Madrid Spanish Studies Program (Summer)

The program offers the study of Spanish language, literature, and culture in one of Europe’s liveliest capital cities. The student’s level of preparation and background in Spanish will determine placement in different levels from intensive Spanish language courses to liberal arts courses that introduce students to topics such as contemporary Spanish culture, the history of Spanish painting, or twentieth-century Spanish writers. Excursions within Madrid and to cities such as Sevilla, Toledo, and Segovia complement the curriculum.

Program Curriculum

This six-week program takes place at the Instituto Internacional en España where students enroll in two courses. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Level I: Intensive Spanish Language Studies

Students enroll in an intensive Spanish language curriculum that allows for the completion of two semesters of Spanish in six weeks.

Level IA Required Courses

Level IA students enroll in the following courses:

CAS LS 211: Third-Semester Spanish (4 credits)

(Prerequisite: CAS LS 112, second-semester college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.) Review structures of Spanish language. Intensive practice of spoken language. Readings in Hispanic culture. Frequent written assignments.

CAS LS 212: Fourth-Semester Spanish (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LS 211, third-semester college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.) Continuation of CAS LS 211. Review and practice of the structures of Spanish. Intensive practice of spoken language. Readings in Hispanic culture. Frequent written assignments.

Level IB Required Courses

Students enroll in an intensive Spanish language course and complement this with coursework on art in the museums of Madrid. That allows for the completion of two semesters of Spanish in six weeks.

CAS LS 303: Composition and Conversation in Spanish (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LS 212, fourth-semester college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.) This course focuses on skill development in the spoken and written language. Course includes grammar review, vocabulary building, and frequent written work. Syllabus

CAS SP 300: History of Spanish Art (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LS 212, fourth-semester college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.) Spanish paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries in relation to its Flemish and Italian antecedents. Syllabus

Level II: Advanced Studies

Level II complements language study with one liberal arts course. Students choose two of the following courses. Due to course scheduling, students cannot enroll in both CAS SP 302 and CAS SP 400.

Level II Required Courses

Level II students enroll in two of the following courses:

CAS LS 303: Composition and Conversation in Spanish (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LS 212, fourth-semester college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.) This course focuses on skill development in the spoken and written language. Course includes grammar review, vocabulary building, and frequent written work. Syllabus

CAS SP 300: History of Spanish Art (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LS 212, fourth-semester college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.) Spanish paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries in relation to its Flemish and Italian antecedents. Syllabus

CAS SP 302: Topics in Contemporary Spanish Culture (4)

(Prerequisite: CAS LS 303, fifth-semester college-level Spanish, or the equivalent.) Explores the major social, political, economic, and artistic trends in Spain since the end of the Franco dictatorship, with a focus on the country’s emergence as a key player in Europe and the world. Syllabus

CAS SP 400: Topics in Hispanic Literature: El Cuento Hispano (4)

Explores the literary history of the short story in the Hispanic world through the study of representative works from a variety of European and Latin American authors. Special attention is given to developing students’ analytic skills in Spanish. Syllabus

Program Details

Requirements
  • Level IA open to students who have completed second-semester college-level Spanish or the equivalent. Students who have completed third-semester Spanish are not eligible for this level
  • Level IB open to students who have completed fourth-semester college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Level II open to students who have completed fifth-semester college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • Admissions requirements for all programs
Program Dates
  • Summer Term: Late May to early July
Cost
Credit
  • Upon successful completion of the program, students earn eight Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits.
Housing
  • 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
  • Summer Term: March 1 

Download a description for the Madrid Summer Spanish Studies Program.

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 and administrative, academic, and housing personnel.

Faculty & Staff Profiles
Heather York, Program Manager

Overseas Staff

Faculty

Courses are taught by local Spanish faculty and visiting Boston University faculty.