Online Summer Program: Madrid, Spain


Choose from two separate three-and-a-half week online programs at the Universidad Nebrija in Madrid. You can choose two courses from a variety of options, taught by university faculty. This program also includes Spanish conversation practice with one of our Resident Directors.

What’s Included

  • Up to 6 credits from Universidad Nebrija
  • Take courses in a variety of subjects and disciplines from all 13 programs
  • A $500 scholarship/grant towards a traditional 2021 AIFS Study Abroad program
  • Courses in a variety of subjects and disciplines
  • City Spotlights of Paris, Rome, Berlin, London and Prague
  • AIFS Around the World cultural events including cooking classes, scavenger hunts and more
  • Career-focused workshops
  • Virtual hangouts with participants from around the country

Credits Available
Up to 6 credits per session.


You may choose courses from a variety of subjects and disciplines below and from all 13 Online Study Programs.


CH 3161 (3)
Art in Spain
This course is an introduction to art in Spain over the past five hundred years. It focuses on certain key topics and periods that help the students map out the particular nature of Spanish artistic culture through the centuries. The course will place special emphasis on the works of internationally renowned Spanish artists such as Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí and Miró.

CH 3021 (3)
European Studies: Culture, History and Integration
The European continent has been through some major changes in recent decades and with the 2020 COVID-19pandemic it is facing one of its biggest challenges ever. Remaining united in diversity while holding back extreme nationalism from flourishing again is not an easy task. In this course you will learn about the European Union, what it is and how it is coping with the current situation, and how that might deeply change the face of Europe. We will discuss how European Institutions work and what their roles are in this crisis. Moreover, we will discuss about the different views Europeans have on the aftermathof the pandemic and what their criticisms and concerns are in this new world scenario. We will also look back through European history of the 20th and 21st centuries to examine some of its most challenging moments and their consequences.

DE 4554 (3)
International Management
Crisis management and decision-making skills in times of global emergency. There is a proverb that says: “You cannot keep  the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair. ”Planning and organization are essential tools in international management, including governments, companies and other actors in the international arena. This course deals with multiple functions of management, such as organizing, coordinating, planning, and staffing in an international cross-cultural context, especially in current features that require professional skills for crisis management that affect organizations and decision-making processes to face global emergencies (e.g. COVID-19 crisis). This course will focus on the complexity of international management and students will learn how diverse national cultures affect management functions in different ways. During this course, high impact simulators, scenarios and activities will be used to discuss issues such as communication in times of crisis, conflict management, decision-making techniques, ethical conflicts and leadership during difficult times

LM 107 (3)
Intercultural Communication
Why living peacefully and working effectively in multicultural environments is more important now than ever. The pandemic we are now fighting has revealed itself as an opportunity to learn how to be more flexible, creative and how to deal with uncertain and ambiguous situations. Unfortunately, it has also stoked fear and intolerance against those who are different and, consequently, fractured societies and ideas of segregation may emerge. Collaborating cross-culturally and promoting intercultural understanding is more important now than ever. Therefore, developing intercultural skills in this new global world will be essential to advance and succeed both personally and professionally. These skills enable professionals to work well among various cultures, feel more comfortable doing business internationally, communicate effectively in culturally diverse environments, manage multicultural teams, and resolve all kinds of culture-related conflicts. In this course we will discuss: stereotypes, ethnocentrism, different cultural dimensions, communication styles (both verbal and non-verbal), intercultural and global skills, conflict management and cultural adjustment among others.


EHO 102 (3)
Spanish Language, A1
Introductory course to Spanish with a special emphasis on those most common grammatical difficulties at the level. Basic contents of Spanish grammar are studied to reinforce them while grammatical contents are applied to refer to the present, past and future. Written expression is encouraged and enhanced

CH 2601 (3)
Spanish Language, A2
Lower intermediate level continuation course with a functional and communicative approach. The linguistic contents that cover the entire initial level are studied and prepare students to begin the intermediate level of Spanish. The previously acquired knowledge is consolidated and new grammatical and lexical contents are introduced so that students can describe past personal experiences in different communicative situations.

EHO 161 (3)
Culture: Spain & Spaniards, A2
Spanish customs and traditions of everyday life are studied in this course. Brief journalistic and descriptive articles on various aspects of Spanish culture are read and a geographical and political approach to Spain is carried out.

CH 2611 (3)
Spanish Language, B1
Intermediate level course with a functional and communicative approach. The linguistic and functional contents of this level are studied, such as giving and justifying an opinion, expressing in detail past personal experiences, knowing how to ask for specific information, formulating a complaint or, among others, giving an explanation about some point of interest. Special emphasis on the uses of the past tense and others that require forms of the subjunctive. The development of written and oral skills is encouraged.

EHO 241 (3)
Discover Spain, B1
Course in which there is a presentation of the different Spanish regions through an introduction to culture, history, gastronomy, monuments and popular festivals. Students' cultural knowledge is expanded and written and oral expression is practiced through related activities

CH 2031 (3)
Conversation, B1
Practical course where greater fluency is achieved in informal conversations and debates, applying and developing students' grammatical knowledge. The objective of the course is to deepen the acquisition of oral communication strategies, expand vocabulary and practice its use through different formal or informal communicative situations.

CH 3601 (3)
Spanish Language, B2.1
Upper intermediate level course aimed at practicing oral and written comprehension while acquiring functional contents of the level through the study and practice of complex grammatical structures. Throughout the course, students will carry out readings, comments and debates on the content of literary texts or newspaper articles to enrich their vocabulary. Also, texts of popular and cultured character will be treated

EHO 341 (3)
Diverse Spain, B2.1
Advanced level culture course in which aspects such as nature, economic sources, culture and history are studied, as well as society and the way of life in the different autonomies that make up Spain. In addition, the most characteristic cities and towns for their traditions and folklore are covered in a particular way.

CH 3651 (3)
Conversation, B2.1/B2.2
Upper intermediate practical course aimed at achieving more fluency in informal conversations and debates while making progress in written expression. The objective, both in oral and written expression practice, is to expand vocabulary and the use of idioms as well as to learn how to use different communication registers.

CH 4601 (3)
Advanced Spanish Language I, B2.2
Pre-advanced level course in which the linguistic and functional contents of this level are studied, such as speaking in detail about hypothetical situations of the present or the past or explaining a point of view about different facts, knowing how to provide a nuanced argument. During the course the most problematic grammatical structures are analyzed and special attention is paid to the spoken language, as well as the different registers of language use.

CH 4611 (3)
Advance Spanish Language II, C1
Advanced level course in which, in addition to studying linguistic and functional content specific to the level, it delves into the improvement of the most problematic grammatical structures. Also, lexical content such as sayings or idioms are practiced with intensity.

CH 4621 (3)
Proficient Spanish Language, C2
Improvement course in the formal and lexical command of Spanish that allows students to acquire a knowledge and use of Spanish close to that of a native speaker. In this sense, special attention ispaid to Spanish through reflection in all of its territorial and social variants and depending on the communicative situation in order for studentsto be able to understand any type of spoken or written language.

CH 4641 (3)
Spanish Culture, B2/C1/C2
Intensive course focused on the study of the main historical events in Spain, as well as its most outstanding artistic manifestations. A good command of Spanish is expected from the students.

EHO 171 (3)
Spanish for Tourism, A1/A2
This course is designed for those students who want to start or improve their learning of Spanish through content related to tourism. Especially recommended for hostelry and tourism students who need to combine their learning of the language with specific contents of the area. Throughout the course, various topics directly related to the world of tourism are dealt with, and lexical and grammatical content related to that specific topic is worked on

CH 3151 (3)
Spanish for Health Purposes, B1/B2
This course is designed for students or professionals whose interests are oriented towards Health Sciences. The course presents various topics related to all areas of health. It delves into the study of the specific lexicon related to recurrent communication issues and health-related situations in Spanish. Likewise, issues related to interculturality in health are addressed in order to create an intercultural awareness that helps students understand the cultural similarities and differences that can influence the relationship with the patient.

EHO 321 (3)
Spanish for Business, B2/C1
Course of acquisition and development of the specific language for business and economic topics. Reading and commenting on journalistic texts and specific examples of legal and economic documents are carried out. Special attention is paid to work situations in Spain in order to enhance intercultural competence in students, as well as their ability to function in this professional field.

CH 3121 (3)
The Spanish Language in Mass Media, B2/C1
A study and analysis of Spanish in the mass media: press, radio, television, advertising, cinema and the Internet from an oral and written perspective. Techniques are developed for the production of news, scripts and commercials, as well as for editing and publishing news.

CH 3131 (3)
Panorama of Spanish Literature, B2/C1/C2
This course is intended as an introduction to the main movements, authors, texts and genres of literary production in the Spanish language. It is a general tour of Spanish literature that ranges from medieval times to contemporary literature. The learning of the different literary movements will be carried out through certain general concepts giving a guideline to the representative readings that the student will analyse throughout the course. These concepts are used in literature, not only Hispanic, but universal: childhood, life, love, death, etc. Likewise, it will seek to analyse fragments of the most representative works of literature in the Spanish language, through the study of the genres used in the different periods: lyric, narrative and theatre.

CH 4631 (3)
Women in the Spanish Literature of Golden Age, B2/C1/C2
This course is intended as an introduction to our universal classic, Don Quijote de la Mancha, emphasizing the varied gallery of female types that appear in both Part One (1605) and Part Two. From these texts, those cultural, religious, social, and artistic aspects that bring us closer to the life of women in 18th-century Spain will be selected. From this guided reading of Don Quixote we will delve into the intricacies of seventeenth-century Spain and we will see Cervantes' modernity for his deep humanistic spirit and his respect for freedom and justice

Courses are taught through live sessions twice a week plus additional online work. 
Online placement test for Spanish language.
Students who sign up for a Spanish Language course in Madrid can also book a one to one conversation session with one of our Spanish RDs.

Career Focused Workshops

Readying Your Resume, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn
Preparing your professional documents and online presence is an essential piece of your career search. This session will cover best practices for connecting the dots from your experiences on-campus and abroad to the job description as well as address common hurdles in composing cover letters. Participants will be invited to schedule a 1:1 review of their resume and LinkedIn profile with Angela Manginelli, AIFS Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives following the group session. 

How to Ace the Interview
Interviews can be stressful, so it’s important to be prepared to put your best self forward in the process. This session will review what employers are looking for in new hires, interviewing etiquette, tips for structuring responses to common interview questions, and provide information on how to craft your personal elevator pitch. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice mock interviews with their peers during the session and will receive resources to continue preparing following the session.

Navigating the Transition from College Student to Career Professional
Unlike college, your career does not come with a syllabi and that transition can be challenging. This session will help students know how to successfully make the switch to post-graduate professional, including tips on working in a multicultural and multigenerational workforce. We will address how to consider multiple job offers, budgeting for life after college, and knowing how to advocate for yourself throughout your career.

Career Guidance for Working in Education Abroad
Interested in working in education abroad but don’t know how to get started? Join our panel of AIFS alumni and staff who will share their expertise on what it’s like to work in the field and tips for leveraging your cross-cultural experiences into a career. This session will include information on working in various roles at a university and an international education organization as an Admissions Officer, Field Staff member, Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives and many more. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask panelists questions and set up 1:1 informational interviews following the group session.

AIFS Around the World

Italian Excellence
Do you know that Italy is the country with the greatest number of Unesco Heritage sites?
Do you know that Italy the 4th world’s largest producer of jewelry?
Do you know that Italy has 140 wheat crop varieties, while the US has 6?
Do you know that the Italian automotive sector numbers 3200 companies with some of the best brands in the world?
Do you know that Italy is the undisputed world leader in the production of superyachts?
Learn about this and much more, while participating in interactive webinars.

Virtual Italian Buddy
If you are interested in learning Italian, do not just sit and study. Interact with an Italian student who can help you with your homework and tell you a lot about local amenities while regularly chatting with you.

Sweet Ideas from Italy
Learn how to prepare a Tiramisu or a Sorbetto, or maybe discover how to make the typical Florentine Cantuccini cookies. The secrets and recipes that we would like to share with our American friends are so many!

Spanish Conversation Practice
Have you signed up for any of our online Spanish classes in Madrid or Granada?  If so we would like to offer you the chance to book a conversation session with one of our fabulous Resident Directors based in Spain.  Gaye in Salamanca, Inma in Barcelona, Edu in Seville, Barbara in Madrid and Noelia in Granada are all eager to meet you and to assist you with your language learning.  Online classes are great for language but a one on one session with one of our team live from Spain should help you reach the next level.  Sign up today to book an appointment. 

Spanish Cook-Off!!
You may think Spanish food is the same all over the country, but you would be wrong. AIFS has programs in six different locations in Spain - Salamanca, Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Seville and Valencia – and each region has its own cuisine that they are rightly proud of.  Sit in with our wonderful Resident Directors as they discuss the merits of their regional dishes, it may get quite animated, and then tune in for some actual cooking demonstrations. Learn how to make an authentic tortilla from Gaye Michaels in Salamanca and pan con tomate from Inma in Barcelona, as well as more insights into life in each location. 

Italian Wine Tradition
Wine is a big tradition Italians have always been proud of. Meet Marco, AIFS Rome staff, to get introduced to the world of Italian wines. Classes are meant to introduce inexpert users to a correct and functional approach to the very complex culture of wine consumption. By tasting a different wine variety in each single class, topics such as wine tasting and food pairing methods, wines and grapes geography, table manners and drinking etiquette, and wine seen as cultural trait d’union between cuisine and local Italian traditions will be covered. 

A Taste of Italian Cuisine
While home, how many of us have spent (at least!) some hours in the kitchen trying to duplicate some tasty special recipes? Join Luigi and Riccardo, our talented Roman chefs, to discover the secrets of Italian cuisine. Get the recipes, be ready with the ingredients required and have fun! You will learn how to cook two traditional Italian recipes while you practice from home. Buon appetite!

Parliamo Italiano?
Would you like to practice your Italian skills with a native? Book a conversation session with one of our fabulous Italian staff: meet Rosanna, Chicca and Marco in Rome for a fast and fun way to improve your language skills!

Prague: Interactive Cultural Quiz and Scavenger Hunt
Follow the clues and answer questions on the many cultural and historical sites in Prague. Our staff will introduce you to some fascinating historical figures, buildings and sites – the stories behind them and experiences you can enjoy in Prague. Play against fellow students and win a prize while learning about one of Central Europe’s most iconic cities.

London: History and Diversity
Home to over 9 million people, with over 300 different languages spoken per day, London is one of the most diverse cultural capitals of the world, renowned for its creative industries including fashion (London Fashion week alone generates over £100m of orders), art, theatre and media. It boasts of over 200 museums and galleries, including the world-renowned British Museum (home to the Rosetta stone) and the Tate Modern Art Gallery, along with the main residence of Her Majesty the Queen, Buckingham Palace, and picturesque parks such as Hyde Park, St James’s Park and Richmond Park. Yet, despite all this, tradition is not the driving force behind London’s creativity – rather it is the diversity of its people that fuels and shapes London’s formidable cultural landscape. London professor Nicole D’Adamo Moody will introduce you to London’s rich cultural past and present.

A Study Abroad Journey: AIFS Student to AIFS Coordinator
Meet Gina and Trung, Coordinators on our Florence, Italy program.  But before that they were both AIFS students on our Florence program.  Learn about what drew them to Florence, how the program influenced their academic choices and the path that led them to later come back to AIFS as part of our team. Who better to guide our students than staff who were previously in their shoes. 

Practicing Advocacy in Daily Life
It used to be that advocacy work just involved protest signs, sit-ins and rallies. But we’re now living in a time where your voice can be just as powerful from home. From registering fellow students to vote to learning about how you can support local, national and international policies that matter to you, Advocacy 101 is the place to get a basic understanding of the legislative process and how best to move forward and be heard in the digital age. This non-partisan session will explore opportunities to take action for international education and global engagement, and you’ll learn how to work with and educate your elected officials and their offices.

Coronavirus Around the Globe - Lockdown Lowdown
How is the pandemic affecting people in different countries? You can see reports on the news but the only way to really know what is going on is to talk to the people living there. Some of our wonderful Resident Directors have come together to discuss how things are where they live, how it has impacted their lives, but also to discuss the positive things they have seen and heard during this crisis. Please join Edu in Seville, Deniz in Budapest, Nele in Berlin and Miranda in Grenoble as they discuss the situation.  

City Spotlights

Paris Virtual Tour
Discover areas of Paris with our local staff member Jane.  Jane is our Assistant Resident Director and her specialty is arranging all of the cultural activities for our students and accompanying them on the excursions to they get the most out of them.  Join her as she explores some of Paris’ classic districts and she shares her knowledge as only a local can.

Berlin Virtual Tour
Nele is our Resident Director in Berlin, and when she is not assisting our Berlin students with all elements of the program she is also a registered tour guide. Join Nele as she takes us on a tour of her favorite sites in Berlin.

Prague Virtual Tour
Join our Prague staff as they guide you around the beautiful city of Prague, the tour will include sites such as Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, the Old Town and a particular focus on the Jewish history with a tour of the Jewish Quarter. Join Renata, Jenny and Zdenek, our wonderful Prague staff, as they lead you on a tour of this beautiful city.

From Rome with (Remote) Love
Meet Christiaan and Lavinia, our professional and super friendly certified tour guides, as they virtually walk you through the wonderful streets of our beautiful Rome. Two appointments for two highlights of the Eternal City: Bernini vs. Borromini, or how the magic role of water, and the new impact of contemporary street art on the walls. Roman art has something for everyone!

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