Duke in Spain

6-week summer advanced Spanish language and culture program

Study Spain’s contemporary arts & culture

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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, 2019

Application Deadline: February 1

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 Grubbs

  • Students explore Spanish art and culture during the Duke in Spain program

  • Duke in Spain students

  • The Duke in Madrid academic center is located in downtown Madrid

  • Students chat with program director Marcos Canteli while exploring Asturias

  • Examining aqueducts in Mallorca

  • Touring examples of Roman architecture in Cordoba

  • Overlooking Toledo, the city of three cultures

  • Enjoying the northern coast of Spain during an excursion to Asturias

  • Looking out over a town in Mallorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands.


Students will take two courses, each offering one Duke credit. Both courses are taught in Spanish, with one focusing on literature, and the other on cultural studies and current issues. Duke students may apply the two Spanish courses towards their Spanish major or minor. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted.

Literature and the Visual Arts in Spain
FL, CZ, ALP, 1.0 Duke credit

Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or the equivalent (4th semester of Spanish)

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

Prerequisite: Spanish 204 or the equivalent (4th semester of Spanish)

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.


In addition to coursework, students will participate on cultural excursions in Madrid, such guided city tours, visits to museums and historical landmarks, and musical performances. In addition, students will participate on several day trips and excursions outside of Madrid. Past locations have included Toledo, Cordoba, Asturias, and Mallorca. 


Duke in Spain students will live in carefully-selected homestay families. Students will either live in single or double rooms and will have their own bed, closet, and desk. Families will provide three meals a day and laundry service once a week. Students may choose to live by themselves, or with another student from the Duke in Spain program.



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.


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

Summer 2018

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $6,984 $6,984
Program Fee $1,600 $1,600
Transcript Fee N/A $40
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $12,034 $12,074

Explanation of Costs

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.


This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:


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, 2019
  • Departure: June 27, 2019


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. 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


Deadline: February 1

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served 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. Application opens November 1.

Eligibility: Students must have completed Spanish 204 or the equivalent.

PriorityPriority is given to applicants who apply early and meet the prerequisites.

Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.

Non-Duke studentsNon-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.


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. Online 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, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate on this program, and what you hope to gain from it. This can be written in English or Spanish.
  4. One academic letter of recommendation, preferably from a Duke Spanish language professor noting your linguistic and academic abilities.*

*If you have not taken a Spanish course at Duke, please request a letter of recommendation from a non-language professor. Then email Lillian Wright (lillian.wright@duke.edu) to set up an interview with a Spanish professor to assess your language level. Recommendation letters from high school teachers will not be accepted.


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