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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Fees and other costs (click on the term -->): Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Program Description:

Spring 2022 Dates: January 13-June 4 (Depart from U.S. on January 12). Please note that travel and programmatic logistics are subject to change in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. 


Program OverviewMadrid City View
Located in the geographical heart of Spain, Madrid is the nation’s capital and part of the Comunidad de Madrid, bordered by the autonomous communities of Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y León. With a population of 3.3 million, it is the third largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin. Founded in the 9th century, Madrid has preserved much of its historic feel and yet still boasts a modern, cutting-edge infrastructure.

Students will live in downtown Madrid and participate in mandatory excursions as part of the orientation program and throughout the semester.

Students will enroll in four courses (four Davidson credits), including at least one Spanish language course and History of Spain (taught by the Davidson Resident Faculty Director). Other course offerings include those taught by local faculty at IES Abroad’s Madrid Center and a full array of direct-enrollment courses available at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, consistently ranked as top universities in Spain.

Students may take all of their courses in Spanish or a mixture of Spanish and English depending on the Spanish level which will be assessed at the start of the program in Madrid.

Courses are transferred back to Davidson as pass/fail credit for Davidson students, with the exception of the course taught by the Davidson Resident Faculty Director, which is taken for graded credit: HIS 393 Spain: History and Historical Memory.

Program Highlights
Madrid is rich in culture and history, and has made important literary, religious, political, cultural, environmental, scientific, economic, and athletic contributions to society throughout the centuries. Indeed, it has played a pivotal role in the development of the modern world from the Middle Ages onward, from the first instances of Jewish, Muslim and Christian coexistence to the founding of imperialism in the western hemisphere. After a Civil War that was one catalyst of World War II and several decades of dictatorship, Spain emerged in the twentieth-century as a model for smooth transition to democracy, and in the twenty-first century as an important site for the re-negotiation of historical memory and the changing face of an immigrant Europe. With its world-class museums, national library, and research archives, Madrid offers students opportunities to explore these histories in their cultural contexts from an intellectual perspective.

Seville Cathedral
Quality experiential learning is integrated into the program at many different levels, including travel, cultural city life, residential life, and potential volunteer opportunities. Students will participate in mandatory local excursions in Madrid as part of the orientation program and on weekend excursions throughout the semester. The current program itinerary also includes a mandatory week-long seminar excursion at the beginning of the program, departing from Madrid and traveling to Granada, Seville, Mérida, and Córdoba before returning to begin the semester program with IES Madrid.

Housing and Meals
Most students will live in homestays in Madrid. However, depending on local restrictions due to Covid-19, students may be placed in student residence buildings.

Admission Requirements
Open to all Davidson students who are in good standing in all areas. For academics, "good standing" is defined in this case as having a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher (exceptions may be made in certain circumstances). Programs are open to non-Davidson applicants, space-permitting. The equivalent of four semesters of college-level Spanish is required if students wish to take classes in Spanish at the local university. If an interested student has less than four semesters of Spanish, they should speak with the Program and Resident Directors to determine if participation is possible.

Students should have a passport before applying to the Madrid program. If you do not have a passport or if it will expire within six months after the program ends, please apply for one immediately. Passports should also have blank visa pages.

Contact Information
Professor Kyra Kietrys, Program Director
Professor of Hispanic Studies

Professor John Wertheimer
William R. Kenan Professor of History

Access Statement
The college welcomes requests for accommodations related to disability and will grant those that are determined to be reasonable and maintain the integrity of a program or curriculum. To make such a request or to begin a conversation about a possible request, please contact the Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources, which is located in the Center for Teaching and Learning in the E.H. Little Library. It is best to submit accommodation requests as early as possible.

Beth Bleil, Director
Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources

Alysen Beaty, Assistant Director
Office of Academic Access and Disability Resources

Visa Warning: Passports often must be surrendered as part of the visa application process. Since it may take up to 90 days to receive a visa and have your passport returned to you, participating in consecutive study abroad programs in different countries, particularly between summer and fall, may be problematic or impossible.

Davidson College and consulate staffers cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted by a foreign government in any circumstance or in any time frame. International students should meet with International Student Programs to discuss their visa status.

Davidson College reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of a study abroad program should changing circumstances make it necessary to do so. In cases where the college has security concerns, the Director of Education Abroad and the program director will gather information and make a recommendation to the Dean of Faculty. The dean will take a decision to the president, who retains ultimate authority to decide whether or not a particular Davidson-sponsored program should proceed.

Davidson admits qualified students without discrimination of race, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Program is contingent upon having a minimum number of participants.

This program is currently not accepting applications.