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Summer in Madrid

Photo: Students walking in Madrid plaza



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.


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.


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.

All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.  The program arranges for students to live in Spanish homes, which is strongly recommended as the best way to encourage the use of Spanish and to immerse oneself in the rhythms of everyday life. Apartments are also available. Students are informed of their homestay families and apartments before arrival in Madrid.


There is a three day excursion to Bilbao, San Sebastián and Logroño as part of the summer program.


Students must register for 8 points. It is strongly suggested that students register for one 4 point language course and one 4 point content course, or for one 8 point intensive language course.

Language Courses

Open to students with no previous training in Spanish and to others on assignment by placement test. Conducted in Spanish.
Completes the equivalent of a year's elementary course in one semester. This course is supplemented by cultural activities in Madrid as well as lectures and excursions with professional guides and professors whose field of expertise corresponds to each activity.  Sample syllabus.

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 does not count 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 for NYU Students: SPAN-UA 0100. Non-NYU students must have advanced Spanish language skills. 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

Prerequisite: SPAN-UA 0100 or permission of the director of undergraduate studies. 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.

Prerequisite: SPAN-UA 0100 or permission of the director of undergraduate studies. 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.  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.

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


Carmen Bordón M.A.,Complutense de Madrid.
Maria Castillo, Ph.D., New York University
Jacqueline Cruz, Ph.D. California (UCLA)
Julia Domenech, Ph.D., Autónoma de Madrid
Armando Figueroa, Ph.D. Columbia University
Isabel Pereira, Ph.D., Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
Cristina Pérez, Ph.D., Boston
Rocío Prieto, B.A., Universidad de Valladolid
Carmen Ana Sierra, Ph.D., Five College Consortium (Amherst/Hamshire/Mount Holyoke/Smith/UMass Amherst)


Madrid, Spain

2016 Program Dates

May 22 - July 2




Spanish Language, Literature, Culture, History, Cinema

NYU School

College of Arts and Science

“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.”


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Jabier Elorrieta, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, NYU
Jabier Elorrieta is Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where he is the Director of the Language Program and New York Director of the NYU Summer in Madrid Program. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas, specializing in Linguistics. He specializes in different areas of linguistics and language teaching, from phonology to syntax to sociolinguistics and applied linguistics. He has taught at the University of Texas and at Arizona State University, and joined our faculty at New York University in August 2012.

2016 COSTS

8 points are required for undergraduate students to participate in this program.


Undergraduate Tuition: $7,792
Program & Activities Fee: $550
Required International Health Insurance: $74.16 for 6 weeks during the program.

Estimated Homestay Costs:
Homestay (with Meals): $1,445 (single) and $1,310 (double) for 2016
Homestay (without Meals): $970(single) for 2016

Estimated Apartment Costs:
Two-month rent ranges from $1,550 - $1,750 (two bedroom apartment) to $1,450 - $1,600 (four bedroom apartment).

There is an additional registration and services fee of $404.


The following additional expenses should also be considered when budgeting for the Summer in Madrid program. Please note that these are only general estimates. Interested students are encouraged to conduct their own research.

Round-Trip Flight from New York: $970 - $1,500

Local Transportation
Short Taxi Ride: $6.00 - $10.00
Public Transport, per ride: $2.00 - $3.00

Inexpensive Lunch: $6.00 - $13.00
Inexpensive Dinner: $10.00 - $20.00
Tapas dinner: $2.00 - $6.00

Cell Phone
Prepaid Cell Phone: $15.00 - $30.00
Sim Card: $5.00 - $10.00

External Accommodations
Hostel room, per night: $15.00 - $35.00
Hotel room, per night: $45.00 - $125.00

Tourist Attractions: $10.00 - $14.00

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