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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Liberal Arts
Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures Language of Instruction: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): David Zuwiyya,, Lourdes Betanzos, Majors Eligible: ALL MAJORS
Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: JR-Junior, SO-Sophomore, SR-Senior Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.25 (Undergraduates)
Applicant Requirement: AU & Non-AU students may apply Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Program Description:
Summer Program in Madrid, Spain


The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures offers an intensive academic program in the heart of one of the best areas in Spain’s capital, Madrid. Students study at Universidad Nebrija near Plaza de España with native speakers who have advanced university degrees in Spanish philology. The academic program is adapted to the highest European standards laid out in the Acuerdo de Bolonia para la Enseñanza Superior. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required. The objective of this program is to provide students of Spanish with a conducive environment in which they can improve language skills and increase cultural awareness, including literature and history.

No graduate courses are offered in this program.

Extensive walking, cobblestone streets, stairs, taxi/bus/metro/train, uneven walkways, housed with host family.



Undergraduates from all majors are welcome to apply as long as they meet the minimum GPA requirement of 2.25.

Application Procedure:

  • Space is limited and students must file formal applications as soon as they know for sure they are participating.
  • Complete the Auburn Abroad Application online and wait for acceptance from the Program Director. It is suggested you not buy a plane ticket until you have been accepted into the program.
  • Non-Auburn University students must be accepted as transient students by AU ($50 additional application fee). Refer to the Transient Student Application Instructions on the Non-Auburn Student Applicant webpage.

Formal Program Admission:Madrid1

  • Upon admission to the program, all participants will be responsible for full payment of all fees and costs by the deadlines indicated.
  • Students will complete additional application requirements once accepted into the program.

Refund Policy:

  • Review program fees and refund policy. Upon admission to this program, you will be responsible for payment of these fees. Refunds will be made based on the withdrawal and cancellation dates listed below.
  • There will be no refunds made when written notice to withdraw is filed with the Director of the program less than 30 days prior to departure.
  • Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.


Summer 2020:

  • 23 May 2020: Depart the US for Madrid
  • 24 May 2020: Start date on location – students must be in Madrid
  • 26 June 2020: End date on location
  • 27 June 2020: Students may fly back on this day or remain in Spain longer if they wish.

Students purchase their own plane ticket to Madrid. Plan to arrive on May 23, and depart for home on June 27 or later. Students who arrive in the Madrid airport (Barajas) during the AM hours on June 2 will be met and taken to their host family. Later or earlier arrivals can go directly to their host family by train or by taxi.

Payment and Withdrawal Dates:
  • 06 March: First ½ of Program Fee due to eBill. 
  • After - 06 March: Withdrawal less $1000 penalty. 
  • 10 April: Second ½ of Program Fee due to eBill.
  • After - 10 April: Withdrawal with 50% refund. 
  • 17 April: No refund after this date. 
Other Key Dates:
  • 2 February: Suggested early application deadline for program
  • 16 March: Have your PASSPORT in your hands
  • 30 March: Final application deadline



Students enroll in two Spanish courses at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels. Classes meet in the mornings, leaving half of the day and weekends to study and to explore the rich cultural life of metropolitan Madrid. As part of their academic experience, all students participate in museum and cultural visits in Madrid and two full-day excursions to sites near Madrid (Toledo and Burgos). Besides Elementary and Intermediate Spanish, both of which grant eight credits, undergraduates can take six FLSP credit hours from the following selection: Communicative Skills I & II, Intro to Cultural Analysis, Syntax, Oral Proficiency, Introduction to Spanish Literature, Business Spanish, and Topics in Spanish Culture and Literature, among others. No graduate courses are offered in this program.

Select the following document to find information about pre-approved courses offered at this program location: Madrid.PreApproved.Courses.Summer2018.pdf

Students may also obtain approval to take courses that are not pre-approved. Contact the Auburn Faculty Director for current course offerings.


For approximate program costs, download a copy of the CLA.FLL.Madrid.Budget.2020

*NOTE: Auburn University reserves the right to modify the program cost and/or content as necessitated by changes in the economic situation.


All participants are housed in pairs with Spanish families. Single rooms are available for an additional cost. Student housing will be located near Universidad Nebrija and Plaza de España. Housing includes two meals/day everyday as well as weekly laundry service. Also included is a Metro Pass to freely use Madrid's extensive subway and bus system to move about the city.


Madrid, Spain

The heart of an Empire on which the sun never set. The soul of the World Cup Champions 2010. Birthplace of tapas. Madrid has reason to be proud. In its sun drenched streets the madrileños gave birth to la marcha. Its spacious sidewalks and squares invite visitors to get outside and see Spanish life. Madrid2Plaza de Santa Ana is spectacular for its sidewalk cafes. The train station at Atocha gives shelter to a tropical jungle-literally-and the “Ave” train takes you around the Peninsula in quiet comfort at 200 miles an hour.

The Puerta del Sol brings a smile to thousands of faces day and night as it opens up to the Bear, the Clocktower, La Mallorquina pastries, and a new train station. Around the least suspecting corner you find mouth watering fried fish as tentempié till dinner, or along a cobblestone alley beneath a lamppost you smell churros and hear voices of gatos sipping dark chocolate at midnight. By day Spanish royalty receives visitors in the Palacio Real; European diplomats meet with their Spanish counterparts in La Moncloa; Spanish business men and women pay homage to an institution: morning snack at their favorite café on Paseo de la Castellana. Meanwhile, artists capture Madrid’s fabulous morning light as it illuminates the lives of three million people; and writers, photographers, film makers, actors, represent the city from their own angle. These are the madrileños that live in the street. But at the same time there are bookstores galore and fine newspapers pointing to a well-educated and informed population.


So find a free bench in a quiet corner to read or talk with a friend, perhaps in the Parque del Buen Retiro, or on the top floor of the Palace of Bellas Artes on the Gran Vía. If the hustle and bustle is too much, escape to the movies and catch original language films from all over the world, or shop till you drop in Corte Inglés or Zara, where you can find the finest articles in the world and the most economical fashions. If sports is your thing, catch a match at Bernabeu Stadium where the Real Madrid plays world-class soccer, or see a bullfight at famed Las Ventas.


As part of their academic experience, all students participate in museum and cultural visits in Madrid and two full-day excursions to sites near Madrid (Toledo and Burgos).

Important: Walking is required for museum trips within the city and excursions outside Madrid. Students may have to use the metro.


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Application for a United States passport must be made well in advance. Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible (at least 120 days in advance of your departure date). If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


This program is currently not accepting applications.