Summer in Madrid
Summer in Madrid course offerings are being held remotely for summer 2021.
Available courses are on this dedicated list and are also reflected below. For courses that could not be offered remotely, there may be direct Washington Square-based equivalents, and NYU students may review offerings and register directly through Albert.
Students may now register for a single course (4 credits) if they wish, for two courses (total of 8 credits), or for an intensive (8 credit) course from any of our CAS Summer Abroad programs. Please make sure to check if your course times will be held in the New York (EDT) or Madrid (CEST) time zone.
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."
There is no application process for summer 2021. Any student cleared to register for NYU Summer 2021 may do so for remote offerings directly via NYU Albert.
Visiting students wishing to participate in courses will first need to apply to NYU 2021 summer session through University Programs. Following admission, visiting students will be directed to NYU Albert to register.
Jabier Elorrieta, Director, Clinical Professor, NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Undergraduate Tuition - 8 credits
Undergraduate Tuition - 4 credits
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 8 credits
Undergraduate Registration Fees - 4 credits
The new NYU Madrid Academic Center is located in the city center, just off Calle Gran Via, and a short walk from the Museo del Prado and Retiro Park. 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.
SPAN-UA 9001 Spanish for Beginners I – Staff - 4 credits
Open to students with no previous training in Spanish and to others on assignment by placement test. 4 credits. 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 (PDF)
SPAN-UA 9004 Intermediate Spanish, Level II - Staff - 4 credits
Prerequisites for NYU students: SPAN-UA 0003 or SPAN-UA 9015 or placement test score.
Course 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 (PDF)
SPAN-UA 9015 Spanish for Advanced Beginners (Intensive) – Staff - 8 credits
Prerequisite: SPAN-UA 1 or SPAN UA 9001 or placement test score.
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 (PDF)
SPAN-UA 9020 Intermediate Spanish (Intensive) - Staff - 8 credits
Prerequisite for NYU students: SPAN-UA 10 or SPAN-UA 2. 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 (PDF)
Advanced Language Composition Courses
SPAN-UA 9025 Spain Today – Staff - 4 credits
Prerequisite for NYU students: SPAN UA 3/9003 or SPAN UA 4/9004 or SPAN UA 9015 or SPAN UA 20/9020 or placement test score.
To be taken concurrently with SPAN-UA 9004 or SPAN-UA 9050. This course counts as an advanced conversation course for Spanish minors or majors.
The course is designed for students 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 (PDF)
SPAN-UA 9050 Advanced Spanish – Elorrieta - 4 credits
Prerequisite: SPAN-UA 4 or SPAN-UA 20, assignment by placement test, or permission of the director of the 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.
SPAN-UA 9202 Blogging Spain – Staff - 4 credits
Prerequisite: SPAN-UA 50 or SPAN-UA 51 or placement test score. Conducted in Spanish. Course for students beyond SPAN-UA 9050 Advanced 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.
Topics Courses Conducted in Spanish
SPAN-UA 9360 Topics in Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture – Staff - 4 credits
Prerequisite: SPAN-UA 50 or SPAN-UA 51 or placement test score.
Description and syllabi coming soon.
SPAN-UA 9994 Spanish Culture through Cinema – C. Vela - 4 credits
Cross-listed with DRLIT-UA 9551. Can be taken concurrently with SPAN-UA 9050. 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.
Topics Courses Conducted in English
HIST-UA 9290 Comparative Fascism: Italy, Germany, and Spain – F. Seijo - 4 credits
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.
Please note there is no housing or meals associated with Summer in Madrid for summer 2021.
All students must stay in NYU provided housing.
Students stay at the Chamberí Residence, located in the center of Madrid next to the vibrant Malasaña neighborhood, an attractive area of the city for Spanish youth.
To learn more about housing facilities, please review the Office of Global Programs NYU Madrid page. Please note that some of the information listed on this page is not summer specific.
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. Other excursions may include an overnight excursion to the Basque region and day trips to Segovia and to Toledo in central Spain.
Students are encouraged to consult internal and external resources to prepare for their summer program. The following links may be used for general destination information, immigration needs and travel medicine planning:
- U.S. State Department Travel Information for Spain
- All admitted and confirmed students should consult The NYU Office of Global Services for immigration support
- CDC Health Information for Travelers to Spain
- NYU students may consult the NYU Student Health Center for Travel Medicine information and appointments
Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
Director, NYU Madrid
Ph.D., University of Texas
Clinical Professor, NYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Director, Language Program
M.A., Complutense de Madrid
M.A., Complutense de Madrid
M.A., Complutense de Madrid
Ph.D., New York University
Ph.D., Autónoma de Madrid
Ph.D., Columbia University
Ph.D., University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Assistant Director, Academic Affairs, NYU Madrid
Ph.D., Boston University
B.A., Universidad de Valladolid
Ph.D., Columbia University
Carmen Ana Sierra
Ph.D., Five College Consortium
Amherst/Hamshire/Mount Holyoke/Smith/UMass Amherst
Ph.D., SUNY Stony Brook