The Madrid Summer Spanish Studies Program takes place at the Instituto Internacional en España and offers six weeks of study and cultural immersion, with three different levels based upon language proficiency. All Madrid students are placed in Spanish households, where they have their own room and take meals with their hosts. Students enroll in two courses; their 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.

  • Level IA open to students who have completed second-semester college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • 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

 

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 students enroll in the following courses:

  • CAS LS 211 Third-Semester Spanish (4 credits)
    • Prerequisite: two semesters of 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: three semesters of 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.

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 credits)
    • Prerequisite: four semesters of 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: four semesters of 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 students enroll in two of the following courses:

  • CAS LS 303 Composition and Conversation in Spanish (4 credits)
    • Prerequisite: four semesters of 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: four semesters of 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: five semesters of 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  (4)
    • Topic for Summer 2015: Cervantes and the Madrid of his times. Introduction to the central works of Miguel de Cervantes and exploration of the Madrid in which he lived and wrote. Includes visits to important neighborhoods in literary history and local museums.
    • Syllabus
Local Homestay 

  • Individual bedrooms in local family home. Each room has a bed, a desk, and some storage space. Linens are provided and washed regularly. Kitchen access is not guaranteed. Students will have the ability to reheat food.
    • Board included; homestay students prepare their own breakfast, and eat lunch and dinner with host families, except for Friday and Saturday evenings. They receive a stipend for dinner those nights.
    • Host families provide laundry, internet.
    • Gyms at the university and in town, but may be expensive. Students can study at the Instituto or the Autónoma. Many students study at home, as university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US.
    • Summer Term: Mid-May to early July
    • Summer Term: March 1