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Program Overview

Program Overview

We’re pleased to offer semester pricing for Open Campus programs starting at $6,850. CIEE is committed to preparing global citizens for today’s workforce and tackling the barriers that prevent students from studying abroad. Providing affordable programs is key to these efforts, and supports our pledge to Generation Study Abroad™.

Customize your study abroad experience. Our Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute – Madrid offers maximum flexibility to engage and experience Madrid in your own way. Match the academic experience with your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements: Take one, two, or three six-week blocks for your perfect amount of intensive study and cultural engagement, select your academic track from five options; then choose from a wide range of courses and subject areas.

No matter how you build your program, you’ll surround yourself with the Spanish language, culture, and people throughout the city of Madrid. Live with other Open Campus students or with Spanish hosts, study in modern classrooms at the Global Institute – Madrid, centrally located near the Plaza de Sol. Get out and learn more about Madrid, Spain and Europe during integrated co-curricular and extra-curricular outings and structured study tours.

Students can also opt to combine locations across the CIEE Open Campus locations – in Berlin, Cape Town, London, Paris and Rome – to create a truly individualized study abroad experience.

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CREATE YOUR PERFECT STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCE

Select courses from five academic tracks:*


Language, Literature, and Culture – Build your Spanish language skills and discover many different angles of Spanish culture and literature. Some courses are available in both English and Spanish, so you can choose the path that meets your goals.

Business – Madrid is southern Europe’s major financial center and headquarters to most major Spanish companies, so it’s the perfect place to pursue learning in business and economics.

Communications, Journalism and New Media – Dive into the vast media scene Madrid has to offer by taking courses focusing on TV, film, radio, the Internet, music, advertising, and literature.

Global and Community Health – See how Spain and the European Union are addressing major health care challenges in a combination of courses and exciting fieldwork with faculty and practitioners from renowned institutions and research centers.

International Relations and Political Science – Madrid, at the crossroads between northern and southern Europe, is a great city to examine the pressing challenges facing Europe today and their impact on every corner of the globe.

*You will be prompted to choose an optional track as part of your application; you can also select “no preference: multi-disciplinary.” Regardless of selected track, you can choose your courses from among all offered courses (unless your home university has other requirements). Study Tours and Academic Projects are designed to align with track themes.

Enroll in one, two or three 6-week blocks:

The Open Campus Program teaches classes on a unique six-week academic block system that results in courses that are more intensive and immersive than in a traditional semester-length course. Students should be prepared for classes that meet two to three hours per session several times per week for courses that deliver a full semester’s worth of learning and credit in just a six-week period. Students must take two courses per block. One course can be an Academic Project (internship, service learning project, or independent research) accompanied by a required integrated seminar in the second or third block. Choose one, two or three academic blocks during either the fall or spring semester. Long weekends between blocks are an ideal time to relax, explore Madrid, or travel in Spain and beyond. The block system allows students to customize the duration and locations of their learning abroad experience to fit every schedule and need.

Stay in Madrid – or combine locations

Stay in Madrid for the duration of your study abroad – or add on blocks in other CIEE Global Institute campus locations in Berlin, Cape Town, London, Paris, and Rome and experience more intercultural learning with CIEE’s unique Global Scholar program.

Global Scholars are students who combine sessions in the Open Campus programs in Berlin, Cape Town, London, Madrid, Paris, or Rome. To amplify and maximize the academic benefits of multi-location learning, all Global Scholars should participate in "Know Before You Go: Global Scholars Edition," a customized online pre-departure orientation for students who will study at more than one Global Institute to support your learning objectives in multiple host cities. It will help you connect with peers, make sense of cultural differences, and transition among host cultures.

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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

GLOBAL INSTITUTE CAMPUS

The CIEE Global Institute – Madrid, is located near the Plaza del Sol, and offers students classrooms, a lounge area, a tech area, and free WiFi. The CIEE Global Institute staff are there to support you in your day-to-day life in Madrid, and to assisting you to make your own discoveries further afield.

ACADEMIC PROJECTS

Gain academic credit while working outside the classroom with an optional CIEE Academic Project and participation in the required seminar. Choose from three options, based on your academic track/disciplinary focus, qualifications, and learning goals:

  • CIEE Academic Internship – Pursue an academically meaningful research project of your own design incorporating independent, local field work
  • CIEE Directed Research – Pursue an academically meaningful research project of your own design
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project – Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need.

CIEE Global Institute—Madrid Academic Project partners may include Spanish startup tech firms, a wine export business, an olive oil producer, a sports training provider, an artisanal beer brewery, and other local Madrid firms. To be eligible to participate in an Academic Project, students must be in Madrid for at least two consecutive blocks; Academic Projects are offered only in blocks 2 and 3. Additional restrictions and application requirements apply.

Study Tours

Each academic block features a two-night, three-day study tour to a different region of Spain or neighboring country. Tours are designed around the themes of the academic tracks. For example, explore Bilbao and learn about the area’s distinct regional political identity through local foods, architecture, art (Guggenheim) and sport traditions. Travel to Tenerife, the largest island of the Canarias, to learn about the challenge of sustainability and mass tourism and visit a local immigration association. Visit Lisbon to experience a peripheral economy in the European Union, including visits to the country´s tile and cork export companies. Or travel to Toulouse and learn about Toulouse´s role as the center of the country´s aerospace industry and international space programs. Study tour destinations and itineraries are subject to change. Study tours are included in your program fee.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Spring Block I 2018 (6 wks)
10/01/2017
01/08/2018
02/17/2018
$6,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,950
Housing ***
$1,433
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** homestay includes two meals daily; no meals are included for students in the Residencia option

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$900
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$135
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$950

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring Blocks I, II 2018 (12 wks)
10/01/2017
01/08/2018
03/31/2018
$12,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$9,517
Housing ***
$2,866
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$270
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$1,900

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring Blocks I, II, III 2018 (18 wks)
10/01/2017
01/08/2018
05/12/2018
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$13,084
Housing ***
$4,299
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$2,700
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$405
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$2,850

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring Block II 2018 (6 wks)
11/01/2017
02/19/2018
03/31/2018
$6,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,950
Housing ***
$1,433
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$900
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$135
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$950

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring Blocks II, III 2018 (12 wks)
11/01/2017
02/19/2018
05/12/2018
$12,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$9,517
Housing ***
$2,866
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$1,800
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$270
Books & Supplies
$200
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$1,900

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring Block III 2018 (6 wks)
12/01/2017
04/02/2018
05/12/2018
$6,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, residence permit fees, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,950
Housing ***
$1,433
Insurance
$167

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** students placed in homestays will have breakfast and dinner provided during the week and three meals a day on weekends

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee *
$900
International Airfare **
$1,450
Local Transportation
$135
Books & Supplies
$100
Visa Fees
$82
Personal expenses
$950

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* for students in on-campus residence hall; homestay students should budget $360 per Block for meals not included in fees

** round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • Students planning to take 1 direct enrollment course at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) must have a 3.0 GPA
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Students enroll in two courses per academic block, for 6 semester / 9 quarter credits for one block, 12 semester / 18 quarter credits for two blocks, or 18 semester / 27 quarter credits for three blocks.

Each course is 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted. CIEE Academic Projects are approximately 100-120 total hours of field-based work/internship, service-learning, or independent research hours, plus 15 seminar hours and meetings with CIEE faculty advisors, for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students participating in the Open Campus program may select an academic track during the application process and enroll in one, two, or all three six-week academic blocks per semester. Students may also opt to attend for the full academic year. Students must enroll in two courses per academic block. Due to the intensive nature of the Block system, two courses per block is considered a full-time academic load. All students are required to maintain full-time status.

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About the City

About The City

About Madrid

The capital city of Madrid is the largest city in Spain, and yet it’s filled with green spaces like the Royal Botanical Garden and the Retiro Park. Points of interest include the historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and world-renowned art museums, including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage site, Madrid is a lively, artistic metropolis that can be experienced through its variety of food, tapas bars, dance shows, operas, music concerts, outdoor parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema. Madrid’s influences in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts all contribute to its importance as an international metropolis. Madrid’s economic output, high living standards, and market size, ranks it as the major center of southern Europe.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Francisco Frisuelos

Resident Director, CIEE Study Center in Madrid

Francisco “Paco” Frisuelos has a Ph.D. degree and M.A. in Humanities from the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid) focusing on Visual Arts and Gender Studies. He has another M.A. degree in Film Studies from Universidad Autonóma de Madrid. He also studied communications in the United States at McDaniel College in Maryland. His undergraduate major at Universidad de Sevilla was art history. He worked as a professor for several American universities and at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid teaching Spanish Cinema, Art History and Spanish Culture. Dr. Frisuelos is the instructor for the CIEE course Intercultural Communication and Leadership, which is offered to all CIEE students. He has been with CIEE since 2010 and is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

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Eero Jesurun

Center Director, Madrid

Eero Jesurun, Ph.D. completed his B.S. and M.A degrees from Georgetown University´s School of Foreign Service. Eero studied at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where he was awarded a Ph.D. degree while researching and teaching classes on Spanish cinema, cultural theory and immigration. He started up in the private sector as a marketing consultant prior to working in New York, Cuba and Brazil for CIEE. Eero settled in Spain in 2003 as Resident Director of the CIEE Study Center in Alcalá and started up the CIEE Study Center in Madrid in 2005. He is fluent in Dutch, Papiamento, English and Spanish.

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Sonia Sales

Student Services Coordinator

Sonia Sales is the Student Services Coordinator. Previously, Sonia worked with American students studying abroad in her hometown of Seville. Sonia has also completed studies in photography and graphic design. She spent one year abroad in Galway, Ireland. Sonia is fluent in English and French, as well as her native Spanish. Sonia is also in charge of organizing the Spanish Student Network and social media accounts as well as coordinating student volunteers and social activities. She is always offering CIEE students great ideas on how to spend their free time while in Spain.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

CIEE Global Institute – Madrid
CIEE Madrid Open Campus courses are taught at the CIEE Global Institute – Madrid. Located near the Plaza del Sol, the center has classrooms, lounge space, and a tech area for student use, in addition to staff offices. Students enrolled in three blocks can opt to supplement their CIEE courses with one direct enrollment course at a local university.

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Established in 1989, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has become one of Europe’s preeminent public universities, and after receiving the European Campus of Excellence award in 2010 it is now recognized as one of Spain's most competitive institutions of higher education. Apart from having adopted a U.S. style academic calendar, it has one of the highest percentages of women faculty in Spain. The university is the educational center for some 20,000 students, with 4,000 students attending programs at the Getafe campus where CIEE students will take courses. CIEE students take classes according to their language level in the school of the Arts and Humanities or Business and Law with other international students. Easily accessible by a modern and very efficient public transportation system, the Getafe campus is approximately 40 minutes south of Madrid´s city center.

Transportation

You will use public transportation to navigate the city and commute to and from the Global Institute.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Study abroad students can choose to live in either homestays or in shared apartments with other CIEE students and a local Spaniard. Students living at homestays will be placed in single rooms; students living in shared apartments may be placed either in single or double rooms.

Homestay hosts have various backgrounds and are actively involved in the community. Homestays can range from living with numerous family members to living with a single individual. Selection is based on information provided by the student´s housing questionnaire and availability; some homestays can be shared with another CIEE student, but each student will still have an individual room.

All homestays provide breakfast and another meal (usually dinner) seven days a week. Any meal not provided by the host is at the student´s expense. Students will have access to a kitchen so that they can prepare snacks or their own meals. Past students have also purchased meal tickets from the university cafeterias or used other food options on campus at affordable prices. All homestays have washing machines for the student´s use at no extra charge.

Shared apartments with other CIEE students and a local Spaniard are assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis, and availability is limited. Utilities, regular cleaning, laundry facilities and wireless internet access are included. Meals are not included, but students share fully-equipped kitchens where they can store and prepare their own meals.

All housing placements are in central Madrid with an average commute of 40 to 60 minutes to the university campus, and a shorter commute to the CIEE study center.

WEEKEND HOMESTAYS

Even students living in shared apartments with other CIEE Madrid students can experience a homestay with a Spanish host. In this way, students may experience the traditions and daily rituals of Spanish life with locals!

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Madrid even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation, Know Before You Go, a self-guided introduction to the program and local culture combined with live question and answer sessions with staff. The online orientation allows you to reflect on what you want to get out of the program and become logistically prepared to travel to Spain. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

If you intend to study Spanish in Madrid, you are also required to take an online language placement exam prior to departure to determine your level of Spanish.

A mandatory on-site orientation session will introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, and provide practical information about living in Spain, and Madrid in particular. Orientation themes include Spanish customs and lifestyle, the university system, money and banking, safety and health, how and where to shop, transportation, and cultural adaptation. Orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing.

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Internet

Internet

Students should bring wireless-enabled laptops to use while on the program for both academic paper writing and research. Wireless internet is available throughout the CIEE Global Institute facility and in all student housing.

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Culture

Culture

LANGUAGE IMMERSION

All CIEE students, regardless of previous language experience, have the opportunity to learn Spanish. Courses at a variety of proficiency levels are available, and more advanced Spanish speakers can take advantage of Spanish-taught area studies courses. Spanish-language activities and language exchanges are a part of each six-week block.

EXCURSIONS AND STUDY TOURS

CIEE students in all academic tracks visits significant locations in Madrid each block to underscore and expand on in-class lessons. Staff lead detailed discussions preceding the visits and debriefing sessions afterward to encourage students to synthesize and reflect on their experiences.

Students also participate in a two-night, three-day study tour to another region in Spain or to a neighboring country each academic block. These are designed to further the learning goals of the academic tracks while offering students the opportunity to engage in intercultural comparative experiences.

All excursions and study tours are included in the program fee. Destinations and dates may be finalized after arrival in Madrid Town, so students are advised not to make personal travel plans until they have the full program schedule.

ACADEMIC PROJECTS

CIEE Academic Projects are designed based on each student’s academic interest, individual learning goals, qualifications and résumé, and placement availability. Our partner organizations come from a wide range of business, non-governmental, and community enterprises in Madrid. Academic Projects provide students a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the economic, cultural, and social structures of the Spanish workplace and volunteer environments. Students interested in an Academic Project must submit additional materials as part of their application.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES AND SPORTS

Throughout each block, CIEE organizes cultural activities that help students get to know their host community, history, and culture. Activities may include cooking lessons, extra-curricular outings to Madrid’s vibrant art and fashion scene, film festivals, theater performances, museums and art openings. CIEE interest groups are a great way to have fun and meet other students.

Sports activities and language exchanges are organized with some of our community and institutional partners.

VOLUNTEERING

You can volunteer through opportunities at retirement communities, sports clubs, arts organizations, youth centers, churches, hospitals, schools, and other community organizations.

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Academics

Academics

Students must take two courses per academic block, the equivalent of a full-time course load. Students choose from a wide range of courses in five academic tracks. Most courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty; advanced speakers (with at least four semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent) may have the option to enroll in CIEE courses taught in Spanish depending on availability or direct enroll in one course at the international program of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Students will also be asked to select a track as part of their application; “Multi-disciplinary” is also an option. Students can select their courses from among all offered courses, regardless of selected track (unless the home university has other requirements).

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities designed to provide students with a fully “place-based” experience. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

Students who opt to combine CIEE courses with one local direct enrollment course should be prepared for a local Spanish university experience. This typically involves a greater focus on independent student work outside of the classroom. They will also need to work closely with CIEE staff to prepare for the Spanish university course examination system.

Nature of Classes

Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only. Each course is a full semester in content taught in a six-week block, so the pace is accelerated and the workload demanding. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week. Required co-curricular excursions complement your coursework and immerse you in Spanish history and culture.

All required co-curricular activities are subject to change and will be finalized after arrival in Madrid. Students should make no independent travel plans until receiving final syllabi and event schedules on site.

Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel out of Madrid when classes are in session. Attendance at all in-class meetings and co-curricular activities is strictly enforced.

Grading System

Grading System
Students are graded on the basis of class participation and attendance, homework, individual project work, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations.

Grading Scale
CIEE reports in U.S. letter grades, based on marks earned on class participation, in-class activities, homework assignments, exams, papers, and/or oral presentations, as outlined in course syllabi. To avoid falling behind in the accelerated block system, attendance at all class sessions is absolutely necessary.

Language of Instruction

The primary language of instruction is English. Language courses and a limited number of area studies courses for advanced Spanish speakers (minimum of four years of college-level Spanish or equivalent) are offered in Spanish.

Faculty

CIEE has developed strong relationships with some of Madrid’s most-respected universities and research institutions to ensure the highest-quality course offerings. Faculty from local institutions teach CIEE courses. A core group of CIEE faculty members serve as academic coordinators and professors and is responsible for coordinating student Academic Projects and working with CIEE resident staff members to set up special guest lectures, excursions, activities, and more.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

“GI” denotes courses that are offered at multiple Global Institute sites.

BLOCK 1

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

LITT 1101 MASP La Movida, Madrid as Capital of Spain´s Transformation

AHIS 3102 MASP Spanish Masters in Madrid Museums

SPAN 1001 MASP Spanish Language - Beginning I

SPAN 2001 MASP Spanish Language – Intermediate I

SPAN 3001 MASP Spanish Language - Advanced I

SPAN 3004 MASP Spanish Language for Heritage Speakers

NONCR SPAN MASP Survival Spanish

BUSINESS

(GI) BUSI 3008 MASP Entrepreneurship and Start-up Culture in Europe

MGMT 2101 MASP Sports and Recreation Business in Spain

COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA

(GI) COMM 3301 MASP Intercultural Communication and Leadership

GLOBAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

PSYC 2101 MASP Positive Psychology

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

(GI) POLI 3002 MASP European Comparative Political Systems

BLOCK 2

ACADEMIC PROJECTS

(GI) INSH 3801 MASP Internship Seminar

(GI) SVCL 3701 MASP Service-Learning Project

(GI) INDR 4901 MASP Directed Independent Research

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

AHIS 3101 MASP Art and Activism

LITT 2101 MASP (SPAN) Madrid en la Literatura / Madrid in Literature (in Spanish)

LITT 2101 MASP (ENG) Madrid in Literature (in English)

SPAN 1001 MASP Spanish Language - Beginning I

SPAN 1002 MASP Spanish Language - Beginning II

SPAN 2002 MASP Spanish Language - Intermediate II

SPAN 3002 MASP Spanish Language - Advanced II

SPAN 3004 MASP Spanish Language for Heritage Speakers

NONCR SPAN MASP Survival Spanish

BUSINESS

(GI) BUSI 3001 MASP International Finance

MGMT 3101 MASP Art Business and the Management of Creative Industries in Madrid

COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA

(GI) COMM 3009 MASP Media, Gender and Identity

GLOBAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

(GI) PUBH 3002 MASP Community and Public Health

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

(GI) INRE 4007 MASP Contemporary Controversies in International Relations

INRE 2101 MASP Spain and the Arab World

BLOCK 3

ACADEMIC PROJECTS

(GI) INSH 3801 MASP Internship Seminar

(GI) SVCL 3701 MASP Service-Learning Project

(GI) INDR 4901 MASP Directed Independent Research

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

FILM 3101 MASP New Spanish Cinema

(GI) SOCI 3001 MASP / GEND 3001MASP Gender and Sexuality

SPAN 2001 MASP Spanish Language – Intermediate I

SPAN 2002 MASP Spanish Language - Intermediate II

SPAN 3001 MASP Spanish Language - Advanced I

SPAN 3002 MASP Spanish Language - Advanced II

NONCR SPAN MASP Survival Spanish

BUSINESS

(GI) MGMT 3001 MASP Business Ethics and Leadership

COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA

(GI) JOUR 3001 MASP International Journalism

GLOBAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

(GI) PUBH 3004 MASP / PSYC 3001 MASP Family, Schools, and Child Development

(GI) PUBH 3003 MASP Comparative Health Care Systems

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

INRE 3102 MASP World Heritage Sites and the Politics of Identity in Spain

(GI) INRE 3003 MASP European Immigration

CIEE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE

NONCR SPAN MASP

Survival Spanish

This course is designed for students with zero semesters of college-level Spanish. The goal of this beginning language course is to bring students to communicative competency in the Spanish language and to facilitate their immersion in Spanish life. (Contact hours: 15. Credit: 0)

SPAN 1001 MASP

Spanish Language - Beginning I

This course is for students with one or two semesters of college-level Spanish. The course seeks to provide a basic repertoire of linguistic elements and sufficient vocabulary to meet these communicative goals. Students should be able to use some simple grammatical structures and in general be able to pronounce in a clear, comprehensible way. By the end of this course, students are able to communicate when carrying out everyday tasks, understand phrases and expressions of common use, and describe aspects of their own past as well as issues related to their most immediate needs. (Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.)

SPAN 1002 MASP

Spanish Language - Beginning II

This course uses a communicative approach, focusing on what students can do with the language as much as what they know about the language. By the end of this course, students understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; knows how to describe in the past and to exchange information about daily routines, experiences, likes and interests. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are taught prepare students to deal with frequent topics and daily situations. (Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.)

SPAN 2001 MASP

Spanish Language – Intermediate I

This course is designed for students with two to four semesters of college-level Spanish. The primary objective of this intermediate course is to allow students to achieve maximum communicative competency in the Spanish language and immersion in Spanish life. (Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.)

SPAN 2002 MASP

Spanish Language - Intermediate II

This course uses a communicative approach. By the end of this course, students understand the principle points of clear texts and writings in standard language; produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics in which there is a personal interest; describe experiences, events, wishes, and aspirations; justify their own opinions; and express plans for the future. The linguistic elements and vocabulary that are taught prepare students to deal with non-frequent topics and unpredictable situations. (Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.)

SPAN 3001 MASP

Spanish Language - Advanced I

Designed for advanced students with a strong background in Spanish language, this course places special emphasis on complex aspects of grammar, such as the subjunctive and conditional moods. Students also learn how to handle different registers or styles of Spanish (for example, formal and informal) necessary to communicate effectively in all types of cultural situations. The course covers all four modalities: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. (Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.)

SPAN 3002 MASP

Spanish Language - Advanced II

For students who desire further work on Spanish grammar and structure after the intensive course, this course continues to develop complex aspects of Spanish grammar and syntax through analysis of texts (oral and written), presentations, and short compositions. Specific attention is placed on writing and in giving short oral presentations in class. (Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.)

SPAN 3004 MASP

Spanish Language for Heritage Speakers

This language course is for bilingual Spanish speakers who have not formally studied Spanish and want to strengthen their written communication skills in Spanish. The course applies the Spanish that students have learned in their own family background as the foundation to help them familiarize themselves with a variety of registers of Spanish and to develop learning strategies that will allow them to move with increasing confidence in multiple socio-linguistic contexts beyond the classroom. Students discuss and analyze topics that are relevant to understanding the Spanish heritage students´ culture. (Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.)

FILM 3101 MASP

New Spanish Cinema

This course offers a vision of Spanish cinema from the last half-century analyzing the most relevant trends, topics, genres, and filmmakers who have offered a new vision of contemporary Spain. Internationally acclaimed directors such as Almodóvar, Medem, Bollaín, Bayona or Amenábar have transformed representations of Spain and its people. This course analyzes the role these filmmakers from varied backgrounds have taken in interpreting trends in contemporary Spanish culture and society. This is an English-taught course that will show film clips with English subtitles.

(GI) SOCI 3001 MASP / GEND 3001 MASP

Gender and Sexuality

This course will explore issues of gender and sexuality by reading, watching, and listening to contemporary gender- and queer-inspired artistic productions. As we attend a variety of exhibitions, artist talks, and film screenings, or read fiction and poetry, our focus will be on how each of these “texts” construct in a specific way and thereby negotiate gender and its intersection with other axes of difference such as ethnicity, sexual orientation, or class; how they represent the human body; and how they relate multiple forms of sexuality to social categories and hierarchies. The course examines how a fictional story or a dance performance, for example, may supplement, undermine, or complicate the very interpretative categories that we as readers inevitably bring to the object of analysis.

LITT 1101 MASP

La Movida, Madrid as Capital of Spain´s Transformation

This interdisciplinary course will seek to explore the place of Madrid as a space for the blooming of a cultural wave that transformed the country in the late 1970s following the death of Dictator Franco. Students will reflect on this social phenomenon that introduced multiple voices of a counter-culture movement through the works of filmmakers (Almodóvar, Colomo), photographers (Ouka Lele, Perez Minguez, García Alix), fashion designers (Ruiz de la Prada, Piña, Alvarado), artists (Ceesepe, Costus, Perez Villarta, Nazario), musicians (Alaska, Golpes Bajos), and writers (Morales, Mateo Diez or Molina Foix).

LITT 2101 MASP (ENG)

LITT 2101 MASP (SPAN)

Madrid in Literature / Madrid en la Literatura

This course studies literary texts where the city of Madrid is portrayed. Students approach the many layers of Spain´s capital from multiple perspectives and voices. The course will analyze classic and contemporary works from authors like Cervantes, Galdós, Valle Inclán or Cela who have offered different visions of Madrid’s neighborhoods and its local population by shaping the role of Madrid as a scenario for historical events and a colorful landscape for multiple identities and stories. (Taught in English and/or Spanish)

AHIS 3101 MASP

Art and Activism

This course critically approaches new forms of experimentation at the crossroads of art and politics. Students evaluate how artists leave their personal spaces and enter into public domain as well as why they take up art as a creative tool for political activism. Art and activism intertwine in complex ways, raising questions about their historical value, how they may be understood transnationally in the era of globalization, and what analytical concepts can capture these events, actions, happenings, campaigns, interventions and movements.

AHIS 3102 MASP

Spanish Masters in Madrid Museums

Madrid offers world famous art galleries. This course is focused on the works of Spanish artists whose work represent a significant contribution to Art History. Analyzing masterpieces in several prominent Madrid Museums, students will be able to learn about different artistic periods and movements of art production in Spain. The course evaluates Spanish masters, such as El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, Picasso and Dalí, and analyzes them with other painters, especially Italy and the Netherlands, including Titian, Bosch and Rubens.

BUSINESS

(GI) BUSI 3001 MASP

International Finance

This course provides students with an overview of the dynamics of the global financial and international monetary systems. Students develop knowledge of the fundamental concepts needed to understand foreign direct investment, financial flows, international trade and investment deals. As political risk and economic exposure to global events have become more immediate, special attention will be given to the 2007-2012 world banking crisis, the role of central banks in the stabilization of national economies, the European debt crisis, and the specific economic challenges to which individual EU countries have been exposed in varying ways. Alternative views and policy measures to help struggling economies overcome the economic and financial crisis – like contracting (or expanding) government spending – as developed by the EU, and the U.S., will be assessed and critically analyzed.

(GI) MGMT 3001 CTSA

Business Ethics and Leadership

This course examines the philosophical foundations and basic principles of ethics as they apply to businesses and the environments in which they operate. Real-world case studies are used to provide students with insight into how businesses and organizations manage – and in some cases fail to manage – challenging ethical and moral dilemmas. Students also consider the particular responsibilities of business leaders in fostering ethical awareness and practices within the corporate context.

(GI) BUSI 3008 MASP

Entrepreneurship and Start-up Culture in Europe

Students will develop a solid foundation in understanding the vital role played by entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the modern global economy. Entrepreneurship is an ever more important force in job creation, competitiveness, innovation, and economic growth. This course examines the peculiarities of entrepreneurship in Europe and assesses the outlook for the EU in its push to maintain and grow its economic and competitive strength. Special attention is paid to the individual, social and economic aspects that characterize and sustain entrepreneurial activity. The cases of several outstanding contemporary entrepreneurs will be discussed. Visits to local organizations allow students to witness and discuss entrepreneurship in action.

MGMT 3101 MASP

Art Business and the Management of Creative Industries in Madrid

This course begins with an introduction to the art market sector in Madrid (art dealers, museums, collectors, artists). Students will discuss principles and practices of management of creative industries through case studies and site visits. The aim is to gain critical knowledge of key concepts of the selling, distribution and the consumption of art together with new technologies, legal and ethical considerations in today´s art business.

MGMT 2101 MASP

Sports and Recreation Business in Spain

This course examines various business disciplines as they apply to the sports and recreation industry in Spain. The course provides students with an overview of the business of the professional sports enterprises and the media role. In addition, the course investigates business trends encountered by managers of sports organizations and covers how business principles apply to soccer in Spain.

COMMUNICATIONS, JOURNALISM AND NEW MEDIA

(GI) COMM 3301 MASP

Intercultural Communication and Leadership

In this class, students develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in their study abroad location as well as in other intercultural contexts. We will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of your experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that you can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. You will increase your own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help you become more effective in an interdependent world.

(GI) JOUR 3001 MASP

International Journalism

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theories and techniques of journalism, with an emphasis on fairness and accuracy of journalistic coverage of diverse, multi-ethnic communities, the role of journalism in democratic societies, news values and ethics, and reporting and writing techniques. All this is done with a special comparative focus on the situation of journalism in the country of study, in Europe as a whole and the U.S. Using specific examples from especially the first two geographical and political areas, students examine the influence of journalism on politics, business, and society. Being in a vibrant European capital, with dozens of newspapers, magazines, and new media produced here, students experience the location and organizers of the most influential national press briefings as well as attend an editorial board meeting of one of the most popular daily newspapers. They will also pay particular attention to the role of foreign correspondents. Much of the coursework will include practical reporting, with students developing a journalism portfolio based on weekly exercises.

(GI) COMM 3009 CTSA

Media, Gender and Identity

In this course, students will apply a critical lens to representations of gender and identity in contemporary media. Taking gender and sexuality as a critical starting point, we will examine the construction of identities under the simultaneous influence of race, class, and nationality. By focusing on popular representations in both the US and the European country where the course is taking place, we will gain a deeper understanding of identities as both culturally specific and influenced by global media. Instead of suggesting that contemporary identities are determined by what we see on TV screens, computers, and in local movie theaters, the course seeks to describe the complex interactions between national audiences and concrete media productions, and analyzes how different audiences reproduce or challenge traditional concepts and stereotypes of gender, race, sexuality, and class. By combining the study of theoretical texts with examples from the advertisement industry, television, the movies, and other forms of contemporary cultural expression, it offers a comprehensive and thorough introduction to contemporary studies of the media and identity.

GLOBAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH

(GI) PUBH 3002 MASP

Community and Public Health

This course examines the interface of community involvement and highly effective governmental approaches to public health. By studying how actors in the public health sphere collaborate to identify public health needs, select appropriate responses, and implement large-scale projects, students will gain understanding of the different public health issues facing communities in Europe, and the varied approaches to public health. The course pays special attention to identifying and understanding the main actors in public health systems, how public health policies and systems are influenced, and how the implementation of public health tools are affected by cultural and religious traditions. Students participate in site visits to public health institutions at various levels (local, regional, national).

(GI) PUBH 3003 MASP

Comparative Health Care Systems

Students learn about the economic, cultural, ethical, and structural challenges faced by health care systems today. The course explores different approaches to health care system organization and financing, strategies for using limited resources, and challenges to providing universal access to health care. Students address specific approaches to these challenges, with a comparative focus on European countries and the United States.

PSYC 2101 MASP

Positive Psychology

Psychology has explored studies of unhappiness, anxiety, depression, distress, personality disorders and recently theories, concepts and techniques that enhance well-being and happiness. This course explores the concepts, research, techniques, and exercises that enhance well-being and happiness. Positive psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Positive Psychology has three central concerns: positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions. Understanding positive emotions entails the study of contentment with the past, happiness in the present, and hope for the future. Understanding positive individual traits consists of the study of the strengths and virtues, such as the capacity for love and work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity, self-knowledge, moderation, self-control, and wisdom. Understanding positive institutions entails the study of the strengths that foster better communities, such as justice, responsibility, civility, parenting, nurturance, work ethic, leadership, teamwork, purpose, and tolerance. Positive psychology studies how human beings prosper in the face of adversity. It attempts to identify and enhance the human strengths and virtues that make life worth living and allow individuals and communities to thrive.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

(GI) POLI 3002 MASP

European Comparative Political Systems

This course examines the political systems of various European nation-states. Focus is placed on the main political cleavages in each, such as class, ideology, ethnicity, and religion, and how these divisions have influenced the political playing field. Additional topics include nationalism, citizenship, party structures, corporatism, the welfare state, and electoral politics. A special focus will be recent symptomatic challenges to European democracy. As we compare the features of these different democratic systems in detail and relate them to their historical and cultural context, we will focus on three major challenges common to all of these democracies: the decreasing level of participation, especially regarding voter turnout; the decline of large political parties, which raises the question of who, in future, is going to mediate between the citizens’ interests and those of the state; and the perception that the major decisions in democratic countries are increasingly made outside the purview of democratic institutions.

(GI) INRE 3003 MASP

European Immigration

Subjects of migration vary in different geographies and time scales. Migration is sometimes explored as the movement of people (together with knowledge, goods, capital and networks) across borders. It is understood as a platform of challenges. It is also examined in relation to state policies. The course will provide a detailed review of European immigration particularly since the late 20th century. The course is arranged thematically, rather than temporally. By looking at various subjects of European immigration through empirical case studies, it will build up an interactive discussion with some questions: what are the definitions of migration? Who is (not) a migrant? Who has control over the definitions? What are the features of migration? Does it complement, compete with, subvert and / or foreshadow ethnic, national, religious, class and gender identities? How do practices of migration cohabit with the state? What are the references in migration studies to concepts such as multiculturalism, toleration, collective rights, alienation and difference?

(GI) INRE 4007 MASP

Contemporary Controversies in International Relations

The course provides an overview of important international conflicts of our time, their causes, main agents, and recent developments. Investigating a number of case studies will allow us to not only identify and learn in detail about different areas of international controversy, but also to study models of international cooperation. Course participants are to analyze a variety of current conflicts by diagnosing the conflict, providing an outlook for the medium-term future, and proposing solutions. Classroom content is supplemented and enhanced by debate meetings with experts and practitioners from different organizations and institutions.

INRE 2101 MASP

Spain and the Arab World

This course examines Spain´s political and recent historic role, through diplomatic and trade channels, with various parts of today´s Arab world. After an introductory overview of Spain´s historic link with the Arab world, the course discusses major events in the recent history of Arab states and the development of their relations with Spain. The course evaluates key areas of Spanish policies related to the Arab spring, the problem of oil and water, the refugee crisis, Islamic extremism, and the complex relationship with the Maghreb, particularly with Morocco as a neighbor.

INRE 3102 MASP

World Heritage Sites and the Politics of Identity in Spain

The United Nations initiative for cultural cooperation through UNESCO had a massive impact on Spain´s identity during its transition to democracy in the 1980´s as a modern State. With over forty-five UNESCO heritage sites, Spain is the third country in the world after Italy and China to manage these memorials of political and historical identity. In addition to a critical overview of the selection of these sites, the course will discuss how identity processes unfold in different areas of politics—such as public opinion, inter-group conflict and cooperation, foreign policy, religion and security. Throughout the course, students will consider the ethical dimension of identity politics.

ACADEMIC PROJECTS

(GI) INSH 3801 MASP

Internship Seminar

This course seeks to immerse students in a professional work environment. Students will have the opportunity to observe and interact with co-workers, and will learn how to recognize and respond to cultural differences. They will compare concepts of teamwork and interpersonal interactions in different cultures as experienced on the job. Seminar work will help students apply academic knowledge in a business setting and identify opportunities to create value within the company. Students will research a specific topic related to their work placement and present their findings in a final research report.

(GI) SVCL 3701 MASP

Service-Learning Project

This course is designed to expose students to the successes, challenges and opportunities that exist in the community through service-learning and volunteer projects. Through partnerships with organizations and institutions students will contribute meaningfully to the community while at the same time developing valuable skills and insights. Students will be assigned to either a new or existing project. In addition to the required service hours and class hours, students develop a diagnostic plan, a community needs assessment, a data analysis, and a final presentation and paper.

Service-learning projects might be in one the following areas in partnership with local organizations and institutions, though the final assignment will be determined once students are on site and will depend on factors including students’ experience and qualifications and the availability of projects:

Conservation and the environment

Assist in areas such as urban ecology within Madrid and take practical action to improve the environment and manage urban habitats.

Community Program Support

Through partnerships students will have the opportunity to engage in creative programs in the community. Students will support various tasks needed by the partner organization. This can come in the form of preparation for events and programs, administrative support, research or workshop / event support.

Social Justice

By partnering with institutions such as churches, clubs, governmental, and local non-governmental organizations that tackle social justice issues, students not only contribute values and attitudes of a democratic society but also learn the critical functions of organizations for social equality

(GI) INDR 4901 MASP

Directed Independent Research

Directed Independent Research is for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity towards a particular research topic. Independent research topics will be approved by the CIEE Academic Director and the home institution advisor, and must reflect a topic that is relevant to the location of studies. To be accepted into this course, students must submit a structured proposal with topic of exploration, significance of research topic as it relates to the local culture, methodology, a literature review, and a schedule of research milestones. Upon research completion, students will present their findings to a panel of academics.

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