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Students who are interested in a study abroad program in Madrid that focuses on communications studies, humanities, and sciences will be a perfect fit for this program. Students will take up to 4 classes, and may take an extra class for an additional fee. Courses are available in the Sciences (Biomedical Engineering, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, and Architecture) and in the Communication fields (Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Audiovisual Communication and Digital Communication). All classes are in English but students may also take a Spanish Language course (offered at different levels). Courses must be taken from one area of study. It may be possible to take classes from other areas of study, but this will need to be approved by the Universidad CEU San Pablo to assure there are no schedule or space conflicts.

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

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

On-Site Orientation

On-Site Orientation

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 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Spanish speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript
  • Additional supplemental materials
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

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.

  • Extremadura

    Several towns are “musts” in this region. First is Mérida, home of the largest number of Roman ruins outside of Italy, as well as a Museum of Roman Art, an amphitheater and aqueducts. Second is Cáceres, a Medieval and Renaissance city with walls that were built by the Romans and Almohads. The third is Trujillo, the cradle of more than 500 conquerors. Walking through this city will offer the opportunity to see many historical monuments and the Moorish castle. The mountain-town within the region of Las Villuercas leads to the historic village of Guadalupe, home of the Sanctuary-Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • 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.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Paris

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Lisbon

    Lisbon is a European city like no other. It boasts as grand a cultural and historical heritage as many other European cities but also has an earthier side that sets it apart. An impressive Gothic cathedral, the Hieronymites Monastery, St. George’s Castle and Torre de Belém are all part of the colorful cityscape. Another side of Lisbon is discovered wandering around the narrow lanes of Alfama, Rossio and Barrio Alto Quarters, and taking in the sounds and rhythm of the city. One experiences a step back in time through visits to the cultural sites in Lisbon, while also gaining an impression of the differences between Portugal and Spain.

  • 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.

  • Paris

    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.

  • 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.

  • Seville

    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.

  • Valencia

    Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and one of the most popular destinations in The Mediterranean. Valencia can seem a city of clichés: the light, the moon, the gunpowder, the paella, the flowers, and the Fallas festivals. But these are nothing but key terms to explain what cannot really be put into words.

    Visiting Valencia we will experience first-hand how centuries-old traditions coexist with modernity. We will have the opportunity to visit some of the most representative places in the city such as City of Arts and Sciences, the Oceanographic or the Old City.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12 credits per semester

Students who are interested in a study abroad program in Madrid that focuses on communications studies, humanities, and sciences will be a perfect fit for this program.

Students will take up to 4 classes, and may take an extra class for an additional fee. Courses are available in the Sciences (Biomedical Engineering, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, and Architecture) and in the Communication fields (Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Audiovisual Communication and Digital Communication). All classes are in English but students may also take a Spanish Language course (offered at different levels). Courses must be taken from one area of study. It may be possible to take classes from other areas of study, but this will need to be approved by the Universidad CEU San Pablo to assure there are no schedule or space conflicts.

The courses are offered at two different campuses of the university – Moncloa (in the main university area of Madrid), and Monteprincipe (on the outskirts of the city – free buses are provided, along with metro).

Universidad CEU San Pablo is Spain’s oldest private university with more than 80 years of experience in higher education, particularly its School of Communication Sciences, created in 1926. The school is proud of its ability to grant personalized attention to students as well as offering them fully-equipped and highly-qualified facilities (like its FabLab Madrid part of the MIT FabLab Network). It has a strong reputation in the Sciences with prestigious Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine, Engineering and Architecture, this last one accredited by the NAAB.

TRANSCRIPTS

API students will receive a transcript from Universidad CEU San Pablo upon completion of their program.

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

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students can take courses in the Sciences (Biomedical Engineering, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, and Architecture) or in the School of Communication (Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Audiovisual Communication and Digital Communication). All classes are in English but students also take a Spanish Language course (offered at all levels).

The School of Communication is in Moncloa, the university area of Madrid with easy access by metro or bus.

The Science campus is in Montepríncipe, 30 minutes away from the city center with state of the art facilities. The School provides free buses and there is also metro Ligero (light rail) near the university.

Note: All courses are worth 3 semester credits unless otherwise marked.

Science Course Offerings - Montepríncipe Campus (SPRING)

Note: All courses are worth 3 semester credits unless otherwise marked.


ARCHITECTURE – SPRING


Option 1 - ENGLISH


Option 2 - SPANISH


BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING – SPRING


BIOTECHNOLOGY & PHARMACY – SPRING


NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS – SPRING


PHYSIOTHERAPY – SPRING

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

School of Communication Course Offerings - Moncloa Campus (FALL)

Note: All courses are worth 3 semester credits unless otherwise marked.

If you take classes from different sections there may be time conflicts.


GENERAL STUDIES – FALL


ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS – FALL


JOURNALISM – FALL


AUDIOVISUAL COMMUNICATION – FALL


DIGITAL COMMUNICATION – FALL

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Science Course Offerings - Montepríncipe Campus (FALL)

Note: All courses are worth 3 semester credits unless otherwise marked.

If you take classes from different sections there may be time conflicts.


ARCHITECTURE – FALL


Option 1 - ENGLISH


Option 2 - SPANISH


BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING – FALL


BIOTECHNOLOGY & PHARMACY – FALL


NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS – FALL


PHYSIOTHERAPY – FALL

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

School of Communication Course Offerings - Moncloa Campus (FALL)

Note: All courses are worth 3 semester credits unless otherwise marked.

If you take classes from different sections there may be time conflicts.


GENERAL STUDIES – FALL


ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS – FALL


JOURNALISM – FALL


AUDIOVISUAL COMMUNICATION – FALL


DIGITAL COMMUNICATION – FALL

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Science Course Offerings - Montepríncipe Campus (FALL)

Note: All courses are worth 3 semester credits unless otherwise marked.

If you take classes from different sections there may be time conflicts.


ARCHITECTURE – FALL


Option 1 - ENGLISH


Option 2 - SPANISH


BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING – FALL


BIOTECHNOLOGY & PHARMACY – FALL


NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS – FALL


PHYSIOTHERAPY – FALL

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Science Course Offerings - Montepríncipe Campus (SPRING)

Note: All courses are worth 3 semester credits unless otherwise marked.


ARCHITECTURE – SPRING


Option 1 - ENGLISH


Option 2 - SPANISH


BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING – SPRING


BIOTECHNOLOGY & PHARMACY – SPRING


NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS – SPRING


PHYSIOTHERAPY – SPRING

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Science Course Offerings - Montepríncipe Campus (SPRING)

Note: All courses are worth 3 semester credits unless otherwise marked.


ARCHITECTURE – SPRING


Option 1 - ENGLISH


Option 2 - SPANISH


BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING – SPRING


BIOTECHNOLOGY & PHARMACY – SPRING


NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS – SPRING


PHYSIOTHERAPY – SPRING

Language of Instruction: English Spanish   

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English and Spanish
  • NAAB accredited School of Engineering and Architecture
  • 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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Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Aug 29, 2019 - Dec 21, 2019 $15,635 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Academic Year Aug 29, 2019 - May 23, 2020 $28,200 Jun 10, 2019 Jul 1, 2019
Spring Jan 30, 2020 - Jun 3, 2020 $14,600 Oct 15, 2019 Nov 1, 2019
Spring Jan 31, 2019 - May 31, 2019 $14,600 Oct 15, 2018 Nov 1, 2018