Spain Madrid Umbrellas Over Street 142336711

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 API Ambassador Program

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Open to students of all levels
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa (for programs over 90 days)
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Winter Jan 3, 2021 - Mar 23, 2021 $8,980 Oct 15, 2020 Nov 1, 2020 Nov 1, 2020
Spring Apr 3, 2021 - Jun 18, 2021 $8,980 Feb 1, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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 - $900

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alcalá de Henares

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Alcalá de Henares

    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.

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.

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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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    Erica Sowder

    Erica Sowder will be your Program Manager and will help prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - [email protected]

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.

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   

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   

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   

Contact Hours: 40

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   

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   

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   

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   

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   

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   

Contact Hours: 40

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

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   

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   

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   

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   

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   

Contact Hours: 40

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   

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   

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   

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   

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   

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   

Contact Hours: 40

Spanish Grammar

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

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Contact Hours: 20

Spanish Composition

The purpose of this course is to help students improve their Spanish writing style and skills. Students will receive composition and writing guidelines that -together with various exercises and practice - will help them optimize their language management.

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

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

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

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

El cuento hispanoamericano II

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

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

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   

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   

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   

La España musulmana: historia y vida cotidiana

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: 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.

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