The Madrid University Studies Program, offered spring semesters, is a specialized program for exceptionally well-qualified students who have a strong command of Spanish. Students enroll directly at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and attend classes alongside native speakers. All students have the unique opportunity to experience life in a Spanish homestay. Students choose three elective courses from a wide variety of subjects across the university’s seven “facultades” (faculties). Courses are offered in areas including anthropology, archaeology, art history, cinema, economics, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and Spanish culture, language, literature, and history. Students also enroll in an advanced-level seminar on contemporary Spain with other program participants. In addition, students participate in semester-long tutorials that assist them with their university coursework.

At the UAM, students choose three elective courses from a wide variety of subjects across the university’s seven “facultades(faculties). Courses are offered in areas including anthropology, archaeology, art history, cinema, economics, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and Spanish culture, language, literature, and history. Students also enroll in an advanced-level seminar on contemporary Spain with other program participants. In addition, students participate in semester-long tutorials that assist them with their university coursework.

Required Course

Students take the following required course:

  • Seminar on Contemporary Spain

Note: Syllabus is for course approval and reference only. Students will receive an up-to-date syllabus when their course begins.

Elective Courses

At the UAM, students enroll in three elective courses. Courses are offered in a wide variety of subjects, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Cinema
  • Economics
  • History of Philosophy
  • Latin American Literature
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Spanish Philosophy

For a complete list of courses, visit the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid website.

Please note: Students are required to submit additional application materials for the UAM following admission to the Boston University program. Admission to the UAM is not guaranteed.


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 homes. 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 and internet.
    • Gyms at the university and in town but may be expensive. Students can study at the Instituto or the Autonoma. Many students study at home, as university libraries have more restricted hours than in the US.
    • Spring Semester: Mid-January to late May

    Please note: This program is only offered during the spring semester.

    • Fall Semester & Academic Year: March 15
    • Spring Semester: October 2