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Open to Visiting Students: Yes
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 participate in other cultural activities. 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.

A group flight will be offered and we encourage the 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 or 6 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 "Spain: Society, Language and Culture", which are taught in Spanish. Students who wish to advance their Spanish language proficiency this summer are encouraged to take these courses in Spanish.

All courses are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment. Please plan to have a backup course and be flexible. Also, please note that you will not be allowed to drop or switch classes once you arrive in Madrid.

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.


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, such as business, communications, education, and international relations. All placements require a good working knowledge of Spanish. For non-native speakers, a prerequisite of SPA 300 or higher is required.

BUA 300.1 Doing Business in Europe
(3 credits) undergraduate
The European Union is a vital component of the global business system. It has been one of the most important trade and investment partners of the United States. Indeed, European markets present many valuable opportunities as well as challenges for US firms trading with Europe or investing in it. This course examines Europe’s economic and business environment and the implications of that environment for US companies doing business with European countries. Course topics include the historical background of the European Union, European Cultures, European economies, trade and investment relations, regulations, the euro, and entry into European markets.


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.


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.

PSC/HST 300  Spain: Past and Present

(3 credits) undergraduate
This course aims to trace the historical roots of the most interesting Spanish political and social current issues and provide the students with the knowledge necessary to understand Spain today. Through the analysis of the recent history and the present of the country, this class helps the student learning about Spain, and Europe.

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.

SPA 200 Spanish Grammar, Conversation, and Culture

(3 credits) undergraduate

General conversation course in Spanish. Students must have completed SPA 102 or two semesters of Spanish. 

SPA 300 SPAIN: Society, Language and Culture (pre-req SPA 201)

(3 credits) undergraduate
This course aims to study the sociocultural aspects of the Spanish society in Spanish language. This course helps students to cope with their cross-cultural adaptation, by comparing and contrasting their own culture with the Spanish one from a different perspective: learning about daily life, traditions and expectations of Spaniards.

WRT 422 Writing Creative Nonfiction 

(3 credits) undergraduate
Learn about the power of narrative, the voice of the writer, the role of research, and how our location can help us write creative nonfiction in Madrid and in the world. We will explore strategies for writing confidently and persuasively on a range of topics and across a range of forms.

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.

SPA 400 Media, Film and Pop Culture

(3 credits) undergraduate
Appreciate the changing dynamic of contemporary Spanish society through analysis of print and visual media, film, art exhibits, dance, and sporting events. 
BIO 300 Biology of Spain

(3 credits) undergraduate
This course will study the main coastal and marine ecosystems and the physiology, behavior, and ecology of marine and coastal organisms. It also examines the uses and misuses of natural resources, the protection measures implemented, and how interactions of the different civilizations have shaped and “humanized” the Mediterranean environment. The course includes travel to the southeast in Spain and the north of Morocco to compare management practices of Europe and the North of Africa.


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 SYR email account.


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 23, 2019
 Housing begins:  May 23, 2019
 Orientation (required):  May 23, 2019
 Program ends:  July 5, 2019
 Housing ends:  July 5, 2019 (a.m.) 
 Depart Madrid:  July 5, 2019
 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  $3,744 (2018 rate)    Tuition  $3,744 (2018 rate) 
  Program Fee   $3,080 (estimated rate)   Program Fee  $2,400 (estimated rate)
  Total  $6,824 (estimated)    Total  $6,144 (estimated)
  UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits): Residence Hall   UNDERGRADUATE (6 credits): Homestay  
  Tuition  $ 7,488 (2018 rate)   Tuition  $7,488 (2018 rate)
  Program Fee  $3,080 (estimated rate)   Program Fee  $2,400 (estimated rate)
  Total  $10,568 (estimated)   Total  $9,888 (estimated)
  GRADUATE (3 credits): Residence Hall   GRADUATE (3 credits): Homestay
  Tuition  $4,677 (2018 rate)   Tuition  $4,677 (2018 rate)
  Program Fee  $3,080 (estimated rate)   Program Fee   $2,400 (estimated rate)
  Total  $7,757 (estimated)   Total  $7,077 (estimated)
  GRADUATE (6 credits): Residence Hall   GRADUATE (6 credits): Homestay
  Tuition  $9,354 (2018 rate)   Tuition  $9,354 (2018 rate)
  Program Fee  $3,080 (estimated rate)   Program Fee   $2,400 (estimated rate)
  Total  $12,434(estimated)    Total  $11,754 (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: $900- $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.
*Please note that there may be additional fees associated with this program if a visa is required.


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

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/10/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/23/2019 07/05/2019
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.