Duke in Madrid — Intermediate Track

A FALL SEMESTER LANGUAGE AND CULTURE PROGRAM

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Committed to a cultural studies perspective, the Duke in Madrid program aims at improving participants’ Spanish fluency and deepening their understanding of Spain and its many cultures within a global context. Founded in 1989, Duke in Madrid is one of Duke’s most established study abroad programs.

The Duke in Madrid – Intermediate Track combines advanced intermediate Spanish (SPANISH 204) and advanced level Spanish (SPANISH 300) in a two-credit signature course, making it possible for students with just three semesters of college-level Spanish to study for a semester in Madrid!

Program fast facts

Term: Semester (Fall only)

Dates: August 30, 2016 (arrival) to December 17, 2016 (departure)

Application Deadline: March 1

Academic Theme(s): Spanish language and culture

Credit Type: Hybrid

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed lower intermediate Spanish (SPANISH 203) or must have equivalent proficiency based on an oral interview. Priority is given to students with a 3.0 GPA or above. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by the Duke Department of Romance Studies

Housing: Homestay with Spanish families

GEO Advisor: Abigail Hall

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Academics

With the Duke in Madrid – Intermediate Track, you can pursue a semester of study in Madrid if you’ve completed three semesters of college-level Spanish. The four course credits offered on the program include: 

  • Signature Course: 2.0 Credits
    SPANISH 314A Gastronomía de España (CZ, CCI, FL)
    This course is the equivalent of advanced intermediate (SPANISH 204) and advanced level (SPANISH 300) Spanish. Course teaches Spanish culture through gastronomy. Class is held at the Duke in Madrid academic center downtown.  
     
  • Transfer Courses: 2.0 Credits
    Two transfer course credits at the host university.
    Choose from courses in a wide array of subject areas at Universidad Carlos III. Intermediate Track students can opt to take courses taught in English or Spanish.
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Credits

Hybrid Credit

The Duke in Madrid program offers hybrid credits, meaning you’ll earn a mix of Duke credit and transfer credit:

  1. The Duke in Madrid Signature Course will be counted as full Duke credit with a Duke number, full curricular code eligibility, and a final grade that counts in the GPA.
  2. You are responsible for ensuring all courses taken at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid convey to the Duke transcript as transfer credits. For UC3M courses only, letter grades will not appear on the Duke transcript and will not count in the Duke GPA, but you still have to take the course for graded credit and earn the equivalent of a C- or better.
  3. Personal statement, written in Spanish, explaining your interest in and goals for studying in Spain with the Duke in Madrid program.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty, one of which should be from a Spanish instructor.

See: Hybrid Credit

If you do not get your UC3M courses approved, they cannot transfer back to your Duke transcript.

How do I get transfer credit for my UC3M courses?
 

Spanish Majors/Minors

Duke Spanish majors: All courses may be counted toward the major, provided they meet departmental criteria for the major. Credit distribution may vary according to students’ needs, with a maximum of three courses counting toward the course requirement (must have designated Spanish number) and remaining course(s) counting as related courses.

Duke Spanish minors: A maximum of two courses with designated Spanish numbers may be counted, provided they meet departmental criteria for the Spanish minor.

It’s always best to ask before you assume courses will count towards the major or minor. For assistance:

Contact the DUS for Romance Studies

Consult the Duke University Bulletin

Courses

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Course Registration

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Excursions

Each semester, program participants enjoy a full complement of excursions, both day trips and extended trips, all included in the cost of the program. Excursions include transportation, guided tours, most meals, and lodging for overnight trips. Below are some possible group excursions with Duke in Madrid. Excursion destinations are subject to change each semester. 

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Andalucia: Sevilla & Granada

The group spends four days/three nights traveling across the south of Spain, including guided visits to the Cathedral and Giralda in Sevilla and the Cathedral and Alhambra in Granada. Travel will be by bus and train. Students have the option to extend their return transportation by two days in order to explore more of Andalucia at their own expense. Most students choose to stay and explore surrounding cities such as Córdoba and Cádiz.

Barcelona

The field trip to Barcelona consists of 2 days/1 night and includes guided tours of various monuments and museums, such as, Museo Picasso, the Gothic Neighborhood (El Barrio Gótico) , the Casal Mila (Gaudí) and the interior of La Sagrada Familia (Gaudí). Students have the option of extending the program-paid return flight by one day to spend extra time in Barcelona at their own expense. Most students choose to extend their stay to explore not only Barcelona, but the surrounding area.

Galicia: Rural Homestay and Santiago de Compostela

The group spends three days/two nights in Galicia visiting rural areas and the cities of A Coruña, Pontevedra, and Santiago de Compostela. Transportation to Galicia will be by plane and local transportation by bus.

Segovia

The group will spend the day on guided tours of Segovia’s highlights, including the Aqueduct and Alcazar. Transportation will be by bus from Madrid.

Toledo

The group will spend the day in the hilltop city of Toledo where it will tour sites related to the three religions that once coexisted in Spain. Transportation will be by bus from Madrid.

Northern Spain/Basque Country

Spring Only. The field trip to Northern Spain consists of 3 days/2 nights and includes guided tours of the cities of Santander, Bilbao (Guggenheim museum) and San Sebastian, and the countryside of Cantabria, visiting the Altamira Museum and the beautiful village of Santillana del Mar. The program participants stay at a rural homestay in Cantabria and a downtown hotel in San Sebastian.

on-site staff

The Duke in Madrid academic center features classrooms, a library and student workspace, a conference room, and staff offices. The resident director is available year-round for academic or personal assistance. The administrative director and assistant coordinator place participants with families in Madrid and help students resolve everyday problems. Staff contact information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Nuria García

Duke in Madrid Admin. Director

Eva Barroso

Duke in Madrid Asst. Coordinator

Pablo Carballo

Program Intern

Costs

Estimates are based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate.  All costs are subject to change. 

Fall 2016

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition  $ 24,787.50 $ 24,787.50
Program Fee $ 4,200.00 $ 4,200.00
Transcript Fee n/a n/a
Other Cost Other Costs (Fall) Other Costs (Fall)
Estimated Total $ 32,217.00 $ 32,217.00

Programs: Budget Sheet (Fall)

FAQ Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving financial aid are eligible for aid for this program (work-study funds must be converted to loans). Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and the Bursar. Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.

Duke Bursar’s Office Duke Financial Aid Office

Dates

Specific dates for arrival in Madrid and other events in a particular semester, including holidays and excursions, will be sent to applicants as soon as they are available. All dates are tentative and may change with the administrative calendar of the Universidad Carlos III. Final dates will be confirmed at pre-departure orientation in early April.

Fall Semester 2016 Dates

  • Arrival:  August 30, 2016
  • Departure: December 17, 2016

Flights: Please note that most flights to Europe leave the U.S. the day before the actual arrival date. Please book your flights accordingly.

Exams: All students must stay for scheduled final exams. Students may not request an early exam date and all papers must be turned in to instructors and a copy left at the Duke in Madrid office before the student’s departure from Spain.

Admissions

  • Selection: The Foreign Study Committee of the Department of Romance Studies will select the applicants on the basis of their academic preparation for the program. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, national and ethnic origin, handicap, sexual orientation or preference, gender or age.
     
  • Priority: Priority will be given to applicants who have completed at least one Spanish course at the lower intermediate level (Duke SPANISH 203) or have equivalent proficiency based on an oral interview, and to Spanish majors/minors.
     
  • Minimum GPA: Priority will be given to students with high academic standing (normally with at least a 3.0 GPA).
     
  • Capacity: Total enrollment in a single semester is limited to 50 students.
     
  • Non-Duke: Students must be degree-seeking students in good standing at an accredited college or university. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in study abroad on Duke’s programs.
     
  • Late Applications: After published deadlines, qualified applicants will be considered on a space-available basis.

Apply

To apply for this program, you will need to submit:

  1. On-line application in MyGlobalEd.
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted.
  3. Personal statement, written in Spanish, explaining your interest in and goals for studying in Spain with the Duke in Madrid program.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty, one of which should be from a Spanish instructor.

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