Madrid bursts with energy, from its rich musical traditions to its late-night bar and restaurant culture. This is a capital city that takes its leisure time seriously! The “Madrileños”, as the locals are known, are a warm, gregarious people who can be seen packing out the traditional cafés and chocolaterías, and enjoying the city’s parks and fountains. But that’s not all there is to it. On top of this, Madrid is a vibrant place to work. Spain is now one of the most dynamic members of the European Union and Madrid is a thriving political and commercial center.
Living in Madrid
If you wish to explore the diverse culture of Spain while studying then Madrid is a city that can certainly satisfy your inquisitive and adventurous side. Madrid is the home to Real Madrid, the most celebrated soccer team as well as a great food, fashion, art, music and architecture. Although the population is close to five million, the heart of Madrid, where the pace of life is relaxed, remains very compact. EPA students soon find their professional and social niche in this pleasant and easy-going city.
Students take classes in Spanish and are placed in professional work environments where they are required to speak, read, and write in the language. Non-native speakers must have a B2 skill level or higher on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). The first few weeks of the term are devoted to intensive language courses to improve students’ language skills.
Students can either live in shared apartments, or home stays with Spanish families. The home stay students are normally provided a bedroom and one meal per day. Living with a Spanish family provides an excellent opportunity to improve language skills.
Contact with Local Students
EPA students are able to make use of the full campus facilities at Nebrija University. In addition, they can get to know their classmates by participating in activities arranged for international students – or by joining one of the many student societies and clubs.
You must have a passport valid for the duration of your stay abroad.
To apply, go to the County Clerk’s Office in your area.
Call ahead to find out if there are any regulations or fees specific to your area.
The processing of a passport application can take 12 weeks or more. If you don’t already have one, apply now! https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html
A visa is official permission, granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or visit, which allows you to enter and remain in that country for period of time. To study in the Spain a student visa is required. This visa cannot be applied for until 90 days before the start of the program. For more information visit: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/Consulados/WASHINGTON/en/Consulado/Pages/Visas.aspx.
Educational Programmers Abroad has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
Internships and Classes in Madrid
The main orientation for all students takes place during the first few days the program. Orientation includes informational, cultural, and social activities to acquaint students with each other and with life and business culture in Madrid. All aspects of the program are covered in detail during these meetings. In addition, students will attend orientation sessions at Nebrija University as well. Students will take intensive Spanish classes at Nebrija for the first few weeks of the program. Internships and classes begin after orientation
Unpaid, Academic Work-Placements
Madrid offers a wide range of internships with cultural and business organizations for students with strong Spanish skills. All students work at their internships for at least 20 hours per week. We are always expanding our offerings, and we pride ourselves on our personalized approach.
Madrid business internships include placements in marketing/advertising, computer firms, and banking. Applicants should list their special interests and experience in the resume and cover letter.
Health Care Administration Internships
These placements provide work experience in hospital administration. Interns are normally assigned a department within a hospital to work in. Due to strict privacy regulations, one-one-one patient care is normally not available. Students have been placed in administrative offices of hospitals and health organizations promoting health nutrition education.
Medical Research Internships
Research placements provide hands-on experience in research laboratories at universities or teaching hospitals. Participants should list their research experience on their resumes.
Museum internships in Madrid are mainly suitable for fine arts or art history majors interested in museum work. Placements are selected to correspond to the interests of the individual students as well as the needs of the museum.
Politics/International Relations Internships
Interns may work as research and administrative assistants in international agencies, humanitarian and relief organizations, and non-governmental agencies (NGOs). Interns must be flexible and able to work without a great deal of detailed instruction or direct supervision. Some background in political science is helpful, but interns do not need to be Political Science majors. Students with good Spanish skills, majoring in all fields who are curious about politics, are encouraged to apply.
In Madrid students attend Nebrija University’s Hispanic Studies Program. The first few weeks are devoted to intensive Spanish classes. The student’s level in Spanish determines the classes that they take.
Students who are fluent in Spanish can take integrated classes with the native speakers.
(Antonio de Nebrija, 2016)
No summer session is offered in Madrid. Students interested in interning during the summer may wish to consider interning in Brussels with a Spanish speaking Member of the European Parliament.
Dates & Fees
The price of the program includes: tuition and housing, internship placement and oversight, pre-departure and visa application materials, comprehensive on-site orientation, welcome and farewell dinners, on-site student support, and on-site program management. Grade reports and supervisor evaluations are also sent to schools upon completion of the term. The fees listed are for students directly enrolled with EPA. These fees do not include academic credit. The school granting the credit will charge an additional fee.
Academic credit, air travel ($1000+),visa fees (Semester $160+), meals, and commuting cost are NOT INCLUDED in the program fees. Please budget $200-$300 per week for expenses depending on your lifestyle and the value of the US Dollar.
Please plan to arrive before noon on the first day of the program. This means that you will likely make reservations to depart from the US the day before. Accommodation is only provided from the start date to the end date of the program. Students who wish to arrive early or stay late must find their own accommodations.
|2019 Summer||NO SESSION||NA|
|2019 Fall||Thursday 29 August until Friday 20 December 2019||$16,750|
|2020 Spring||Saturday 4 January until Thursday 21 May 2020||$17,400|
Scholarships and Aid
A variety of organizations and institutions provide scholarships and grants for study abroad from the United States. The following websites provide a good starting point for research on the many scholarship opportunities available.