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 students have the unique opportunity to experience life in a Spanish homestay. 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.
    • Syllabus
  • 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.
    • Syllabus

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 Madrid en Vivo (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 380 Cultures of Spain: Past and Present (4)
    • This course offers an introduction to Iberian cultures from the Middle Ages to the present through the study of literary, artistic, and cultural works that address themes related to the urban environment and notions of space.
    • Syllabus
  • CAS SP 400 All the World's a Stage (4)
    • This course offers an introduction to Iberian cultures from the Middle Ages to the present through the study of literary, artistic, and cultural works that address themes related to the urban environment and notions of space.
    • 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.
    • 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