS. Music and drama are such an important part of our students’ education, encouraging innovation and original thinking, and giving them the freedom to express themselves.

Our outstanding creative programmes are delivered in collaboration with the world’s leading performing arts conservatory, The Juilliard School. Both in and beyond the curriculum, your child will learn from specialist instructors and artists in creative spaces, finessing their skills and growing in confidence before stepping into our auditorium to showcase their talents.

After-school, your child can go behind the scenes at our dazzling Broadway! club, working with friends to produce, design, and stage a fully-fledged musical performance. Instrument lessons – ranging from the flute, clarinet, and saxophone to the drums and guitar – also provide opportunities for all tastes and interests.

Academic and service
Your child will develop a host of transferable, future-proofed skills through programmes like The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and Model United Nations.
Academic and service

Our students’ learning is enriched by a range of academic activities that help them gain the knowledge and global perspectives they need to succeed.

We encourage all our students to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Through the Award, each student sets their own goals and challenges, takes part in fun activities, and commits to making a real difference through service and outreach projects.

Joining the Model United Nations encourages our students to think and act like world-changers, too. Researching, debating, and proposing solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing our planet, your child will learn to value different viewpoints, work as a team, and develop vital leadership and organisational skills.

Dance and circus
Whether it’s for fun and fitness – or to develop specialist techniques and skills – we offer a range of extra-curricular dance activities.
Dance and circus

We encourage a lifelong love of movement and artistic expression through our broad range of dance programmes, enriched by our collaboration with The Juilliard School.

Our primary ballet club develops our students’ coordination, balance, and flexibility, while our secondary hip-hop dance classes are full of energy. We also introduce our students to modern and Spanish traditional dance, where they learn the history and traditions of flamenco before performing their own routines.

Our popular circus skills club nurtures our students’ physical, social, and creative skills, too, as they safely learn how to fly, ride a monocycle, and entertain a crowd. 

An array of team and individual sports – both on and off campus – give every student the opportunity to get active, compete, and stay fit and healthy.

At ICS, we believe a healthy body cultivates a healthy, active mind. We want every child to develop positive habits from an early age, and regular exercise is the perfect way to keep mentally and physically fit.

Our extra-curricular clubs offer something for everybody. These include individual sports such as badminton, tennis, judo, and swimming, as well as traditional team activities like basketball, football, and volleyball. These develop our students’ strength of character, confidence, and resilience, and teach them the importance of good sportsmanship.

We’ll encourage your child to try something a bit different, too. From horse riding in Hípica La Moraleja to artistic roller skating and Capoeira, we offer a range of unique activities that give every child – regardless of age or ability – the chance to discover their passion. 

Arts and science
Extraordinary science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths (STEAM) activities ignite imaginations and put our students’ creativity to the test.
Arts and science

Our students’ natural curiosity and creativity blossom at extra-curricular clubs that span the STEAM subjects.

Each activity provides a unique opportunity to pursue passions – and make exciting new discoveries. In our design and technology lab, for example, our students code, develop, and build their own smartphone apps at our ‘techie club for kids who like to tweak’. Working alongside friends, your child can design, build, and programme Lego robots, too.

Our students paint, sculpt, and experiment with a variety of techniques at our artistic clubs, while our creative writing groups inspire budding authors to create pacey plots, convincing characters, and wondrous worlds.

student leadership


At ICS, our brilliant Student Councils, Ambassadors, and Green Team lead the way, giving their friends a voice and creating a thriving learning environment and culture. They also effect change in our community, raising money and awareness for local good causes, and taking part in important environmental initiatives. 



Learning comes alive on immersive day and residential trips that deepen our students’ understanding, challenge their perception of the world, and inspire a lifelong love of adventure.
Global expeditions
Our children join Nord Anglia students from across the globe on exhilarating expeditions to Tanzania. 
Global expeditions

Our citizenship trip to Arusha in Tanzania teaches students about global responsibility and sustainability, and the important role we play in looking after our planet. Working with locals on a variety of projects, students develop a sense of independence, increase their understanding of the world, and learn the importance of being part of a community.

On our sports education trip, also to Arusha, our students support the incredible Umoja Tanzania project, which is breaking down barriers to sports participation among disadvantaged young people. As well as helping to improve local facilities, ICS students take part in leadership and coaching sessions with young people. This, in turn, develops their confidence, notion of citizenship, and understanding of the world. 

Residential trips
Life-changing overnight trips – both in Spain and overseas – enhance the physical, emotional, and social development of our students.
Residential trips

From Grade 2, your child will join their teachers and friends on exciting residential trips, where they’ll become increasingly independent, broaden their knowledge and perspectives, and learn in a practical way.

Trips include our Grade 3 ‘how the world works’ residential to Gredos Field Studies Centre, where students learn about local landscapes, take part in team activities, and go zip-lining at the Hoyos Del Espino adventure park. Our primary students also visit the ancient Roman city of Segóbriga and enjoy a two-night ‘residential exhibition’, which features a range of learning and outdoors activities.

In secondary, residentials encourage our students to delve deeper into the curriculum and develop vital IB Learner Profile attributes. Trips include our environmental service expedition to Albufera National Park in Valencia, where Grade 6 students take part in workshops, interpretive tours, and hands-on activities linked to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Our older students also enjoy a cultural trip to Cordoba and a team-building residential in Entrapeñas.

We also organise an annual ski trip, which is hugely popular among our students, and has been an important part of life at ICS since 1983.

Local excursions
Our students embrace the cultural richness of our wonderful city, making the most of outstanding artistic, historical, natural, and adventurous opportunities.
Local excursions

We organise a variety of exciting trips that are specifically designed to bring your child’s classroom education to life.

Our Learning Without Walls programme is packed with opportunities for our younger students to discover, explore, and grow. They take part in innovative cultural programmes at the Teatro Sanchinarro, learn about the water cycle at Pressa de El Pardo, and get close to nature at a bee farm, zoo, and insect park. We also take them on fun activity days, including a ‘Madrid safari’ and a trip to Europa Park.

In secondary, designated Outdoor Learning Days add a real-world element to IB learning. From re-enacting significant historical moments and learning CPR to rock climbing and cooking in a Masterchef competition, our students enjoy a breadth of experiential activities that motivate and inspire them to learn.



We know that students who feel safe, happy, and valued will flourish. And that’s why your child’s health and wellbeing will always come first.

Our highly qualified counsellors work with class tutors to provide the support our students need to overcome challenges, bounce-back from adversity, and look after their physical and mental health. This includes dedicated wellbeing time each morning, which feature mindfulness activities, tutor check-ins, and bespoke assemblies.

Our innovative outdoor learning programme boosts our students’ social and emotional wellbeing, and connects them with nature, too. And on our Global Campus platform, your child will have access to a wealth of specialist support and resources.



In our truly international, outward-looking community, your child will become a local and global changemaker.

Our students live and breathe our culture of helping others, demonstrating empathy, compassion, and determination by raising money and awareness for local charities. They also get involved in practical projects – ranging from litter clean-ups and tree-planting to events marking Earth Day – that make a tangible difference to our environment.

While they’re with us, your child will come to understand their unique place in the world, embrace different cultures, and celebrate diversity. They’ll also explore global issues – including the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and Rights of the Child agendas – through our exclusive collaboration with UNICEF.

summer camps AT ICS


Our Summer Camps are packed with exciting opportunities. From musical theatre and crafts to basketball and robotics, there really is an activity for everyone. Running throughout July – and open to children aged from 3 to 18 – our camps are delivered in English by specialist coaches and tutors.


With its warm, vibrant atmosphere and genuine community feel, our campus is the perfect place for your child to learn, discover, and grow.

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