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UK Sponsored: Discover Madrid (Arts & Sciences)
Madrid, Spain
Program Terms: Summer 1
The Education Abroad at UK deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor or Education Abroad at UK (
Fees and Policies Summer 1
Fact Sheet:
 Experience Type:
Study Abroad
 Area of Study:
Geography, History, International Studies, Spanish Language, Spanish Studies
 Course Language:
 Minimum Language Requirement:
 Housing Options:
Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
 Minimum GPA:
 Student Type:
Undergraduate students only
Thomas Teague
 Program Director:
Susan Larson
 UK Travel Medical Insurance:
Included in the UK Sponsored program fee
Program Description:

Discover Madrid

May 12 - June 9, 2014

Program 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 read and view a variety of historical, sociological, and literary texts on and of Madrid. In addition to the observation of everyday life, students will be required to follow the local news and investigate different historical and sociological topics using a variety of online resources. The course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.


  • Understand some of the twentieth-century historical, political and sociocultural urban movements portrayed in the writing and films
  • Improve Spanish language skills and one's ability to express ideas logically and coherently in oral and written form
  • Examine cultural concepts such as modernization and modernity as well as the relationship between urban space and its representation in a variety of media
  • Experience the vibrant culture and excitement of Madrid and investigate its rise to prominence amongst the capitals of Europe


  • This program is open to undergraduate students from all academic disciplines.
  • Students should have successfully completed SPA 210 and SPA 211 or have Program Director approval as prerequisites for the course. This course will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Students who are interested in applying to the program but have not completed SPA 210/211 should contact Program Director Dr. Susan Larson at

Academic Credit

  • UK Sponsored programs are conducted by the University of Kentucky faculty.  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.
  • Undergraduate students will enroll in SPA 350: Hispanic Cities: Discover Madrid (3 credit hours).
  • All students will be enrolled in ISP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour).

Housing & Meals

  • Students will live with local host families while in Madrid. Living with a host family is an excellent way to gain insights into Spanish life and will provide students with a unique cultural experience. 
  • Three meals will be provided each day in the homestay and laundry service will be provided once each week.
  • Students will also be provided a metro (public transit) pass for the month they are in Madrid.  

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Students are strongly encouraged to explore all funding opportunities for programs abroad. There are numerous opportunities available based on the area of study, program type, length, and country of destination. 
  • 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 their UK Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to apply for funding.
  • The Education Abroad at UK Scholarship - The campus-wide Selection Committee awards need-based scholarships to UK students in the amounts of $750, $1,000 and $1,500. The deadline for application materials is March 1 for Summer/Fall programs and October 1 for Spring/Winter programs.
For more information about scholarship and funding opportunities, please visit the Education Abroad at UK Financial Aid & Scholarships resource page.

Program Costs

  • Costs and cancellation policies vary by program, so it is important to review this information very carefully. For more information on program costs, please see the "Fees and Policies" information page (the link is in the program header at the top of this website).

Required Applications

  • Students must complete an application with UK Education Abroad (online, this website) and a supplemental application with International Studies Abroad (ISA). The supplemental ISA application will be provided to all accepted students after the application deadline.
  • All applicants should contact Program Director Dr. Susan Larson to set up an informal conversation as part of the application process. Please contact her via email at

Passport & Visa Requirements

  • U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation on this program. Participants who wish to extend their stay in the country beyond the program start and end dates and those who are not U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations at the Spanish Embassy.

Travel Medical Insurance

All participants of this program will be enrolled in HTH Travel Medical Insurance for the duration of the program. The cost of Travel Medical Insurance is included in the program fee. Please see the Education Abroad at UK Health & Safety webpage for more information. 

For More Information

For additional information about this program, please contact:

  • EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall
  • Dr. Susan Larson, faculty member in the Hispanic Studies department at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Larson will be directing the program.

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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
The Education Abroad at UK deadline for adding this program has passed. To determine if it is still possible to add this program to your Education Abroad Application, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor or Education Abroad at UK (