Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

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Study Abroad in Madrid: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art history, architecture, communications, economics, gender studies, history, international business and marketing, literature, politics, Spanishart history, architecture, communications, economics, gender studies, history, international business and marketing, international relations, internship, literature, politics, Spanish language.

All students take an online placement test before arrival in Madrid to determine the appropriate level.

Please note that in Spring 2021 the Early Start Program is offered online only. Additionally, the dates of the semester program in Madrid have changed so that students will not be required to obtain a visa before travelling to Spain.

Program Options

This program is designed for students who wish to focus their studies in Spanish language and culture taking courses taught in Spanish in language, grammar, literature, art, history, political science and Spanish society. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required. All courses are taught in Spanish. Courses are available at all levels from Beginner to Advanced. Students can take up to 5 courses and each course is 45 hours, equivalent to a recommended 3 U.S. credits.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 15 2.0 GPA; no previous Spanish language study required

This program is designed for students who wish to combine learning Spanish with specific degree courses from different areas, taught in English. Areas of academic study include business and marketing; art and architecture; culture and history; international relations and European studies; literature and gender studies.

Beginner to Advanced. Students can take up to 5 courses and each course is 45 hours, equivalent to a recommended 3 U.S. credits. At least one of the 5 courses must be taught in Spanish and chosen from the Hispanic Studies Program.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 15 2.0 GPA; no previous Spanish language study required

Students with an Advanced level of Spanish and who have completed at least five semesters of college level Spanish can take regular degree courses alongside Spanish students. Eligible students can select courses from the following areas: social sciences; communication sciences; Polytechnic School; arts and letters. Students choose courses from one area of study. Some courses are taught in English. This program is available in the fall only and cannot be combined with the Early Start Program.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall Semester up to 18 2.75 GPA

Students with a minimum B2 level of Spanish (high intermediate) and junior or senior standing can participate in this program which combines Spanish language study with an internship. Particular cases where this requirement is not fulfilled are to be analyzed by Nebrija staff in case other internship options are available. The Internship carries 3 credits and students combine this with courses from the Hispanic Studies or Spanish Plus program. Students take 3 courses while doing their internship. An additional course could be accepted if the schedule allows it. 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. Students must submit a resume and letter of interest (cover letter), both written in Spanish by the student, with three areas of interest, to the AIFS Admissions Officer for internship consideration.

Internships have been offered in the following areas in previous years: 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. All interns take part in an intercultural competence seminar.

ECTS Please note that the Universidad Nebrija issues 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 studentís home institution the ultimate decision in the awarding of U.S. credit. Recommended U.S. semester credits shown in parentheses next to each course on the course description pages 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.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Spring Semester up to 15 2.75 GPA

Give your Spanish skills a head start and earn extra credits on the Early Start option. Students taking this option will arrive in Madrid before the semester begins and take an intensive Spanish language course focusing on grammar, conversation and culture. All levels of Spanish are available. A placement test after arrival in Madrid will determine your level. The optional Early Start Program gives you a good opportunity to improve your Spanish before the semester begins. The course also gives you the opportunity to make a gradual adjustment to academic life and living in Spain.

The Early Start Program runs for 2 weeks in the fall for 3 credits and for 4 weeks in the spring for 6 credits. Housing in a homestay or apartment is included. Students choosing a single room in an apartment will pay an $200 in the fall and $300 in the spring for the Early Start Program.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Early Start Fall or Spring Semester 3 or 6 2.0 GPA

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

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 universityís 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 todayís professionals.

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