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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
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  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate
Recommended GPA: 2.2 Living Arrangements: Apartment, Dormitories
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Study Abroad Contact: Dominique Brown How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
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DePaul University College of Law invites you to participate in an exciting summer law program in Madrid, Spain. Over the past 20 years, Spain has become one of the most prosperous and advanced member states of the European Union. Its capital city of Madrid is one of Europe's most vibrant and stylish cities, combining the cultural and historical grandeur of Spain's medieval and imperial past with some of the most exciting modern architecture, museums and nightlife in the European Union. Spain's beautiful cities, including Barcelona, Seville, Toledo and Segovia; the sunny beaches of the Mediterranean seashore; the stunning rugged cliffs of Galicia; and the elegant resort area of San Sebastian can be quickly reached by high-speed rail.

DePaul's Madrid program is held at Universidad Pontificia Comillas, ranked No. 51 among the world's best universities in a 2014 Times Higher Education ranking known as the Alma Mater Index: Global Executives. A number of leading Comillas faculty members teach international and European business law lectures in the program.

DePaul's Madrid program teams up successful Spanish legal academics and practitioners with expert U.S. law professors to offer students a stellar learning experience. Universidad Pontificia Comillas Professor Federico Montalvo was recently selected to the prestigious 36-member International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO, the world's leading advisory body on bioethics. He has also served as vice president of Spain's Bioethics Committee since 2013.

DePaul's Madrid program exposes students to the inner workings of the legal profession, including highly personalized visits with some of Spain's top global law firms that maintain a presence in Europe and the United States. In 2013, program participants visited Spain's leading legal and political institutions the courts, the attorney generals office, the stock exchange and witnessed an exciting and heated debate in the Spanish Congress over proposed cuts in Spain's social welfare system.


Alberto R. Coll, director of DePaul’s European and Latin American Legal Studies, leads the Madrid study abroad program. A native Spanish speaker who has been visiting Spain since he first arrived there as a young refugee, Professor Coll has lectured at Spain’s most prestigious universities, consulted with Spain’s intelligence agencies and foreign policy think tanks, and enjoys a wide range of professional and personal contacts in Spanish law firms and bar associations.
Jerold Friedland is the second faculty leader for the program.

All students will be enrolled in the following 2 courses:
Course LAW 559: European Business and Commercial Law
Credits 3 credit hours
Term registered Summer 2021
Taught by  
Course description This course will provide a solid overview of the fundamental institutions and legal norms regulating business transactions, including trade and investment, within the world’s second most powerful economic market, the European Union. Close attention will be paid to the legal issues that foreign companies, including American ones, must address when doing business in, or with, entities in the European Union. The course will examine the political and economic aspects of European history and culture that shape EU business and commercial law, and will challenge students to think critically about the complex legal dimensions of international business transactions in Europe.
Course LAW 583: European Human Rights Law
Credits 2 credit hours
Term registered Summer 2021
Taught by  
Course description This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the world’s most advanced transnational human rights legal system: the European Union’s complex network of legal norms, institutions, and practices for the protection of human rights. Specifically, the course will focus on the European Covenant on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the European Court on Human Rights (often known as "the Strasbourg Court"), and the highly sophisticated jurisprudence on human rights that these institutions have developed over the past three decades, placing Europe squarely at the forefront of new developments in human rights law throughout the world. The course readings will span a number of decisions by the European Court of Human Rights on key human rights protections, and every class will feature at least one thorough discussion of a particularly salient human rights issue addressed by the Court.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Students in DePaul's Madrid program have the option of staying in comfortable dorms or equally comfortable apartments where they enjoy independence and a wide range of choices. We do not require students to pay for dormitory food while in Madrid, one of the worlds greatest culinary centers.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. 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.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward in the Summer 2021 term. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

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. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Make sure that you budget before you go so that you do not have to stress about money while you are abroad.
  • There is so much to do in Europe, so try and make the most of your time by exploring every possible second.
  • Be flexible. Traveling abroad does not come without its hiccups and you need to be able to adapt and not let the changes get to you.
  • Get an Airbnb early if you want to be close to the university.
  • Make sure your rented apartment has laundry on-site or in-unit for convenience purposes.
  • Plan weekend trips in advance to get good prices on travel. Renting a car in Madrid is fairly easy and cheap and you can drive down to Southern Spain and it's a beautiful, relatively easy drive.
  • Arrive a few days early to get used to the city and to map out how to get to and from campus.
  • In Spain, you do not need to tip.
  • Learn how to use the public transportation system, as it is extremely helpful.
  • Uber is usually cheaper, especially from airports where the Taxi has a flat fee.
  • Keep your passport in a safe place at all times, and make extra photocopies in case something happens to it.

If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:  

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:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.