Participants may study a variety of subjects in Spanish at Complutense University of Madrid. Students may complete a minor in Spanish in one semester. When approved, students may also earn credit for classes other than Spanish.
Some paid excursions are offered each semester. These may include a weekend trip to Granada or Seville, as well as day trips to important sites or cultural events in Madrid.
Students are encouraged to integrate their Spanish language skills into day-to-day life while in Madrid. All participants live with host families, allowing them to develop vernacular as well as academic second language skills.
NOTE: For this program all courses are in Spanish. If you are interested in studying your core classes in English please review Stetson's other exchange program in Madrid with the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and its largest city. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be around 6.5 million. It is the third-largest city in the European Union, and its metropolitan area is the third-largest in the European Union.
The city is located on the Manzanares river in the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid; this community is bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile and León and Castile-La Mancha. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural centre of Spain.
Madrid’s influences in politics, education, entertainment, environment, media, fashion, science, culture, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. It hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies, such as Telefónica, Iberia or Repsol.
Madrid houses the headquarters of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), belonging to the United Nations Organization (UN), the SEGIB, the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI), and the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB). It also hosts major international institutions regulators of Spanish: the Standing Committee of the Association of Spanish Language Academies, headquarters of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), the Cervantes Institute and the Foundation of Urgent Spanish (Fundéu BBVA).
While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets. Its landmarks include the Royal Palace of Madrid; the Royal Theatre with its restored 1850 Opera House; the Buen Retiro park, founded in 1631; the 19th-century National Library building (founded in 1712) containing some of Spain's historical archives; a large number of National museums, and the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising three art museums: Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía Museum, a museum of modern art, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
Ensure you meet all the requirements for this exchange, listed below, before starting an application.
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• Sophomore Standing
• 16 Stetson credits completed at time of application
• Spanish 202 completed at time of departure
• 2.5 cumulative Stetson University GPA at time of application and departure
• 3.0 Stetson University Spanish GPA at time of application and departure
• Good academic, judicial, and financial standing at time of application and departure
• All students are expected to enroll in the equivalent of 12 credits while abroad
The Stetson Exchange program is competitive. Enrollment is limited in all programs. Meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission to a given program in a given semester.
Students are responsible for the cost of their own transportation to the site, including visas and ground transportation if required.
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Studying in Madrid offers you a wide range of cultural, sports and leisure activities. In addition to getting a quality education at a prestigious university, Madrid is a welcoming city which makes it possible to turn your university stay into an unforgettable experience. It is one of the most dynamic cities in Europe and it holds a great attraction for students from all over the world. For all these reasons, 27% of the students admitted each year come from other Autonomous Regions and they choose our University.
The capital has a rich historic, artistic and cultural heritage; it is home to some of the best art museums in the world. Additionally, the Madrid Community region includes historic municipalities such as Alcala de Henares, Aranjuez, or El Escorial, and it is very near the monumental cities of Segovia and Toledo.
Madrid also offers the possibilities of practicing a wide variety of sports, including winter sports as there are several ski stations in the Madrid Community region. Below you can find further information about the University, as well as the sports and leisure possibilities you’ll be able to enjoy both on and off campus.
Costs - Spring 2018
Students studying abroad in Madrid will pay two separate costs - one to Stetson, and one to the host institution in Spain. You will be charged for your regular Stetson semester tuition as well as international insurance (approximately $275 for the full semester). This will be paid directly to Stetson. Everything else will be paid directly to Madrid. In nearly all cases, financial aid can be used to help cover these charges to Stetson and the host institution.
For Spring 2018, students will need to wire 4400 Euros to Madrid, which will cover room and board (3 meals/day), bus transporation in the city, and planned cultural activities and trips. Students who choose to participate in the optional Morocco exchange will owe an additional 320 Euros.
Flight and visa costs are independent of these charges. Flight costs will vary based upon the location from which you fly out of, and the visa for Spain will cost approximately $150.
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Spanish Language Program at UCM
Incoming Exchange Students
Please note: Airfare, transportation, as well as students' visas, and other documentation required by the study-abroad country is the financial responsibility of the student. Food, housing, excursions, local transportation and any other other personal costs are the responsibility of the student and not included in the tuition fee paid to SU.
While SU and the foreign institution may produce documents required for students to secure a visa; the processes, cost and responsibility of securing a visa are the student's alone.
SU cannot secure visas for students per the requirements of consulates.
We encourage students and their families to begin researching the visa process, and requirements, at the point of application.