Madrid Engineering Program

The rewards of studying engineering in Madrid are many: exposure to another culture in preparation for technical careers in the global economy, access to elite research facilities in an advanced international environment, and observation of Spanish research institutions, industries, and technical museums through guided field trips.

Ideally suited for second-semester sophomores in engineering, the program comprises courses taught in English by Spanish faculty at a local university and at the Instituto Internacional en España. No prior language study is required.

Students enroll in the following four 4-credit courses:

Spanish Language Course (4 credits)

Students will be placed into a Spanish Language Course according to their level. Langauge courses are taught at the Instituto Internacional.

CAS LS 241: Spanish Civilization (4)

An introduction to Spanish civilization with special emphasis on history, art, and literature. Course content is enriched by visits to the Prado Museum, Segovia, Toledo, and other sites. Evaluation is based on three exams and/or papers. Taught at the Instituto, the course begins in English and shifts gradually into Spanish as students’ fluency increases. Syllabus

CAS MA 226: Differential Equations (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS MA 225 or MA 230, or the equivalent.) First-order linear and separable equations. Second-order equations and first-order systems. Linear equations and linearization. Numerical and qualitative analysis. Laplace transforms. Applications and modeling of real phenomena throughout. (Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS MA 231.) Taught in English at a local university.

ENG EK 307: Electric Circuits (4)

(Prerequisite: ENG EK 127. Corequisite: CAS MA 226, or the equivalent.) Introduction to electric circuit analysis and design; voltage, current, and power; element I-V curves, circuit laws, and theorems; energy storage; frequency domain, frequency response, transient response, sinusoidal steady state and transfer functions; and operational amplifiers, design. Includes lab. Taught in English at a local university.

Students choose one of the following 4-credit courses, taught in English at a local university.

CAS PY 313: Waves and Modern Physics (4)

(Prerequisites: CAS PY 211, CAS PY 212 and CAS MA 124, or the equivalent.) Focuses on waves and physical optics, relativistic mechanics, experimental foundations of quantum mechanics, atomic structure, physics of molecules and solids, atomic nuclei, and elementary particles.

ENG BE 209: Principles of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology (4)

(Prerequisites: high school biology and at least one semester of college chemistry.) For biomedical engineers. Principles of cell and molecular biology and biochemistry emphasizing biomolecules, the flow of genetic information, cell structure and function, and cell regulation.

CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)

All program participants have the opportunity to make the most of their semester abroad with The Global Learning Experience, a self-paced, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and experiential assignments that accompany them while living and studying in a country and culture different from their own. Students post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform to trace and articulate their achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. The course links students with the faculty instructors as well as peers studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. Students earn one credit in addition to the total program credits mentioned below at no additional cost.

Program Details

  • Admissions requirements for all programs
  • Ideally suited for second-semester sophomore engineering students
  • Some courses carry prerequisites
  • No prior language study is required
Program Dates
  • Spring Semester: early January to late May. Please note that this program is only offered during the spring semester.
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn 20 Boston University credits.
  • Boston University’s household accommodations facilitate the students’ language acquisition and integration into Spanish society through the daily usage of Spanish. All Madrid students are placed in Spanish households, where they have their own room and eat meals with their host families. Households represent a wide range of incomes and situations, from an older woman living alone to a professional couple living in the city to a large family with several children.
Application Deadlines
  • Spring: October 1

Please Note: After October 1, applications will continue to be accepted on a space-available basis. Notification of admissions begins after the application deadline.


Program Faculty & Staff

The Boston University Madrid Programs are administered by staff in both our Boston and Madrid offices. In Boston a program manager facilitates the admissions and pre-departure procedures, and maintains contact with students prior to their arrival in Madrid. The Boston office also houses administrative personnel who are responsible for everyday operations. In Madrid, the staff comprises a resident director as well as administrative, academic, and housing personnel.