Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

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Study Abroad in Madrid: Academics

Universidad Nebrija

Named after the 15th-century humanist, Antonio de Nebrija, who published the first Spanish grammar book, Universidad Nebrija is a private university officially accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education. Its 6,000 students (including over 500 international students) are integrated across three campuses: Dehesa de La Villa, La Berzosa and Madrid-Princesa. The Madrid-Princesa campus is in the center of the capital in a recently restored and renovated historical building which is now the university’s main campus and most courses are taught there.

Integration between international and Spanish students is a normal part of daily life at the university with students sharing the same facilities and services and an active campus life of clubs and activities.

Nebrija prides itself on the high standard of its programs, its individual attention to students and the diversity of nationalities among its student body. As it welcomes students from all over the world seeking to expand their knowledge of Spanish language and culture and to experience contemporary Spain one of its main objectives is for students to become interculturally competent with the real-world skills demanded of today’s professionals.

Academic Overview

ECTS Universidad Nebrija awards ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The number of class hours and ECTS credits will be shown on the transcript to allow each student’s home institution the ultimate decision in the awarding of U.S. credit. Recommended U.S. semester credits next to each course are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit and are not a conversion of ECTS credits. Students should consult with their university advisors prior to participating in the program to have course credit pre-approved and ensure that they are taking the appropriate amount of credits. For further information on ECTS please click here

Attendance Students exceeding the permitted numbers of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Computer Access There is free wireless connection on campus for those students who bring their own laptop. Students also have free access to the computers in the university library.

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

Transcripts are issued by the Universidad Nebrija. One official copy will be sent to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

Program Options

Choose from one of 4 programs. A minimum of 8 students is required for the Hispanic Studies, Spanish Plus and Internship courses to run. A minimum of 20 students is required for the Sports Management Program to run.

Available in Sessions 1 or 2 or Sessions 1+2 Combined

This program is designed for students who wish to focus their studies on Spanish language and culture taking courses taught in Spanish. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required. Courses are available at all levels from beginner to advanced. Students take one or two courses; each course is 45 hours equivalent to a recommended 3 U.S. credits. Students can earn up to 6 credits.

Available in Sessions 1 or 2 or Sessions 1+2 Combined

This program is designed for students who wish to do specific degree courses from different areas, taught in English. Areas of academic study include Culture and History, Arts, Business, Marketing and Management. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required. Students take one or two courses; each course is 45 hours equivalent to a recommended 3 US credits. Students can earn up to 6 credits.

Available in Sessions 1+2 Combined

This program combines Session 1 of the Hispanic Studies or Spanish Plus program followed by a 4-week internship in a professional setting. Students are required to have completed minimum B2/High Intermediate Spanish level to be eligible. Internships are offered in professional fields including Business, Technical fields, Tourism and Hospitality, Engineering, Public Relations, Education. Students must submit a résumé and list the fields of placement in order of preference. Placements are made bearing in mind availability and the student’s preference. The university cannot guarantee placement in a particular field. An on-line interview for the placement may be required prior to arrival in Madrid. Students can earn up to 9 credits.

This program is a comprehensive approach to the various management and business aspects of sports industries in Spain. Taught in English, the course includes lectures and workshops by faculty and experts in the field on topics such as: soccer management, digital and social media, stadium and event management, international sport business, sports marketing, public sports facilities development. In class learning is supported by field trips that will grant students a hands-on experience and insight into the sports industry. Visits include the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, home of Real Madrid Football Club, Wanda Metropolitan Stadium, home of Atlético de Madrid football team, Madrid Open tennis facilities, Real Madrid City and High-Performance Training Center. The program combines 28 hours of in-class learning with 20+ hours of experiential learning for a recommended 3 U.S. credits. Several sports-related activities are also included.

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