Duke in Spain

6-week summer study away program

Study Spain’s contemporary arts & culture

The Duke in Spain summer program, hosted in the capital city of Madrid, is designed to offer its participants an introduction to the history and culture of Spain through a combination of course work, lectures, visits to cities, villages, and landscapes and other on-site experiences (flamenco events, concerts, nightlife, gastronomic experimentation). It also provides an ideal opportunity to hear and speak Spanish in a number of cultural environments. Academic guidance is provided by Duke Department of Romance Studies Visiting Assistant Professor, Marcos Canteli Vigón. In addition, Spanish professors and lecturers will expose participants to a rigorous understanding of the unique historical experience of Spain both in its imperial history and as a modern nation. Special attention will be paid to examining the cultural ties of Spain with Europe.

Program Fast Facts

Location: Madrid, Spain​​​​​​

Term: Summer

Dates: May 16 – June 27, 2017

Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

Academic Theme(s): Spanish language, history, and culture

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: The program is open to students who have completed four semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent, which will place them above the INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (at Duke, above SPANISH 204).

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

Housing: Homestay in Private Homes

GEO Advisor: Abigail Hall Grubbs

  • Academics
  • Excursions


Duke in Spain offers two courses, each offering one Duke credit. Students normally meet for class four days a week. Contact hours per course will equal the contact hours of a regular semester. Courses satisfactorily completed are awarded one course or four semester hour credits. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted.

Due to the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure will not be permitted. All courses will be taught exclusively in Spanish. Duke students may apply the two Spanish courses towards their Spanish major or minor. Non-Duke students should consult with their advisors.

(FL, CZ, ALP), 1.0 Duke credit

Literature is just one of the many genres and media that artists have used to capture the on-going transformations in our ways of looking at reality. The dialogue between literature, painting, and film will be the main focus of this course.

(CCI, CZ, FL), 1.0 Duke credit
Intensive course. The main objective of this course is to give an introductory overview of Spanish Contemporary Culture, exploring some key texts and cultural documents. 


Reina Sofía


Spanish Theatre and Flamenco Shows


  • Asturias
  • Córdoba
  • 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.
  • Segovia: The group will spend the day on guided tours of Segovia’s highlights, including the Aqueduct and Alcazar.

Cultural Walks: Retiro Gardens, Austrian, and Bourbon Quarters

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and Museum



To introduce students to Spain and Spanish socio-cultural history, in order to understand its current diversity.


  1. To provide a general background of Spain’s most important current issues.
  2. To acquire an artistic and historical overview of Spain in the 19th and 20th Century.
  3. To show Spain’s cultural diversity.
  4. To immerse students into Spain’s daily life and customs.
  5. To increase student’s fluency in Spanish, and provide them with tools to interact in any situation.
  6. To stimulate student’s interest into Spanish artistic and literary manifestations.


All participants must have a valid passport (instructions here). US citizens do not need a visa. Non U.S. citizens should pay special attention to the visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting the country embassy to find out if any visa restrictions are in effect.

International Student ID Card (ISIC)

An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is also required for this program. Students may purchase this card for $25 through the ISIC website. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. Please order your card well in advance of your departure.


Based at Duke's new facility in the center of Madrid, Duke in Spain students will live in carefully-selected private homes with all meals included.


Summer 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 $6,582 $6,582
Program Fee $1,500 $1,500
Transcript Fee N/A $40
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $11,682 $11,722


    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 Financial Aid Office

    Duke Bursar’s Office


    This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:


    Mac Anderson


    Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.

    • Arrival: May 16, 2017
    • Departure: June 27, 2017


    You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on May 16, which means departing the U.S. on May 15. You may depart the program site at any point on June 27. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.

    Housing Before/After

    You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date


    The Duke in Madrid academic center located 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. Contact information for the staff will be provided upon acceptance.

    Marcos Canteli Vigón

    Duke in Madrid Resident Director

    Eva Barroso

    Duke in Madrid Asst. Coordinator

    Nuria García

    Duke in Madrid Admin. Director

    Katie Lorentson

    Duke in Madrid Program Assistant


    Apply Now

    Students applying to the Duke in Spain summer program should submit the following to the Global Education Office, no later than February 1:

    1. Online application
    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, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program. This can be written in English or Spanish.
    4. Academic letter of recommendation (one), preferably from a language professor noting your linguistic and academic abilities

    Non-Duke Applicants: 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.

    In order to transfer credit for the courses, they must consult their advisor and/or registrar.

    Applications received after the application deadline will be processed on a space-available basis.

    GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:

    Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.

    Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO.  

    Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.

    Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a space-available basis.

    Summer program and scholarship applications, as well as financial aid information will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis with a final deadline of February 1.


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