Is this program right for you?
This program is designed for students at a beginner to intermediate Spanish level who want to study the Spanish language in an immersive environment during the summer. This program is a great option for students looking for their first study abroad experience or for students who would like to jump start their language ability to prepare for a semester abroad later in their academic career. This program is open to students after their freshman year. This program is run through the AU Center in Madrid.
***For students with advanced Spanish language skills (SPAN 253 or above), AU Abroad recommends the Madrid Summer Internship program instead of this Language Program. ***
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Students participate in a 6-week intensive Spanish language course offered through AU's study center in Madrid. Prior to the start of the course, students participate in an exciting orientation to help settle into life in Madrid. Students can receive either 0 or 3 or 6 credits for participation in the program. Students will take a placement exam upon arrival to determine the appropriate language level. The program is designed for beginning to upper-intermediate Spanish language students. The actual course will take place at the AU center, located in downtown Madrid.
At the geographic center of this varied country lies the capital, Madrid. With its elegant architecture dating back to the 16th century, world famous art museums and handsome parks, Madrid is a welcoming environment. Stroll through the lovely Retiro Park on a Sunday morning and enjoy the jugglers and mimes. Treat yourself to "tapas" while taking in the exquisite design of the old Plaza Mayor. Or view the paintings of Goya, Velasquez, and El Greco at the Prado Museum.
Madrid is known for its serene beauty, lavish architecture, and friendly locals. Influences of Europe, the Mediterranean, and North Africa meld making Madrid a unique international meeting place. As students take intensive Spanish courses during the summer they become part of the warmth and energy of this dynamic city! It's an ideal location to gain worldly experience, study Spain 's history and culture, and fine-tune Spanish language skills.
Students are assisted on-site, by two full-time AU program staff who will coordinate orientation and other activities to make the time in Madrid a true success. Staff at the AU Center have been working with AU students for many years and find it delightful to help more AU students understand the many facets of life in Madrid.
Housing and Meals
Full language integration happens in the home as well as the classroom. During the summer session in Madrid, students will live in a Spanish home. The homestay allows students to experience the warmth and hospitality of Spain while improving Spanish language skills. Once the student has completed AU Abroad on-line pre-departure forms, an on-site Housing Coordinator will organize living arrangements before arrival. Students may be in single or double rooms. In the homestay, students enjoy breakfast, lunch, evening meals and, in most cases, weekly laundry.
This program includes a 3-day excursion to another major city in Spain in the middle of the program. During the program excursion, students stay in hotels. The field trip location changes every year, but in the past has included a visit to Andalucia in southern Spain, with stops in Sevilla, Granada and Cordoba.
U.S. citizens do not need to obtain a Spanish student visa and may travel to Spain on a Tourist Visa, since the Program is shorter than the 90-day tourist visa period. Non-U.S. citizens requiring a Spanish student visa will be provided a letter by AU Abroad upon acceptance to the Program. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for contacting the Spanish Embassy or Consulate to find out which additional documents are needed to obtain a student visa.
Connect with Spain!
AU students are lucky to live in the DC area near the Spanish Embassy and DC Consulate. The Embassy and Consulate is located near George Washington University in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of DC. There is also a cultural center near 16th and Fuller St., NW where many events are held. The Embassy often holds events related to Spanish culture that will be of great interest to AU students before and after a study abroad semester in Spain.
SPAIN arts & culture is another great site that features events and exhibits of the most cutting-edge works of international renowned Spanish artists in fields such as design, urban culture, architecture, visual arts, film, performing arts, literature and music. Take advantage of your DC location by participating in events and soaking up some Spanish culture stateside!