At NYU Summer in Madrid, the first study abroad program set up by New York University, students experience a vibrant culture that is both heir to European traditions and the point of convergence for New World and other cultures. Madrid is the political and cultural center of Spain and one of Europe's most lively and charming cities. It boasts a history that goes back to the Middle Ages; from the 16th century on, it was the seat of a brilliant royal court. This is reflected in the city's rich architecture and abundance of monuments.
Contemporary Madrid is a clean and efficient city of wide boulevards, outstanding museums, monuments, theatres, and libraries. The city's public transportation-metro and buses-is first rate. Madrid is famous for its restaurants as well as its nightlife. The numerous cafés are frequented by students, writers, artists, and journalists. Because of its location in the geographical center of the country, Madrid is also an ideal base for exploring the rest of the Iberian Peninsula and beyond through a network of rapid, modern bus and rail transportation. Students who have lived and studied in Madrid often look at that period as one of the most transforming experiences of their lives.
I had so many opportunities to meet people from Madrid, to actually experience and learn about the culture from those who know it best. Also, I had the opportunity to travel everywhere -- I feel I conquered Spain.
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 Summer in Madrid program. Please check back in Fall for information about Summer 2018.
The Final Confirmation Deadline for this program is April 28.
Robert Lubar, Director, NYU Madrid; Associate Professor, NYU Institute of Fine Arts
Jabier Elorrieta, Director, Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese
|2017 Program Costs|
|Undergraduate Tuition - 8 points||$7,360|
|Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 points||$932|
|Program & Activities Fee||$550|
GeoBlue International Health Insurance
For 6 week program
Single Room in Shared Suite
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.
Students are encouraged to budget for summer abroad programs based on individual needs. Additional resources for planning are available by clicking below.
NYU Summer in Madrid offers Spanish language courses at all levels, including intensive study, as well as Spanish literature, culture, fine arts, history, and cinema courses in English or Spanish. Courses are taught by NYU Madrid faculty and Spanish university professors who are recognized experts in their fields. Students also enjoy a full range of cultural activities, seminars, and excursions led by experts in history, art, and architecture. Visits include the world-renowned Prado museum, other important museums and monuments, and Old Madrid, the "Greenwich Village" of this historic city. In addition, students' knowledge and understanding of Spain is broadened by excursions to other regions and cities such as Gijón and Toledo.
Open to students with no previous training in Spanish and to others on assignment by placement test. 4 points. Beginning course designed to teach the elements of Spanish grammar and language structure through a primarily oral approach. Emphasis is on building vocabulary and language patterns to encourage spontaneous language use in and out of the classroom. Sample syllabus forthcoming
Prerequisite: SPAN-UA 0001 or the equivalent.
Intensive Spanish for Advanced Beginners is an intensive language course designed to help students with limited knowledge of Spanish strengthen their language skills and develop their cultural competency. The course covers the materials of Spanish 2 and Spanish 3 in one semester. Successful completion of this course prepares students for a fourth semester college Spanish language course. Sample Syllabus.
Prerequisite for NYU students: SPAN-UA 0010 or SPAN-UA 0002. Conducted in Spanish.
Completes the equivalent of a year's intermediate course in one semester. Promotes proficiency in reading and writing as well as oral performance. This course provides direct contact with and immersion in the Madrid community, supplemented by cultural activities, lectures, and excursions with professional guides and professors whose field of expertise corresponds to any given activity. Sample syllabus.
Prerequisites for NYU students: SPAN-UA 0003
Conducted in Spanish.
Intermediate Spanish Level II is a four-credit course that reviews and continues the material covered in Spanish SPAN-UA 0003. The principal goal of this course is to provide you with the opportunity to improve your oral and written communication skills in the language, by applying all the grammar rules you have learned and will be reviewing. You will be expected to substantially increase your working vocabulary and make solid progress in reading and writing skills. Sample syllabus.
Advanced Language Composition Courses
To be taken concurrently with SPAN-UA 9004 or SPAN-UA 9100. This course counts as an advanced conversation course for Spanish minors or majors.
The course is designed for students in that would like to perfect their Spanish, as they expand their knowledge regarding literature, cinema, and social and political problems that exist today within modern Spanish society. The reading of different texts, such as newspaper articles and short stories, and various videos and films throughout the semester will serve to expand lexicon, strengthen grammar and improve students’ language oral and written skills. The students will participate actively in class discussions and be guided to conduct their own research on topics related to Spain today. Sample syllabus.
Prerequisite: SPAN-UA 0004 or SPAN-UA 0020, a minimum score of 660 on the NYU language placement exam or on the SAT II, a score of 4 on the AP language exam, or permission of the director of Spanish language program. Conducted in Spanish.
Designed to expand and consolidate the student's lexical and grammatical understanding of the language and to introduce the student to the fundamental principles of expository writing as they apply to Spanish, through exercises, readings, and intensive practice of various prose techniques and styles. Sample syllabus.
Prerequisite of SPAN-UA 100 Advanced Grammar and Composition or equivalent, or to be taken concurrently with SPAN-UA 9100. Conducted in Spanish.
This course is an introduction to literary and cultural analysis through close readings of texts from the early to modern periods of peninsular Spanish and Spanish American literatures. It engages students in the practice of textual explication, provides basic critical skills, and encourages reflection on various modes of cultural representation. Sample syllabus.
Prerequisite: SPAN-UA 0100 or permission of the director of undergraduate studies. Conducted in Spanish. Course for students beyond SPAN-UA 9100 Advanced Grammar and Composition level of Spanish.
This course aims to develop students’ written skills in a more sophisticated and academic manner in order to be able to report on their overall cultural experience in Spain. We will work with newspaper articles, podcasts, radio, and TV programs from Spanish media to cover current social, political and cultural issues. The coverage of political and cultural developments in Spain in American media will also be examined to complement our newsgathering and research. Students will publish a blog that includes their different journalistic articles and their summaries about the different class and program activities. Therefore, our aim will be to acquire a broad understanding of Spanish modern society while developing new linguistic skills in Spanish. Sample syllabus.
Topics Courses Conducted in Spanish
Can be taken concurrently with SPAN-UA 0100. Conducted in Spanish.
A gallery course focusing on the Baroque schools of Rubens and Rembrandt, "tenebrist" painting, Velázquez, and the etchings and paintings of Goya. Ends with a survey of the painters of the 18th and 19th centuries. Sample syllabus.
Can be taken concurrently with SPAN-UA 0100. Conducted in Spanish.
A survey of Hispanic cinema from the early beginnings of the silent movie to the present day. The works of important film directors from Spain and Latin America, like Buñuel, Gutiérrez Alea, María Novarro, and Almodóvar, are studied, as well as the phenomenon of cinema as a reflection of the political, social, and cultural development of the country and its people. A selection of the most representative films is shown in class and in theatres of arte y ensayo, such as the well-known filmoteca of Madrid. Sample syllabus.
Topics Courses Conducted in English
Conducted in English.
This course will examine the intellectual history, social roots and historical evolution of fascist political movements in Europe. The course is comparative in method and scope concentrating on the common characteristics of all fascist regimes. Historically, the course will focus on the paradigmatic cases of the interwar period--Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany--as well as on the more unorthodox case of Francoist Spain. Sample syllabus
Conducted in English. A gallery course focusing on the Baroque schools of Rubens and Rembrandt, "tenebrist" painting, Velázquez, and the etchings and paintings of Goya. Ends with a survey of the painters of the 18th and 19th centuries. Sample syllabus.
All students must stay in NYU provided housing. The NYU Madrid academic center is two chalet-style buildings located in the beautiful El Viso neighborhood just a few Metro stops from the city center. Students will be staying at the Claraval Residence, located in the center of Madrid next to the vibrant Malasaña neighborhood, an attractive area of the city for Spanish youth.
To enhance students' academic experience, NYU Madrid offers a program of cultural activities that includes neighborhood walking tours, visits to world famous museums opportunities to explore what is up and coming in and around the city. There is a three day excursion to Bilbao, San Sebastián and Logroño as part of the summer program.
Ph.D., New York University
Associate Professor, NYU Institute of Fine Arts
Director, NYU Madrid
Ph.D. Columbia University
B.A., Universidad de Valladolid
M.A., Complutense de Madrid
Ph.D., University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Director, Academic Affairs, NYU Madrid
Carmen Ana Sierra
Ph.D., Five College Consortium
Amherst/Hamshire/Mount Holyoke/Smith/UMass Amherst
Ph.D., New York University
Ph.D., Autónoma de Madrid
Ph.D., Boston University
Ph.D., University of Texas
Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Director, Language Program