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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 03/07/2021 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Spanish Language, Culture & Literature
Madrid, Spain


​July 1 - July 31, 2020
Program Description: The Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the University of Memphis are working in conjunction to offer an undergraduate and graduate program for students interested in studying the language, literature, culture and civilization of Spain. The four-week intensive Spanish class and culture immersion will take place at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, which has an enrollment of 200,000 students, and is one of the oldest universities in the world. It combines a unique academic experience with an unusual community of students and teachers from all over the world. The program is open to teachers, college students and individuals who will benefit from the cultural experience. Evidence of good health and adaptability to a foreign environment is required. For the graduate courses, a bachelor degree or equivalent is required.
Program Fee
(Subject to Change)
Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
  • $350 application fee
  • Tuition for 6-credit hours
  • Accommodations
  • Three meals daily (2 meals daily on Sundays/holidays)
  • Student ID card
  • Official Transcript 
  • Program Completion Diploma 
  • Airport Pick Up on designated arrival date and time frame
  • Round-trip international flight
  • International medical insurance
  • Guided cultural activities - Tour guide provided. Students pay their own museum/cultural activity entrance fee and public transportation costs
  • Personal expenses and incidentals 
  • Optional excursions
Graduate  $4,500

 *Please note: We reserve the right to cancel or make changes to the itinerary.

Application Process: All applicants should fill out the Study Abroad Application by clicking "Apply Now" and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid application available in the program application materials. The Universidad Complutense de Madrid application will be turned in with the Study Abroad application. The Universidad Complutense de Madrid application requires two passport-sized photos and a copy of your signed passport in addition to the application. Students will pay the nonrefundable $350 application fee during the application process.

Schedule (Do not book flight until acceptance and arrival details confirmed):
June 30 - Depart USA
July 1 - Arrive Madrid
July 31 - Check-Out of Program Housing

Housing and meals: Students will be housed in single rooms in a residence hall. Three meals/day are provided except for Sundays and holidays. Breakfasts provided are European in style, meaning they are very light. Typical breakfasts include milk, coffee, juice, cereal, bread, and/or pastries. Meals are provided according to the Spanish meal schedule, where lunch is typically served around 2 pm and is the largest meal of the day. Supper is a lighter meal, typically served between 9 pm and 10 pm. 

Activities: Students are free in the afternoon, however, the program will organize some visits to museums and other activities for interested students, though students may need to pay museum entrance fees. The program will also organize an optional 1 day excursion. Past excursions have been to places such as Toledo, Segovia, El Escorial or a 3-day tour to Pamplona, the beach in Biarritz, France, Barcelona, Asturias and Granada. (All excursions are extra and not included in the program price).

Course Credit: 6 credits available in Spanish language

Classes: All classes will be conducted in the morning; Monday through Friday. Classes will accommodate students at the following levels; beginner, intermediate, advanced, graduate and undergraduate.

Courses Available (subject to change): Please note that names of course levels in Spain are different than in the USA - students should reference the course description below in order to select the correct course option for them.

Undergraduate Program:

Beginning Spanish 101 and 102  - Espanol Inicial: 6 credits. First and Second semester of college Spanish. For students with no previous knowledge of Spanish. They will study the basic structure of Spanish with emphasis in speaking. The daily schedule is divided as follow: 9:00 am Grammer (Theory); 10:00 am Grammer(Practice); 11:10 am Written & Oral Skills; 12:10 pm Conversation; 1:10 pm Lecture on Spanish Culture.

Beginning Spanish 203 and 204 - Espanol Elemental: 6 credits. Undergraduate. Third and fourth semester of college Spanish. Builds upon the skills acquired in Spanish 101 and 102.

Intermediate Spanish 300 - Espanol Intermedio: 6 Credits. Undergraduate. Further development of spoken and written Spanish and introduction to Spanish culture with readings, lectures, and videos on literary and cultural topics.

Intermediate Conversation 320- 3 Credits. Undergraduate. Further development and application of more complex grammar and vocabulary in writing.  Theory, practice, and evaluation. To be taken in conjunction with SPAN 430 or SPAN 451.

Advanced Spanish 400 - Espanol Advanzado - 6 credits. Undergraduate. Intensive practice in advanced Spanish Grammar, syntax, and idiomatic constructions to develop greater fluency and improvement in oral comprehension, conversation skills, and composition. As part of the course, an overview of the culture and civilization of Spain, through a series of lectures on the historical, philosophical, political, literary, and artistic development of Spain will take place

Composition Spanish 415 - 3 credits. Undergraduate. (must be taken with either 430 or 451) - Further development and application of more complex grammar and vocabulary in writing.  Theory, practice, and evaluation.

Conversation Spanish 420 - 3 credits. Undergraduate (must be taken with either 430 or 451) - Continued and more advanced practice in Spanish conversation through study of contemporary culture as a basis for speaking.

Introduction to Spanish Culture 430 - 3 credits. Undergraduate (must be taken with either 415 or 420) - This course will offer a panoramic perspective of spanish cultural heritage and the development of social and political institutions. Includes studies of different facets of Spanish contemporary culture not normally covered in regular course offerings.

Introduction to Spanish Literature 451 - 3 credits. Undergraduate (must be taken with either 415 or 420) - 
Familiarizes students with the literature of Spain from the beginning to the present with emphasis on contemporary 20th century Spanish literature.

Advanced Spanish 500 Espanol Superior: 6 credits. Dual Level: Undergraduate/Graduate. Intensive practice in perfecting Spanish Grammar, syntax, idiomatic constructions to develop native-like fluency and improvement in oral comprehension, conversation skills, and composition.  As part of the course, an overview of the culture and civilization of Spain, through a series of lectures on the historical, philosophical, political, literary, and artistic development of Spain will take place. Please note: Students who take courses at the 500 level as undergraduates will pay graduate fees for this course.

Graduate Program:

Graduate students may take either Advanced Spanish 500 Espanol Superior listed above or may select the program option below:

This program is divided in blocks of two weeks:  Four topics are studied the first two weeks and four topics the last two weeks.  Each topic is worth one academic credit. (Note that your advisor may only permit you to transfer 6 credits total, as the credit system is different in Spain).  Students can choose from the topics of SPAN 502 which focus on language, linguistics, and methodology or the topics of SPAN 501 which focus on literature.   Although the SPAN 501 and SPAN 502 courses my be interchangeable, the Graduate Program courses are not interchangeable with courses from the Undergraduate Program.  Please note fees for 501-502 are graduate fees even if taken as an undergraduate.

Course Options for 2016 (subject to change):


501 Guerra civil y literatura
501 Hacia una nueva lectura de Teresa de Jesús: La espiritualidad femenina en la España del Siglo de Oro
501 La mujer en el teatro español: cinco obras maestras entre el siglo XVIII y el siglo XX
501 Cinco libros poéticos esenciales en la literatura española de la Edad de Plata (1900 - 1939)
501 Teatro documental en Hispanoamérica
501 Poesía Vanguardista Hispanoamericana
501 Escritoras españolas contemporaneas
501 Madrid, Ciudad Literaria


502 La enseñanza de ELE: la comprensión oral y expresión oral
502 La enseñanza del español: la morfología
502 La enseñanza de español: la Pronunciación y la Ortografía
502 La literatura como auxiliar en la enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera
502 Análisis de textos y significación
502 La enseñanza del léxico
502 La enseñanza del español: la sintaxis
502 Acceso léxico y relaciones semánticas

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