NYU Madrid is the oldest of the university’s global sites, established in 1958. Located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula, Madrid is the capital of Spain and one of Europe’s largest, most vibrant and progressive cities. Founded in the Second Century BCE as an administrative outpost of the Roman Empire, the site was subsequently occupied by Vandals and Visigoths before the Islamic conquest of the Eighth century CE. In 1561 Philip II of Spain moved his court to Madrid, transforming a city of 30,000 inhabitants into the political center of the Spanish monarchy.
The history of Madrid mirrors the rich history of Spain itself as a multicultural nation inhabited since ancient times by Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Today Spain is divided into seventeen autonomous regions that reflect this unique and diverse convergence of cultures. Although Spanish is the official language of state, Catalan, Basque, Galician, and Aranese are widely spoken. The cultural and political traditions associated with these linguistic groups also make competing claims on Spain’s national identity.
For two thousand years Spain has been a beacon of art, culture, and science in Europe. From the the Caliphate of Córdoba to the Kingdom of Aragon, from Maimonides to Miró, from Calderón and Lope de Vega to Cervantes and García Lorca, and from El Greco and Velázquez to Goya and Picasso Spain has occupied a place of privilege in the universal patrimony of humankind.
I invite you to explore the vast resources and cultural wealth of Spain. At NYU Madrid we provide our students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and traditions of this great nation and to participate in an experience that will be intellectually and personally transformative.
Robert S. Lubar, Ph.D.
Director, NYU Madrid
Associate Professor of Modern Art,
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Director, Càtedra Joan Miró, Universitat Oberta de Barcelona
Priority: February 15
Regular: March 15
Applications received after March 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Admission will be granted only when space is available and time allows for required travel documents to be attained.