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Study & Intern in Madrid (UofM Students)

Europe
LAC Program

Live, study, and gain internship experience in Madrid, Spain's alluring and lively capital city. Take excursions to historic Toledo, immerse yourself in Spanish culture, and enjoy all that this captivating city has to offer.

Program Details

Location
Location
Madrid, Spain
Term
Term
Academic Year
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
Summer Session
Housing
Housing
Apartment
Dormitory
Homestay
Languages Taught In
Languages Taught In
English
Spanish

Program Eligibility

Student Type
Student Type
UofM Students
Student Year
Student Year
Freshmen
Sophomores
Juniors
Seniors
GPA
GPA
2.5
Language Prerequisite
Language Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite.

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Program Locations

Toledo excursion
Latitude
39.862800
Longitude
-4.027300
Andalucia excursion
Latitude
37.392500
Longitude
-5.994100
Fundación José Ortega y Gasset
Latitude
40.434800
Longitude
-3.690300
Museo Nacional del Prado
Latitude
40.413800
Longitude
-3.694300
Parque del El Retiro
Latitude
40.415300
Longitude
-3.686700

About

If you'd like to improve your beginning or intermediate Spanish language skills and take English-taught courses, this program is geared toward you. Study business, finance, marketing, communication and media, religion, psychology, art history, ecology, and more. Participate in an English- or Spanish-speaking internship. You can also take English-taught courses at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

The program is offered in partnership with the prestigious Fundación Ortega–Marañon in Madrid and the University of Minnesota. You'll take classes in the central part of Madrid, near Plaza de Sol, which makes it easy to catch public transportation to any other part of the city.

Program Model

Study Abroad Center
University Study

Housing & Meals

The standard program fee includes living with a Spanish family (homestay). For an additional fee, you can opt to live in a dormitory or a shared apartment with other US, international, and Spanish students.

Homestay

Living with a family can be a highlight during your time abroad. You may make lifelong ties to your family and, through them, can meet other Spaniards. When you live with a Spanish host family, you'll be immersed in the Spanish language and have a first-hand look at Spanish culture and society.

Typically, host families live in apartments (single-family houses are not as common in Europe). Commute times vary, between 10–60 minutes. The study center is located in the center of Madrid. All homestays are within the city limits. Each homestay is different; and you may be the only student in your home or live with other students on the program or international students.

The program fee includes 2 meals per day (breakfast and dinner). You will need to budget separately for daily lunches.

Apartment

Live with other students on the program and other international students in Madrid. Apartments include single or double bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry. Meals are not included, but each apartment has a full kitchen. Apartments will be within a short ride from the Fundación Ortega-Marañon study center by bus or metro. Commute times vary, between 10–60 minutes. The study center is located in the center of Madrid. All apartments are within the city limits.

Dormitory

You can opt to live at a student dormitory, either sharing a room with another student or having a single room. (There are additional fees for each of these options.) The rooms include a wardrobe, desk, chair, bookcase, cable, and Wi-Fi. The residence hall offers study rooms, a cafeteria, a fitness area, a leisure/activity room, access to laundry facilities, and weekly maid service.

The program fee often includes 1–2 meals per day. Make sure to budget separately for meals not included. Full details on what is included are located on the Fees tab for the specific term.

Excursions

A walking tour of Madrid will help you learn how to get around the city and also familiarize you with some of Madrid's iconic landmarks. There will be multiple day-long excursions to Toledo and other cities. A 3-day excursion to either Andalucía, Extremadura, Valencia, or Northern Spain is also included in the program fee.

Flight

The Learning Abroad Center works with Village Travel, a local travel agency, to arrange a coordinated flight for program participants. The flight is optional, and is arranged for those who want to fly with other program participants. Group flight information is typically available by the program application deadline, if not before.

Learning Outcomes

  • Strengthen Spanish language skills
  • Deepen crosscultural understanding though interaction with local community via English-speaking internships and coursework utilizing the city as a classroom
  • Gain Spanish and international perspectives on academic disciplines
  • Increase independence and self-reliance by learning to navigate Spanish society

Faculty & Staff

The staff at Fundación Ortega-Marañon provide housing, program classrooms, and study areas. They also arrange the on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events. Classes are taught by Spanish and American faculty who are specialists in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.

Program Structure

Program Level
3000 level coursework
Courseload

12–16 credits per semester and 6–10 credits for summer. Classes are held Monday–Thursday on the semester program, leaving long weekends for cultural immersion.

You are required to maintain a minimum enrollment of 12 credits per semester or maintain the minimum program credit enrollment determined by you study abroad program, whichever is greater. For the summer, you will enroll in 6–10 credits. Grades earned on study abroad programs (for UofM resident credit) are converted to UofM A–F grades according to pre-established grade conversion criteria, if necessary.

Coursework

Semester Program

Study Center Courses

Your semester will consist mainly of study center courses. Learn more about what a study center is on our Program Types & Definitions page. These courses cover a range of topics, including art history, business, communications and media, culture, ecology, finance, marketing, and more. View the full course list for a complete list of courses offered.

Internship

Participate in the optional internship for 3 credits during the semester or summer. More information and example internships can be found on the program Internship page.

Carlos III de Madrid Courses

You may also take English-taught courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid for an additional cost during the semester. Choose from classes offered during the primer cuatrimestre (fall) or segundo cuatrimestre (spring). These courses cost an additional fee and have a slightly different schedule than the study center courses. Contact Jackie Gmiterko at [email protected] at the Learning Abroad Center if you would like to take one or more of these courses. See the full course list for available disciplines at Carlos III de Madrid.

Summer Program

Enroll in the Internships in Spain course and participate in an internship for a total of 3 credits. Find more information and examples on the program Internship page. Add to your experience with an additional Spanish language course or Psychology course. See the full course list for courses available during the summer.

Full Course List

Fall or Spring Semester

  • You are required to maintain a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
  • Total registration must equal 12–18 credits (approximately four or five classes). 
  • List classes in order of preference so that the on-site staff is better able to accommodate your choices.
  • List two to three alternate classes in case your first choices are not offered.
  • If you plan to take the internship course, you must also complete the corresponding internship application form.
  • Contact the Learning Abroad Center if you would like to take a class at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Summer Session

  • Total registration should equal 6–10 credits.
  • Choose to take classes, an internship, or a combination of the two.
  • If you plan to take classes only (no internship), list 2 courses as well as alternates in case your first choices are not offered.
  • If you enroll in the 3-credit internship course, list Internships in Spain and one additional course for a total of 6–8 credits.
  • If you plan on doing an internship, list two distinct areas on the Internship Application.

May Session

  • Total registration should equal 3 credits.
  • One computer science course is offered during May session for Study & Intern in Madrid students. Write in the name of the course (MADR 4511W: Intro to Artificial Intelligence).

Course Planning Links

Universidad Carlos III

Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
Credits

You may take English-taught courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid for an additional cost. Choose from classes offered during the primer cuatrimestre (fall) or segundo cuatrimestre (spring). These courses cost an additional fee and have a slightly different schedule than the study center courses. Contact Jackie Gmiterko at the Learning Abroad Center if you would like to take one or more of these courses. 

Getafe campus

Courses are available in the following disciplines at the Getafe campus:

Business Administration
Film, Television and Media Studies
Finance & Accounting
International Studies
Journalism
 

Leganes campus

Courses are available in the following disciplines at the Leganes campus:

Aerospace Engineering
Audiovisual System Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Communication System Engineering
Electrical Power Engineering
Energy Engineering
Industrial Electronics and Automation Engineering
Industrial Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Telecommunication Technologies Engineering
Telematics Engineering

Intermediate Spanish I

Course ID
MADR 1003
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
5
Credits

Third semester college-level Spanish. Further improve conversation and comprehension proficiency. Develop reading and writing skills through literary analysis and grammar review. This class is designed to further develop and strengthen the language skills acquired in Beginning Spanish II.

Syllabus for Intermediate Spanish I

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 1003

Intermediate Spanish II

Course ID
MADR 1004
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
5
Credits

Fourth semester college-level Spanish. Further improve conversation and comprehension proficiency. Develop reading and writing skills through literary analysis and grammar review. This class is designed to further develop and strengthen the language skills acquired in Intermediate Spanish I.

Syllabus for Intermediate Spanish II

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 1004

Alternate Second-Semester Spanish

Course ID
MADR 1022
Terms
  • TBD
5
Credits

Course description forthcoming

Syllabi forthcoming

Financial Management

Course ID
MADR 3001
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This introductory course in corporate financial management is designed to develop your capacity to understand the basic concepts in investment and financial decision-making at the corporate level. The course will also discuss the role of the financial manager and financial analysis and planning.  Studies the forms, sources, and management of business capital. The finance function and its relation to other business functions and to general policy objectives are considered. Topics include: capital requirement, short and intermediate financing, management of current assets, capital budgeting, and the cost of capital.

 

Syllabus for Financial Management

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
FINA 3001

Ecology of Spain

Course ID
MADR 3002
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The main objectives of this course are the following: 1. To study the basic mechanisms of how our environment functions. To study the different ecosystems in Spain, their principal characteristics and the relation between their components; 2. To analyse and assess the impact and consequences of human activity on the different ecosystems.  Learn the risks and the environmental impacts on those ecosystems and how to prevent them; and 3. To develop a fuller understanding and appreciation of the world of nature in a global way.  To understand the changes caused by the interaction of the ecosystem’s components and the balance between them.

Syllabus for Ecology of Spain

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • The Environment
UofM Equivalent
BIOL 3407

World Religions

Course ID
MADR 3006
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course explores the basic precepts and cultures of the world’s major religions through reading, reflection, study, and dialogue. The intended outcome, more than gaining an in-depth understanding of each faith theologically, is to encourage religious tolerance and promote the celebration of theological diversity among the peoples of the Earth. The major religions to be explored will be: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. You will be invited to claim your own faith, while embracing openness to learn from all faiths. Equal time will be dedicated to each faith, however, because the Iberian culture has been historically shaped by the influence of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, a special unit will be dedicated to the blending of these three traditions.

Syllabus for World Religions

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

Fundamentals of Marketing

Course ID
MADR 3008
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

 

To provide you with a broad introduction to marketing concepts, factors that influence marketing management, and the role of marketing in business and within organizations. The course will 1) try to develop the your understanding of marketing terms and concepts and 2) to identify and differentiate between marketing functions, the management of these functions, and their interaction. The course will try to give a cross-cultural context and application to the concepts developed by marketing, due to the tendency of most organizations to become more globally oriented.

Syllabus for Fundamentals of Marketing

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
MKTG 3001

Internships in Spain

Course ID
MADR 3012
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Experiential learning in many fields, coupled with a classroom component, which deepens your understanding of the meaning of work in Spain and of the social organizational structure and culture of the workplace. 3 credits during the semester; 3 credits during the summer.

UofM Equivalency: to receive SPAN elective without a Critical Analysis prerequisite credit, the coursework and internship must be completed in Spanish

Syllabus for Internships in Spain

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
SPAN elective without a Critical Analysis prerequisite

Spanish Civilization

Course ID
MADR 3013
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

This course offers a general view of Spanish culture and society through readings, lectures and cultural activities. Topics portraying the transformations experienced in the country during the last years include: the political system, the social and economic problems, the multi-ethnic society, the new role of women, the new family models and the present image of Spain.

Syllabus for Spanish Civilization

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510

Corporate Social Responsibility

Course ID
MADR 3014
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course examines principles of social responsibility, ethics, law, and stakeholder theory as they apply to organizations domestically and abroad. Coverage includes business ethics; individual versus societal interests; labor and employment issues; consumer protection; discrimination and diversity; the natural environment; politics, public policy, and government regulation of business. Particular attention is given to developing moral reasoning skills.

This course is designed to develop your capacity to recognize and reason about ethical issues connected with international business management. Specifically, you will be able to 1) recognize potential ethical dilemmas arising from a cross-cultural context, 2) understand the factors in a cross-cultural context that inform a manager’s choice of action, and 3) apply knowledge of the cross-cultural context to come to a solution of the ethical dilemma.

Syllabus for Corporate Social Responsibility

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Civic Life and Ethics
UofM Equivalent
MGMT 1005

Spanish Conversation

Course ID
MADR 3017
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

This course is designed to help you perfect your listening comprehension, oral expression, and general interaction, both in conversation and other forms of oral communication (presentations, speeches, etc.). To this end, class activities will include listening exercises, watching films, class debates, conversation simulation and role-play, brief presentations, and other activities of linguistic support (grammar, vocabulary, nonverbal communication, etc.). Taking advantage of the linguistic immersion in which you are participating, you will be encouraged to interact with your environment and learn in real-life situations.

Syllabus for Spanish Conversation

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3699 (Spanish Studies elective without a Critical Analysis prerequisite)

Introduction to Biological Psychology

Course ID
MADR 3018
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

The course begins with brief overviews of the structure of the central nervous system, basic principles of nervous conduction and synaptic transmission, neurotransmitter systems, and basic techniques used in biological psychology research. We will then review current knowledge on the biological substrates of a range of behaviors and mental processes, including memory, emotion, and sleep. The course will also examine the biological basis of a variety of neuropsychological disorders and forms of mental illness, including addiction, depression, and anxiety.

The course is designed to convey the ways in which current approaches are directed towards a better understanding of the biological basis of psychological states and treating mental illness. During the course, you should become comfortable with the basic details of brain function and gain a general understanding of the biology of behavior, mental states, and mental illness. You should also begin to develop the skills to understand techniques and evaluate results of neurobiological and behavioral experiments.

Syllabus for Introduction to Biological Psychology

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
PSY 3061

Culture, Globalization, & the Media

Course ID
MADR 3019
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The aim of this course is to introduce the notion of “culture” as the set of mentally and socially mediated constructs employed by individuals and groups to interpret reality. From that basis, this course examines the set of conflicts currently underway both within Western societies – as seen, for instance, in the “Cutlure Wars” as well as in the latest US presidential election – as well as the tensions between the Western and non-Western cultures – such as those of India, China and the Arab worlds – with an emphasis in the role played by the media and the cultural industries.

Syllabus for Culture, Globalization, & the Media

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
UofM Equivalent
Approved as an elective for Global Cultural Analysis. Tentatively accepted for upper-level COMM elective.

Art at the Prado Museum

Course ID
MADR 3021
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The aim of this course is to familiarize you with the most relevant and internationally outstanding Spanish modern artists: Goya, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró. With a specific concentration on these Spanish masters, the course will bring you to fully understand and assimilate such fundamental concepts and movements of art history, including Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstraction, and Minimalism.

Syllabus for Art at the Prado Museum

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities
UofM Equivalent
Upper-division Art History elective. 

Human Neuroanatomy

Course ID
MADR 3023
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

This course will provide a broad introduction to the nervous system with an emphasis on the human nervous system. The course will introduce the structure and function of neurons, the major anatomical parts of the nervous system and the main functional systems. Functional systems will be approached through an understanding of the anatomical circuitry. The fundamental concepts of neurochemical communication studied in general terms in the first part of the course will be re-examined relative to specific functional systems later in the course. Although the major focus of the course will be on the normal nervous system, common diseases will be introduced for each main topic. You will gain an understanding of the nature of many common neurological diseases, which will provide further insight into how the normal nervous system functions. The anatomical substrates of learning/memory, emotions and drug actions will be examined. Through the assigned readings, lectures, and discussions, you are expected to gain an understanding of the neural circuitry and information processing responsible for the diverse range of human behaviors.

Syllabus for Human Neuroanatomy

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
NSCI 2001

Spanish for the Workplace

Course ID
MADR 3024
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

The course is specifically designed to improve your oral and written business communication skills through language immersion and study of the local cultural and work environment. In addition to academic study, the course will provide an overview of Spanish social culture as it applies to the professional workplace, focusing on specific fields of expertise that are of interest.

Syllabus for Spanish for the Workplace

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3034

Modern Masters: Goya, Picasso, Dalí, & Miró

Course ID
MADR 3025
Terms
  • Spring
3
Credits

The aim of this course is to make students familiar with the most relevant and internationally outstanding Spanish Modern artists: Goya, Picasso, Dalí & Miró. With a specific concentration on these Spanish masters, the course will bring students to fully understand and assimilate such fundamental concepts and movements of art history as Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstraction, and Minimalism. Simultaneously, it will explore one of the most controversial periods of Spanish and European history, from the 19th through the dawn of the 20th Century.

Syllabus for Modern Masters: Goya, Picasso, Dalí, & Miró

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

100% Made in Spain: Design & Quality

Course ID
MADR 3026
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

This course focuses on the aesthetic and cultural changes in consumers and the ability of the Made in Spain managers to fine tune their marketing, communications, branding, and retailing efforts to an increasingly fast-paced environment. The course provides you with an extensive preparation on what are the most important asset of Made in Spain products: heir ability to represent a paradigm shift. The course explores the evolutionary phenomena of the four F's (fashion and footwear, food and wines, furniture and building materials, and fabricated metal products and machinery) as well as design, renewable energy, railway construction, e-commerce, and other industrial sectors.

Syllabus for 100% Made in Spain: Design & Quality

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
UofM Equivalent
SPAN 3510. JOUR 4259. Approved for Retail Merchandising and Apparel Design major required elective area.

Contemporary Spanish History through Film

Course ID
MADR 3027
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
3
Credits

Spanish cinema provides an excellent route for understanding social and political change throughout the 20th and 21st Century. As the most important artistic medium of modernity, cinema allows one to construct and deconstruct many myths and identities. This course will analyze the most relevant Spanish film productions primarily as socio-historical documents (content). Topics in Spain may include the Republic and Civil War (Fernán Gómez and Buñuel), the '60s comic criticism of dictatorship (García Berlanga), and censorship (Lazaga), the transition to democracy (Garci and Almodóvar), and the new '90s cinema (Amenábar, de la Iglesia, Medem, Coixet, and Bollaín). 

Syllabus for Contemporary Spanish History through Film

Language Taught In
  • Spanish
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Historical Perspectives
UofM Equivalent
U of M Spanish Department: SPAN 3800

Sensation & Perception

Course ID
MADR 3031
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Learn how the human body turns different physical stimuli into neural impulses (sensation), and how the brain receives and interprets these impulses (perception). The Focus will be on commonalities between senses as a guide to understanding how the brain interprets data about the external world.

Syllabus for Sensation & Perception

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
PSY 3031

Program Design & Development

Course ID
MADR 3081W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
4
Credits

This course covers skills, tools, and theory related to becoming a good software developer. The course will prepare you to succeed in 4xxx- and 5xxx-level programming intensive courses, especially if you are programming-intensive and/or use C/C++. This is a required course for CSci majors and a “project” course for non-CSci majors.

Syllabus for Program Design & Development

Prerequisite
Computer Science Major

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Writing Intensive

Health Psychology

Course ID
MADR 3206
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Recent advances in psychological, medical, and physiological research have led to a new way of thinking about health and illness and understanding that our health is not only the product of biological processes but also of psychological, behavioral and social processes. Health psychology is a relatively young field of study that examines the relationship between psychology and health. The course highlights differences between health psychology and the biomedical model and examines the kinds of questions asked by health psychologists like: How our personality may affect our health? What does stress do to our health? What psychological and social factors cause people to behave in unhealthy ways? What can psychologists do to help cure illness? Are there ethnic and gender variations in health? Does it matter how your doctor talks to  you?

Syllabus for Health Psychology

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
PSY 3206

Cross-Cultural Psychology

Course ID
MADR 3301
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • May
  • Summer
3
Credits

This course's aim is to understand how cultural factors influence human behavior and development. Additionally, the interaction between different cultures and how to solve the difficulties that may arise during the acculturation process may be discussed. The course also studies the vision and treatment of mental disorders in different cultures, especially the differences and similarities between Spanish and North American cultures. Mental Health systems of both countries will be also analyzed and compared.

Syllabus for Cross-Cultural Psychology

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
PSY 3301

Introduction to Psychopathology

Course ID
MADR 3604
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

This course will provide an introduction and broad background on the assessment, phenomenology, and theorized causes of psychological disorders. You will learn the classification system used in the DSM-5, as well as etiological and treatment-related information. During this course, you will be responsible for learning basic descriptive psychopathology as well as emerging brain-based markers of mental disorders.

Syllabus for Introduction to Psychopathology

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
PSY 3604

Psychology in the Workplace

Course ID
MADR 3711
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Industrial/Organizational Psychology is the application of the scientific study of human behavior and thinking to work organizations. I/O Psychology is both an academic discipline and a professional discipline; this course will focus on both research and the application of research findings to practical problems in the workplace. I/O Psychologist are concerned with the recruitment, selection, training, motivation, and job performance of individual at work. This course will also involved how I/O Psycholgists are involved in issues such as teamwork, leadership, and job attitudes.

Syllabus for Psychology in the Workplace

Language Taught In
  • English
UofM Equivalent
PSY 3711

Algorithms & Data Structures

Course ID
MADR 4041
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
4
Credits

This is a required course for computer science and computer engineering majors, usually taken in the junior year. It is also a useful course for other students who desire to learn some core material in computing. It covers important data structures and algorithms, as well as analysis of algorithms, and algorithm paradigms such as greedy algorithms and divide-and-conquer.

Syllabus for Algorithms & Data Structures

Prerequisite
CSCI 1913/CSCI 1933 and CSCI 2011

Language Taught In
  • English

Intro to Artificial Intelligence

Course ID
MADR 4511W
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • May
  • Summer
4
Credits

This course provides a technical introduction of fundamental concepts of artificial intelligence (AI) and their applications to real-world problems. Topics include: history of AI, agents, search (search space, uninformed and informed search, constraint satisfaction, game playing), knowledge representation (logical encodings of domain knowledge, logical reasoning systems), planning, and an introduction to machine learning. The course is suitable for students who want to explore the field of artificial intelligence and build the foundations for more advanced work in AI.

Syllabus for Intro to Artificial Intelligence

Prerequisite
CSCI 4041 or CSCI 4041 concurrent enrollment

Language Taught In
  • English

Programming Interactive Computer Graphics & Games

Course ID
MADR 4611
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3
Credits

Computer graphics is an exciting field within computer science that has seen dramatic recent growth. The impact of graphics on our culture and on our daily lives is far-reaching, as we can see through applications in art, design, education, games, movies, science, and medicine. This course covers the tools and techniques used today for programming games and other interactive computer graphics applications. Some of the core concepts covered include: event loops, rendering and animation, polygonal models, texturing, and physical simulation. This is a heavy programming course, and there is an emphasis on graphics toolkits. Other topics briefly covered include the history and future of computer games technologies and the social impact of interactive computer graphics.

Syllabus for Programming Interactive Computer Graphics & Games

Prerequisite
CSCI 2041 or CSCI 2081 or CSCI 3081W

Language Taught In
  • English

Global Identity

Course ID
OLPD 3332
Terms
  • Online (all terms)
1
Credit

Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills for future professional opportunities, and differentiating you from your peers.

This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. There are several sections offered including: Honors, College of Liberal Arts, and Leadership Minor focused versions of the course. Additional details on how to request registration, deadlines, and a grade basis can be found on the Global Identity Course Information page.

Syllabus for Global Identity

Language Taught In
  • English
Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Global Perspectives

Internships

Spanish and English-speaking internships are available in finance, marketing, health, hotel management, marketing, museum work, and more.

Participating in an internship is a great way to immerse yourself in Spanish culture while gaining work experience. In addition to spending time at your internship, you will enroll in the accompanying Internships in Spain course. 

See internship descriptions.

Semester

During the semester, earn 3 credits and spend approximately 8 hours per week at your internship site.

Summer

During the summer, earn 3 credits and spend approximately 14 hours per week at your internship site.

Universidad Carlos III

You may take English-taught courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Choose from classes offered during the primer cuatrimestre (fall) or segundo cuatrimestre (spring). These courses include an additional fee. Contact Jackie Gmiterko at [email protected] at the Learning Abroad Center if you would like to take one or more of these courses.

Courses are available in the following disciplines at the Getafe campus:

Business Administration
Film, Television and Media Studies
Finance & Accounting
International Studies
Journalism

Courses are available in the following disciplines at the Leganes campus:

Aerospace Engineering
Audiovisual System Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Communication System Engineering
Electrical Power Engineering
Energy Engineering
Industrial Electronics and Automation Engineering
Industrial Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Telecommunication Technologies Engineering
Telematics Engineering

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

This program runs annually during the terms listed on the Snapshot page. Program dates are typically posted within a month of when each application cycle opens.

Orientation Dates & Locations

Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person or virtual, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email.

Term AbroadDate/TimeLocation
Spring 2024Monday, November 21, 2–4PMTBD

Academic Year 2024–25

Application Open Date: Dec 1, 2023
Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

ScheduleDate
Depart the USSep 4
Arrive in MadridSep 5
Orientation & walking tourSep 6
First day of classesSep 9
Last day to add/drop classesSep 18
Cultural TripSep 20
National HolidayOct 12
Cultural TripOct 9–11
Mid-term examsOct 21–24
Fall breakOct 25–Nov 3
Classes resumeNov 4
National HolidayNov 9
National HolidayDec 6–8
Final examsDec 11–12
Closing ceremony—FallDec 13
Start of Spring semester
Return to US
Jan 15
May 8

Fall 2024

Application Open Date: Dec 1, 2023
Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

ScheduleDate
Depart the USSep 4
Arrive in MadridSep 5
Orientation & walking tourSep 6
First day of classesSep 9
Last day to add/drop classesSep 18
Cultural TripSep 20
National HolidayOct 12
Cultural TripOct 9–11
Mid-term examsOct 21–24
Fall breakOct 25–Nov 3
Classes resumeNov 4
National HolidayNov 9
National HolidayDec 6–8
Final examsDec 11–12
Closing ceremonyDec 13
Return to USDec 14

Summer 2024

Application Open Date: August 1, 2023
Application Deadline: April 15, 2024

ScheduleDate
Depart the USJun 2
Arrive in MadridJun 3
Orientation, Madrid tourTBD
Summer courses beginTBD
Cultural excursionTBD
Extended excursionTBD
Final examsTBD
Last day of class, closing ceremonyTBD
Departure to USJul 14

May & Summer 2024

Application Open Date: August 1, 2023
Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

ScheduleDate
Depart the USMay 9
Arrive in MadridMay 10
OrientationTBD
Tour of MadridTBD
May course beginsTBD
Cultural activityTBD
Last day of course, closing ceremonyTBD
Summer courses beginTBD
Cultural excursionTBD
Extended excursionTBD
Final examsTBD
Last day of courses, closing ceremonyTBD
Departure to USJul 14

May 2024

Application Open Date: August 1, 2023
Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

ScheduleDate
Depart the USMay 9
Arrive in MadridMay 10
OrientationTBD
Tour of MadridTBD
May course beginsTBD
Cultural activityTBD
Last day of course, closing ceremonyTBD
Departure for USMay 31

Spring 2024

Application Open Date: May 1, 2023
Application Deadline: October 1, 2023

ScheduleDate
Depart the USJan 17
Arrive in MadridJan 18
OrientationJan 19
First day of classesJan 22
Last day to add/drop course(s)Feb 1
Cultural ExcursionFeb 7–9
Day TripMar 8
Spring BreakMar 22–31
National HolidayMay 1–2
Final examsMay 6–8
Closing CeremonyMay 8
Departure to USMay 9

Fees

University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

Billing & Payments

Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

Bridging Loan

Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

Cancellation Policy

Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.

Academic Year 2024–25

Study & Intern in Madrid

Apartment 1—Apartment

Academic Yr Fall 2024/Spring 2025

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $31,140
International health insurance $505
Housing and/or mealsIncludes rent, utilities, furnishing, excursions, entrance fees, and onsite housing coordinator. No meals included. $11,565
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $43,610
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $42,610

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee is $160 and LAC service fee is $150 $310
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,260
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeNo meals included in apartments. Estimated cost for groceries to make meals. $5,000
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone and personal living expenses. $2,000
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $7,100

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $51,970
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $3,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Madrid

Dormitory 1—Dormitory

Academic Yr Fall 2024/Spring 2025

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $31,140
International health insurance $505
Housing and/or mealsIncludes two meals per day. $14,125
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $46,170
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $45,170

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee is $160 and LAC service fee is $150 $310
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,260
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeLunch not included. $2,000
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone and personal living expenses. $2,000
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,100

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $51,530
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $3,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Madrid

Homestay 1—Homestay

Academic Yr Fall 2024/Spring 2025

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $31,140
International health insurance $505
Housing and/or mealsIncludes two meals per day - breakfast and dinner. $8,925
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $40,970
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $39,970

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee is $160 and LAC service fee is $150 $310
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,260
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $100
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeLunch not included. $2,000
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone and personal living expenses. $2,000
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,100

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $46,330
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $3,000
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Fall 2024

Study & Intern in Madrid

Apartment 1—Apartment

Fall Semester 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $16,555
International health insurance $208
Housing and/or mealsIncludes rent, utilities, furnishing, excursions, entrance fees, and onsite housing coordinator. No meals included. $5,782
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $22,945
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $21,945

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee is $160 and LAC service fee is $150 $310
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,260
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeNo meals included in apartments. Estimated cost for groceries to make meals. $2,500
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone and personal living expenses. $1,000
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $3,550

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $27,755
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Madrid

Dormitory 1—Spanish Dormitory

Fall Semester 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $16,555
International health insurance $208
Housing and/or mealsIncludes two meals per day. $6,762
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $23,925
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $22,925

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee is $160 and LAC service fee is $150 $310
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,260
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeLunch not included. $1,000
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone and personal living expenses. $1,000
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $2,050

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $27,235
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Madrid

Homestay 1—Homestay

Fall Semester 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $16,555
International health insurance $208
Housing and/or mealsIncludes two meals per day - breakfast and dinner. $4,462
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $21,625
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $20,625

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documentsStudent visa Consulate fee is $160 and LAC service fee is $150 $310
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,260
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeLunch not included. $1,000
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone and personal living expenses. $1,000
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $2,050

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,935
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Summer 2024

Study & Intern in Madrid

Apartment 1—Apartment / Co-Living

Summer 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $5,759
International health insurance $84
Housing and/or mealsNo meals included. $1,807
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $8,050
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $7,550

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,600
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,750
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated cost for three meals per day. $1,000
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $300
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,350

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $10,650
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Madrid

Dormitory 1—Spanish Dormitory

Summer 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $5,759
International health insurance $84
Housing and/or mealsIncludes two meals per day. $2,272
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $8,515
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $8,015

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,600
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,750
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated cost for one meal per day $375
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $300
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $725

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $10,490
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Madrid

Homestay 1—Homestay

Summer 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $5,759
International health insurance $84
Housing and/or mealsIncludes two meals per day. $1,312
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $7,555
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $7,055

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,600
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,750
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated cost for one meal per day. $375
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $300
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $725

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $9,530
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

May & Summer 2024

Study & Intern in Madrid

Apartment 1—Apartment / Co-Living

May+Summer 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $7,786
International health insurance $132
Housing and/or mealsNo meals included. $2,812
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $11,130
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $10,630

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,600
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,750
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated cost for three meals per day. $1,500
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $450
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $2,000

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $14,380
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $900
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Madrid

Homestay 1—Homestay

May+Summer 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $7,786
International health insurance $132
Housing and/or mealsIncludes two meals per day. $1,987
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $10,305
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $9,805

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,600
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,750
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated cost for one meal per day. $500
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $450
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $1,000

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $12,555
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $900
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Spring 2024

Study & Intern in Madrid

Apartment 1—Apartment (single room)

Spring Semester 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $16,177
International health insurance $240
Housing and/or mealsNo meals included $5,538
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $22,355
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $21,355

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents$160 Consulate visa fee and $150 LAC visa service fee $310
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,260
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsCourse packets $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeNo meals included in apartments. Estimated cost for groceries to make meals $2,500
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone and personal living expenses $1,000
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $3,550

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $27,165
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Madrid

Homestay 1—Homestay

Spring Semester 2024

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $16,177
International health insurance $240
Housing and/or mealsIncludes two meals per day - breakfast and dinner $4,338
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $21,155
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $20,155

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $1,800
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents$160 Consulate visa fee and $150 LAC visa service fee $310
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,260
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materialsCourse packets $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeLunch is not included $1,000
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone and personal living expenses $1,000
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $2,050

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $24,465
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,500
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

May 2023

Study & Intern in Madrid

Apartment 1—Apartment (single room)

May Session 2023

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $3,575
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsNo meals included. $1,075
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $5,100
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $4,600

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,650
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated cost for three meals per day. $500
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $150
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $700

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $6,950
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $300
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Madrid

Dormitory 1—Spanish Dorm

May Session 2023

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $3,575
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsIncludes two meals per day. $1,425
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $5,450
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $4,950

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,650
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated cost for one meal per day. $175
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $150
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $375

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $6,975
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $300
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Madrid

Homestay 1—Homestay

May Session 2023

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on-campus tuition & fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable deposit $400
Tuition and educational costs $3,575
International health insurance $50
Housing and/or mealsIncludes two meals per day. $775
Transportation (if required and included in program fee) $0
Total Program Fee $4,800
Program discount for University of Minnesota and Big Ten students, if applicable $-500
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $4,300

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program siteRound trip international airfare (originates from MSP or home) $1,500
Passport/photos $150
Visa/required documents $0
Travel clinic/immunizations* $0
Housing deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $1,650
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/materials $50
Housing and/or meals not included in program feeEstimated cost for daily lunches $175
Essential daily living expensesIncludes cost of required cell phone, toiletries, personal expenses, etc. $150
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $375

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students—compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $6,325
Spending money and personal travel Not included in financial aid calculation $300
Additional Notes & Information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

If you do not currently have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months past your return date, or are still needing to apply for a new one, start the process as soon as possible. Visit the UofM Passport Office website for more information.

Apply

The COVID-19 vaccine series is strongly recommended, pursuant to CDC guidelines, but not required for participation in this program.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

Apply Now

Spring 2024 applicants: APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and by WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th at the latest if you plan on utilizing the UofM batch student visa process. The UofM STRONGLY ENCOURAGES students to utilize the batch visa. Applications submitted after September 27th will not be included in the UofM batch process, and students will be required to schedule an in-person appointment at the consulate in Chicago. Reach out to Jackie Gmiterko at [email protected] with questions/concerns.

Complete

After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

  • Course Enrollment Form (meet with your academic adviser(s) to ensure appropriate courses are chosen)
  • Madrid Internship Application (Required only for internship applicants)
  • Madrid Resume and Cover Letter (Required only for internship applicants)
  • Carlos III Application (Required only for applicants planning to take additional coursework at the Universidad)

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you. 

If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program you will be required to submit an additional essay. It will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified when it has been added.

Application Review Process

After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will have two weeks to confirm your spot on the program. Once confirmed, you will have additional required forms to complete before participating in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

After You Apply

Before your program begins, review these resources.

Health & Safety

Learn more about staying healthy and safe abroad, including mental health and wellness, international travel insurance, and safety precautions.

Power of Attorney

Consider designating someone as your power of attorney to act as your legal representative while you’re abroad.

Student Identity

Consult our resources on student identities as you prepare for your abroad experience.

Travel Resources

Ready to go abroad? Our travel resources will help you pack and learn what to expect.

Visa

Passport

You must obtain a passport to enter Spain. Your passport must be valid for at least seven months after your return to the US. US citizens spending fewer than 90 days in Europe will only need a passport. A Spanish tourist visa, which is valid for 90 days, is automatically issued to all US citizens who enter Spain. If you have not already obtained your passport, see Passports for more information.

Visa

US citizens studying on the Learning Abroad Center Spain programs for a semester or year, or US citizens staying in Spain for more than 90 days, must obtain a student visa. US citizens participating in the Study & Intern in Toledo, Study & Intern in Madrid, or Psychology & Research in Madrid May or Summer sessions do not need a visa. Non-US citizens should check with the Spanish embassy to determine any special regulations pertaining entry into Spain at any time.

Remember to read all information that you receive regarding student visas carefully. Requirements could change at any time and can vary from consulate to consulate.

University of Minnesota Visa Service

The Spanish consulate in Chicago has graciously granted the University of Minnesota the ability to both drop off Spanish student visa applications and pick up the completed student visas on behalf of students studying abroad in Madrid and Toledo who also live within the Consulate of Spain in Chicago jurisdiction: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

This is an optional service, and is only available to students on the Toledo and Madrid programs. Each student MUST inform the Learning Abroad Center of their plans for obtaining the student visa whether they chose to use this service or not.

Using the Visa Service

  • If you use the visa service, a $150 fee will be assessed to your University of Minnesota account. This fee will not be listed separately on your student account. It will be added to the overall program fee.
  • The deadline to use this service comes on or quickly after the program application deadline. To use the service, students must attend an in-person or virtual appointment with the Spanish visa adviser to drop off or mail visa application materials before the deadline.
  • Only complete visa applications will be accepted. If you fail to include one or more of the necessary pieces to receive your visa when you present your visa application to the Learning Abroad Center, you will have to return at a later time with your complete visa application.
  • If you live outside of the state of Minnesota, completed visas will be returned to the student via Fed Ex once picked up from the Chicago Spanish Consulate by the UofM.

Not Using the Visa Service

  • If you choose to apply on your own and live within the Chicago consulate's jurisdiction, you will need to make at least one in person appearance at the Spanish Consulate. For example, if you have someone drop of your materials on your behalf, then YOU must pick up your passport in person. If you drop off your materials and want your passport returned by mail, you must bring in a self-addressed, pre-paid envelope. The Consulate only accepts Express Mail from the US Postal Service with appropriate postage. No other carrier service is accepted. We highly recommend you utilize the Learning Abroad Center visa service.
  • If you are not within the Chicago consulate's jurisdiction, check with the consulate within your jurisdiction, as requirements and procedures may differ.

Visa Application Requirements

To date, the following items are required to apply for a student visa through the Chicago consulate.

  • Two copies of signed and completed National application—the Step-by-Step Instructions below will assist you in completing the visa application
  • Original, signed passport
  • Money Order for $160 payable to the Consulate of Spain. This can be purchased at a Post Office or bank. You must pay with a debit card or cash. More information can be found at USPS—Money Orders.
  • Two photocopies of the information and photo page of your passport
  • Two photocopies of your student ID card
  • Two passport-style photos, white background, 2x2", glued to the upper right hand corner of the National application and copy
  • Letter of acceptance—this serves as proof of admission, medical insurance, & financial means (Provided by the Learning Abroad Center to all students, regardless if you are using our visa service or not)
  • Acknowledgement Letter - (Provided by the Learning Abroad Center to all students)
  • If you are using the Learning Abroad Center visa service, you will also need a notarized letter granting the University of Minnesota permission to pick up and drop off your visa materials (use template provided). Do NOT sign the letter before meeting with the notary public.

Academic Year students (students going for more than one semester) must also provide the following:

  • Medical Statement: A doctor’s recent statement, on doctor's or medical center's letterhead, indicating that the student has been examined and found to be free of communicable diseases and in good physical and mental health to travel and study abroad (make your appointment early.)
  • Background Check

Step-by-Step Instructions to complete the Application for a National Visa

  1. Last name.
  2. If you have changed your last name (through marriage, for example), former last name.
  3. First and middle names.
  4. Date of birth (day-month-year).
  5. Place of birth (city, state).
  6. Country where you were born.
  7. Your nationality.(If you were born in the US, put US). If you have not always been a US citizen indicate your nationality at birth.
  8. Gender (the Spanish Consulate only recognizes two genders at this time)
  9. Marital status.
  10. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  11. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  12. Type of travel document. Check 'Ordinary Passport'.
  13. Passport number.
  14. Date your passport was issued (day-month-year). This date is listed in your passport.
  15. Date that your passport expires as listed in your passport (day-month-year). This date must be at least one year from the date the visa application will be submitted to the consulate.
  16. Enter US Department of State or the passport agency that issued your passport (NOT where you applied).
  17. Write your permanent address, email address, and phone number.
  18. Check 'No'. Check 'Yes' if you are not from the US but reside in the US.
  19. STUDENT.
  20. Main purpose of the journey: Check 'Studies'.
  21. Provide your intended date of arrival in Spain (day-month-year). You may estimate your arrival date if you have not purchased a flight at the time of application for the visa.
  22. Check 'More Than Two'.
  23. Fundacion Ortega-Marañón, Calle Fortuny, 53, 28010 Madrid, SPAIN
  24. Complete only if you have previously received a Spanish student visa.
  25. Complete only if you have previously received a Spanish student visa.
  26. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  27. This section is not applicable. Leave blank.
  28. Data of the educational establishment or research centre in case of applying for a student or research visa
    1. Name of the educational establishment or research centre ~ Fundación Ortega-Marañón
    2. Postal address of educational establishment or research centre~ Fundación Ortega-Marañón, Calle Fortuny, 53, 28010 Madrid, SPAIN
    3. Telephone number of educational establishment or research centre~ 011.34.917.578.781
    4. Email of educational establishment or research centre~ [email protected]
    5. Intended starting date for studies or research~ provide the start date of the Madrid program (day-month-year)
    6. Intended finishing date for studies or research~ provide the end date of the Madrid program (day-month-year)
    7. The remainder of this section is not applicable to you.
  29. Current address and today's date (day-month-year).
  30. Your signature.

Program Contact

For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

Jackie Gmiterko at [email protected], or call at 612.624.1537

Contact Program Alum

Kelsey M.—Summer 2024: homestay

Olivia N.—Fall 2023: internship, shared apartment