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Study Abroad in Madrid: Courses

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Please refer to the academic overview for program and course selection guidelines. Recommended credits are shown in parentheses.

Students will be placed in the appropriate Spanish language level determined by an on-line placement test and course registration will not be finalized until after arrival on campus.

Students are advised to gain pre-approval from their home institution for several different levels of Spanish in order to ensure that they receive credit for the course they are placed into following the placement test.


All courses are taught in Spanish. Take one or two courses. Courses are grouped according to language level. For example students who test into Level A1 take the Beginner level Spanish course and/or the Spanish Language and Conversation course.


CH1601 (3) | Beginner Spanish

Study basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary from a functional and communicative approach. Develop oral and written comprehension and expression, with an emphasis on linguistic practice, in order to acquire basic control of the language in simple contexts and familiar communication that allows students closer contact to the Spanish way of life. 

CH1611 (3) | Spanish Language and Conversation 

Practice basic Spanish concepts with an emphasis placed on spoken language in order to acquire more confidence when managing basic Spanish. Students begin to engage in daily life in Spain. 


CH2601 (3) | Low Intermediate Spanish

Intensive course at initial intermediate level of Spanish and Spanish culture. Under a communicative approach, students acquire functional contents of the level such as understanding and expressing ideas in a conversation, telling personal experiences in the past, or, among others, talking about facts that may occur in the future. Activities that develop oral and written expression skills are put into practice. 

CH1651 (3) | Conversation and Culture 

Intensive course supplementary to Spanish language in which the contents at Intermediate level are put into practice. Special emphasis on oral expression to acquire greater confidence when interacting with Spaniards and in everyday situations. 


CH2611 (3) | Intermediate Spanish 

Achieve more confidence in the use of the language and control of complex grammatical aspects. Special emphasis on the use and practice of learned grammatical structures.

CH2651 (3) | Conversation and Culture

Concentration on oral practice although all four linguistic skills will be practiced. Students will study general aspects of Spanish culture, keeping in mind geographical and cultural diversity, as well as current events in Spain.


CH3601 (3) | High Intermediate Spanish

Strengthening comprehension and oral and written expression at a high intermediate level of Spanish of reflexive study and practice of grammar structures. General review of the morphosyntax of the Spanish language from a functional perspective. 

CH3641 (3) | Spanish Culture

Approaching modern Spanish society through commentaries and debates. The class requires students to read different texts, as well as linguistic correctness both in oral and written expression.


CH4601 (3) | Spanish Language - B2.2 

Focus on the study and practice of different aspects of the spoken and written language from the point of view of its use. Analysis of different registers in the practice of the language. Study of specific grammar problems in order to correct written and spoken Spanish. 

CH4611 (3) | Spanish Language II - C1

Intensive course to review Spanish morphosyntax. Study of the specific problems of complex grammatical structures to achieve a deep understanding of the internal structure of the language. Study of expressions and idioms, specific vocabulary and technicalities. Requirement: to have passed Advanced Spanish Language. 

CH4621 (3) | Advanced Spanish Language - C2

This course deepens the lexical and formal understanding of the language to acquire a knowledge of the territorial and social variants that allow the student to become an autonomous speaker, owner of knowledge and correction close to those of a native speaker cultured, capable of understanding any type of spoken or written language, as much in oral conversations as in speeches or in abstract texts as well as to perceive and transmit with subtlety and precision with a style adapted to the communicative context. 

CH4641 (3) | Spanish Culture 

Study of the major historical events of Spain as well as the most prominent artistic expressions.

CH4051 (3) | Conversation and Composition

Advanced level course aimed at achieving greater fluency in informal conversations and debates, and progress in written expression. The goal of both oral and written practice is to expand vocabulary and use of idioms and learn to use different communicative registers. Requirement: to be enrolled in CH4601Spanish Language I or CH4611 Spanish Language II.

CH3691 (3) | Spanish Theater in the 20th Century (Session 1 only) 

Study of the development of Spanish theater, with a special in-depth study of the following themes: Lorca, the post-war and the present-day period. Students are required to read some complete works and, whenever possible, attend theatrical performances at which at least one attendance will be required. 

CH4652 (3) | Celestina and Don Juan (Session 1 only) 

Study of the most representative characters from La Celestina, by Fernando de Rojas, and Don Juan, by Tirso de Molina, relating them to similar characters throughout the whole of Spanish literature. 

CH4521 (3) | Spanish for Business 

Course to acquire and develop the specific language for legal and economic topics. Readings and commentaries of journalistic texts and specific examples of legal and economic documents are made. Attention is given to work situations in Spain in order to promote intercultural competence in students. 

CH3131 (3) | Panorama of Spanish Literature (Session 1 only) 

A general review of Spanish literature. Introduction to the major movements, authors, and genres of literature in Spain and a social, historical and psychological analysis of Spanish society through literature.

CH3681 (3) | Contemporary Spanish Novel (Session 2 only) 

General view of Spanish prose from the post-war period to the present day, major movements, analysis and comments on selected texts; latest trends. Perspectives of a novel. The reading of some novels is mandatory. 

CH4631 (3) | Women in the Spanish Golden Age of Literature (Session 2 only)

Role of women in Spanish literature. Analysis of literary works about women and/or written by women. Archetypes and types. Spanish authors of the Golden Age. The reading of sections and complete works is mandatory. 


All courses are taught in English. Choose one or two courses for up to 6 credits.

Spanish Plus Courses

LM107 (3)  | Intercultural Communication 

Describes different factors involved in communication across cultures by discussing cultural variables that enable people to understand each other across group boundaries. The course focuses on the role that communication has in the creation and dissemination of culture. Students will learn to recognize cultural variables to communicate effectively. 

CH3161 (3) | Art in Spain 

An introduction to art in Spain over the past five hundred years. The course 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. 

CH3021 (3) | European Studies: Culture, History and Integration (Session 1 only)

Covers relevant political, economic, and social aspects of European history and culture by examining the interaction among nation-states and their impact on other parts of the world. Students acquire basic intellectual skills through emphasis on critical thinking, considering questions of why and how events occurred. Topics will include European expansion, political revolutions, industrialization, nationalism, colonialism, European wars and the European Union. 

DE4554 (3) | International Management (Session 1 only) 

Deals with multiple functions of management, such as organizing, coordinating, planning, and staffing in an international cross-cultural context. Focusing on the complexity of international management, students will learn how diverse national cultures affect management functions in different ways. Intercultural communication, expatriate compensation, gender issues, and ethical conflicts will also be discussed. 

CM2124 (3) | International Marketing (Session 2 only) 

Within current marketing globalization, the aim of this course is to analyze how International Marketing is not just a mere exportation technique, it is also one of the means to systematically establish penetration and consolidation of our business into foreign markets. The course analyzes market information, research systems, marketing mix, and other strategies from an international standpoint. 

DE1124 (3) | International Business (Session 2 only) 

Introduces students to the international perspective of businesses. Topics covered include the competitive environment of the international marketplace and international organizations; the cultural, political-economic and labor forces affecting international business; and management techniques to deal with foreign factors in the international environment. 


This program combines one or two courses of Session 1 Hispanic Studies or Spanish Plus program with a 4-week internship in a professional setting. Dates for the internship program are the same as those of Sessions 1 + 2 Combined.

IN3025 (3)
The internship program gives students with B2/High Intermediate level Spanish and above the opportunity to intern in Madrid in a placement in one of the following professional fields: business, technology, tourism and hospitality, engineering, public relations, education.

Students complete an internship application in addition to the program application. Spanish level is determined by a placement test regardless of previous experience. We advise you to gain prior approval for several course options in order to ensure that you will receive credit in the event that you do not place into the required level of Spanish for the internship.

The Internship Program enables students to:

  • Apply academic training to practical situations in a professional setting
  • Work alongside professionals and managers to observe different work-styles and techniques
  • Relate work experience to classroom situations
  • Enrich their employment opportunities and establish a work record for their CV (résumé)
  • Acquire skills and strengths essential to the development of personal confidence
  • Gain contacts and insight into a career area

The ideal internship placement is a combination of the skills and personality that an organization is seeking and those which a student presents. Placements are made with both small and large organizations, and selection is based on a number of criteria.

Students must attend interviews with suitable organizations as part of the internship selection process. Final selection is always at the discretion of the organization and the university.


Sports Management 310 (3)

The Sports Management Program is an inspiring two-week program that offers a comprehensive approach to the various management and business aspects of sports industries in Spain. The course takes a student-centered, experience-focused, and professional-oriented approach. Nebrija University’s hands-on methodology grants a privileged insight into the Spanish sports industry as well as a set of valuable transferable skills and a global perspective on management and sport.

Faculty and experts will lecture on a variety of topics that will set strong theoretical foundations on Soccer Management, Social and Digital Media, Stadium and Event Management, International Sports Business, Sports Marketing and Public Sports Facilities Development. Students will also be guided into case-study activities that will take hands-on professional learning to a new level.

In order to gain a full vision of the industry, in-class learning will be complemented with private field trips to some of the main sports facilities in the city of Madrid including Real Madrid football club’s stadium the Santiago Bernabéu.

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