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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: European Council 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Dormitories Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art, History, Literature, Political Science, Spanish
Minimum Credit Hours:
24 collegiate credit hours Class Standing: 1-Sophomore, 2-Junior, 3-Senior, 4-Graduates
Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
European Council: Madrid, Spain

About the Program | Program Information and Course Structure 
Payment & Refund Schedule | Deadlines & Late Fees
Courses & Course Description | How to Apply to the Program
Insurance & Passport Information | Contact Us
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List of all 2017 European Council Classes:
Courses by Program | Courses by Subject 

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About the Program
Consider studying during the summer in Madrid, the geographic center of Spain and the historic center of the entire Hispanic world. The city of four million is a modern European hub with state-of-the-art transportation and cyber cafes, but its Old World charm shines through in its long afternoon siestas, its warm and friendly people, and its majestic monuments of Spain’s glorious past. Students will have the opportunity to visit flamenco clubs, the bullfight, tapas bars, and world-class museums, as well as to participate in Madrid’s seemingly endless nightlife, as the streets overflow with people having a glass of sangria, talking to neighbors, and in general, enjoying life in this vibrant city.

Dates: June 29 to August 4

Cost: $5,500

The package cost of $5,500 for the five week program includes:
  • Round-trip airfare between Atlanta and Madrid
  • Round-trip transportation from the airport to the dorms on a private bus
  • Accommodations at Colegio Mayor Padre Poveda
  • 30 day metro and bus pass for Madrid
  • 14 meals per week
  • Tours of Madrid and Toledo
  • Welcome and Farewell Fiestas
  • A primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses
Students in this program can also choose to participate in optional weekend excursions. Previous programs had the opportunity to visit South of Spain, North of Spain, or Barcelona. The website will be updated when final dates and cost have been determined.
The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

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bull fight girlsProgram Information & Course Structure
All classes are held at the Colegio Mayor de Padre Poveda, where the program is housed. Students are required to take two three-hour courses. Courses will meet in the classroom on Mondays and Thursdays and students will take required field trips on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On three of the five weekends during the program, students will have three days to travel within Spain or to other destinations.

The Spain program also organizes optional weekend excursions for an additional cost. Excursions change every year but students in the past have visited South of Spain, North of Spain, Portugal, and Barcelona, to name a few.

The Colegio Mayor Padre Poveda is one of many student residences in the ciudad universitaria, or the University City, on the western side of Madrid.  The area reflects the presence of the almost one hundred thousand students who live and study there. Nearby, subway and bus stops connect students to downtown Madrid as well as all the major points of air, rail, and bus travel. Students may choose between a single room and a double room (shared with a roommate). Towels and bed linens are furnished. There is Wi-Fi throughout the Colegio.

Breakfast is provided every day, lunch on Monday through Thursday, and dinner on Monday through Wednesday in the dining hall at Padre Poveda. The program will try to meet individual dietary preferences, but students must understand that the lunch and dinner in the Colegio is provided in a cafeteria setting and choices are limited. It is not like many cafeterias in the US that allow students to choose from different cuisines and options. Also, traditional Spanish cuisine such as that provided by the Colegio relies heavily on meat, fish, and eggs: vegetarianism is not as common in Spain as it is in the US and the Colegio does not as a matter of course provide a vegetarian option.  Therefore, as with most issues involving foreign travel, students must be flexible and creative when it comes to meals.

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Courses in the 2017 Madrid Study Abroad Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid. Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $1,400 for extra meals, entrance tickets, evening entertainment, travel, and shopping.

All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

bullsPayment Schedule:
March 2, 2017........Application form and $300 non-refundable program deposit due
March 9, 2017........First payment of $2600 due
April 7, 2017...........Final payment of $2600 due

Program deposits and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 program deposit is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees; the program deposit can not be used in a subsequent year.

Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, Beverly Vantine, at AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.

Withdrawal before March 3....................................all but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 4 and March 18............all but $500 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1..............all but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30.................all but $2,000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30.......................................No money will be refunded

palleaImportant Deadlines
March 2nd–  Application deadline (spaces are available on first come, first serve basis and students are strongly encouraged to apply early)

March 9th – First Payment

April 7th – Final Payment

March 28th– Two passport photo due (late fees apply, see below for details) if they’re not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date. Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information.

March 28th – An electronic copy of your passport is due. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. Passport copies must be in color and at least 300 dpi in quality. Late fees apply, see below for details.

March 28th– Deadline for separate airfare waiver or flight deviation; see below for details.

May 13th– There is an all-day*Mandatory* student orientation in Macon at Middle Georgia State College. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

girl with viewLate Fees for Passports & Photo
Items received between Mar 29 – Apr 12..............$25 late fee
Items received between Apr 13 – Apr 27...............$50 late fee
Items received between Apr 28 – May 11..............$75 late fee
Items received on May 12 – May 19.....................$100 late fee
Items received on May 20th or after......................$100 plus $5 per additional day

Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare
Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Europe sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare however in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare, there will be a deduction in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by March 28th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 28th will be denied.

Course Descriptions
All courses are 3 credit hours and students should check with campus representatives to determine course equivalencies at the home institution. Students are required to take two classes- one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
LD-Lower Division Course
UD-Upper Division Course

(Choose only one morning class)

Spanish Conversation (UD)
Dr. Yvonne Fuentes (University of West Georgia)

The aim of the class is to gain oral proficiency and competence in order to use the language in culturally appropriate ways for meaningful communication. Therefore, we will focus on skill-building: reading and listening comprehension, writing, vocabulary, and socio-cultural competence, which are integral to developing fluency. Certain grammar points will be reviewed based on the texts and on issues that arise in class. This course combines a content based language instruction with an interactive task-based approach. Individual and group presentations provide students with practice in making formal presentation in Spanish, a skill that is necessary for many professional settings such as international affairs, business, and teaching. Prerequisites: Spanish 2002 with C or better. Course is taught in Spanish.

Spanish 2001 (LD)
Dr. Martiza Bell-Corrales (Middle Georgia University)

This course is designed to continue listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish with further study of the culture of Spanish–speaking regions. Basic pronunciation, conversation, and structure are stressed. This course is a continuation of Spanish 2001.  Students will be writing compositions based on some of the field excursions they will have during the program.  This reflects the unique setting students will be experiencing while they are in Madrid.  Active participation in pairs, small groups, and whole group discussions will constitute the basic format of the course. Prerequisite: Spanish 1002 with C or better. Course taught primarily in Spanish.

World Civilization I (LD)
Dr. James Todesca (Armstrong Atlantic State University)

Civilization I explores the evolving values, beliefs and accomplishments of world cultures from their origins to about 1500.  While we will trace the development of civilization in the Middle East, India, China and Europe, this summer section will highlight Spain’s role in Mediterranean culture from the exploration of the ancient Greeks to the interaction of Muslims and Christians in the medieval period.  The course is also meant to acquaint you with the dynamics of historical study.  Our readings, discussions and excursions will convince you that history is not a collection of facts but an ongoing process of critical interpretation.

students in cute alley wayCervantes & Shakespeare (UD)
Dr. Jennifer Flaherty (Georgia College & State University)

Shakespeare and Cervantes were two of the most talented and influential writers of the Renaissance. They are linked not only by Shakespeare’s lost play Cardenio, which adapts Cervantes’ Don Quixote, but by the shared 400th anniversary of their deaths on April 23, 2016. This course explores the connections between Cervantes and Shakespeare, inviting comparisons between the way the two authors handle the themes of madness, love, literature, and government. We will then study Shakespeare’s adaptation of the Cardenio story from Don Quixote and the Cardenio Project, in which contemporary authors from around the world write their own adaptations of Shakespeare and Cervantes. The course will combine site visits and attending performances in Madrid with assignments include creative writing, performance projects, and literary analysis. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a C or better.

Terrorism & Political Violence (UD)
Dr. Srobana Bhattacharya (Georgia Southern University)

What is terrorism? What is political violence? Why are people willing to kill in the name of nation, language, religion? Terrorism & Political Violence introduces you to a new and old forms of political conflict and shows political processes associated with violence. It show how power and politics interact by discussing civil war, ethno-nationalist conflict and terrorism in Spain and compares it to the general trends of political conflict. It urges you to analyze how political conflict affects ordinary lives and cultures of people. Terrorism and Political Violence will provide you insights for understanding, comparing, and identifying different forms of conflict and types of terrorism. Prerequisites: International Relations or Comparative Politics.

Introduction to Anthropology (LD)
Dr. Heidi Altman (Georgia Southern University)

Introduction to Anthropology engages students in the study of all aspects of humans, at all times, in all places.  Madrid is a magnificent city to begin to learn about anthropology because of the rich cultural, biological, linguistic and archaeological resources that abound there.  During this course we will have the opportunity to examine the full range of non-human primates (at ZooMadrid) and to learn about the full span of human evolution (at the National Archaeological Museum).  We will enjoy the vibrant cultures and languages of Spain that include regional specialties like Basque and Catalan, as well as the historical and contemporary migrant communities that call Madrid home. This course fulfills an Area E (Social Science) Requirement in the core.

on the beachDrawing I or II (UD)
Prof. Stacy Koffman (University of North Georgia)

Bring your passion to the pages of your sketchbook in Spain! Through the process of drawing we will learn to observe what is before us and transfer that information onto paper. In Drawing I the subject matter will range from still life and portraiture to landscapes and cityscapes. The course will cover the basic concepts of drawing, focusing on perceptual skills including line, value, composition, contour, gesture, and perspective. The Drawing II course will allow more advanced students develop a strong understanding of both perceptual as well as conceptual skills working with representational and abstract subject matter. Both classes will use a variety of drawing mediums and techniques.

(Choose only one afternoon course)

Spanish Grammar & Composition (UD)
Dr. Maritza Bell-Corrales (Middle Georgia University)

This course provides a study of advanced grammar and writing practice. Students will be introduced to specific methods and strategies of written Spanish, including summary, description, narration, exposition, and argumentation. This course seeks to teach writing as a process that integrates a variety of elements (grammar, vocabulary, style, content, and organization). Students will be required to take grammar exams and to write compositions. Prerequisite: Spanish 2002 with C or better. Course is taught in Spanish.

Spanish 2002 (LD)
Dr. Brian Hibbs (Dalton State)

The focus of SPAN 2002 is to strengthen your communicative abilities in Spanish at the intermediate level and develop your understanding and appreciation of Spanish culture. In this course, students will study more advanced vocabulary and grammatical structures related to travel, the environment, 21st century technologies, and popular culture in a linguistically and culturally authentic environment. Additionally, course participants will engage in weekly field trips in Madrid and the surrounding area to enhance their proficiency in Spanish and their awareness of various facets of Spanish culture. 

Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Medieval Spain (Special Topics) (UD)
Dr. James Todesca (Armstrong Atlantic State University)

Spain is a land dotted with castles and old town walls.  For the modern tourist, these rugged structures often evoke a romantic image of the past.  It is easy to conjure up Christian knights relentlessly striving to rid the peninsula of Islam and the hated Moors.  Indeed this legacy of the Christian reconquest (reconquista) still looms large in the Spanish national conscience.  This course will examine the history of Spain from roughly 711 to 1300.  While warfare between Christians and Muslims will certainly be addressed, we will also focus on the extent to which the three peoples of the peninsula, Christians, Muslims and Jews, influenced and cooperated with one another.  Was the peninsula in these years dominated by the notion of crusade and reconquista or can we speak also of a spirit co-existence (convivencia)? Prerequisites: HIST 1111 or 1112.

girls by statueWorld Literature I (LD)
Dr. Jennifer Flaherty (Georgia College & State University)

This course offers an interdisciplinary and multicultural exploration of the afterlife and the spaces used to represent it in art, literature, and film. We will look at depictions of underworlds and afterlives from a variety of cultures and time periods, from ancient Greece to modern Brazil. We will consider how interpretations of the afterlife from around the world demonstrate cultural attitudes towards death (and life). How is the physical space of the underworld, Heaven, or Hell depicted, and how does it reflect the values or ideals of the culture? How do the rewards or punishments depicted in stories of the afterlife reveal our own ideas about justice (and revenge)? How do depictions of judgment after death shape ethical behavior during life? What are the connections and similarities between different cultural and historical depictions of the afterlife, and what do those connections reveal about the human response to mortality?

Introduction to International Studies (LD)
Dr. Srobana Bhattacharya (Georgia Southern University)

What does it mean to live in a globalized world? Introduction to International Studies will allow you to understand how different political processes, cultures, histories, economics interact with each other. How do local cultures become global? How do international communities operate? Is today’s global world only about inspiring innovations of technology or is it about creating a dialogue between the differences. Introduction to International studies will give you a foundation of knowing how the world works and allow you to compare cultures, histories, politics, and society and urge you to expand your horizon.

Food and Culture of Spain (UD)
Dr. Heidi Altman (Georgia Southern University)

Food is central to any culture or community, and this course explores the cultures of Spain and their relationship to food.  Jamon iberico – the famous and tightly controlled Spanish ham – is just one facet of the complex relationship between Spanish identity, economy, social structures, and food.  We will begin with tapas and pintxos, and work our way through regional specialties (like cochinillo), feasting practices, and local produce (like jamon iberico and other Spanish meats and cheeses).  Our field trips will introduce students to the varieties of Spanish foods, to cultural practices centered on food, and to the role that food plays in the Spanish economy.

flamenco danceArt Appreciation (LD)
Prof. Stacy Koffman

Welcome to the world of art in Spain! Learn to go beyond just “looking” at art and truly learn to “see” it! The museums of Madrid offer us an amazing opportunity to study original works by Picasso, Goya, El Greco, and Velazquez just to name a few. Understanding the concepts of creativity, the vocabulary of art (elements and principles of design) and a general history of art will be the focus of this class. Students will apply knowledge gained in class with written essays, hands-on projects and on-location presentations.

Apply to the Program

Directions on how to apply:
  1. Download and complete the European Council application.
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here.
  3. After you submit your application to your campus representative, please pay the $300 non-refundable program deposit at our payment page.
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*Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $300 program deposit are received.
** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.

royal palaceEligibility
Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.
Students must be in good academic standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council.
Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University. 

Health Matters and Insurance
  • Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available from the program director.
  • Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician’s assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.
  • Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications.
  • No special immunizations are needed to enter Spain, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.
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Passports and Visas
  • Everyone who travels to Spain must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport.
  • Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Spain for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.
  • Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.
  • Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by March 28th, 2017 to avoid late fees, please see “Deadlines” for details.
Contact Us
Contact your Campus Representative to submit an application and determine course equivalencies
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Beverly Vantine
EC Coordinator, Valdosta State University

Dr. Robert Costomiris
Madrid Program Director; Georgia Southern University

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.