Spain Madrid Student 56887237

This program is designed for students at all levels of Spanish who want to study abroad in Madrid and focuses on Spanish grammar, conversation, and culture. The program operates on a quarter schedule and offers up to 180 contact hours per quarter term (depending on language level and options chosen).

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Excursions (overnight, day, international)

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutoring

Housing (including meals and laundry)

Language and Culture Tools

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

Reflection Sessions

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to high school graduates
  • Open to students of all levels
  • Completed API application
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript, most recent grade report, or high school diploma
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa (for programs over 90 days)

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Madrid programs. All excursions are subject to change.

*ACADEMIC YEAR STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE WINTER AND SPRING QUARTERS PARTICIPATE IN ONLY ONE INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION. STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED WHICH INTERNATIONAL EXCURSION THEY WILL PARTICIPATE IN POST-ACCEPTANCE.

  • El Escorial

    The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial was constructed between 1563-1584 and built in the purest 16th century Renaissance style. Nearly all Bourbon kings and queens of Spain have been buried here. It is a royal palace, a monastery, school and houses the private library of Philip II which contains some of the oldest books in the world.

  • Granada

    Granada is one of the most enchanting cities in Spain. With more than a thousand years of recorded history, Granada enjoys one of Spain’s most important cultural and architectural patrimonies. Important sites in Granada include the Alhambra and the historical Moorish Albaicín quarter, both designated as World Heritage sites by the UNESCO.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • Extremadura

    Several towns are “musts” in this region. First is Mérida, home of the largest number of Roman ruins outside of Italy, as well as a Museum of Roman Art, an amphitheater and aqueducts. Second is Cáceres, a Medieval and Renaissance city with walls that were built by the Romans and Almohads. The third is Trujillo, the cradle of more than 500 conquerors. Walking through this city will offer the opportunity to see many historical monuments and the Moorish castle. The mountain-town within the region of Las Villuercas leads to the historic village of Guadalupe, home of the Sanctuary-Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

  • El Escorial

    The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial was constructed between 1563-1584 and built in the purest 16th century Renaissance style. Nearly all Bourbon kings and queens of Spain have been buried here. It is a royal palace, a monastery, school and houses the private library of Philip II which contains some of the oldest books in the world.

  • Granada

    Granada is one of the most enchanting cities in Spain. With more than a thousand years of recorded history, Granada enjoys one of Spain’s most important cultural and architectural patrimonies. Important sites in Granada include the Alhambra and the historical Moorish Albaicín quarter, both designated as World Heritage sites by the UNESCO.

  • Segovia

    Segovia is a characteristic Old Castilian town that rose to importance under the Romans. Entering the city, all roads converge to one of the largest ancient structures remaining in Spain – the 2,000-year old Roman aqueduct. Following the winding roads through town, the cathedral tower and the beautiful medieval tower, as well as the Alcázar, rise above the city with majesty and grace.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • El Escorial

    The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial was constructed between 1563-1584 and built in the purest 16th century Renaissance style. Nearly all Bourbon kings and queens of Spain have been buried here. It is a royal palace, a monastery, school and houses the private library of Philip II which contains some of the oldest books in the world.

  • Salamanca

    Salamanca is one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe. Golden sandstone has lent itself to every major architectural style from Romanesque to Baroque. The Plaza Mayor is one of the most beautiful town squares in Spain.

  • Toledo

    Toledo, located south of Madrid, was declared ‘City of Mankind’s Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986. It was capital of Spain from mid-6th to the mid-16th centuries, as evidenced by its impressive medieval architecture. Known as the “City of the Three Cultures,” it served as a hub for Jews, Moors and Christians and has today become a symbol of religious tolerance. Walking through Toledo is like taking a magic journey into the past.

  • Paris

    One of the most intriguing cities in the world, Paris is brimming with amazing museums, architecture, fashion, and beauty. Innumerable monuments built to reflect the glory of France and its rulers stand testament to the city’s rich history.

  • Seville

    Seville, capital of the Andalucía region of southern Spain, is a unique example where history, tradition, and modernity merge in an incomparable city. The core of Islamic Seville includes the area on the East bank of the Guadalquivir where the Cathedral, the Christian Alcázar, and the medieval quarter is known as the Barrio Santa Cruz is located today. To explore the city’s narrow streets and smell the orange blossoms in Spring while mingling with people at a cafe is definitely an unforgettable experience.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 8-12 semester credits per session (12-18 quarter credits per session)

This program is designed for students at all levels of Spanish who want to study abroad in Madrid and focuses on Spanish grammar, conversation, and culture. The program operates on a quarter schedule and offers up to 180 contact hours per quarter term (depending on language level and options chosen). Each student’s Spanish level is determined by a placement exam administered upon arrival by the University Complutense of Madrid. Academic year students must take a placement exam each semester.

PROGRAM OPTIONS

Students will complete one of 3 tracks per term in this program (tracks are differentiated based on the student’s language level and academic goals). In all tracks, students may also choose to add additional hours or combine two quarter terms for additional credit. Students who combine terms will receive a 5% discount on the subsequent term(s).

  • TRACK 1 – INTENSIVE LANGUAGE (120 contact hours; 12 quarter credits; 8 semester credits) - This track is open to students at all levels who are interested in improving their Spanish language skills. Students will take 120 contact hours of Spanish language, and may add on additional hours (up to 180 contact hours total) for an additional fee.
  • TRACK 2 – SPANISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE (180 contact hours; 18 quarter credits; 12 semester credits) - This track is open to intermediate and advanced-level students (levels B1- B2) who are interested in improving their Spanish language skills while taking additional hours of culture and content courses. Students will take 140 hours of Spanish language, as well as an additional 40 hours of cultural electives (for 180 contact hours per term).
  • TRACK 3 – HISPANIC STUDIES (180 contact hours; 18 quarter credits; 12 semester credits) - This track is open to advanced and superior-level students (level B2 and higher) who are interested in taking more in-depth Spanish cultural courses. Students will take 3 culture courses and two Spanish language courses (for a total of 180 contact hours per term).

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from Universidad Complutense upon completion of their program.

Staff & Coordinators

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    Maria Angeles Garcia

    Maria will be one of your Resident Directors in Madrid and will be a resource for you while in Spain!

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    Quique Blanco Lopez

    Quique will be one of your Resident Directors in Madrid and will be a resource for you while you are in Spain!

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    Ryan McCann

    Ryan McCann will be your Program Coordinator and prepare you to go abroad with us!

    Email - ryan.mccann@apiabroad.com

COURSE OFFERINGS

CREDIT INFORMATION

Most API partner universities in Spain operate on the contact hour system, wherein the number of credits earned depends on the time spent in class. To determine the conversion of contact hours to U.S. credits, divide the contact hours available by 15.

El arte y el Imperio (Gótico, Renacimiento y Barroco)

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Español de los negocios

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 100 Level

In the grammar portion of the course, students are exposed to the basics of the Spanish language, and students have the opportunity to learn and practice both the theory and the pragmatic basics of speaking and writing. The practical component of the course consists of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics studies, and focuses on pronunciation and intonation.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 200 Level

Grammar students at the intermediate level focus on theory, sentence structure, more complex writing and reading skills and enhancing vocabulary. The practical component of this class is composed of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics, and intonation exercises to improve students’ abilities to use their knowledge of Spanish in practical situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 300 & 400 Level

The advanced level students work to perfect their written knowledge of Spanish, polish skills with complex sentence structures and verb tenses and enhance their vocabulary. This practical component of the class is composed of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics, and intonation exercises to improve students’ abilities to use their knowledge of Spanish in practical situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

La mujer se despierta. La evolución de la mujer a través de la literatura española

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

El objetivo del curso consiste en introducir al estudiante en el proceso y evolución de la adquisición de derechos de la mujer en la sociedad española, haciendo un seguimiento de las diversas consideraciones sobre su figura a lo largo de la historia de España y de las influencias de otras corrientes extranjeras (literarias, artísticas, filosóficas…).

Numerosos son los textos literarios de nuestra literatura que dan voz a la realidad de la mujer peninsular, sus concesiones, luchas y victorias. Se tratará de ejemplificar cómo el amplio caudal de ideologías y modas afectará a la imagen femenina y a su papel en la sociedad, provocando, en ocasiones, avances o retrocesos ajenos al supuesto de una cronología positiva. Personajes y autores masculinos y femeninos ejercen a veces el papel de represores, otras veces de liberadores.

Dada la naturaleza de la materia, el profesor desempeñará su labor desde la objetividad, dejando que sean los estudiantes quienes saquen sus propias conclusiones. La asignatura permite el debate abierto, el desarrollo de la opinión subjetiva, la comparación con las culturas del país de origen y la lectura de otros textos (filosóficos, religiosos, periodísticos), así como el visionado de documentales o escenas de películas, y la audición de canciones.

Se ayudará al estudiante a mejoras las destrezas en Comprensión y Expresión Escritas y Oral. Se ayudará, así mismo, a desarrollar su capacidad crítica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Oral Expression and Understanding - 100 Level

This course presents the opportunity to use the Spanish language in situations presented by the teacher, in dramatizations, oral presentations, and through listening comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 200 Level

Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 300 & 400 Level

Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

Spanish Composition

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Grammar

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Vocabulary

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Written Expression and Understanding - 100 Level

Students learn to write about themselves in simple structures in everyday situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Written Expression and Understanding - 200 Level

Students read literary texts, newspaper articles, and compositions. This course aids in improving a student’s ability to read and understand various styles of Spanish writing.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Written Expression and Understanding - 300 & 400 Level

Students read literary texts, newspaper articles, and compositions. This course aids in improving a student’s ability to read and understand various styles of Spanish writing.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

El cuento hispanoamericano II

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Español y fútbol o cómo aprender español a través del fútbol

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

El fútbol no es sólo el deporte con mayor repercusión mundial, sino que en sí mismo es un lenguaje universal y una divertida herramienta para aprender la lengua y cultura española. En este curso proponemos practicar, estudiar y perfeccionar el español a
través del fútbol. El conocido como “deporte rey” es actualmente todo un acontecimiento sociológico, uno de los mayores negocios deportivos y un espectáculo
de dimensiones mundiales, vivido por algunos aficionados como una nueva religión.

Es además un fenómeno que despierta todo tipo de pasiones encontradas. Si para unos genera un sentimiento de pertenencia y está lleno de valores positivos (solidaridad, compañerismo, sacrificio…), para otros es algo pernicioso que engendra violencia,
fanatismo y es un peligroso enajenante.

Durante el curso discutiremos y estudiaremos todos estos fenómenos vinculados al fútbol, además de analizar la actualidad futbolística, los equipos, las principales ligas europeas, las grandes estrellas y el próximo campeonato de selecciones (Mundial, Eurocopa o Copa América). Para ello, trabajaremos con cuentos, fragmentos de novelas, crónicas, entrevistas, ensayos, documentales y películas sobre fútbol.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 100 Level

In the grammar portion of the course, students are exposed to the basics of the Spanish language, and students have the opportunity to learn and practice both the theory and the pragmatic basics of speaking and writing. The practical component of the course consists of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics studies, and focuses on pronunciation and intonation.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 200 Level

Grammar students at the intermediate level focus on theory, sentence structure, more complex writing and reading skills and enhancing vocabulary. The practical component of this class is composed of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics, and intonation exercises to improve students’ abilities to use their knowledge of Spanish in practical situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 300 & 400 Level

The advanced level students work to perfect their written knowledge of Spanish, polish skills with complex sentence structures and verb tenses and enhance their vocabulary. This practical component of the class is composed of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics, and intonation exercises to improve students’ abilities to use their knowledge of Spanish in practical situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 100 Level

This course presents the opportunity to use the Spanish language in situations presented by the teacher, in dramatizations, oral presentations, and through listening comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 200 Level

Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 300 & 400 Level

Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

Spanish Composition

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Grammar

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Vocabulary

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Variedades del español

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Que el alumno conozca y sepa reconocer buena parte de las variedades del español, así como que los diferentes acentos, léxico y estructuras morfosintácticas no supongan un gran problema para su comprensión del idioma.

Para ello, además de las explicaciones propias de cada tema, se harán continuas audiciones (textos, diálogos, canciones), visionado de fragmentos de películas, etc. que ejemplifiquen las mismas y vayan formando el oído de los alumnos ante las distintas variedades del idioma.

Así mismo se realizarán algunos ejercicios donde se pondrán en práctica las variedades léxicas y morfosintácticas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Written Expression and Understanding - 100 Level

Students learn to write about themselves in simple structures in everyday situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Written Expression and Understanding - 200 Level

Students read literary texts, newspaper articles, and compositions. This course aids in improving a student’s ability to read and understand various styles of Spanish writing.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Written Expression and Understanding - 300 & 400 Level

Students read literary texts, newspaper articles, and compositions. This course aids in improving a student’s ability to read and understand various styles of Spanish writing.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

Grandes genios de la "modernidad" (Goya, Sorolla, Gaudí, Picasso, Miró, Dalí, etc. en sus contextos)

1.- Goya y Sorolla. Dos figuras únicas y excepcionales en el casi baldío arte español de

los siglos XVIII y XIX.

2.- El contexto artístico de Goya: el Neoclasicismo.

3.- Cambio de mentalidad en Goya. Su propio concepto de arte.

4.- Sorolla frente al Impresionismo.

5.- El paso al siglo XX. Las vanguardias.

6.- Picasso.

- Ensayos y experimentación hasta la creación del Cubismo.

- La Guerra civil y el Guernica.

- Etapas posteriores.

- Escultura de Picasso.

7.- Miró y el primer Surrealismo.

8.- Dalí.

- Primeras obras. Experimentación.

- París y el descubrimiento del Surrealismo.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

La España musulmana: historia y vida cotidiana

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

La mujer se despierta. La evolución de la mujer a través de la literatura española

El objetivo del curso consiste en introducir al estudiante en el proceso y evolución de la adquisición de derechos de la mujer en la sociedad española, haciendo un seguimiento de las diversas consideraciones sobre su figura a lo largo de la historia de España y de las influencias de otras corrientes extranjeras (literarias, artísticas, filosóficas…).

Numerosos son los textos literarios de nuestra literatura que dan voz a la realidad de la mujer peninsular, sus concesiones, luchas y victorias. Se tratará de ejemplificar cómo el amplio caudal de ideologías y modas afectará a la imagen femenina y a su papel en la sociedad, provocando, en ocasiones, avances o retrocesos ajenos al supuesto de una cronología positiva. Personajes y autores masculinos y femeninos ejercen a veces el papel de represores, otras veces de liberadores.

Dada la naturaleza de la materia, el profesor desempeñará su labor desde la objetividad, dejando que sean los estudiantes quienes saquen sus propias conclusiones. La asignatura permite el debate abierto, el desarrollo de la opinión subjetiva, la comparación con las culturas del país de origen y la lectura de otros textos (filosóficos, religiosos, periodísticos), así como el visionado de documentales o escenas de películas, y la audición de canciones.

Se ayudará al estudiante a mejoras las destrezas en Comprensión y Expresión Escritas y Oral. Se ayudará, así mismo, a desarrollar su capacidad crítica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

El cuento hispanoamericano I

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

España, un mosaico artístico (orígenes; arte romano; arte musulmán; arte cristiano)

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 100 Level

In the grammar portion of the course, students are exposed to the basics of the Spanish language, and students have the opportunity to learn and practice both the theory and the pragmatic basics of speaking and writing. The practical component of the course consists of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics studies, and focuses on pronunciation and intonation.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 200 Level

Grammar students at the intermediate level focus on theory, sentence structure, more complex writing and reading skills and enhancing vocabulary. The practical component of this class is composed of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics, and intonation exercises to improve students’ abilities to use their knowledge of Spanish in practical situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 300 & 400 Level

The advanced level students work to perfect their written knowledge of Spanish, polish skills with complex sentence structures and verb tenses and enhance their vocabulary. This practical component of the class is composed of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics, and intonation exercises to improve students’ abilities to use their knowledge of Spanish in practical situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

Héroes, santos y monstruos en la literatura española

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

La Guerra Civil en el cine y en la literatura

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Los cambios sociopolíticos en España: de 1939 a nuestros días

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Oral Expression and Understanding - 100 Level

This course presents the opportunity to use the Spanish language in situations presented by the teacher, in dramatizations, oral presentations, and through listening comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 200 Level

Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 300 & 400 Level

Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

Spanish Composition

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Grammar

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Vocabulary

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Written Expression and Understanding - 100 Level

Students learn to write about themselves in simple structures in everyday situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Written Expression and Understanding - 200 Level

Students read literary texts, newspaper articles, and compositions. This course aids in improving a student’s ability to read and understand various styles of Spanish writing.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Written Expression and Understanding - 300 & 400 Level

Students read literary texts, newspaper articles, and compositions. This course aids in improving a student’s ability to read and understand various styles of Spanish writing.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

El arte y el Imperio (Gótico, Renacimiento y Barroco)

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Español de los negocios

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 100 Level

In the grammar portion of the course, students are exposed to the basics of the Spanish language, and students have the opportunity to learn and practice both the theory and the pragmatic basics of speaking and writing. The practical component of the course consists of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics studies, and focuses on pronunciation and intonation.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 200 Level

Grammar students at the intermediate level focus on theory, sentence structure, more complex writing and reading skills and enhancing vocabulary. The practical component of this class is composed of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics, and intonation exercises to improve students’ abilities to use their knowledge of Spanish in practical situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 300 & 400 Level

The advanced level students work to perfect their written knowledge of Spanish, polish skills with complex sentence structures and verb tenses and enhance their vocabulary. This practical component of the class is composed of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics, and intonation exercises to improve students’ abilities to use their knowledge of Spanish in practical situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

La mujer se despierta. La evolución de la mujer a través de la literatura española

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

El objetivo del curso consiste en introducir al estudiante en el proceso y evolución de la adquisición de derechos de la mujer en la sociedad española, haciendo un seguimiento de las diversas consideraciones sobre su figura a lo largo de la historia de España y de las influencias de otras corrientes extranjeras (literarias, artísticas, filosóficas…).

Numerosos son los textos literarios de nuestra literatura que dan voz a la realidad de la mujer peninsular, sus concesiones, luchas y victorias. Se tratará de ejemplificar cómo el amplio caudal de ideologías y modas afectará a la imagen femenina y a su papel en la sociedad, provocando, en ocasiones, avances o retrocesos ajenos al supuesto de una cronología positiva. Personajes y autores masculinos y femeninos ejercen a veces el papel de represores, otras veces de liberadores.

Dada la naturaleza de la materia, el profesor desempeñará su labor desde la objetividad, dejando que sean los estudiantes quienes saquen sus propias conclusiones. La asignatura permite el debate abierto, el desarrollo de la opinión subjetiva, la comparación con las culturas del país de origen y la lectura de otros textos (filosóficos, religiosos, periodísticos), así como el visionado de documentales o escenas de películas, y la audición de canciones.

Se ayudará al estudiante a mejoras las destrezas en Comprensión y Expresión Escritas y Oral. Se ayudará, así mismo, a desarrollar su capacidad crítica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Oral Expression and Understanding - 100 Level

This course presents the opportunity to use the Spanish language in situations presented by the teacher, in dramatizations, oral presentations, and through listening comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 200 Level

Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 300 & 400 Level

Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

Spanish Composition

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Grammar

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Vocabulary

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Written Expression and Understanding - 100 Level

Students learn to write about themselves in simple structures in everyday situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Written Expression and Understanding - 200 Level

Students read literary texts, newspaper articles, and compositions. This course aids in improving a student’s ability to read and understand various styles of Spanish writing.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Written Expression and Understanding - 300 & 400 Level

Students read literary texts, newspaper articles, and compositions. This course aids in improving a student’s ability to read and understand various styles of Spanish writing.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

El cuento hispanoamericano II

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Español y fútbol o cómo aprender español a través del fútbol

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

El fútbol no es sólo el deporte con mayor repercusión mundial, sino que en sí mismo es un lenguaje universal y una divertida herramienta para aprender la lengua y cultura española. En este curso proponemos practicar, estudiar y perfeccionar el español a
través del fútbol. El conocido como “deporte rey” es actualmente todo un acontecimiento sociológico, uno de los mayores negocios deportivos y un espectáculo
de dimensiones mundiales, vivido por algunos aficionados como una nueva religión.

Es además un fenómeno que despierta todo tipo de pasiones encontradas. Si para unos genera un sentimiento de pertenencia y está lleno de valores positivos (solidaridad, compañerismo, sacrificio…), para otros es algo pernicioso que engendra violencia,
fanatismo y es un peligroso enajenante.

Durante el curso discutiremos y estudiaremos todos estos fenómenos vinculados al fútbol, además de analizar la actualidad futbolística, los equipos, las principales ligas europeas, las grandes estrellas y el próximo campeonato de selecciones (Mundial, Eurocopa o Copa América). Para ello, trabajaremos con cuentos, fragmentos de novelas, crónicas, entrevistas, ensayos, documentales y películas sobre fútbol.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 100 Level

In the grammar portion of the course, students are exposed to the basics of the Spanish language, and students have the opportunity to learn and practice both the theory and the pragmatic basics of speaking and writing. The practical component of the course consists of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics studies, and focuses on pronunciation and intonation.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 200 Level

Grammar students at the intermediate level focus on theory, sentence structure, more complex writing and reading skills and enhancing vocabulary. The practical component of this class is composed of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics, and intonation exercises to improve students’ abilities to use their knowledge of Spanish in practical situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Grammar and Practical Spanish - 300 & 400 Level

The advanced level students work to perfect their written knowledge of Spanish, polish skills with complex sentence structures and verb tenses and enhance their vocabulary. This practical component of the class is composed of reading, dictation, composition, phonetics, and intonation exercises to improve students’ abilities to use their knowledge of Spanish in practical situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 100 Level

This course presents the opportunity to use the Spanish language in situations presented by the teacher, in dramatizations, oral presentations, and through listening comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 200 Level

Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Oral Expression and Understanding - 300 & 400 Level

Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

Spanish Composition

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Grammar

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Vocabulary

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Variedades del español

This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Que el alumno conozca y sepa reconocer buena parte de las variedades del español, así como que los diferentes acentos, léxico y estructuras morfosintácticas no supongan un gran problema para su comprensión del idioma.

Para ello, además de las explicaciones propias de cada tema, se harán continuas audiciones (textos, diálogos, canciones), visionado de fragmentos de películas, etc. que ejemplifiquen las mismas y vayan formando el oído de los alumnos ante las distintas variedades del idioma.

Así mismo se realizarán algunos ejercicios donde se pondrán en práctica las variedades léxicas y morfosintácticas.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Written Expression and Understanding - 100 Level

Students learn to write about themselves in simple structures in everyday situations.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 100  

Contact Hours: 40

Written Expression and Understanding - 200 Level

Students read literary texts, newspaper articles, and compositions. This course aids in improving a student’s ability to read and understand various styles of Spanish writing.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 200  

Contact Hours: 40

Written Expression and Understanding - 300 & 400 Level

Students read literary texts, newspaper articles, and compositions. This course aids in improving a student’s ability to read and understand various styles of Spanish writing.

This course is available for both the Intensive Language Track and the Spanish Language and Culture Track.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: 300 & 400  

Contact Hours: 40

Grandes genios de la "modernidad" (Goya, Sorolla, Gaudí, Picasso, Miró, Dalí, etc. en sus contextos)

1.- Goya y Sorolla. Dos figuras únicas y excepcionales en el casi baldío arte español de

los siglos XVIII y XIX.

2.- El contexto artístico de Goya: el Neoclasicismo.

3.- Cambio de mentalidad en Goya. Su propio concepto de arte.

4.- Sorolla frente al Impresionismo.

5.- El paso al siglo XX. Las vanguardias.

6.- Picasso.

- Ensayos y experimentación hasta la creación del Cubismo.

- La Guerra civil y el Guernica.

- Etapas posteriores.

- Escultura de Picasso.

7.- Miró y el primer Surrealismo.

8.- Dalí.

- Primeras obras. Experimentación.

- París y el descubrimiento del Surrealismo.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

La España musulmana: historia y vida cotidiana

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

La mujer se despierta. La evolución de la mujer a través de la literatura española

El objetivo del curso consiste en introducir al estudiante en el proceso y evolución de la adquisición de derechos de la mujer en la sociedad española, haciendo un seguimiento de las diversas consideraciones sobre su figura a lo largo de la historia de España y de las influencias de otras corrientes extranjeras (literarias, artísticas, filosóficas…).

Numerosos son los textos literarios de nuestra literatura que dan voz a la realidad de la mujer peninsular, sus concesiones, luchas y victorias. Se tratará de ejemplificar cómo el amplio caudal de ideologías y modas afectará a la imagen femenina y a su papel en la sociedad, provocando, en ocasiones, avances o retrocesos ajenos al supuesto de una cronología positiva. Personajes y autores masculinos y femeninos ejercen a veces el papel de represores, otras veces de liberadores.

Dada la naturaleza de la materia, el profesor desempeñará su labor desde la objetividad, dejando que sean los estudiantes quienes saquen sus propias conclusiones. La asignatura permite el debate abierto, el desarrollo de la opinión subjetiva, la comparación con las culturas del país de origen y la lectura de otros textos (filosóficos, religiosos, periodísticos), así como el visionado de documentales o escenas de películas, y la audición de canciones.

Se ayudará al estudiante a mejoras las destrezas en Comprensión y Expresión Escritas y Oral. Se ayudará, así mismo, a desarrollar su capacidad crítica.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Highlights
  • Classes taught in Spanish
  • Various credit and course options per level
  • International excursion

API students in Madrid may choose from three different housing options – students may choose to live with a host family, in a residencia, or in an apartment. Participants who will be under age 18 for any portion of their session abroad are required to live in supervised housing with a host family and must adhere to a curfew set by API while still a minor.

Students who choose to live with families are typically placed in double rooms with a fellow API student and are provided with two meals per day and laundry service. Families provide an amazing opportunity to experience Spanish culture firsthand. Host families serve as a unique introduction into Spanish culture and may be made up of a married couple with children, a divorced or widowed woman with children still at home, or a family with some members living at home and others living outside the home. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

Students in Madrid may also choose to live in a residencia. Residencias are smaller than American dorms and house between 15-90 students. The rooms are double-occupancy, and there are common bathrooms with showers. Three meals per day, laundry service, and cleaning are provided.

Students may also choose to live in apartments located throughout Madrid. Students generally share their apartment complex with other Spanish families, as opposed to other students. Apartments may be co-ed, and the number of students sharing the apartment varies based on the apartment size. Students may have single or double rooms depending on the number of bedrooms. Meals are not included in this option.

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The prices indicated below are for 120 hours of intensive language coursework per session. If students want to take additional hours, and/or take culture courses, then the following additional fees apply:

  • 180 hours of Intensive Language - $900
  • 180 hours of Spanish Language & Culture - $1,500
  • 180 hours of Hispanic Studies - $1,500
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Sep 26, 2019 - Dec 14, 2019 $10,130 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Winter Jan 3, 2020 - Mar 20, 2020 $10,130 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Spring Apr 10, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020 $10,130 Feb 1, 2020 Feb 15, 2020
Winter Jan 4, 2019 - Mar 23, 2019 $10,130 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018
Spring Mar 25, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019 $10,130 Feb 1, 2019 Feb 15, 2019