Ursinus College
Bomberger 104
Collegeville, PA 19426-1000
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UC in Madrid

Term To Study: Fall 2012
Application Deadline: Feb 08, 2013
Program Starts: Sep 01, 2012
Program Ends: Dec 22, 2012
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Locations: Madrid
Contact Name: Study Abroad Office
Contact Email: abroad@ursinus.edu
Program Description

UC in Madrid, Spain Semester

Special interest: Spanish language and culture, education, internships

This full immersion intensive language program, hosted by CAPA International Education at the International House (IH) in Madrid, targets students of various levels who have completed a minimum of two semesters of college Spanish at the intermediate level or higher. Recognized by the prestigious Instituto Cervantes, IH follows the Council of Europe Common European Framework Reference in its language placement system and curriculum. The Ursinus faculty director teaches courses on Spanish art, cinema, literature, politics, or society. Students also formally apply to participate in a Community Practicum that places them in local firms, non-governmental organizations, or schools. Museum visits and excursions are included in the program. All students live with local families. 16 credit hours.



Dr. Houghton Kane will offer two CROSS-LISTED  topics courses:


  • POL 399MA/SPAN 202M, 4.0 credits

  • POL 399MB/SPAN 340M, 4.0 credits


Topics will be chosen from two of the following, to be determined by student interest:



     Politics and Government of Spain – This class will study the structure of government in Spain and compare it to that of the United States.  In addition, the various sources of political and economic power in the Spanish society will be studied.  We will visit the Spanish congress and speak with persons involved in Spanish politics. (Four academic credits in either Politics or Spanish)


     Spain and the European Union – This class will study the European Union, one of the most innovative, daring – and problematic – political and economic structures in today´s world.  Spain´s role in the EU will be investigated, together with the pressure being exerted by the EU on Spain to produce changes in the Spanish economy. (Four academic credits in either Politics or Spanish)


     Spanish Civil War – Between 1936 and 1939, Spain was convulsed by a terrible civil war.  This war was fed by the internal divisions within the Spanish society and the global competition between communism, National Socialism (Hitler and Mussolini), and democracy.  The Spanish Civil War was used by the world powers to develop their weapons and military strategies and served as a bloody foreshadowing of World War II.  The Civil War still echoes through Spanish society and politics today.  We will visit sites of key battles, monuments, and graveyards. (Four academic credits in either Politics or Spanish)




All Madrid participants choose one of the two courses taught by the faculty director PLUS the following courses taught by local instructors for a total of 16.0 credits:




SPAN 204, 8.0 credits, Intensive Spanish


SPAN 281, 2.0 credits, Community Practicum (internships in local schools, organizations, non-profits and businesses)


SPAN 335M, 2.0 credits, Learning through Internships




Spanish is the language of instruction in all Madrid courses. These are the courses students should include on the Proposed Course of Study Form  section of the study abroad application.


For more information on study abroad, visit: http://ursinus.abroadoffice.net or drop by the Center for International Programs in Bomberger 104.


.All students take
  • SPAN-204.M 8.0 – Intensive Spanish
  • SPAN-281.M 2.0 – Community Practicum (internships in local schools, organizations and businesses)

Group Flight

The College will arrange a group flight for all interested students so they can fly out and back together.

Family Homestays

For purposes of language acquisition and integration in the local culture, all participants are placed in carefully selected family homestays in which they will enjoy home cooked meals and a private bedroom. Daily lunch is provided at the center during the week and students receive a small meal stipend for weekend lunches.

Program Features

This program includes public transportation passes for the duration of the program. Several excursions and other field trips and group activities are also included in the program at no extra charge. Students participate in optional activities at their own expense.

Pre-departure Orientation

All students who plan to study abroad for the fall 2011 semester must take IDS 210, a 1.0 credit pre-departure orientation course, during the last 7 weeks of the spring 2011 semester.  See the spring 2011 course schedule for sections, days and times.


The College will give Madrid participants instructions to complete their visa applications and the College will send a representative to New York to process the applications at no extra charge to the students. This will be done in early May, so expect to have everything ready near the end of the spring 2011 semester.

Target Enrollment

We like to have about 20 students in the program, so please encourage your friends to join! Keep checking your email for announcements of upcoming meetings.

Useful Information about Madrid

Madrid Weather
Interactive Map of Madrid
Public Transportation
Metro Map
Where to Go
What to Do
What’s On
Madrid Walk

Quick Facts

Population: 47042984
Capital: Madrid
Per-capita GDP: $ 31000
Size: 505370 km2
Time Zone: (GMT + 01:00 hour) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

US State Department

Travel Warning: NO

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Ursinus College Center for International Programs