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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.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Madrid programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
API students will receive a transcript from Universidad CEU San Pablo 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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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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CANNOT TAKE COURSES AT BOTH CAMPUSES AND IT IS ADVISED FOR STUDENTS TO TAKE COURSES UNDER A SPECIFIC TRACK IN ORDER TO AVOID ANY TIME CONFLICTS.
Note: All courses are worth 3 semester credits unless otherwise marked.
GENERAL STUDIES – SPRING
ADVERTISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS – SPRING
JOURNALISM – SPRING
AUDIOVISUAL COMMUNICATION – SPRING
DIGITAL COMMUNICATION – SPRING
Language of Instruction: English Spanish
ARCHITECTURE – SPRING
Option 1 - ENGLISH
Option 2 - SPANISH
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING – SPRING
BIOTECHNOLOGY & PHARMACY – SPRING
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS – SPRING
PHYSIOTHERAPY – SPRING
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
ARCHITECTURE – FALL
BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING – FALL
BIOTECHNOLOGY & PHARMACY – FALL
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS – FALL
PHYSIOTHERAPY – FALL
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.