Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a city with a relatively short history in comparison to other European capitals. Selected to become the principal city in the second part of the 16th century, Madrid has become a modern, diverse and important city with more than five million inhabitants. The culture of the city is thriving, with the center of the city crowded until very late at night. Known for its nocturnal life, the majority of restaurants, taperias, clubs and music venues are open until early morning.
Madrid has experienced much growth. There are various modern districts and new buildings and offices, but locals can still find much of the old Madrid and its buildings integrated in the city. Famous landmarks and museums have made the city extremely attractive to tourists, and the financial activity makes Madrid very important to the country’s economics. Among the most famous attractions in Madrid is the Museo del Prado that contains numerous famous paintings from artists like El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. The collection is so large that only half of the collection is displayed at a time. Other famous places to visit are Parque del Buen Retiro, the Plaza Mayor, la Puerta del Sol and the Palacio Real.
The program makes its home within the Universidad Complutense de Madrid — one of Spain’s oldest, largest and most prestigious universities. Marquette University faculty member, Dr. Todd Hernández, accompanies the group and provides on-the-ground support. As a student, you’ll be able to integrate yourself into the campus life through daily contact with Spanish faculty and staff. You’ll also have complete usage of Complutense’s facilities - libraries, computers, sports fields and cafeterias, as well as cultural and academic events sponsored by the university.
The program begins with a short orientation led by the Marquette faculty director to orient students to the city, culture, and language. Students are required to enroll in two courses (6 credits) and to participate in the weekend excursions to other regions of Spain.
An orientation will be held prior to departure at Marquette on Friday, April 1st from 5-7:30 p.m. as well as an on-site orientation upon arrival.
Students are required to enroll in two courses (6 credits). Pre-requisite: SPAN 1001 & 1002/SPAN 1003 or equivalent. Courses are offered on the Universidad Complutense campus with other U.S. students. Courses are taught by Complutense professors, as well as the faculty director.
Because these are Marquette courses, grades will appear on the MU transcript and will factor into students’ GPA.
Courses generally offered include:
• SPAN 2001: Intermediate Spanish 1
• SPAN 2002: Intermediate Spanish 2
• SPAN 3001: Grammar Review and Writing
• SPAN 3100: Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation
• SPAN 3300: Peoples and Cultures of Spain taught by Marquette Graduate Assistant of Spanish
• SPAN 4130: Spanish Applied Linguistics taught by Dr. Todd Hernández, associate professor of Spanish
Students who are currently in 2002 are eligible to participate on the program and would be able to take SPAN 3001 and SPAN 3300 while in Spain.
Students will stay in a hostel during the two days and one night orientation and then stay with a host family for the remainder of the program.
VISA & TRAVEL
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Visa and Travel - Spain