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Madrid, Spain

Due to safety concerns and travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic, all Penn Summer Abroad programs will be suspended for summer 2021. Please note, this decision applies to Penn Summer Abroad only.
Summer Abroad - Madrid, Spain

Immerse yourself in Spanish language, history, and culture during this six-week intensive program in Madrid, Spain's cultural and political capital.

All courses in this program offer University of Pennsylvania credits and are taught in Spanish. You live with a local family in Madrid and enjoy the benefits of a total linguistic immersion experience. Because of Madrid's central location, there is easy access to cities such as Segovia and Toledo as well as the Escorial Palace. Additionally, there is convenient and fast rail connectivity to important cities such as Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Valencia and Barcelona.

Early admission deadline

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity

Final application deadline

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Join us for an information session to learn more about the program:

Date Time Location
Friday, November 8 3:30 p.m. WILL 321
Friday, November 22 3:30 p.m. WILL 321
Tuesday, December 3 3:30 p.m. WILL 29
January TBD TBD TBD
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Mandatory arrival in Madrid
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Program housing first available
Friday, May 22, 2020 On-site orientation
Monday, May 25, 2020 Classes start
Friday, June 26, 2020 Classes end
Saturday, June 27, 2020 Program housing last checkout date (12 p.m.)

All students register for a total of two course units (c.u.)*. Course offerings are subject to change. Students attending this program enroll in two classes at either the 200- or 300-level. The minimum requirement to participate in the program is successful completion of SPAN 140, 134 or 145 (or equivalent) by the start of the program.

Advanced Spanish II

SPAN 212 (1 c.u.)

  • Pre-requisite: Completion of SPAN 134, 140 or 145 (or equivalent) by the start of the program
  • Students who take this course must also take SPAN 226

Spanish 212, as taught in Madrid, is an advanced-level language course that emphasizes the acquisition of the tools necessary for successful oral and written expression in Spanish. These tools include a solid foundation in the major points of Spanish grammar, an ample vocabulary, control of the mechanics of the language (spelling, punctuation, etc.) and a solid understanding of the role of grammar in effective oral and written communication.

Spanish Culture and Civilization: Pre-and Early Modern

SPAN 226 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Anthony P. Esposito, PhD and staff
  • Pre-requisite: Completion of SPAN 134, 140 or 145 (or equivalent) by the start of the program
  • Fulfills requirements: Cross-Cultural Analysis
  • Students who take this course must also take either SPAN 212 or SPAN 227 according to level

A general introduction to the study of Spanish culture, this course is designed to help students understand the historical foundations of contemporary Spanish society, its values and its institutions. The focus is on the main events of Spanish history and the origins and continuity of social and political institutions from pre-modern Spain up to the beginning of the modern era.

Topics in Spanish Culture: Modern and Contemporary

SPAN 227 (1 c.u.)

  • Pre-requisite: SPAN 212 or successful completion of SPAN 202 with a grade of A or A- (or equivalent) by the start of the program
  • Fulfills requirements: Cross-Cultural Analysis
  • Students who take this course must also take SPAN 226

This course presents a variety of approaches to modern and contemporary Spain. In addition to stressing notions of academic writing and formal analysis, students will read a variety of texts taken from literary, historical and journalistic sources, as well as film.

Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature

SPAN 380 (1 c.u.)

  • Pre-requisite: SPAN 219 or SPAN 223 by the start of the program
  • Fulfills requirement: Cross-Cultural Analysis
  • Students who take this course must also take SPAN 386

This course, which complements SPAN 386, introduces students to the intersectionality of the main literary, historical, and social currents in modern and contemporary Spain. The specific course content and approach is unique to this program in Madrid and is open to students who may have already taken another section of SPAN 380 or SPAN 386 on campus.

Studies in Spanish Culture: Modern and Contemporary

SPAN 386 (1 c.u.)

  • Pre-requisite: SPAN 219 or SPAN 223 by the start of the program
  • Fulfills requirement: Cross-Cultural Analysis
  • Students who take this course must also take SPAN 380

This course, which complements SPAN 380, introduces students to the intersectionality of the main literary, historical and social currents in modern and contemporary Spain. The specific course content and approach is unique to this program in Madrid and is open to students who may have already taken another section of SPAN 380 or SPAN 386 on campus.

Students live with Spanish families in order to experience full linguistic and cultural immersion. All students are required to complete a host family accommodation form with their preferences. Breakfast and dinner are provided by the homestay families. Students are responsible for all other meals and snacks. 

Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Please use 2019 costs listed below as general estimates only.

  • Tuition for summer 2019: $8,784
  • Program fee for summer 2019: $1,600
    • Penn Summer Abroad deposits ($500) will be credited to students’ accounts when final program costs are posted
    • Includes administrative costs, homestay accommodations with breakfast and dinner, and cultural activities

Payment is due according to Penn’s Student Registration and Financial Services billing schedule.

Contact Information

For details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation:

Program Director Dr. Toni Esposito

Program Director
Dr. Toni Esposito
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: (215) 898-7430
esposito@sas.upenn.edu

For assistance with the application, financial questions, pre-departure or other general information:

Penn Summer Abroad Office

Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal and Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 101
3340 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 898-7326
summerabroad@sas.upenn.edu


*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.