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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).
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:
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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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).
API students will receive a transcript from Universidad Complutense 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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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.
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 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.
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.
Students learn to write about themselves in simple structures in everyday situations.
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.
Contact Hours: 40
This course presents the opportunity to use the Spanish language in situations presented by the teacher, in dramatizations, oral presentations, and through listening comprehension.
Students are presented with situations in which to respond verbally, present dramatizations, and practice oral expression and comprehension.
This course is available to students participating in the Spanish Language and Culture Track.
Contact Hours: 20
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.
Contact Hours: 20
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Language Level Required: Advanced
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 através del fútbol. El conocido como “deporte rey” es actualmente todo un acontecimiento sociológico, uno de los mayores negocios deportivos y un espectáculode 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.
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.
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.