Duke in Spain

6-week summer advanced Spanish language and culture program


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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 Madrid as a global epicenter and primary destination site for migrants from Africa, the Americas, Europe and Asia. 

Program Fast Facts

Location: Madrid, Spain​​​​​​

Term: Summer I

Dates: TBD

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). Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.

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

Housing: Homestay in Private Homes

GEO Advising: Request an appointment 

  • 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 one course, which offers two Duke credits. The team-taught course is taught in Spanish. Duke students may apply the two Spanish courses towards their Spanish major or minor. No pass/fail option or auditing is permitted.

SPANISH (Course and curriculum codes will be assigned later this year)
Global Spain
2.0 Duke credits

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

The course draws from comparative perspectives across countries and cultures. It links Madrid’s socio-cultural turning points vis-à-vis national and international migration to other geographies where Spanish is spoken. Forming a nexus with broader Spanish-language mobile circuits, this seminar explores the Spanish capital as a global urban epicenter. Experiential in nature, the course challenges students to consider how they see and encounter global Spain, global Madrid, and global Spanish in their day-to-today interactions on the program.


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. 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 Spain host family homes have wireless internet access.



No visa is required of U.S. citizens to participate in this program. However, you must have proof of a return ticket in order to enter Spain. Non-U.S. citizens should check visa requirements for their specific citizenship by contacting the Spanish embassy to find out if any visa requirements or restrictions are in effect.


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.


An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is required. 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. 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 2022

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition TBD TBD
Program Fee TBD TBD
Transcript Fee N/A $120
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) TBD TBD

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: TBD
  • Departure: TBD


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 MyExperientialEd 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.

Claudia Milian

Professor of Romance Studies

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 MyExperientialEd

  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 Soraya Campbell, soraya.campbell@duke.edu, to set up an interview  to assess your language level. Recommendation letters from high school teachers will not be accepted.


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