IES Madrid: Language and Area Studies

  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Language of Instruction: Spanish
  • Minimum GPA: 2.7
  • Class Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Introduction

Madrid is an ideal place to connect university studies to the city’s business, culture, and politics. The modern metropolis is made of different districts, or “barrios,” that each has its own distinctive feel. The art scene cultivates up-and-coming filmmakers, dramatists and writers. There are countless sites to visit including the Prado Museum, the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum (where Pablo Picasso’s Guernica hangs). Madrid is also host to one of the most famous bullfighting rings in the world, Las Ventas. The city boasts an exciting nightlife, referred to as La Movida. IES center is located on the campus of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

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    Required. See NAFSA: Spain VISA FAQs.

      
  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition, room, and partial board to Haverford College effective Spring 2014. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program.

  • Requirements

    Students must have completed four semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent). Students must have taken an appropriate level Spanish course no more than one year prior to the program start date. Students enrolling in the Heritage Speakers Program must be native speakers or near fluent to participate. Some university courses are not available to sophomores. It is preferred that students be enrolled in a Spanish course the semester before they are expecting to study abroad.

    Academic Credit

    Students must carry 15 credit hours per semester. Students are not permitted to take less than 15 credits unless they have the permission of their dean and advisor in advance.

    Spanish majors must take their major/minor courses in Spanish at the University. Spanish majors cannot take courses toward their major at the IES Center.  Spanish minors must take the majority of their courses in Spanish at the University.  Non-Spanish major/minor students are encouraged to enroll in at least one course at one of the universities.

    Curriculum

    IES courses offered in Spanish Language, Art History, Communication, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Business, International Relations, Literature, Political Science, Theater, and Women’s Studies.  You may also enroll in a variety of courses taught at the second and third years at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad CEU San Pablo. If you register for courses at the local partner universities, you will have full privileges to university activities and facilities.  Courses at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid are offered in the faculties of Fine Arts, Political Science and Sociology, Philology, Philosophy, Geography and History, and Computer Science, and in the schools of Cerámica de la Moncloa, Ayuntamiento de Madrid and Ciencias Empresariales.

    The principal focus of the courses at the IES Center is the development of the students’ ability to communicate in Spanish by strengthening their oral and written skills. Students may take classes at the Universidad Compultense de Madrid.  Special program are available for Spanish bilinguals and heritage speakers.

    Beyond the classroom, IES Abroad internship placements are available in a variety of public and private organizations. The strong emphasis on language study supports students in these courses as well as in the cultural components of the program, giving students the tools students need to truly integrate students into Spanish life.

    Course Highlights

    Spanish Language, Art History, Communication, Economics, Film Studies, History, International Business, International Relations, Literature, Political Science, Theater, and Women’s Studies

    Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

    Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


  • Non-Academic Overview

    Orientation: 10-days of lectures on language and Spanish culture and academic life, visits to sites around the city, and a 4-day field trip.

    Number of Students: Number of Students: Approximately 100 students attend each semester.

    Housing/Meal Plans

    Homestay only, effective Spring 2014. Students receive breakfast and one additional meal per day. The homestay with kitchen privileges option is not permitted. Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.

    Opportunities / Cultural Events

    Cultural Events: As part of the program, IES Abroad Madrid staff members arrange cultural events and guest lectures for the general student body and for individual courses. Some highlights of past years include:

      • Celebración Semana Cervantina with a field trip to La Mancha
      • Student concerts
      • Spanish cooking classes
      • Sevillanas: classes organized to teach students this festive folkloric dance
      • Attendance at dramatic productions
      • Field Study visit to Morocco
      • Visits to El Mundo, TV stations, and the Congreso de los Diputados.
      • Semana Cultural: Each semester, IES Abroad Madrid staff organizes a cultural week for students that coincides with historical holidays and anniversaries in Spain and Madrid. Activities include films, guided visits to historical sites, and guest lectures.

    IES Abroad Madrid organizes many optional field trips as an integral part of the program.  In addition to guided visits around Madrid with Spanish university students and the orientation field trips, students may participate in optional field trips to destinations such as León and Asturias; a hike in the Picos de Europa, Europe’s largest national park; Granada; Lisbon, Portugal’s capital; and Valencia. Past optional field trips have also included Cáceres, the Monastery of Guadalupe, and Toledo. Students will share the cost of optional field trips with IES. No refunds are given to students who do not participate.

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Dates
  • Semester I: Early September to mid-December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to early June
  • Year: Early September to early June
Application Deadlines
  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 1
  • Year: March 1
Faculty Contact

Israel Burshatin

  • Barbara Riley Levin Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Spanish
  • Hall 205
  • iburshat@haverford.edu
  • (610) 896-1065