The Madrid Science Program, offered only in Fall Semesters, combines science coursework taught in English with Spanish language and culture studies at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Instituto Internacional en España. All students have the unique opportunity to experience life in a Spanish homestay. In addition to coursework, students participate in guided field trips to industries and research institutions. The program design allows students to take courses that fit neatly into their curricula and requirements. All students take a required four-credit Spanish language course and three 4-credit electives. No prior knowledge of Spanish is required.

All students take a required 4-credit Spanish language course, and three 4-credit electives.

Required Language Course

Students enroll in the following 4-credit courses, taught at the Instituto Internacional en España:

  • Spanish Language Course (4 credits)
    • Students will be placed according to their level.
    • Syllabus

Elective Courses

Students choose three courses below. Taught in English.

  • CAS BI 203 Cell Biology (4 credits)
    • Prerequisites: CAS BI 108 and CAS CH 102, or the equivalent.
    • Principles of cellular organization and function: biological molecules, flow of genetic information, membranes and subcellular organelles, and cell regulation. Taught at the UAM.
  • CAS CH 203 Organic Chemistry I (4)
    • Prerequisites: CAS CH 102 or CAS CH 110 or CAS CH 112, or the equivalent.
    • Fundamentals of contemporary organic chemistry, including electronic structure, stereochemistry, and reactions of important functional groups. Environmental problems, action of drugs, chemical warfare agents, insecticides, and chemical causes of disease. Taught at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM).
    • Lab manual
  • CAS MA 213 Basic Statistics and Probability (4)
    • Prerequisite: good background in high school algebra.
    • Students may receive course credit for not more than one of the following courses:
      • CAS MA 113
      • CAS MA 115
      • CAS MA 213
    • Elementary treatment of probability densities, means, variances, correlation, independence, the binomial distribution, the central limit theorem. Stresses understanding and theoretical manipulation of statistical concepts. Taught at the UAM.
  • CAS LS 241 Spanish Civilization (4)
    • An introduction to Spanish civilization with special emphasis on history, art, and literature. The course begins in English and shifts gradually into Spanish as students’ fluency increases. 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.
    • Syllabus

The Global Learning Experience: An Online Course

Students in all Fall and Spring programs have the opportunity to enroll in The Global Learning Experience at no additional cost.

  • 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.
    • 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: All meals (3 meals per day/ 7 days per week) will be provided by the host family. A packed lunch will be provided by the host family if the student is unable to commute home for lunch.
    • Students may eat at the dining hall.
    • 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.
    • Fall Semester: early September to mid December
      Please note that this program is only offered during the fall semester.
      • Fall Semester & Academic Year: March 15

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      • Brittany Flatter, Spring 2009 Madrid student in Toledo, Spain
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