- Program type:
- Offered in collaboration with the Fundación Ortega-Marañón.
- Fall semester
- Spring semester
- Summer session
- 13–16 credits per semester, 6 credits over summer session. Classes are held Monday–Thursday on the semester program, leaving long weekends for cultural immersion.
The staff at Fundación Ortega-Marañon provide housing, program classrooms, and study areas. They also arrange the on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events. Classes are taught by Spanish and American faculty who are specialists in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.
How to Apply
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About This Program
This program is geared toward students who would like to improve their beginning or intermediate Spanish language skills and take English-taught courses. Areas of study include business, finance, marketing, communication and media, religion, and more. English-speaking internships are also available. This program also offers the opportunity for students to take English-taught courses at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
The program is offered in partnership with the prestigious Fundación Ortega–Marañon in Madrid and the University of Minnesota. The Foundation is located in a central part of Madrid, near Paseo de la Castellana. Due to its location, it is easy to catch public transportation to any other part of the city.
Choose to live either with a Spanish host family (homestay) or in Colegio Mayor (residence hall).
- Homestays: Students choosing to live with a host family will experience true Spanish life. Typically, you and your family will live in an apartment, since single family houses are not as common in Europe as in the US. You will have your own room and private study space. Most host families live near the Fundación Ortega-Marañon, so you will be within walking distance or a short ride away by bus or metro.
- Colegio Mayor: You may also choose to live at the Colegio Mayor Santa María del Estudiante sharing a room with another program participant. The rooms include a wardrobe, desk, chair, bookcase, cable, and WiFi. At the residence hall, there are study rooms, a cafeteria, a fitness area, a swimming pool, a leisure/activity room, access to laundry facilities, and a weekly maid service. This option offers convenience and flexibility to come and go as you please.
A walking tour of Madrid will help you learn how to get around the city and also familiarize you with some of Madrid's iconic landmarks.
There are day-long excursions to Segovia and El Escorial (included in the program fee), as well as an optional four-day excursion to Andalucía (at an additional cost).
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