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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Prerequisite: SPN 106 or equivalent
Liberal Studies Domain: EL Study Abroad Contact: Alma Sandoval
Program Description:


Madrid, Spain Soccer Match The DePaul study abroad program in Madrid, Spain has been custom crafted for our advanced Spanish language students. To implement this innovative program, DePaul collaborates with an in-country service provider, Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA), and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Participants attend Spanish language classes at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid UCM, which was founded in 1508 in the small town of Alcala de Henares and moved to the capital in the early 19th century. It is housed in the large and attractive Ciudad Universitaria area, a park-like campus on the edge of the city. CEA is located at the International Institute. The International Institute is a prestigious institution that is highly respected both in Spain and in the U.S. It is located in a beautiful historic building in Madrid in a student friendly neighborhood. Student services such as homestays, excursions and cultural activities are arranged by CEA. UCM also offers excursions for an extra fee.

Living in Madrid for three months, students have the opportunity to experience and participate in the culture and society of Spain. Students experience the family and home lives of local residents through the homestay arrangements. Other chances for interaction are facilitated through excursions and cultural activities. Excursions in the past have included short trips to locations such as Toledo, Salamanca, Segovia, Granada, Cuenca, and Avila.


Four required classes DePaul Equivalency Credits per course
1. Gramatica y Practicas B1 level placement=SPN 298 (JYEL)
-or-
B2 level placement=SPN 398 (JYEL)
4.5 DPU credits
2. Comprehension Auditiva y Expresion Oral B1 level placement=SPN 298 (JYEL)
-or-
B2 level placement=SPN 398
4.5 DPU credits
3. Expresion y Comprension Escrita B1 level placement=SPN 298 (JYEL)
-or-
B2 level placement=SPN 398
4.5 DPU credits
4. EITHER Contemporary Spain OR Spanish Civilization and Culture SAP 270SCB (SCBI domain or substitite for PSC 359)  or HST 297 (UP domain)
Both taught in Spanish and applicable to SPN major/minor
4.5 DPU credits

The three Spanish language courses are taught at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Students take a placement test when they arrive to determine their Spanish level. Those who place into B1 will take SPN 298 courses, and those who place B2 or higher will take SPN 398 courses. The additional course, Contemporary Spain OR Spanish Civilization is taught at the CEA Center by CEA professors. See course descriptions below.

Contemporary Spain: History, Politics and Society (SAP 270SCB with SCBI domain or PSC 359 at DePaul): Over the past three decades, Spain has undergone a transformation perhaps greater than any other country in Western Europe. In this course, we will discuss and explore the reasons behind Spain’s ascension, while examining critically the current challenges that the country faces. Topics covered include the following: integration into the European Union and NATO; the decentralization of Spain, asymmetric federalism, the role of the autonomous communities; from an emigrant to an immigrant country; women in the workplace and the family; Basque and Islamic terrorism; secular society and the Church; and the challenges of globalization. Note: As this course is taught in Spanish, it can count toward the Spanish major or minor.

Spanish Civilization and Culture (HST 297 at DePaul, UP domain): The aims of this course is to analyze Spanish culture following a historical and sociological perspective and to consider how a country’s customs and traditions are linked to its historical, social, and economic evolution. We will study the history of Spanish civilization from pre-history to modern times and compare home and host customs, traditions, and values. We will then analyze critically the meaning of "culture" and how we can achieve intercultural strategies to more easily understand, adapt and learn local customs. Note: As this course is taught in Spanish, it can count toward the Spanish major or minor.

To see how the courses will count back at DePaul, return to the top of this page and click "DePaul Course Equivalents" or click here

Students interested in a language major or minor should review this degree progress video and contact the Department of Modern Languages advisor to verify how the courses through this program could potentially satisfy language major or minor requirements.

Visit the Modern Language Option page for more information on how you can substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change at a host institution, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Extracurricular Activities
Excursions in the past have included short trips to locations such as Toledo, Salamanca, Segovia, Granada, Cuenca, and Avila. Additionally, students can take non-credit mini-courses at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in areas like dance, art, music, cinema, Spanish language, and business. It is a good way to connect with peers interested in similar areas.

Application
Students participating in the Madrid program must have at least a 2.5 GPA and should have completed at least SPN 106 or demonstrate proficiency at the 200-level by including proficiency exam results along with their application.


Students are housed with Spanish host families in centrally located homes. Homestays may consist of a single señora (with or without children) or a traditional two-parent household. This housing option allows students to continue practicing Spanish outside of the classroom while learning about Spanish culture. In most cases, two students are housed with each family. Students are provided three meals per day and laundry service on a regular basis. All of the families are welcoming and generous with their home, but participants should remember that they are guests and will be expected to adapt to the traditions and rules of their host family.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the student's regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click for the Fall quarter program fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students on the Madrid program do not need a visa. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.


Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:

Name Email Term Attended
Edgar Flores erflores92@gmail.com Fall 2015
Chloe Leuthaeuser cleuthaeuser@gmail.com Fall 2014
Carly Schirber cschirbe@mail.depaul.edu Fall 2015


DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/01/2020 03/01/2020 TBA TBA