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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

What You Need to Know

Create your own program by choosing from an array of courses, including Spanish, writing, LGBT studies, and psychology. Travel to Andalucia, visit Madrid’s art museums, and attend the theater and concerts. Or experience the Spanish workplace by doing an internship in local businesses.

As part of your academic program, you’ll go on a long-weekend study tour to one of the most celebrated regions of Spain: Andalucia.

During the session, you will live with a family or in a residence hall with other international and local students. You will truly experience authentic daily life in Madrid. You’ll also participate in extracurricular activities, a cooking course, a bullfight, and a hiking excursion, and you’ll get to know young locals.

Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing at any accredited college or university are eligible to apply to this program.  Please note however that not all courses are offered at the graduate level.

Travel and Living

Students will arrange and pay for their own round-trip transportation to Madrid. Transportation for course-related field trips is arranged by Syracuse Abroad and covered by the course fees.

Advantage Travel has arranged a group flight for students on this program; please see the Group Flight Madrid reservation form for more information. We encourage students to travel on the group flight, which includes ground transportation upon arrival.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

Students in Madrid have the option of living in a homestay or a residence hall.
Students who choose the homestay option are housed in double rooms in private homes with Spanish hosts who provide breakfast and dinner every day for the duration of the program. Students who choose the residence hall option are housed in the Colegio Mayor El Faro, and three meals a day in the El Faro cafeteria is included in this option. Please note that students choosing the residence hall option will be charged a higher program fee.
The residence hall option is on a first come, first serve basis and space is not guaranteed for anyone who applies after the initial deadline.

Each student will be assigned a roommate (same sex) from the program unless they request a specific roommate on their housing placement form.    

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.

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Students may register for 3, 4, 6 or 7 credits, for one of three options: 1 class, 1 internship, or 2 classes.

All the courses listed below are taught in English except the following courses: "Media, Film and Pop Culture in Spain", "Spanish Grammar, Conversation and Culture" and “Advanced Spanish Grammar, Conversation and Culture” that are taught in Spanish. Students who wish to advance their Spanish language proficiency this summer are encouraged to take these courses in Spanish.

Students with no Spanish credit on their transcript (including native or heritage speakers) need to take the Spanish online placement exam (accessed through MySlice) in order to identify their appropriate language level. This is only necessary for those students registering for a course with pre-requisite Spanish language experience. Instructions on accessing this exam are available online.  

It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.
*Please note that Syracuse University reserves the right to cancel any class due to low enrollment. Students should consider back up classes for their summer abroad.

Students can add classes during their first days in Madrid. Dropping classes once in Madrid is not an option. Any desired changes MUST be made prior to arrival.


AAS/PSC 300 Transnational Civil Society and Human Rights 
(3 credits) undergraduate
This course examines how transnational civil society organizations have become important and critical actors in the advancement of key human rights issues, implementing their vision and coordinating their work across multiple borders simultaneously. This course will be taught by Kwame Dixon, a professor in the African-American Studies department at Syracuse University.


BUA 470/670 or IPA/SPA 470 Summer Internships in Madrid 
(3 credits) undergraduate or graduate
Summer internships are available in a variety of fields, including business, communications, education, and international relations. All placements require a good working knowledge of Spanish. 


ETS 320 Hemingway in Europe and Spain
(3 credits) undergraduate
From Ernest Hemingway’s initial visit in 1923 to a final one in 1959, the people, culture, and politics of Spain inspired him and formed the basis for several of his most important texts. This course focuses on Hemingway’s encounter with Europe and Spain, as seen through many of his most famous texts: The First Forty-Nine Stories, A Moveable Feast, The Sun Also Rises, Death in the Afternoon, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.


HOA 209 Arts of Spain: Paintings, Architectures, Cities 
(3 credits) undergraduate
This course covers Spanish art and architectural history from the Middle Ages up to the 20th century. It emphasizes the most important masters and works of each period, the cities where they lived, and the architectures they knew, offering an opportunity to understand the most important cities of Spain through their cultural history and artistic output. Many classes are conducted on-site.


HST/PSC 400 20th Century Spain
(3 credits) undergraduate
Learn about the history of Spain in the 20th century while gaining the knowledge needed to understand present-day Madrid and Spain (politically, socially, economically, and culturally). Also includes a focus on Spain’s place in a globalized world—its international relations and foreign policy, EU membership, and relationship with Latin America.


MAG/TRF 300 Travel Writing and Multimedia in Madrid 
(3 credits) undergraduate
Develop the skills of a travel journalist by exploring the people, history, culture, geography, nature, politics, food, and sports of Madrid. Learn research and reporting techniques, journalism do’s and don’ts, dialogue, and interviewing tips that allow you to create insightful articles and images. You will produce multimedia travel pieces, keep travel journals, share work in class, and post the finished work on the web.


PSY 395 Abnormal Psychology
(3 credits) undergraduate
Explore the biological, cultural, and political issues in abnormal psychology as well as in psychological assessment and therapeutic treatment of abnormal behavior. Topics include stress and adjustment disorders, mood disorders and suicide, sexual variants, abuse and dysfunctions, and schizophrenia and delusional disorders.


PSY 400 Cross-Cultural Psychology
(3 credits) undergraduate
Cross-cultural psychology is a scientific discipline that tries to explain the similarities and differences between human minds in different places throughout the world. In this class, students will discuss a number of basic questions about universal and culture-specific psychological states and dispositions. 


SOC/QSX/WGS 306/600 Sexuality in Spain 
(3 credits) undergraduate or graduate
Explore questions about sexuality, gender, and the body that are fundamental to identity and community, with a focus on the Spanish cultural context. The course will look in detail at homosexuality and gender identity in Spain through course readings, films, guest speakers, field trips, and observational research.

SOC 300 Sociological Perspectives of Sport
(3 credits) undergraduate
From soccer to basketball, Spain is a major player in the world of Sports and Madrid boasts two of the best soccer teams in the world. In this course you will learn about and compare Spanish and US sport contexts. In each unit the students will use different sociological conceptual tools to analyze several topics: social functions of sport, commercialization of sport, social stratification of sport (social class, gender, and ethnicity), sport subcultures, rules in sport, as well as key ethical debates in sport.


SOM 400 Managing in a Spanish Setting
(3 credits) undergraduate
Acquaint yourself with the leading analytical frameworks created to assist leaders of multinational firms with gathering and analyzing relevant data and making strategic managerial decisions when confronted by different cultural, political, institutional, social, and economic issues in the global marketplace.


SPA 201 Spanish III
(4 credits) undergraduate
Taught in Spanish. Proficiency-based continuing language course that further develops language skills introduced in SPA 102. Structured to take advantage of living in a Spanish environment. Students cannot enroll in SPA 201 after successfully completing SPA 202 or higher.
Pre-req: SPA 102, two semesters of college-level Spanish, or the equivalent


SPA 300 Advanced Spanish Grammar, Conversation, and Culture 
(3 credits) undergraduate
General view of the customs and current Spanish culture and how their character has been formed through Spanish history. Taught in Spanish. Students must have completed SPA 202 or four semesters of Spanish. 


SPA 400/600 Media, Film, and Pop Culture in Spain 
(3 credits) undergraduate or graduate; taught in Spanish
Appreciate the changing dynamic of contemporary Spanish society through analysis of print and visual media, film, art exhibits, dance, and sporting events. Students must have completed SPA 300 or equivalent.

WRT 205 Global Citizens/Global Cities – Critical Research
(3 credits) undergraduate

Have you ever watched Anthony Bourdain’s food and travel shows and thought “wow I wish that were my life!”? Are you the kind of traveler who gets to know a city through its food? Then this summer abroad is most certainly for you! Join us in Madrid this summer to examine what it means to be a global citizen and to experience a global city, using Madrid as your object of study with food as a central thematic focus. In order to create a shared conversation for your research and writing work, you will use the concept of Madrid’s “food identity,” and how this identity is marketed to tourists, businesses, sports enthusiasts, and students, to develop both print and multimodal arguments. 
This course will be taught by Professor Aja Martinez.


Online Registration

You will register online for your Madrid Center courses in early March. Instructions will be emailed to you about one week before online registration starts. Be sure to regularly check your email.


Review and Give To Your Parent/Guardian:
Students who register for any of the courses listing a course fee, will be charged a fee to cover special activities, such as study tours or site visits, which are an integral part of the course. Study tour fees reflect the cost of transportation, accommodations, and some group meals. This is not a bill. Fees are billed from Syracuse following online registration, appearing on a Bursar statement mailed to the student's billing address. These fees are not included in either the tuition or program fee charges, which are billed prior to departure. Any new course-related fees or fee increases approved after this date will be announced prior to registration. All students who register for a course with a course-related fee are required to pay the fee. 
Financial Deadline to Withdraw from the Program 
Please refer to the SU Tuition, Fees, and Related Policies Bulletin for information on refund of course-related fees for students who withdraw from the program voluntarily, involuntarily, or due to suspension or expulsion.

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The faculty selected to teach in the SU Madrid program are carefully chosen for their scholarship and professional accomplishments as well as for their reputations for excellence in teaching.  More information regarding our Madrid faculty can be found here


 Arrive in Madrid:  May 17, 2018
 Housing begins:  May 17, 2018
 Orientation (required):  May 17, 2018
 Program ends:  June 29, 2018
 Housing ends:  June 29, 2018 (a.m.) 
 Depart Madrid:  June 29, 2018
 Application deadline:  February 10*

* Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


Students in Madrid have the option of living in a residence hall or a homestay. Please note that students choosing the residence hall option will be charged a higher program fee, shown below.



  UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits): Residence Hall     UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits): Homestay  
  Tuition  $3,603 (2017 rate)    Tuition  $3,603 (2017 rate) 
  Program Fee   $2,900 (estimated rate)   Program Fee  $2,150 (estimated rate)
  Total  $6,503 (estimated)    Total  $5,753 (estimated)
  UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits): Residence Hall   UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits): Homestay  
  Tuition  $ 7,206 (2017 rate)   Tuition  $7,206 (2017 rate)
  Program Fee  $ 2,900 (estimated rate)   Program Fee  $2,150 (estimated rate)
  Total  $10,106 (estimated)   Total  $9,356(estimated)
  GRADUATE (3 credits): Residence Hall   GRADUATE (3 credits): Homestay
  Tuition  $4,500 (2017 rate)   Tuition  $4,500 (2017 rate)
  Program Fee  $2,900 (estimated rate)   Program Fee   $2,150 (estimated rate)
  Total  $7,400 (estimated)   Total  $6,650 (estimated)
  GRADUATE (6 credits): Residence Hall   GRADUATE (6 credits): Homestay
  Tuition  $9,000 (2017 rate)   Tuition  $9,000 (2017 rate)
  Program Fee  $2,900 (estimated rate)   Program Fee   $2,150 (estimated rate)
  Total  $11,900(estimated)    Total  $11,150 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Many courses include course fees which are billed to students following the end of the formal summer registration period.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,500
Books & Supplies: $100
Personal: $800
Lunches and other meals in homestays: $600
Other meals and laundry in residence hall: $300

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.