Psychology & Research in Madrid

Psychology & Research in Madrid — About

About Psychology & Research in Madrid

This program is geared toward Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Psychology majors and minors. During the 6-week summer program, you can choose either a 6-credit research track or 6-credit non-research track. Courses in both tracks fulfill Psychology B.A./B.S. requirements.

During the semester program, you can take up to 15 credits of Psychology along with other English-taught topics courses and Spanish langauge courses. The three Psychology courses fulfill Psychology B.A./B.S. requirements. Both the summer and semester programs will allow you to gain an international perspective on psychology and hands-on research experience.

This program is offered in partnership with the prestigious Fundación Ortega–Marañon in Madrid and the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychology. The Fundación is located in the central part of Madrid, near Paseo de la Castellana. Due to its location, it is easy to catch public transportation to any other part of the city. 

Housing & Meals

The standard program fee includes living with a Spanish family (homestay).  Summer students have the option to live in a Colegio Mayor (residence hall) for an additional fee.


For many students, living with a family is a highlight during their time abroad. Many students make lifelong ties to their families and, through them, can meet other Spaniards. When you live with a Spanish host family, you will have a first-hand look at Spanish culture and society and will be immersed in the Spanish language. Typically, host families live in apartments, as single family houses are not as common in Europe as in the US. 

Most host families live near the Fundación Ortega-Marañon. You will be within walking distance or a short ride away by bus or metro.

The program fee includes two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). You should budget separately for lunches each day.

Student Residence

Summer students may also choose to live at a student dormitory. You will have the option to share a room with another student or have a room to yourself. There are additional fees for each of these options. The rooms include a wardrobe, desk, chair, bookcase, cable, and WiFi. At the residence hall, there are study rooms, a cafeteria, fitness area, leisure/activity room, access to laundry facilities, and weekly maid service. This option offers convenience and flexibility to come and go as you please.

The program fee includes two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). You should budget separately for lunches each day.


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, as well as a number of visits to companies working in neuroscience and psychology. A 3-day excursion to Andalucía is also included in the program fee.

Coordinated Group Flight

The LAC arranges an optional coordinated flight in consultation with Village Travel, a local travel agency. Group flight information will be available by the program application deadline, if not before. The program staff or homestay families will meet this flight at the airport. Information, booking, and payment are handled directly by Village Travel. Consult Village Travel’s website for information on the coordinated flight. If you make your own flight arrangements, you are required to provide the LAC with a copy of your flight itinerary. Select a roundtrip flight that has a flexible return date, since most students change their return date. Flying standby is not allowed.

Learning Outcomes

Faculty & Staff

The staff at Fundación Ortega-Marañon provide housing, classroom space, and study areas. They also arrange the on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events. 

Professor Jonathan Gewirtz will teach Introduction to Biological Psychology during the summer program. Professor Gewirtz studies the behavior of rats and mice to uncover the cellular, molecular, and genetic machinery underlying drug addiction and the experience of emotion.

Ksenija Jovanovic from the Fundación Ortega-Marañon will teach the Research Laboratory in Psychology course during the summer and semester programs. Ksenija has a PhD in Neuroscience.

About the Learning Abroad Center

Learning Abroad Center programs are:

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