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Advanced/superior level students who want to study abroad in Madrid may take up to 5 courses with Spaniards through API at Universidad Nebrija’s main campus or it’s second campus located on the outskirts of Madrid. Campus Dehesa de la Villa is within the city of Madrid, while Campus de Berzosa in on the outskirts of Madrid. Students will only be able to choose classes from one area of study and one campus – i.e. mixing of subjects or campuses is not possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alcalá de Henares is a city located in the northeast of Madrid. It is known for the University of Alcalá, which is located in buildings from the 16th Century inside the old town. Among them is the auditorium, a room with an elaborate Mudejar-style ceiling, where the King of Spain awards the Cervantes Prize for Literature every year. Nearby there is the Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes, where the famous author of Don Quixote lived.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-21 credits per semester
The early start fall semester begins with an optional* intensive two-week Spanish language course for 3 semester credits. Students then choose 4 or 5 classes (at least one has to be in Spanish) for a total of 12-18 semester credits for the Fall.
*Optional only for B2 and higher levels. Students that take the placement test before arrival (test conducted by Universidad Nebrija) and are placed in levels below B2 are required to take the intensive, early start programs.
API students will receive a transcript from Universidad Nebrija upon completion of their program.
Maria will be one of your Resident Directors in Madrid and will be a resource for you while in Spain!
Quique will be one of your Resident Directors in Madrid and will be a resource for you while you are in Spain!
Erica Sowder will be your Program Manager and will help prepare you to go abroad!
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Students will be able to choose from courses in a wide variety of areas, including:
Students should pay attention to which campus courses are taught at when making their course selections, as this could affect scheduling and availability. Campus Dehesa de la Villa is the main campus at Antonio de Nebrija, while Campus de la Berzosa is on the outskirts of Madrid. Courses are arranged by subject/group (as noted in the course title); students must take all of their courses from within a subject/group and may not combine or cross groups. All courses are conducted in Spanish unless otherwise indicated. You will receive a mandatory placement test about 1-2 months before you depart to determine your level. API cannot guarantee that a student will place at a specific level. All class times will be determined upon arrival.
Contact your Program Coordinator if you need any program syllabi.
Universidad Nebrija operates on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). It is generally accepted that in order to convert from ECTS to U.S. credits, one should divide the ECTS total by 2, whereby most courses are worth 3 U.S. credits.
Please visit the university site for more detailed individual class descriptions.
Language Level Required: Advanced
Universidad Nebrija Class Catalog
API students in Madrid may choose from three different housing options: a host family, in a residencia, or in an apartment.
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.
Single rooms are available in all three housing options for an additional fee.