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Study Abroad | Madrid
Fall 2023: Academics

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  • Fall 2023

  • Spring 2024

AcadEmics Overview

AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

Program Options

Program Name Early Start Available Credits Notes
Hispanic Studies
Early Start Available: No Credits: Up to 15

All courses are taught in Spanish. Courses are available at all levels from Beginner through Advanced. Students can take up to 5 courses and each course is 45 hours, equivalent to a recommended 3 U.S. credits.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail options are not available. 

Art History

Business

History

Literature

Sociology

Spanish Language

Theater Studies

Integrated Studies (Fall Only)

Take Courses Alongside Spaniards

Eligible students must have an Advanced level of Spanish and have completed at least five semesters of college-level Spanish. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of Universidad Nebrija.

Students wishing to do Integrated courses in English only should bear in mind that courses in English are only offered in the following areas: art and modern languages, social sciences, engineering and architecture. Students on this program can take up to 18 credits. Below is a list of academic disciplines available on the Integrated Studies Program from which students can choose courses:

  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Architecture
  • Audio Visual Communication
  • Bilingual Early Childhood Education
  • Bilingual Primary Education
  • Business Administration
  • Digital and Multimedia Design
  • Economics and International Business
  • Engineering
  • Fashion Design
  • Fine Arts
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Modern Languages
  • Performing Arts
  • Psychology
  • Tourism
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Internship Program

Students with a High Intermediate level of Spanish (B2) and junior or senior standing can participate in this program which combines Spanish language study with an internship. Spanish level B1 will be considered on a case by case basis for students wishing to take an internship in the areas of science and hospitality. Internships have previously been offered in fields including: accounting, architecture, art gallery/ museums, arts, music, performing arts, arts restoration, biology, environment (animal protection), chemical and bio-sectors, education in NGO and schools, engineering, hotels and restaurants, hotel-tourism, human resources, law, marketing, media and journalism, psychology (only in occupational support activities, not psychological) public relations, social work, special education, sports, theater and travel agencies.

The internship carries 3 credits. Students combine their internship with 3 courses from either the Hispanic Studies or Spanish Plus program for a minimum of 12 credits. Students can take a 4th course if the schedule permits. Students wishing to extend their internship beyond the length of their AIFS program can do so by arrangement with Nebrija University. Students would need to arrange their own housing. A résumé and letter of interest (cover letter) both written in Spanish must be submitted to the AIFS Program Advisor for consideration together with an outline of three areas of interest.

Academic Credit & Transcripts

Credit Transfer

As a part of the AIFS application for semester programs, you will complete a Course Approval Form, which will be signed off by your study abroad office staff and/or faculty at your university.

For J Term/Summer programs, no such approval form is needed; however, students are still responsible for ensuring credit can be brought back from their overseas program.
In any case, we recommend getting additional courses approved in case you need to change courses while abroad.

Overseas universities do not use the credit system employed by American institutions. AIFS students must make special arrangements to transfer credits, but since AIFS courses are given at recognized universities or the AIFS Centers (which are transcripted by Fairfield University), there usually is no difficulty in arranging transfer credit toward U.S. degrees provided the proper procedure is followed.

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

Many of the European institutions that AIFS works with award credits under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). ECTS enables cooperating institutions to measure and compare a student’s performance and facilitates the transfer of credits from the European institution to the U.S institution.

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Language levels are defined according to the CEFR and will be listed on your transcript on completion of the program. CEFR organizes language proficiency into six levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) which can be regrouped into three broad levels according to the needs of the local institution: Beginner: A1, A2/U.S. Level 100; Intermediate: B1, B2/U.S. Level 200-300; Advanced: C1, C2/U.S. Level 400

Transcripts

When you complete your program, an official transcript is sent to your home institution directly from AIFS Abroad or the host university. Another official transcript may be retained by AIFS Abroad in Stamford, but this is not the case for all programs. Please contact transcripts@aifs.com to find out how to request additional transcripts. 
 
Generally, your school should receive your transcript 60 days after completion of the program. (Cannes Semester programs, Perth, Sydney, Dublin, Limerick, and Wellington Programs exception: Transcripts issued and retained by the host universities. Transcripts for the Cannes Semester programs are issued by Chapman University.)
 
Transcripts may come without an English-language translation, so participants will need to organize translations with their home university.

Academic Records

Credit assessment methods in overseas universities may not be comparable to those in U.S. universities. Grading may involve exams, papers, individual projects, class discussion or some combination of these. Although academic institutions abroad may grade on a variety of scales, admissions counselors and registrars at U.S. institutions are familiar with international grading systems and can convert grades.

Course Selection

AIFS Program Advisors are available to assist you in the process. The following procedure is recommended:

Read course descriptions for the selected program and select courses. Obtain approval from your academic or study abroad advisor for the preliminary courses selected. Final approval of credit transfer for completed courses is at the discretion of the Registrar or appropriate official at the home institution. Students must ascertain that courses taken meet their individual academic program requirements. Recommended credits in this catalog are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit.

I would absolutely recommend this program. The trip has been such a positive experience. Wonderful program!

AIFS has a lot to offer. The more I talked to American students from other programs, the more I realized that AIFS was clearly the best choice

This program opened my eyes to a culture and society I knew very little about. I made great friends and had a fabulous time during the process. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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