Cornerstone Abroad: Madrid SIS Scholars

AU Cornerstone: Madrid SIS Scholars is a first semester fall program offered exclusively to Cornerstone students planning to major in the School of International Service.  This program allows students to get a jump start on their international education. Students will experience international culture firsthand while the onsite AU Madrid Center staff and faculty guide and support them. 

Benefits of Cornerstone Abroad

  • Nearly 70% of AU students study abroad during their four years. You’ll study abroad, under the mentorship of experienced AU and international partner faculty and administrators.
  • Experience cities and cultural sites throughout Spain, with an itinerary specifically designed to immerse students in Spanish culture.  

  • Earn credit toward your AU degree, satisfy AU Core required courses, and make progress on your SIS degree by taking required first-year courses for your major. 
  • No previous study of Spanish language is required. All levels from beginning to advanced Spanish are offered. 

Program Components 

  • Immerse yourself in Spanish culture 

  • Experiential learning through guided excursions  

  • Study at the AU Madrid Center and take courses that count towards your degree 

  • Mentorship from experienced AU staff and faculty including a dedicated Assistant Director and Program Assistant