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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Penn Summer Abroad
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Master your Spanish language skills, live like a local and explore a majestic European country.

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 easy and fast rail connectivity to important cities such as Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Valencia, and Barcelona.
 

Eligibility

Penn-in-Madrid is an immersion program designed for intermediate to advanced Spanish language students studying at the 200- and 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. For specific course pre-requisites please see the "Academics" tab. 

General Eligibility Requirements

Penn Summer Abroad programs are available to undergraduate students at Penn or another accredited US institution. To take part in a Penn Summer Abroad program, all students, including Penn and visiting students, must complete an online application and maintain a strong academic standing.

Personal Conduct and Academic Integrity

In order to qualify to study abroad, you need to be in good academic standing at Penn. In addition, your disciplinary status may affect your eligibility to study abroad. You may not be eligible to study abroad if you currently stand charged or are charged prior to the beginning of your study abroad semester with a violation of a University regulation under the University of Pennsylvania's Code of Student Conduct or Code of Academic Integrity, or if there is a pending, current, or outstanding disciplinary matter (academic integrity or conduct). When the charge results in a warning or reprimand, the student may be eligible to study abroad pending a review of the situation. When the charge results in probation, suspension-not-imposed, suspension, or any sanction as serious as or more serious than probation, students are not eligible to study abroad during the period of the sanction.

Students who have received a sanction of probation or suspension-not-imposed may be eligible to study abroad during a future semester after the expiration date of the sanction. However, students must provide confirmation from the Office of Student Conduct that the terms and conditions of their sanction have been met before receiving Penn Abroad approval to study abroad. If there are new charges during the period of the sanction, approval to study abroad may be rescinded.
 

Academics

All students register for a total of two course units (c.u.)*. Course offerings are subject to change. Students attending the Penn-in-Madrid 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: SPAN 134, 140 or 145 (or equivalent)
  • Students who take this course must also take SPAN 226 or SPAN 227
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 Dr. Anthony P. Esposito
  • Pre-requisite: SPAN 134, 140 or 145 (or equivalent)
  • Fulfills requirements: Cross-Cultural Analysis
  • Students who take this course must also take SPAN 212 or SPAN 227
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 to the beginning of the modern era.
 
Topics in Spanish Culture
SPAN 227 (1 c.u.)
  • Pre-requisite: SPAN 219 or SPAN 223
  • Fulfills requirements: Cross-Cultural Analysis
  • Students who take this course must also take SPAN 212 or SPAN 226
This course, which complements SPAN 386, will introduce 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 Penn-in-Madrid and is open to students who may have already taken another version of SPAN 380 or SPAN 386 on campus.
 
Modern and Contemporary Spanish Literature
SPAN 380 (1 c.u.)
  • Pre-requisite: SPAN 219 or SPAN 223
  • Fulfills requirement: Cross-Cultural Analysis
  • Students who take this course must also take SPAN 386
This course covers the culture produced during the Civil War and its aftermath. Students participate in excursions to the Reina Sophia to see the collection, which includes a special study of Picasso’s Guernica.
 
Studies in Spanish Culture
SPAN 386 (1 c.u.)
  • Pre-requisite: SPAN 219 or SPAN 223
  • Fulfills requirement: Cross-Cultural Analysis
  • Students who take this course must also take SPAN 380
This course, which complements SPAN 380, will introduce 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 Penn-in-Madrid and is open to students who may have already taken another version of SPAN 380 or SPAN 386 on campus.
 

Accommodation

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. 
 

Cost and Finance

Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.
Tuition and fees for 2018 will be posted in February 2018. 
  • Tuition for summer 2017: $8,144
  • Program fee for summer 2017: $2,300
    Includes home stay with breakfast and dinner and administrative costs.
 

Next Steps

For more details about Penn-in-Madrid please visit our website or attend one of our info sessions:

Friday, November 10, 2017
3:30pm-4:30pm
Williams Hall 301

Friday, November 17, 2017
3:30pm-4:30pm
Williams Hall 301

Friday, December 8, 2017
3:30pm-4:30pm
Williams Hall 301

Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: TBD
Location: TBD