Spain Madrid Statue 113813473

Students who want to study abroad in Madrid during the summer with API will participate in the Spanish Language, Culture, and Business Program at Universidad Nebrija. This program consists of 2 classes worth 45 contact hours per course. Students take an online placement exam prior to their arrival and are placed into a level based on the results of this exam. Students may elect to take one Spanish language course and one course taught in English, or they may take both courses in either Spanish or English.

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

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

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

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Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 G.P.A.
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • One official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry requirement: valid passport

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 6 credits per session (up to 12 total)

Students who want to study abroad in Madrid during the summer with API will participate in the Spanish Language, Culture, and Business Program at Universidad Nebrija. This program consists of 2 classes worth 45 contact hours per course. Students take an online placement exam prior to their arrival and are placed into a level based on the results of this exam. Students may elect to take one Spanish language course and one course taught in English, or they may take both courses in either Spanish or English. Language levels correspond to the European Framework levels.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from Universidad Nebrija.

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

PRINCIPIANTE – A1 (BEGINNING – LEVEL 100)

Students learn the grammar and vocabulary necessary to progress in the Spanish language and normal daily life. The cultural emphasis of the course helps them acclimate to Spanish society. Beginning level students may take one course in English (see COURSES IN ENGLISH section); however, CH1601 Spanish Language is a required course.

INTERMEDIO 1 – A2 (INTERMEDIATE 1 – LEVEL 200)

In this level, students begin an in-depth study of the structure of the language, but the use of spoken language is given priority. The acquisition of new vocabulary and of a new knowledge of Spanish life is also a major aim of the course in order for students to obtain an adequate level of survival Spanish.

INTERMEDIO 2 – B1 (INTERMEDIATE 2 – LEVEL 200)

In this level, students begin an in-depth study of the grammatical structures and necessary vocabulary in order to use them in different contexts.

INTERMEDIO 3 – B2 (INTERMEDIATE 3 – LEVEL 300)

At this level, the emphasis is placed on the use of vocabulary and language structure. The main objective is to help students reach a high level of competence in oral and written expression while developing an in-depth knowledge of Spanish culture.

AVANZADO – SUPERIOR B2.2/C1-C2 (ADVANCED – LEVEL 300/SUPERIOR – LEVEL 400)

The aim of this level is to gain oral and written fluency of the Spanish language, with special emphasis on the use of different grammatical structures, as well as the use of the vocabulary necessary to achieve the natural ability of a native speaker in different situations. Special focus is given to individual student needs and abilities.

ELECTIVE COURSES FOR HIGH INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED/PROFICIENCY – LEVELS 300-400

These cultural electives are offered for students at the high intermediate, advanced, and proficiency levels. Students may take one elective along with their language course (or they may choose an English elective to take with the language course). Please note that some courses are offered both terms, while others are only offered in one term.

COURSES IN ENGLISH – ALL LEVELS

These cultural electives are offered for students at all levels. Students may take one elective along with their language course. Please note that some courses are offered both terms, while others are only offered in one term.

CREDIT INFORMATION

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.

CH 1601 Spanish Language (Beginner)

This course allows students to study the basics of Spanish grammar and vocabulary from a functional and communicative perspective. Students develop their oral and written comprehension skills, with an emphasis on linguistic practice, in order to acquire a basic command of the language in simple and familiar contexts of communication.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 1611 Spanish Language and Conversation (Beginner)

This is an elementary course in the Spanish language with a special emphasis on oral communication. The course studies the basic aspects of Spanish grammar from a functional and communicative approach and helps students to develop an elementary level of comprehension of oral and written expression. Students are able to communicate in Spanish at a basic level in order to better appreciate and integrate into the Spanish way of life.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 2601 Spanish Language (Low Intermediate)

This linguistics class stresses the basic contents of Spanish grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate in Spanish in different situations of daily life.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 1651 Conversation and Culture (Low Intermediate)

This is a practical oral comprehension class that follows the contents and curriculum that are taught in the Spanish language class. There is also an introduction to daily life in Spain and the Spanish contemporary lifestyle.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 2611 Spanish Language (Intermediate)

The goal of this class is to increase students’ self-confidence in using the language and their control of complex grammatical aspects. Special emphasis is put on the use of already learned grammatical structures.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Conversación Y Cultura (Conversation and Culture Intermediate)

This course will discuss different cultural topics related to Spain and other countries. The topics presented will be adapted to the student’s need through an analysis that will be done on the first day of class. The student will expand their vocabulary of everyday situations and cultural content in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries, in addition they will develop and put into practice the grammatical contents of this level. NB: Course available only for B1 level

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3601 Spanish Language (High Intermediate)

The objective of this course is to work on the oral and written comprehension and expression at a high intermediate level. The goal of the class is to increase students’ self-confidence in using the language and their control of complex grammatical aspects. Special emphasis is placed on the use of already learned grammatical structures. The class also reviews the Spanish syntax from a functional point of view.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3641 Spanish Culture (High Intermediate)

This class is based on oral comprehension through the use of discussions and commentaries of Spanish society today. The reading of different types of texts is required, and students are expected to develop a high level of oral and written competency.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Lengua Española

This course will present written and oral texts similar to those produced in real communication situations. With them the student approaches different linguistic constructions, offered here to serve as effective communication tools. Emphasis is placed on the development of pragmatic strategies, through attention to intensifying mechanisms, information targeting strategies and the introduction of a wide range of oral/discourse connectors. NB: Course available only for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Cultura Española (Spanish Culture)

This course allows the student to acquire a general framework on the evolution of the history and art of Spain, relating both aspects of their impact on everyday Spanish life. The different cultures in Spain will be examined: Castilla, Catalonia, Basque Country, and Galicia, paying special attention to the language, nationality and its political implications. Through the study of the different political and architectural forms, the student will understand the relationship between politics, society and culture as integral elements of the Spanish character. NB: Course available for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Teatro Español Siglo XX

This course provides a study of the major works of Spanish theater in the 20th century focusing on post-war drama and contemporary theater. The work of García Lorca forms a major part of this course. The course includes reading complete works and visits to the theater, when possible. NB: Course available for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Celestinas Y Don Juanes (Celestina and Don Juan)

This course aims to give students a overarching and analytical view of the protagonists of two of the most representative works of Spanish literature: La Celestina, by Fernando Rojas and Don Juan, by Tirso de Molina. NB: Course available for B2.2 and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3131 Panorama of Spanish Literature

This course offers a general perspective on Spanish literature with an introduction to the main literary trends, authors, texts, and different genders. A social, historical and psychological analysis of Spanish society is offered through the literature.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3421 Spanish for Business

The purpose of this course is to acquire the knowledge and language needed to communicate in the business world. The context of this course is developed within a practical framework. Students extend the vocabulary in this field and improve their oral fluency and reading comprehension skills. Course subject to minimum enrollment.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

European Studies: Culture, History, and Integration

This course covers relevant political, economic, and social aspects of European history and culture by examining the interaction among nation-states and their impact on other parts of the world. The format helps students acquire basic intellectual skills through emphasis on critical thinking and discussing, considering not only the who/what/when of events, but more importantly, questions of why and how events occurred. Topics include European expansion, Political Revolutions, Industrialization, Nationalism, Colonialism, European Wars and the European Union.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Art in Spain

This seminar covers both theory and practice of Spanish art over the past 500 years. Focus is placed on the works of Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí and Miró. This course includes visits to the Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Museum.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

International Management

This course deals with multiple functions of management, such as organizing, coordinating, planning, and staffing in an international cross-cultural context. It will focus on the complexity of international management, and students will learn how diverse national cultures affect management functions in different ways. Intercultural communication, expatriate compensation, gender issues, and ethical conflicts will also be discussed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Intercultural Communication for Professional Purposes

This course describes factors involved in communication across cultures by discussion cultural variables that enable people to understand each other across group boundaries. The course applies this knowledge to the languages professional setting, focusing on the role that communication has in the creation and dissemination of culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 1601 Spanish Language (Beginner)

This course allows students to study the basics of Spanish grammar and vocabulary from a functional and communicative perspective. Students develop their oral and written comprehension skills, with an emphasis on linguistic practice, in order to acquire a basic command of the language in simple and familiar contexts of communication.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 1611 Spanish Language and Conversation (Beginner)

This is an elementary course in the Spanish language with a special emphasis on oral communication. The course studies the basic aspects of Spanish grammar from a functional and communicative approach and helps students to develop an elementary level of comprehension of oral and written expression. Students are able to communicate in Spanish at a basic level in order to better appreciate and integrate into the Spanish way of life.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 2601 Spanish Language (Low Intermediate)

This linguistics class stresses the basic contents of Spanish grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate in Spanish in different situations of daily life.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 1651 Conversation and Culture (Low Intermediate)

This is a practical oral comprehension class that follows the contents and curriculum that are taught in the Spanish language class. There is also an introduction to daily life in Spain and the Spanish contemporary lifestyle.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 2611 Spanish Language (Intermediate)

The goal of this class is to increase students’ self-confidence in using the language and their control of complex grammatical aspects. Special emphasis is put on the use of already learned grammatical structures.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Conversación Y Cultura (Conversation and Culture Intermediate)

This course will discuss different cultural topics related to Spain and other countries. The topics presented will be adapted to the student’s need through an analysis that will be done on the first day of class. The student will expand their vocabulary of everyday situations and cultural content in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries, in addition they will develop and put into practice the grammatical contents of this level. NB: Course available only for B1 level

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3601 Spanish Language (High Intermediate)

The objective of this course is to work on the oral and written comprehension and expression at a high intermediate level. The goal of the class is to increase students’ self-confidence in using the language and their control of complex grammatical aspects. Special emphasis is placed on the use of already learned grammatical structures. The class also reviews the Spanish syntax from a functional point of view.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3641 Spanish Culture (High Intermediate)

This class is based on oral comprehension through the use of discussions and commentaries of Spanish society today. The reading of different types of texts is required, and students are expected to develop a high level of oral and written competency.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Lengua Española

This course will present written and oral texts similar to those produced in real communication situations. With them the student approaches different linguistic constructions, offered here to serve as effective communication tools. Emphasis is placed on the development of pragmatic strategies, through attention to intensifying mechanisms, information targeting strategies and the introduction of a wide range of oral/discourse connectors. NB: Course available only for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Lengua Española (CH 4611 Advanced Spanish Language II)

In this course new linguistic contents will be presented and those already studied in previous levels will be consolidated. The new contents will be introduced through activities where the student will need to reflect on the use of the presented linguistic contents: what one wants to express and with what structure to express it. From this reflection, the function of the object’s linguistic structure will be explained and it will begin to be utilized by means of didactic sequencing in three phases in which controlled, semi-controlled and free activities will be proposed, allowing the student to understand and use the contents presented. NB: Course only available for C1 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Cultura Española (Spanish Culture)

This course allows the student to acquire a general framework on the evolution of the history and art of Spain, relating both aspects of their impact on everyday Spanish life. The different cultures in Spain will be examined: Castilla, Catalonia, Basque Country, and Galicia, paying special attention to the language, nationality and its political implications. Through the study of the different political and architectural forms, the student will understand the relationship between politics, society and culture as integral elements of the Spanish character. NB: Course available for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Teatro Español Siglo XX

This course provides a study of the major works of Spanish theater in the 20th century focusing on post-war drama and contemporary theater. The work of García Lorca forms a major part of this course. The course includes reading complete works and visits to the theater, when possible. NB: Course available for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

Celestinas Y Don Juanes (Celestina and Don Juan)

This course aims to give students a overarching and analytical view of the protagonists of two of the most representative works of Spanish literature: La Celestina, by Fernando Rojas and Don Juan, by Tirso de Molina. NB: Course available for B2.2 and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3131 Panorama of Spanish Literature

This course offers a general perspective on Spanish literature with an introduction to the main literary trends, authors, texts, and different genders. A social, historical and psychological analysis of Spanish society is offered through the literature.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3421 Spanish for Business

The purpose of this course is to acquire the knowledge and language needed to communicate in the business world. The context of this course is developed within a practical framework. Students extend the vocabulary in this field and improve their oral fluency and reading comprehension skills. Course subject to minimum enrollment.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Novelas Españolas Contemporánea

This course provides a general review of Spanish prose from the post-war period to the present. Principal developments in Spanish literature with analysis and discussion of selected texts and some complete works are also a component of the course. NB: Course available for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

MUJERES EN LA LITERATURA ESPAÑOLA DE LOS SIGLOS DE ORO (Women in Spanish Golden Age Literature)

Course will analyze most prominent female writes in Spanish history. NB: Course available for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

European Studies: Culture, History, and Integration

This course covers relevant political, economic, and social aspects of European history and culture by examining the interaction among nation-states and their impact on other parts of the world. The format helps students acquire basic intellectual skills through emphasis on critical thinking and discussing, considering not only the who/what/when of events, but more importantly, questions of why and how events occurred. Topics include European expansion, Political Revolutions, Industrialization, Nationalism, Colonialism, European Wars and the European Union.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Art in Spain

This seminar covers both theory and practice of Spanish art over the past 500 years. Focus is placed on the works of Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí and Miró. This course includes visits to the Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Museum.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3661 Present-Day Spain

The contents of this course will present the students with a broad panorama of Spanish and Madrid life. Starting form an introduction of Spain, its geography and political system, we will move on to dealing with topics such as population and immigration trends, shopping culture, the fast-growing fashion business, social rights, gender issues, the influence of religion in the Spanish society and its traditional festivities, gastronomy or Spaniards preferred activities. In other words, students will get to know and experience the Spanish way of life from a hands-on approach.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CM 2124 International Marketing

This course analyses how, within current market globalization, International Marketing is not just a mere exportation technique but also a means to systematically establish penetration and consolidation of our business into foreign markets. The course analyzes market information, research systems, marketing-mix, and other strategies from an international standpoint.

**Can not take this course with Present-Day Spain due to time conflicts***

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

DE 1124 International Business

["The major purpose of this course is to introduce students to the international perspective of business. The course will examine the international aspects of business and place them in foreign and international contexts. The topics covered include the competitive environment of the international marketplace","international organizations","cultural, political-economic and labor factors affecting international business","and management techniques to deal with foreign factors in the international environment."]

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

View Syllabus   

International Management

This course deals with multiple functions of management, such as organizing, coordinating, planning, and staffing in an international cross-cultural context. It will focus on the complexity of international management, and students will learn how diverse national cultures affect management functions in different ways. Intercultural communication, expatriate compensation, gender issues, and ethical conflicts will also be discussed.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Intercultural Communication for Professional Purposes

This course describes factors involved in communication across cultures by discussion cultural variables that enable people to understand each other across group boundaries. The course applies this knowledge to the languages professional setting, focusing on the role that communication has in the creation and dissemination of culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 1601 Spanish Language (Beginner)

This course allows students to study the basics of Spanish grammar and vocabulary from a functional and communicative perspective. Students develop their oral and written comprehension skills, with an emphasis on linguistic practice, in order to acquire a basic command of the language in simple and familiar contexts of communication.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 1611 Spanish Language and Conversation (Beginner)

This is an elementary course in the Spanish language with a special emphasis on oral communication. The course studies the basic aspects of Spanish grammar from a functional and communicative approach and helps students to develop an elementary level of comprehension of oral and written expression. Students are able to communicate in Spanish at a basic level in order to better appreciate and integrate into the Spanish way of life.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Beginner  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 2601 Spanish Language (Low Intermediate)

This linguistics class stresses the basic contents of Spanish grammar and vocabulary in order to communicate in Spanish in different situations of daily life.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 1651 Conversation and Culture (Low Intermediate)

This is a practical oral comprehension class that follows the contents and curriculum that are taught in the Spanish language class. There is also an introduction to daily life in Spain and the Spanish contemporary lifestyle.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 2611 Spanish Language (Intermediate)

The goal of this class is to increase students’ self-confidence in using the language and their control of complex grammatical aspects. Special emphasis is put on the use of already learned grammatical structures.

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Conversación Y Cultura (Conversation and Culture Intermediate)

This course will discuss different cultural topics related to Spain and other countries. The topics presented will be adapted to the student’s need through an analysis that will be done on the first day of class. The student will expand their vocabulary of everyday situations and cultural content in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries, in addition they will develop and put into practice the grammatical contents of this level. NB: Course available only for B1 level

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Intermediate  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3601 Spanish Language (High Intermediate)

The objective of this course is to work on the oral and written comprehension and expression at a high intermediate level. The goal of the class is to increase students’ self-confidence in using the language and their control of complex grammatical aspects. Special emphasis is placed on the use of already learned grammatical structures. The class also reviews the Spanish syntax from a functional point of view.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

CH 3641 Spanish Culture (High Intermediate)

This class is based on oral comprehension through the use of discussions and commentaries of Spanish society today. The reading of different types of texts is required, and students are expected to develop a high level of oral and written competency.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

View Syllabus   

Lengua Española

This course will present written and oral texts similar to those produced in real communication situations. With them the student approaches different linguistic constructions, offered here to serve as effective communication tools. Emphasis is placed on the development of pragmatic strategies, through attention to intensifying mechanisms, information targeting strategies and the introduction of a wide range of oral/discourse connectors. NB: Course available only for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

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Lengua Española (CH 4611 Advanced Spanish Language II)

In this course new linguistic contents will be presented and those already studied in previous levels will be consolidated. The new contents will be introduced through activities where the student will need to reflect on the use of the presented linguistic contents: what one wants to express and with what structure to express it. From this reflection, the function of the object’s linguistic structure will be explained and it will begin to be utilized by means of didactic sequencing in three phases in which controlled, semi-controlled and free activities will be proposed, allowing the student to understand and use the contents presented. NB: Course only available for C1 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Cultura Española (Spanish Culture)

This course allows the student to acquire a general framework on the evolution of the history and art of Spain, relating both aspects of their impact on everyday Spanish life. The different cultures in Spain will be examined: Castilla, Catalonia, Basque Country, and Galicia, paying special attention to the language, nationality and its political implications. Through the study of the different political and architectural forms, the student will understand the relationship between politics, society and culture as integral elements of the Spanish character. NB: Course available for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

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CH 3131 Panorama of Spanish Literature

This course offers a general perspective on Spanish literature with an introduction to the main literary trends, authors, texts, and different genders. A social, historical and psychological analysis of Spanish society is offered through the literature.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

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CH 3421 Spanish for Business

The purpose of this course is to acquire the knowledge and language needed to communicate in the business world. The context of this course is developed within a practical framework. Students extend the vocabulary in this field and improve their oral fluency and reading comprehension skills. Course subject to minimum enrollment.

Language of Instruction: Spanish   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

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Novelas Españolas Contemporánea

This course provides a general review of Spanish prose from the post-war period to the present. Principal developments in Spanish literature with analysis and discussion of selected texts and some complete works are also a component of the course. NB: Course available for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

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MUJERES EN LA LITERATURA ESPAÑOLA DE LOS SIGLOS DE ORO (Women in Spanish Golden Age Literature)

Course will analyze most prominent female writes in Spanish history. NB: Course available for B2.2 level and above

Language of Instruction: Spanish    Language Level Required: Advanced  

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

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European Studies: Culture, History, and Integration

This course covers relevant political, economic, and social aspects of European history and culture by examining the interaction among nation-states and their impact on other parts of the world. The format helps students acquire basic intellectual skills through emphasis on critical thinking and discussing, considering not only the who/what/when of events, but more importantly, questions of why and how events occurred. Topics include European expansion, Political Revolutions, Industrialization, Nationalism, Colonialism, European Wars and the European Union.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

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Art in Spain

This seminar covers both theory and practice of Spanish art over the past 500 years. Focus is placed on the works of Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dalí and Miró. This course includes visits to the Prado Museum and Reina Sofia Museum.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

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CH 3661 Present-Day Spain

The contents of this course will present the students with a broad panorama of Spanish and Madrid life. Starting form an introduction of Spain, its geography and political system, we will move on to dealing with topics such as population and immigration trends, shopping culture, the fast-growing fashion business, social rights, gender issues, the influence of religion in the Spanish society and its traditional festivities, gastronomy or Spaniards preferred activities. In other words, students will get to know and experience the Spanish way of life from a hands-on approach.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

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CM 2124 International Marketing

This course analyses how, within current market globalization, International Marketing is not just a mere exportation technique but also a means to systematically establish penetration and consolidation of our business into foreign markets. The course analyzes market information, research systems, marketing-mix, and other strategies from an international standpoint.

**Can not take this course with Present-Day Spain due to time conflicts***

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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DE 1124 International Business

["The major purpose of this course is to introduce students to the international perspective of business. The course will examine the international aspects of business and place them in foreign and international contexts. The topics covered include the competitive environment of the international marketplace","international organizations","cultural, political-economic and labor factors affecting international business","and management techniques to deal with foreign factors in the international environment."]

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3  

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Intercultural Communication for Professional Purposes

This course describes factors involved in communication across cultures by discussion cultural variables that enable people to understand each other across group boundaries. The course applies this knowledge to the languages professional setting, focusing on the role that communication has in the creation and dissemination of culture.

Language of Instruction: English   

Recommended US semester credits: 3   Contact Hours: 45

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Highlights
  • Classes taught in Spanish and English

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 share a double room 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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Students who choose to do the early start program will take an intensive Spanish language course before semester classes begin.

The fall early start semester begins with an intensive two-week Spanish language course for 3 semester credits.

The spring early start semester begins with an intensive four-week Spanish language course for 6 credits.

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 1 May, 2020 - Jun, 2020 $4,780 Apr 1, 2020 Apr 10, 2020
Summer 1 and 2 Combined May, 2020 - Jul, 2020 $8,280 Apr 1, 2020 Apr 10, 2020
Summer 2 Jun, 2020 - Jul, 2020 $4,780 Apr 1, 2020 Apr 10, 2020
Summer 1 May 29, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019 $4,780 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 10, 2019
Summer 1 and 2 Combined May 29, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 $8,280 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 10, 2019
Summer 2 Jun 28, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 $4,780 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 10, 2019