MADRID: CIEE – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Madrid, Spain

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Late August - Early December (Mid December - alternate end date)
  • Spring Semester - Mid January - Late April

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Points of interest include the historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and world-renowned art museums, including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage site, Madrid is a lively, artistic metropolis that can be experienced through its variety of food, tapas bars, dance shows, operas, music concerts, outdoor parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema. Madrid’s influences in politics, education, science, entertainment, media, fashion, and the arts all contribute to its importance as an international metropolis. Madrid’s economic output, high living standards, and market size, ranks it as the major center of Southern Europe as well as the Iberian Peninsula, and the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies can be found in and around the city.

Students have multiple options in Madrid. Students may enroll for a semester program, and may choose from the following semester tracks: Business, Economics and Culture, Engineering and Society, Legal Studies , or Liberal Arts.

The Business, Economics and Culture track is designed to combine Spanish language and European and Iberian studies with coursework in business, economics and culture and the opportunity to participate in an internship in Madrid. Students will take a Spanish language course, European or Spain-related course, and direct enrollment courses in the all-English or Spanish Bachelor degrees in their respective academic field with an optional CIEE internship. Business and economics program students will take direct enrollment classes in business administration, economics, marketing,finance and accounting in either English or Spanish from Carlos III. CIEE participant also have the option to take an elective course from another UC3M department depending on the class pre-requisites and student´s language level. Students must have completed at least one Spanish course here at NU.

Whether your interest is in biomedical engineering, mechanical or audiovisual systems engineering, study abroad in Spain through the Engineering and Society track affords you the opportunity to experience one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, while continuing to pursue your degree. CIEE study abroad in Spain offers highly motivated students the opportunity to develop their Spanish language skills while pursuing a co-curricular program focused on their field of expertise. This is achieved through a Spanish language course, an elective with a Spanish or European focus, an optional internship, and a series of direct enrollment elective courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). Study abroad in Madrid and you will: Study at the Universidad Carlos III, one of Spain’s top-ranking schools for telematics engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, telecommunications technologies engineering, and telecommunication systems engineering (it's ranked fourth in computer engineering), gain practical work experience and collaboration skills through a for-credit business or engineering-related internships, and take advantage of company visits in and around Madrid to find out how today’s scientists apply problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Students interested in studying law in Madrid will benefit from the Legal Studies track through CIEE. The CIEE Legal Studies program is designed for advanced Spanish language students who are highly motivated to improve their Spanish language skills through coursework focused on law, mediation, and human rights, while also participating in a Legal Studies internship in Madrid.

The Liberal Arts program allows independent, advanced level students the opportunity to matriculate in a combination of content courses in Hispanic studies (Estudios Hispánicos) and regular University courses in social sciences, humanities, journalism, pre-law, and engineering. Students also participate in seminars with Spanish students while they continue to improve their language skills and take advantage of the vibrant and rich cultural milieu of Madrid.

Contact a Study Abroad Ambassador or alum of this program for more information!
- Catherine Strong, CIEE Madrid Spring 2013; strong.c@husky.neu.edu

Courses

Based on the program track, the coursework varies. Students will take four or five classes depending on their program track. Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website.  Please note: See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.

Business, Economics and Culture/Engineering and Society: Students participating in this study abroad program will be required to take the following five courses:

  • One Spanish Language course
  • One Spanish or European culture or related course (from either the Estudios Hispánicos program taught in Spanish, the UC3M Study Abroad Courses taught in English or the UC3M direct enrol offering taught in either English or Spanish, depending on student’s Spanish level) or CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Madrid
  • And three additional courses chosen from the CIEE internship and/or UC3Mdirect enrollment business and economics courses/engineering courses

Legal Studies:  All study abroad students are required to take the following five courses:

  • Spanish language at their level, offered by UC3M
  • he CIEE core course: Law in Contemporary Spain, in Spanish or English
  • three additional courses chosen from the CIEE Internship or direct enrollment courses offered in Spanish or English.
  • Language of instruction is Spanish.

Students at the advanced level (5 to 6 prior semesters) must make one of these courses the CIEE Spanish Legal Language course to prepare for taking direct enrolment law courses in Spanish. Students at the advanced level have the option of enrolling in the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Madrid.

Liberal Arts: Students participating on the Liberal Arts program track transfer 16 NU credits and take 4 courses; one of which is Spanish language. Language of instruction is Spanish.

  • Upon arrival in Madrid, all study abroad students take a placement exam. Students who place below the advanced level may be required by the Estudios Hispánicos faculty to enroll in an additional language course for advanced or intermediate composition.
  • In the fall, study abroad students take a minimum of five courses: one required Spanish language course and four elective courses. These electives can include CIEE courses, regular university courses, and any coursework offered in Estudios Hispánicos.
  • In the spring, students take a minimum of five courses: one required Spanish language course and one regular course, and at least three courses chosen from Estudios Hispánicos ,the regular university departments, or the CIEE courses. Students eligible to do so must take one regular university course.

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Host University

Established in 1989, the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid has become one of Europe's preeminent public universities, and after receiving the European Campus of Excellence award in 2010, is now recognized as Spain's most prestigious institution of higher education. It was the first and one of a few public universities to have adopted a U.S.-style academic calendar, and it has one of the highest percentages (42%) of full-time and tenured female faculty in Spain. The University is the educational center for some 20,000 students with 4,000 students attending programs at the Getafe campus, located in the southern metropolitan area.

Eligibility Requirements

GPA requirement and minimum language level vary by track.  Please refer to the program below for track-specific eligibility criteria.

Business, Economics and Culture 

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • 3 semesters of college-level micro or macroeconomics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, or statistics
  • For economics courses, students should have two additional college-level micros or macroeconomics courses and 1 semester of calculus
  • 2 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Engineering and Society Track

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • 2 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Legal Studies Track  

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • 6 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent to enroll in Advanced Spanish track
  • 2 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent to enroll in English track
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Liberal Arts Track

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Fall Semester : 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent for Estudios Hispánicos and 6 semesters equivalent for regular university courses
  • Spring Semestesr : 6 semesters equivalent (spring semester students are required to enroll in a regular university course)
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Application Procedure

    • Online OISP Application
    • Completed online CIEE application

      • Upload a photocopy of your passport ID page to the CIEE online application
      • Upload your NEU transcript to the CIEE online application
      • The Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP coordinator).
      • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator
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    Cost

    Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $TBD

    Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($TBD), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

    Spain, Madrid: CIEE Study Abroad Program (Semester)

     

    Accommodations

    Business, Economics and Culture/ Engineering and Society Accommodations

    Students live with one or more Spanish hosts each of whom have various backgrounds and are actively involved in the community. Homestays can range from living with numerous family members to living with a single working professional. Housing placement is in central Madrid with a commute to campus of 40 to 50 minutes. Selection is also based on information provided by the student´s housing questionnaire. CIEE hosts are very mindful of student´s request for any degree of privacy and personal independence.

    There is also a CIEE group house option for BEC students with a lower Spanish level equivalent to two or three college-level semesters. Students in the group house live with a resident fellow. Fellows are professionals, graduate students, and/or teachers who provide specific guidance and support during students’ participation in the BEC program. The CIEE resident fellow also arranges cultural activities to foster integration into Madrid life. A CIEE group House Manager takes care of the facilities maintaining the property of the space and preparing some meals for the group. Due to the limited spaces available in the group house, students with lower Spanish levels should identify this option early on and be aware that the group placement is not guaranteed.

    All homestays provide a partial meal plan which includes breakfast and another meal (usually dinner). Any meal not provided by the host is at the student´s expense. Students will have access to a kitchen so that they can prepare snacks or their own meals. Past students have also purchased meal tickets from the university cafeterias or used other food options on campus at affordable prices. All CIEE housing also have laundry machines for the student´s use at no extra charge. No curfews are enforced though students may be asked to divide any housekeeping tasks and have the option of participating in activities outside of the home with their hosts.

    Legal Studies/Liberal Arts Accommodations

    Students live with one or more Spanish hosts, each of whom have unique backgrounds and are actively involved in the community. Hosts in the LS Program work in areas related to the law field (i.e. lawyers or in paralegal jobs) providing a relaxed and hands on approach to the Law profession. Housing is in central Madrid with a commute to campus of 50 to 60 minutes. All homestays provide half board which includes a self serve breakfast and another hot meal (usually dinner). Any meal not provided by the host is at the student's expense. Students have full access to their host's kitchen to prepare individual snacks and meals. The university-run cafeteria offers affordable meal tickets and food options at midday. All homestays provide linen and have laundry machines for student use at no extra charge. No curfews are enforced though students may be asked to divide the housekeeping tasks and have the option of participating in activities outside of the home with their hosts.

     

    Destination

    Madrid, the capital of Spain, is located in the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Points of interest include the historic center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and world-renowned art museums, including the Prado, Reina Sofia, and Thyssen-Bornemisza. In addition to being a rich cultural heritage site, Madrid is a lively, artistic metropolis that can be experienced through its variety of food, tapas bars, dance shows, operas, music concerts, outdoor parks, jazz clubs, soccer matches, ethnic neighborhoods, and contemporary theater and cinema.