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 in partnership with Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid — Comillas is a Catholic university that has been run for over a century by the Society of Jesus; a private institution that manages a number of universities throughout the world. Our university mission has always been based on a combination of the educational experience built up over our extensive history and constant evolution in response to social change. Each program Comillas offers is founded on: academic rigor, individual student support combined with comprehensive training and a heightened level of social awareness, excellent preparation for professional activity, internationalization and an idea of research based on innovation and social impact. Comillas operates from a Christian Humanist perspective, with a passionate commitment to ongoing social development toward a fairer and more united global community.
Marquette University faculty member, Dr. Eugenia Afinoguenova, will teach SPAN 3300, accompany the group, and provide on-the-ground support. As a student, you’ll be able to integrate yourself into Spanish culture through daily contact with Spanish faculty and staff, cultural outings, and a homestay experience. You’ll have complete usage of Comillas's facilities - libraries, computers, athletic facilities, and cafeterias, as well as cultural and academic events sponsored by the University.
The program begins with a short orientation led by Dr. Afinoguenova to orient students to the city, culture, and language. Students are required to enroll in two courses (6 credits) and to participate in all planned excursions within Madrid and to nearby cities.
An orientation will be held prior to departure at Marquette on Monday, March 27 from 6:00-8:30 pm as well as an on-site orientation upon arrival.
Students are required to enroll in two courses (6 credits). Pre-requisite: SPAN 2002. Courses are offered on the Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid campus with other Marquette students. Courses are taught by Comillas professors as well as Dr. Afinoguenova.
Because these are Marquette courses, grades will appear on the MU transcript and will factor into students’ GPA.
Courses generally offered include:
• SPAN 3001: Grammar Review and Writing taught by Comillas
• SPAN 3100: Advanced Spanish Composition and Conversation taught by Comillas
• SPAN 3300: Peoples and Cultures of Spain taught by Dr. Afinoguenova
• SPAN 4931: Special Topics taught by Dr. Afinoguenova
*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 can take either 3001 or 3100 and either 3300 or 4931. There will be two classes offered with two tracks each--students must select one track within the offered course to take. Students cannot take both 3001 and 3100; nor can students take 3300 and 4931.
***Students also have the option to enroll in an online course offered through Marquette during Summer Session I. SPAN 3710-Intro to Spanish for the Healthcare Professions will be taught by Dr. Todd Hernandez. Students can complete this 3-credit course while in Madrid as part of the program.
Students will stay with a host family during the program. Homestays are facilitated by Marquette working through Comillas's accommodation office.