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Study Abroad + Options
This program is designed for students who wish to study abroad in Madrid primarily in English, while still having the option of taking some courses in Spanish. Students choose 3-5 courses per semester.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
TOTAL CREDITS - 12-18 credits per semester
This program is designed for students who wish to study abroad in Madrid primarily in English, while still having the option of taking some courses in Spanish. Students choose 3-5 courses per semester. Most classes are equivalent to four semester credits unless otherwise noted. Business classes are equivalent to three semester credits each.
Minimum enrollment is required for each course to be offered and no class is guaranteed. Students are encouraged to identify alternates and visit the API website for the most current course offerings. Additional fees are charged for courses that offer field trips or lab work.
COURSES WITH SPANISH STUDENTS
In addition to their classes at Suffolk University, students have the opportunity to enroll in classes with Spanish students at the neighboring Spanish University CEU San Pablo. While most classes at University CEU San Pablo are taught in Spanish and require at least one previous upper-division Spanish class (or equivalent proficiency) some classes may be available in English. Contact the API office for more information.
API students will receive a transcript from Suffolk University upon completion of their program.
Suffolk University Madrid Campus is fully accredited as a branch campus of Suffolk University in Boston MA by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). The Madrid Campus receives its own regular on-site accreditation reviews and fulfills the NEASC Principles of Good Practice in Overseas International Programs, as well as meeting the standards of NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
In Spain, Suffolk University Madrid Campus is authorized by the Consejería de Educación y Cultura de la Comunidad de Madrid, the official educational body within the Madrid regional government.
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!
Email - [email protected]
Click on the pdf links below for a tentative course schedule:
API students participating in the Suffolk University Madrid program have the opportunity to participate in a credit-bearing internship to complement their academic studies. Placements are available in a variety of fields, including global business, communications and journalism, economics, government, history, management, marketing, philosophy (applied ethics), psychology, sociology, theater, science, and women’s and gender studies. Students must have a high level of Spanish language proficiency (minimum 5 semesters), as all placements are in Spanish businesses/organizations. The deadlines for the internships are earlier than the regular academic program, so students are encouraged to apply early. Contact the API office for more information.
Suffolk University (Madrid), which is a branch of the U.S. university by the same name located in Boston, MA, issues credit as U.S. university credits.
History courses include:
Empires & Globalization in World History IEmpires & Globalization in World History IIThe Spanish Civil War and Spain TodayHistory of Spain IHistory of Spain IINazi Germany
Suffolk U. History Course Link
Philosophy courses include Critical Thinking and Augmentation, Introduction to Philosophy, and Ethics
Suffolk U. Philosophy Course Link
Surveys the concepts and representative findings in the major sub-fields of psychology: history and systems; physiology; perception; thinking; emotion; learning; motivation; development; personality; psychopathology; psychotherapy; and social behavior. Required for psychology majors. 4 credits
Suffolk U. Psychology Course Link
Physical and life science courses include astronomy, environmental biology, environmental science lab, chemistry, "The Built World," and "Science and Life in the 21st Century."
Suffolk U. Science Course Link
Art History I: A survey of the art of western civilization from prehistoric caves to the cathedrals of the Middle Ages. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented in their historical context. Course covers Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, early Islamic, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic. 4 credits
Art History II: A survey of the art of Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Works of painting, sculpture, and architecture are presented in their historical context. Course covers the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, and Post-Modernism. 4 credits
Suffolk U. Art Course Link
Business courses include:
Accounting for Decision Making IAccounting for Decision Making IIPrinciples of Business LawBusiness EthicsBusiness FoundationsPrinciples of MarketingCareerSTARTCareerEXPLOREBusiness WritingIntroduction to International Business
Suffolk U. Business Course Link
Economics courses include the Principles of Microeconomics, Global Macroeconomics, and The Economics of the European Union
Suffolk U. Economics Course Link
Government courses include:
Intro to American DemocracyEvolution of the Global SystemResearch MethodsTheory & Practice of International RelationsInternational SecurityPolitics of SpainCrisis & Integration in EuropeGlobal Environmental Threats in the 21st CenturyPolitics of the Middle East
Suffolk U. Government Course Link
An introduction to the sociological understanding of human interaction, group process and social structures. Students are introduced to basic concepts, theories and methods of sociological investigation. Majors and minors must pass with a grade of C or better. 4 credits
Suffolk U. Sociology Course Link
This course focuses on the creative process by introducing students to creative practice as a disciplined approach to problem solving and innovation requiring research, persistence and grit. Students will be encouraged to synthesize existing ideas, images, concepts, and skill sets in original ways, embrace ambiguity and support divergent thinking and risk taking. Even though the course will have an undertone based on science, it is suitable for non-science majors too. 3 credits
Suffolk U. Creativity & Innovation Course Link
Intercultural communication: An explanation of the communication variations and cultural viewpoints and their impact on cross-cultural communication. A special emphasis is placed on rituals and message patterns in non-western cultures. 4 credits
Suffolk U. Communications & Journalism Course Link
Suffolk U. Spanish Link
Mathematics and statistics courses include: Precalculus for Management and Social SciencesMath for the Modern WorldFinite Math with RecitationCalculus for Management and Social SciencesApplied Statistics
Suffolk U. Math Course Link
English language and literature courses include:
Developmental Writing IStudies in American LiteratureFirst Year Writing IFirst Year Writing II
Suffolk U. English Course Link
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.