Duke in Madrid

Advanced Spanish Language and Culture

Study at Universidad Carlos III

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The Duke in Madrid (DIM) program was founded in 1989 and is sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates of Duke University. Committed to a cultural studies perspective, the program aims at improving participants’ Spanish fluency and deepening their understanding of Spain and its many cultures within a global context.


Location: Madrid, Spain

Term: Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

Dates: August 28, 2019 - December 21, 2019 (Fall); January 11, 2020 - May 30, 2020 (Spring)

Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester and Academic Year Priority Deadline: December 15
Fall Semester and Academic Year Regular Deadline: March 1

Spring Semester Priority Deadline: August 15
Spring Semester Regular Deadline: October 1

Academic Theme(s): Spanish language and culture

Credit Type: Hybrid Credit Structure

Eligibility: Priority will be given to applicants who have completed at least one Spanish course at the advanced level (Duke SPANISH 300 level) or have equivalent proficiency, and have a GPA of 3.0 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

  • Students after a tour of the Palacio Real de Madrid

  • Enjoying traditional tapas while on excursion to Seville

  • A rooftop view of Madrid

  • Trying traditional Gallego clothing during a Folklore Workshop in Galicia

  • Students live with host families in Madrid

  • Universidad Carlos III offers activities for international students, like this Spanish cooking workshop

  • Posing in the wind on Garita de Herbeira during an excursion to Galicia

  • A beautiful fall day in Segovia

  • Students take flamenco dance lessons during an excursion to Seville


Host University

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is known for its teaching, innovation, and social commitment. In 2009, it was one of five Spanish universities chosen to be a "Campus of International Excellence" by the European Union based on its high quality students, faculty, and staff. 

Academic Policies

The Duke in Madrid program is designed with a hybrid credit structure. Students will enroll in two Duke in Madrid Signature Courses and two electives at UC3M.

  • Duke in Madrid Signature Courses (two courses): Courses will be counted as full Duke credits with Duke numbers, full curricular code eligibility, and final grades that count in the GPA.
  • Electives at Host University (two courses): All courses offered by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) will convey to the Duke transcript as transfer credits, provided the U.S. equivalent of a C- or higher is earned in the course. For these courses only, letter grades will not appear on the Duke transcript and will not count in the Duke GPA.

The following policies regarding course load are in effect:

  • Students must enroll in four full courses. No underloads and no overloads are permitted.
  • All courses must be taken for graded credit.
  • All courses must be taught in Spanish; students may take up to two engineering or computer science courses taught in English, if desired.

Course Registration

Duke in Madrid Signature Courses – GEO staff will register you for the signature courses you select after your arrival in Madrid. 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.





Duke in Madrid Signature Courses

Students will select two Duke signature courses from the following options. These courses will be taught at the Duke in Madrid downtown center. Signature courses are for Duke credit with Duke numbers, full curricular code eligibility, and final grades that count in the GPA. 

De la Transición a la Indignación: Movimientos Sociales en España (1977-2013)
From Transición To Indignación: Social Movements In Spain (1977-2013)
(SS, CCI, EI, FL), 1.0 credit

This course provides a comprehensive and panoramic critical approach to evolution of Social Movements in Spain from the political transition until today. Students gain overall view which establishes different links connecting social forms. Through texts, group sharing and direct encounters with activists, participants better understand the recent history of Spain through the eyes of associations and groups of citizens who have been implicated in its social, cultural, political and economic reality. In addition to a rigorous theoretical and analytical approach, course possesses a strong experiential component that facilitates meaningful learning of content.

Instructor: Dr. Ernesto Garcia Lopez

SPANISH 414A / VMS 414A 
Ficciones Urbanas e Imaginarios Colectivos: Madrid a través de la Literatura y el Cine
Urban Fiction and Collective Imagination: Madrid Through Literature and Film
(CCI, CZ, FL, ALP), 1.0 credit

This course offers a panoramic look at some of the most important, contemporary artistic and cultural expressions and how they represent Madrid. While looking at historical, social and artistic contexts, we will spend time reflecting and engaging in debates about issues that have been shaping the dynamics of modern cities such as multiculturalism, migration and the role of women. Also, we will look for a way to position Madrid in the face of global questions about Hispanic culture and how it is perceived in other countries.

Instructor: Dr. Patricia Esteban

SPANISH 419A / AMI 419A 
Sacar Los Cuervos, Dar Los Ojos: Spanish Cinema from the Transition to the Present
(ALP, CCI, FL), 1.0 credit

This course provides an overview of Spanish cinema, from transition to our present days. Having undergone dramatic transformation in past years, Spanish film offers privileged area to study main features, novelties, contradictions, and tensions. Analyzes two chronological phases: the mid 70s to late 80s, characterized by intense cinematic negotiation with immediate past that unveils cracks and the violence of normalizing erasure proposed from the political institutions; and the 90s until the present, a period marked by Spanish film's entrance in the global market, with its identitarian reassessment and emphasis in new pressing issues such as immigration, memory, and gender violence.

Instructor: Dr. Marcos Canteli

El Retorno de lo Colectivo (Aproximación Psico-Social a la España Contemporánea): Teatro, Cultura e Identidad
The Return of the Collective (Psychosocial Approach To Contemporary Spain): Theatre, Culture, and Identity
(ALP, FL), 1.0 credit

The hasty transformation experienced by Spanish society along the last four decades demands a questioning of the processes involved in the changing of its identities. This course aims to delve in the economic, cultural, and linguistic circumstances that had shaped the portrait of current Spain. By looking into contemporary theatrical production, we will try to consider the causes, motivations, and consequences of the emergence of new subjectivities linked to the coming of democracy. In order to reach a better understanding of these new ways of thinking, sentimentalities, and behaviors operating in today's Spain, special attention will be paid to the social conditionings involved in the shaping of identities.

Decentering Spanish Otherness: Visual Culture and Coloniality in Contemporary Spain
(ALP, CZ, CCI, FL), 1.0 credit

This course proposes the study of visual culture in Spain from the nineteenth century to the present day from decolonial and postcolonial perspectives. It will analyze the history and cultural legacies of Spanish colonialism through photography, film, illustration and art from a transdisciplinary point of view, with special emphasis on cultural studies, visual studies and visual anthropology.

Instructor: Dr. Ines Plasencia

Movilidad, Salud, y Sistemas Sanitarios
Mobility, Health, and Healthcare Systems
(SS, FL), 1.0 credit

What do we mean when we talk about “access to health?” In this course, this particular question is the focus point of a comparative study of global health in which projects and experiences in Spain (Madrid) will be chosen and studied in light of other European and North American projects and experiences.  The question will extend to specific situations, in particular those generated in the contexts of human mobility in precarious conditions, using the constructed conditions of migration and refugees as a social determinant in healthcare that interrelates with other determinants, such as age, gender, ethnicity, employment situations, housing conditions, family, legal and administrative conditions, etc.

La España Ecológica
The Ecological Side of Spain: How Climate, Biology and Territory Define Our Society
(SS, FL), 1.0 credit

This course aims to give us a perspective that combines the geography, biology, anthropology, and sociology in a joint vision of Spain as a natural space, and how this configuration is reflected in diverse creative environments: the cinema, literature, photography, or art from both the past and present. Ecology, territory, the rural world, primary economic activity, and nature will guide us in our journey through Spain that, acknowledging its biogeographical and climatic plurality and its decisive character in the landscape and its human uses, will take us from the paleolithic paintings in northwest Cantabria and their intimacy with nature to diverse stops in the Spanish context and the interaction of these stops with the environment and society.

SPANISH 420A / LIT 420A 
Thinking Language: Poetics from Here and There
(ALP, FL), 1.0 credit

This course provides an overview of current Spanish and Transatlantic poetry, with special attention to poetics (i.e. how poetry thinks the world while it thinks itself). Following critical interventions of authors like Gertrude Stein or Octavio Paz, and poems and reflections of contemporary authors like Antonio Gamoneda, Olvido Garca Valds, or Eduardo Miln, course considers theoretical issues such as subjectivity, poetrys relation to thought, its formal, or the question about reality. Also explores the possibilities of language to serve as a powerful tool of resistance and memory. Students will have the opportunity to meet and converse with some of these poets.

Instructor: Dr. Marcos Canteli

Cultural Lab: Walk, Think, Experiment Now
(ALP, FL), 1.0 credit

The course parts from the present, from what is happening culture-wise today, to offer the student a wider perspective on cultural systems and creative processes in our recent history.  The majority of the class sessions will take place outside of the classroom and will have a participative character. One of the central concepts of this course is transversality, which will allow the student to organize more dynamic and active comprehension networks than what is usually offered by courses in this field of study.  Nevertheless, students will always have a base point from which to focus their direction of study related to the modules incorporated into the course: art, literature, architecture, politics, creation, theatre, and technology.


UC3M Courses

All courses offered by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) will convey to the Duke transcript as transfer credits, provided the U.S. equivalent of a C- or higher is earned in the course. For these courses only, letter grades will not appear on the Duke transcript and will not count in the Duke GPA. 

  • Cursos de Estudios Hispanicos (CEH): Duke in Madrid students may enroll in only one Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos (CEH) - (Hispanic studies) course at UC3M unless electing to take two Grado courses. The CEH courses include other U.S. and international students and are all taught on the Getafe Campus
  • Grado Courses: All Duke in Madrid students will be required to take at least one, ideally two, Grado courses (regular university courses) at UC3M. Students may take two engineering or computer science courses in English if desired, otherwise all Grado courses must be taken in Spanish.

With the exception of engineering courses, UC3M Grado courses are taught on the Getafe Campus. Engineering courses are taught on the UC3M Leganés Campus, about a 20-minute bus ride from the UC3M Getafe campus. Grado courses include Spanish students.

View Courses

This list of UC3M courses is not meant to be a definitive list of course offerings, but it can give you a good idea of what may be offered, as well as how courses normally count at Duke. Actual course offerings are announced at the beginning of the semester. The list shows the Duke equivalent department(s) and number(s) for each course approved. Curricular codes are also included.

If a course is not listed, it is important that you follow these steps to get courses approved by the Duke departments for transfer credit. This information must be officially recorded by the GEO in the GEO Approved Course Database in order for proper credit to be awarded. Please make sure any course approvals by Duke departments are forwarded to the GEO.

Duke University has no control over the course offerings at the UC3M in a given semester, so students should not arrive in Madrid absolutely determined to take a specific course mentioned on the approved list. Availability of the course is subject to UC3M's final course offerings for the semester. 


U3CM Courses

The list of approved UC3M courses for transfer credit can also be found in the GEO Approved Course Database. If a course cannot be approved at Duke in a certain department, you will find that information in the database as well.


Spanish Majors and 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. Courses must be eligible for Spanish/related credit in order to count toward the major. For students remaining a second semester, two additional courses may be counted as core courses; the rest may be counted 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.

Please see the Duke University Undergraduate Bulletin for details on the Spanish major and minor or talk to the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Romance Studies to clarify if courses will count towards the major or minor.

Non-Duke Student Transcripts

Please note that transcripts will not be sent automatically by any of the Duke-In programs. It is your responsibility to request transcripts from the Duke University Registrar.


The Duke transcript will list all Duke and transfer credits. Upon request, GEO can provide a transcript from UC3M with Spanish grades listed along with a Duke conversion of the Spanish grades. Please email the Duke program manager to request the UC3M transcript.

For more information for Non-Duke students participating on Duke In programs, please review the Guide for Non-Duke Students.


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.


  • Canary Islands
  • Northern Spain


Andalucia: Sevilla and Málaga

There are no doubts that Andalucía is one of Spain’s most iconic, magical destinations. The group will spend four days/three nights traveling across southern Spain, including guided visits to the Cathedral and Giralda, the magnificent Alcázar (filming location for Game of Thrones), or a Flamenco workshop in Seville, and the Picasso Museum in Malaga. Travel will be by bus and train. Students will have the option to extend their return transportation in order to explore more of Andalucía at their own expense. Most students choose to stay and explore surrounding cities such as Córdoba and Cádiz.


Galicia: Rural homestay and Santiago de Compostela

(Fall only) 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.

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands

(Spring only) The displacement of the Canary Islands (geographical, historical, cultural) is attractive due to its uniqueness, and its complexity connects different scopes and worlds (Europe, Africa, the Americas). Approaching from the present through the eminently touristic enclave of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and its beaches, we will travel back in time to consider different ways of understanding insularity as “disposable land,” and we will visit the city of San Cristóbal de la Laguna (known for its artistic wealth as “the Florence of the Canary Islands”), a World Heritage Site and an urban model exported to the Americas in cities such as San Juan, Puerto Rico, Lima, and Old Havana. There will also be time to explore the richness that nature has to offer, as we will visit Garajonay National Park on Gomera island, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and we will ride the cable cars found in the Teide National Park, a volcano which is the highest peak in all of Spain.

Northern Spain

Northern Spain/Basque Country

(Spring Only) We will also familiarize ourselves with the Green Spain, visiting the Basque Country, surrounded by mountains and the fierce Cantabrian Sea. The field trip to Northern Spain consists of 3 days/2 nights and includes guided tours of the cities of Bilbao (where we will visit the Guggenheim Museum), and the elegant and culturally charged city of San Sebastian (home to the International Film Festival and the San Sebastian Jazz Festival, for instance). Students will also visit the countryside of Guipuzkoa, including the Chillida Leku Museum, “a unique museum, and itself a great work of art. Nature and art naturally come together in the space”, and tour the beautiful coastal town of Hondarribia, close to the French border. The program participants will tentatively stay at a rural home and a downtown hotel in San Sebastian.



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.


Duke in Madrid (DIM) students are able to participate in a variety of activities while in Madrid, ranging from cultural events to sports clubs, municipal cultural events, and classes held at museums. The program publishes a weekly newsletter which advertises both program-sponsored cultural events, university news, and information about potential activities in Madrid and beyond. 

In order to explore in-depth the wide variety of cultural activities available in Madrid, the program sponsors the Cultural Passport as a requirement for all participants. Students will choose among several activities organized on a weekly basis selecting those ones of their interest. Program staff will select events performed at some of Madrid’s avant-garde cultural venues to expose students to the most vibrant cultural and intellectual life.

    • Program Sponsored
    • University Sponsored

    Program Sponsored

    Program-sponsored activities 

    Examples of DIM-sponsored activities available each semester include the following:

    • City tours and walking tours to Madrid’s neighbourhoods
    • Museum visits to Museo del Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
    • Guided tours to Institutions such as the Cámara del Senado (Senate Chambers), Congreso de los Diputados (Congress), or the Madrid stock exchange (La Bolsa)
    • Visits to avant-garde cultural spaces such as Casa Encendida, Matadero, Circulo de Bellas Artes, CaixaForum
    • Academic conferences and cultural workshops
    • Spanish films, theater outings, Flamenco show
    • Culinary events
    • Conversation exchange with university students

    University Sponsored

    University-sponsored activities 

    The Universidad Carlos III Madrid has a very active campus life and DIM students are encouraged to participate as much as possible in order to get immersed in Spanish society and to improve their Spanish skills.

    In addition to many cultural activities, volunteer opportunities, lectures, and concerts, UC3M boasts an impressive sports complex with pools, gym equipment, various sports fields, and tennis and handball courts.

    Read more about UC3M's campus life and sports activities



    Students live with Spanish families who are carefully selected by the administrative director. Each student is individually placed with the selected family.  Living with a family fully immerses students into the Spanish lifestyle, language, and culture, providing access to the city in ways that campus life cannot provide. Students will live in a single room with their own bed, desk, and closet. They may share a bathroom with other family members. Duke in Madrid host family homes have wireless internet access.

    Housing Form

    Students must submit a completed housing form at the time of application. Please share as much information as possible about your preferences and needs so that you will be placed with a host family that matches your lifestyle.


    Host families provide three meals per day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most meals are provided during program excursions.

    Non-program Housing

    In extraordinary circumstances, students may be allowed to arrange for their own housing. These arrangements must be confirmed and approved three months prior to departure for Spain by Duke in Madrid administrators at Duke. If approval is granted, such students are entitled to request a housing reimbursement from the Durham office.

    Note: In the spring semester only, non-program housing is an automatic option for students continuing with Duke in Madrid from fall to spring. Continuing students can choose to make their own arrangements to rent an apartment or they can continue to live with a host-family.  

    For more information about the non-program housing policy for Duke in Madrid, please contact a Global Education Office representative listed below.


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

    Fall 2019 or Spring 2020

      Duke Students Non-Duke Students
    Tuition $27,940 $27,940
    Program Fee $3,300 $3,300
    Transcript Fee N/A $40
    Other Costs

    Other Costs-Fall

    Other Costs-Spring

    Other Costs-Fall 

    Other Costs-Spring

    TOTAL (Estimated) $36,670 - Fall
    $36,970 - Spring
    $36,710 - Fall
    $37,010 - Spring

    Cost FAQs

    Financial Aid

    Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

    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). Specific dates for events in a particular semester, including holidays and excursions, will be sent to applicants as soon as they are available.

    • Fall 2019
    • Spring 2020

    Fall 2019

    Fall 2019

    • Arrival: August 28, 2019
    • Departure: December 21, 2019

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


    You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior.

    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.

    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.

    Spring 2020

    Spring 2019

    • Arrival: January 11, 2020
    • Departure: May 30, 2020*

    *The departure date is driven by the final exam schedule, which you will receive during orientation.


    You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior.

    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.

    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.



    All students will be required to obtain a student visa to study in Spain, unless you are a citizen of the European Union.

    Duke's Global Education Office for Undergraduates will send you instructions on how to obtain your student visa and make this information available in MyGlobalEd. It will be your responsibility to follow these instructions and gather all documentation required by the Spanish consulate assigned to your home jurisdiction. Please note that you will need to appear in person at the Spanish consulate to submit your application. The consulate will be in possession of your passport for 4-6 weeks during visa processing, so please keep this in mind if you are planning international travel prior to the program start date. We encourage all students to be in possession of valid passports and to begin the visa process as early as allowed by their individual consulates. You must obtain a Spanish student visa prior to your departure in order to participate in the program.

    Your student visa will allow you to study in Spain for a semester or year. You will not be allowed to work on this type of visa.


    All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.

    International Student Identity Card

    An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury. You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. 


    In Madrid 

    The Duke in Madrid academic center located in downtown 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

    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


    Fall Semester and Academic Year Priority Deadline: December 15
    Fall Semester and Academic Year Regular Deadline: March 1

    Spring Semester Priority Deadline: August 15
    Spring Semester Regular Deadline: October 1

    This program has a priority deadline. Students who apply by the December deadline for the Fall and Academic Year terms will receive an admission decision before the end of the Spring semester drop/add period. Students who apply by the August deadline for the Spring semester will receive an admission decision before the end of the Fall semester drop/add period. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on an individual basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered.

    Eligibility: Applicants must have completed at least one Spanish course at the advanced level (Duke SPANISH 300 level) or have equivalent proficiency. By exception, applications will be considered from students who have completed Spanish 204 (four semesters) with high marks.

    Priority: Spanish major and minors, students applying for the full year, and early applicants who meet the pre-requisites will be given priority.

    Minimum GPA: Priority will be given to students with high academic standing (normally with at least a 3.0 GPA). The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for Duke students wishing to study away during the semester is 2.7 (3.0 for Pratt students) on a scale of 4.0. 

    Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply for this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.

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


    Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

    Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd:

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

    *If you have not taken Spanish at Duke, but believe you have the required Spanish proficiency, please email Lillian Wright lillian.wright@duke.edu to schedule an interview with the Academic Director of the program, Richard Rosa. Recommendation letters from high school teachers will not be accepted. 


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