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UK Sponsored: Discover Madrid (Arts & Sciences)
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
Program Cost and Budget Summer 1
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 05/08/2016 06/04/2016

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program and will then need to complete post-decision materials prior to departing for the program.
Fact Sheet:
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Area of Study:
Geography, History, International Studies, Spanish Language, Spanish Studies
Course Language:
Minimum Language Requirement:
Housing Options:
1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Minimum GPA:
Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Niamh Minion
Program Director:
Susan Larson
UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:
UK Sponsored: Discover Madrid
(Arts & Sciences)

May 8-June 4, 2016
Alcala StreetProgram Overview

This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the history of modern Western cities, using the city of Madrid's historical, cultural and social development as a case study. Students will engage with a variety of historical, sociological and cultural texts about Madrid. In addition to the observation of everyday life, students will be required to follow the local news and investigate historical and sociological topics using a variety of online resources. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

  • Learn to appreciate the historical, political and sociocultural urban movements portrayed in Spanish culture and in present-day Madrid
  • Improve Spanish language skills and the ability to express ideas logically and coherently in oral and written form through online journals and blogging
  • Experience the vibrant culture and excitement of Madrid by living and studying in the city center
  • Regular walking tours and visits to sites of interest in Madrid as well as weekly excursions to nearby cities such as Toledo, Segovia, El Escorial and Cuenca complement class readings and discussions

This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines. Students should have either successfully completed SPA 210 or have Program Director approval as a prerequisite for the course. If an interested student is not a Spanish major or minor but still has a high level of spoken Spanish, they may still be accepted into the course if their language skills are assessed by the Program Director. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Students from universities other than UK are welcome to participate in this program as visiting students. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program directors prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course. 

Academic Credit

UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.
  • Undergraduates will enroll in SPA 350: Hispanic Cities: Discover Madrid (3 credit hours, section 710)
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour)
Housing & MealsCanalejas Plaza

Students will reside in homestays (typically two students per homestay) for the duration of the program. These homestays are all either within walking distance, local subway or bus travel from the classroom location. Three meals per day will be provided at the homestay, along with a laundry service that will be provided weekly. Students will be responsible for the cost of any meals consumed outside of the homestay on their own. Upon arrival, students will also be provided with a one-month public transportation pass (subway and bus) as part of the overall cost of the program.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore multiple funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on area of study, program type, length and country of destination. Smaller scholarships can often be "stacked" together to help fund education abroad.
  • Many financial aid packages (scholarships, loans and grants) used for on-campus study can be applied to education abroad programs. Students who qualify for financial aid should consult with UK Financial Aid as soon as possible to identify possible financial aid opportunities.
  • UK Education Abroad Scholarship - a campus wide selection committee awards needs-based scholarships to UK students in amounts of $750, $1,000 & $1,500. The deadline to apply is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding resources, please visit the UK Education Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarships website. 

Supplemental Materials

This program runs in collaboration with the University of Kentucky and ISA. Students will complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and supplemental materials with ISA. The supplemental application materials are for administrative purposes and will be provided to all accepted students AFTER the UK application deadline.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website). Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses. 

Royal Palace of MadridPassport & Visa Requirements

Participants must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the expected date of return to the U.S. The Wildcat Passport Acceptance Facility in the UK Student Center accepts U.S. passport applications. For more information about U.S. passport applications, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations of the Spanish Embassy as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Health & Safety Abroad

All participants of this program will be enrolled in Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. Participants wishing to travel before or after the official program dates are strongly encouraged to purchase additional coverage for the extended travel dates. Please see the UK Education Abroad Health & Safety website for more information.

All students will participate in UK pre-departure orientation activities. Students will often participate in orientation activities upon arrival in the host country as well. In addition to pre-departure orientations, students will have access to on-going orientation resources during and after their program to maximize the intercultural and intellectual learning potential at each phase of the education abroad experience. Students are strongly encouraged to independently research their host country. Participants should consider the history, current politics, social media outlets, tourism boards, etc. 

Diversity Abroad

In support of the University of Kentucky's compelling interest in the educational benefit of diversity within the UK Student body, UK Education Abroad encourages all students to apply for an education abroad program that best suits their academic and personal needs. For more information, please see our diversity abroad resources, here.

For More Information

The College of Arts & Sciences Education Abroad web page

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. Susan Larson, faculty member in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Larson will be directing the program.

Ms. Niamh Minion, EA Advisor,

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