Duke in Madrid–Intermediate Track

A Fall Semester Language and Culture Program

Explore Spanish Culture Through Gastronomy

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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!


Location: Madrid, Spain

Term: Fall or Spring

Dates: August 30, 2017 - December 21, 2017 (Fall)

Application Deadline: March 1 (Fall), October 1 (Spring)

Academic Theme(s): Spanish language and culture

Credit Type: Hybrid Credit Structure

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.

Language of Instruction: Spanish, English

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

Housing: Homestay with Spanish families

GEO Advisor: Abigail Hall Grubbs


With the Duke in Madrid–Intermediate Track, you can pursue a semester of study in Madrid if you will have completed SPANISH 203 by the time the program begins. The four course credits offered on the program include:

Signature Course

SPANISH 314A Gastronomía de España
(CZ, CCI, FL), 2.0 Duke credits

This course is the equivalent of advanced intermediate (SPANISH 204) and advanced level (SPANISH 300) Spanish combined. Course teaches Spanish culture through gastronomy. Class is held at the Duke in Madrid academic center downtown.

Transfer Courses

You’ll select two transfer courses from offerings in a wide array of subject areas at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). Intermediate Track students can opt to take courses taught in English or Spanish.

  • Courses
  • Credits
  • Course Registration


What Courses Can I Take at UC3M?

UC3M announces its course offerings at the beginning of each semester. You’ll be able to get a sense of what courses you might take based on past course offerings, but your actual course schedule won’t be finalized until you are in Madrid.

The UC3M Tentative Course List is not a definitive list of offerings, but it can give you a good idea of what courses may be offered and how those courses normally count at Duke.


Hybrid Credit Structure

The Duke in Madrid program uses a hybrid credit structure, meaning you’ll earn a mix of Duke credit and transfer credit.

You are responsible for ensuring all courses taken at Universidad Carlos III convey to the Duke transcript as transfer credits. Program staff are available to help you—both at Duke and in Madrid—but it's up to you to understand the process and satisfy all the requirements:

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 core 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:

Course Registration

Registering for Courses

As you register for courses, keep the following policies in mind:

  • You must enroll in four full credits/courses.
  • No underloads and no overloads are permitted.
  • All courses must be taken for graded credit. Do not take courses pass/fail.

Duke in Madrid Signature Course – GEO staff will register you for the signature course once you are officially enrolled in the program per your status in MyGlobalEd. You will not be able to register for Duke in Madrid courses on DukeHub during registration on the Duke campus prior to departure for Spain.

UC3M Transfer Credit Courses – Actual course registration will take place in Madrid at the beginning of the semester. Duke in Madrid staff can help you register for courses and assist you with getting courses approved for transfer credit back to Duke.

Be prepared to be flexible: Please note that Duke University has no control over the course offerings at UC3M in a given semester, so you should not arrive in Madrid absolutely determined to take a specific course. There is no guarantee that a given course will be offered by UC3M or that it will fit into your course schedule.


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.

  • Andalucia
  • Barcelona
  • Galicia
  • Segovia
  • Toledo
  • North Spain


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.



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.



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.



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.

North Spain

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.


Fall 2017

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

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $25,860 $25,860
Program Fee $3,500 $3,500
Transcript Fee N/A $40
Other Costs

Other Costs (Fall)

Other Costs (Spring)

Other Costs (Fall) 

Other Costs (Spring)

TOTAL (Estimated) $34,590 $34,630

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.


All dates are tentative and may change with the administrative calendar of the Universidad Carlos III. Final dates will be confirmed at orientations for Duke in Madrid students in early April (for Fall Term/full year students) and in early November (for Spring Term students).

Fall Semester 2017

Arrival: August 30, 2017

Departure: December 21, 2017*

*See the DIM calendar in your student portal for important details regarding the program departure date. 

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

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

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.

Why Duke in Madrid?

There are a lot of study abroad opportunities in Madrid, so it's fair to ask—why study with Duke in Madrid? Here are some of what we think are the top reasons.

  • Madrid itself—It's vibrant, bustling, and full of culture! 
  • Life at Universidad Carlos III—Duke in Madrid students enroll in courses and enjoy campus life at Universidad Carlos III (UC3M), one of five Spanish universities chosen to be a “Campus of International Excellence” based on its high quality students, faculty, and staff. Known for its teaching, innovation, and social commitment, UC3M is located in a community called Getafe, just a short commute from downtown Madrid. In addition to the robust selection of classes available, you'll be able to take advantage of the university's extracurricular activities and state-of-the-art sports facilities. 
  • Experienced on-site staff and program office—The best staff in Madrid! 
  • Well-organized, academically-focused excursions to Barcelona, Andalucia, Galicia, Segovia, Toledo, and more.
  • Internet access—We make every effort to ensure that our host families are equipped with WiFi—you provide the laptop.
  • Health insurance—Participants are covered while in Spain.
  • Homestays—You'll live with carefully selected host families around Madrid. And, never fear, it's a homestay, not a home-smothering!


In Madrid

The Duke in Madrid academic center in downtown Madrid 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.

Marcos Canteli Vigón

Duke in Madrid Resident Director

Nuria García

Duke in Madrid Admin. Director

Eva Barroso

Duke in Madrid Asst. Coordinator

Katie Lorentson

Duke in Madrid Program Assistant

At Duke

Richard Rosa

Associate Professor of Romance Studies

Soraya Campbell

GEO Asst. Director & Regional Manager

Joy Searles

GEO Senior Staff Assistant for Programs


  • 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: 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 applicants: After published deadlines, qualified applicants will be considered on a space-available basis.


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

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