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Browse through the programs offered in Madrid below. Click on each program title for more detailed information.

All AU Madrid Center programs are available to non-AU students. If you are an undergraduate student at another US institution and would like to participate in one of our programs, then we welcome your perspective and participation in our programs.

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Mediterranean Civilizations Program Overview

The Fall semester program, Clashes and Alliances of Mediterranean Civilizations, is grounded in an interdisciplinary seminar course that acquaints students with ancient civilizations' history, politics, and economics that have had profound and enduring influence on our modern way of thinking. Students live in Madrid and study how the Mediterranean region has served as a fertile basin of ideas and influence in the world. Covering topics such as history, philosophy, mythology, literature, politics, and the arts, the program gives students an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the major forces that shaped this region and more specifically, Spain itself. In the past, students have taken academic field trips to other cities of importance in the Mediterranean region such as Barcelona, Istanbul, Rome, and Athens. Students wishing to engage in the Spanish working world can also participate in an internship arranged by program staff.


The exterior of the central post office in Madrid

Courses Available

All students take the seminar course Memories of the Mediterranean I & II (6 credits)

Others courses available in the past include the following:

  • Mediterranean Art History
  • Mediterranean Politics
  • Mediterranean Literature
  • Mediterranean and Cross Cultural Cinema
  • Spain's Soccer Obsession: Managing and Marketing Soccer Clubs in Spain
  • Contemporary Mediterranean Cultures
  • Journalism Abroad: Production as a Foreign Correspondent
  • Spanish Language classes from beginner to advanced
  • Internship
  • Independent Study

Visit the AU Abroad website to start an application or learn more about the Clashes & Alliances of Mediterranean Civilizations program.

This program is only offered in Fall semester.

More information coming soon.

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Iberian Experience Program Overview

On this Spring semester program students explore the culture, history, politics, and society of the Iberian peninsula. Students live and study in Spain's capital city, Madrid, for one semester. The program takes students on academic field trips throughout Spain and Portugal where they will explore the many and diverse cultures within the region. All students take a seminar taught in Spanish on contemporary Spain, and then choose from other courses in the areas of international relations, art history, literature and film, communications, and Spanish language. Students wishing to engage in the Spanish working world can also participate in an internship arranged by program staff.


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Courses Available

All students take the seminar course Politics, Economics, and Society of Spain I & II (6 credits)

Others courses available in the past include the following:

  • Spanish and European Art History
  • A Long Walk to Equality: Women's Issues in Spain
  • International Relations: Spain & the European Union (EU)
  • Spain's Soccer Obsession: Managing and Marketing Soccer Clubs in Spain
  • Spain & Latin America: The Immigrant Experience
  • Contemporary Spain & Latin American through Literature and Film
  • Public Speaking in Spanish
  • Journalism Abroad: Production as a Foreign Correspondent
  • Spanish Language classes from beginner to advanced
  • Internship
  • Independent Study

Visit the AU Abroad website to start an application or learn more about the Iberian Experience program.

Summer 2016 Global Scholars group while on tour.

Improve your Spanish Skills in Madrid!

This program is a track of the Spring Iberian Experience program and is designed for beginner to intermediate Spanish speakers. Students live and study in Spain's capital city, Madrid, for one semester. The program takes students on academic field trips throughout Spain and Portugal where they will explore the many and diverse cultures within the region.

Students will take eight credits of intensive Spanish language coursework, a seminar conducted in English on contemporary Spain, and other courses in English or Spanish related to Spanish studies.


The exterior of the famous Plaza de Toros bullring in Madrid.

Courses Available

All students take the seminar course, Spanish Culture and Civilization: 4 credits, and Spanish Language (Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced): 4-8 credits. Student choose additional coursework based on interests and academic need.

Others courses available in the past include the following:

  • Spanish and European Art History
  • A Long Walk to Equality: Women's Issues in Spain
  • International Relations: Spain & the European Union (EU)
  • Spain's Soccer Obsession: Managing and Marketing Soccer Clubs in Spain
  • Spain & Latin America: The Immigrant Experience
  • Contemporary Spain & Latin American through Literature and Film
  • Public Speaking in Spanish
  • Journalism Abroad: Production as a Foreign Correspondent
  • Spanish Language classes from beginner to advanced
  • Internship
  • Independent Study

Visit the AU Abroad website to start an application or learn more about the Iberian Experience - Intensive Spanish program.

Madrid Business Program Overview

The Madrid Business Program is a hybrid program offered jointly by the AU Madrid Center and a Spanish University in Madrid, the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. The program is offered during both the Fall and Spring semesters. Students take 1-3 business accredited courses at this Spanish university and the remainder of their classes are at the AU Madrid Center from the Iberian Experience, Intensive Spanish or Mediterranean program offerings. Students in this program routinely take courses that come back towards their KOGOD business major or minor. Students from other disciplines like Communications, Economics, Information Technology, and International Studies have also participated in this program.


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The AU Madrid Center offers one special business course for this program entitled "Spain's Soccer Obsession: Managing and Marketing Soccer Clubs in Madrid." This unique course first explores the Spanish cultural obsession with the sport of soccer. It then provides students with an understanding of the dynamic and growing field of soccer as a business.

Available Business Courses include:

  • International Business
  • International Marketing
  • Business Negotiations in a Global Marketplace
  • International Economics
  • Economics of the European Union
  • Leadership
  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Marketing Management
  • Marketing Research
  • Consumer Behavior
  • And many more!

Visit the AU Abroad website to start an application or learn more about the Madrid Business Program.

More information coming soon.

Summer 2016 Global Scholars group while on tour.

AU Abroad offers a 6-week summer study abroad program for SIS Global Scholars and SPA Politics, Policy and Law (PPL) Scholars. The program will spend the first three weeks in Spain at the AU Madrid Center and the last three weeks in Belgium at the AU Brussels Center. Students will study a range of contemporary and historical international relations issues and conduct independent research on a topic of interest drawing upon on-site experience.

Academics

The program will provide all students with productive and useful exposure to Spain and the EU and an opportunity to think about how international relations are configured between the local and supranational scales. Students will study four thematic areas in each three-week session:

  • History, culture, and identity
  • Nations & national institutions in the 20th century
  • Contemporary transsovereign challenges (e.g. migration)
  • The future of foreign policy

While in Spain:

Students take a 3-credit course titled The Origins of Governance: Spain . This course first focuses on how the history of Spain has shaped the culture, arts, and demographics of modern Spain. It moves on to investigate the creation of the contemporary Spanish state after the fall of fascism. Lastly it looks at the EU period of Spanish history and at the most compelling challenges of Spain in the 21st century. This course will be equivalent to SISU-280.

While in Belgium:

Students take a 3-credit course titled Policy Responses Across Borders: the European Union . Students will learn the origin, growth, and internal makeup of the European Union from the 1950s to today. The course continues with a focus on the internal, interstate, and trans-sovereign challenges faced by the EU in terms of its regional and global mandate. It will then concentrate on the policy responses and institutions designed by the EU to address those challenges.

SIS Global Scholars Project:

In parallel to these two three-week sessions SIS Global Scholars will also generate an individual research paper drawing on their on-site experience. The culmination of this research gives students 3 credits for SISU-306, Advanced Int'l Studies Research . For more information on SISU-306, refer to the Office of the Registrar's Course Description.

Read more about the SIS Global Scholars or SPA PPL Scholars program on the AU Abroad website.

The landmark Tio Pepe, a brand of sherry, sign in Plaza del Sol in Madrid

Summer Program Overview

The AU Madrid Center currently organizes an intensive summer Spanish language program and an internship program during the summer term. Both programs run during the first half of the summer term, usually mid-May through the end of June.

The five-week Intensive Spanish Language program allows students to quickly improve their Spanish language skills. The Spanish class runs four hours a day, five days a week and is combined with field trips and cultural activities to give students a well rounded introduction to Spanish language, culture, and society. Learn more about the Summer Language Program on the AU Abroad website.

The exterior of Madrid's Cathedral.

The six-week internship program gives students the opportunity to work at a Spanish organization for the duration of the program. The time spent at the organization is coupled with an internship seminar led by an instructor. In this seminar, students are able to discuss their internship experience with other interns and to learn more about other student's placements. This is an opportunity to analyze challenges each intern is facing and how to best approach situations encountered in the internship.

To further explore the Madrid Summer Internship, visit the AU Abroad website.