Spain: Journalism and Photography in Spain-CLOSED

Madrid, Spain

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 11 - June 16, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Prof. Carlene Hempel (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (

Term: Summer I


  • JRNL 5360 Global Reporting
  • SPNS 1301/2301 Elementary/Intermediate Spanish Language Immersion

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Students participating in this program will function as a traveling press corps. As international correspondents, they will find and pitch stories and report and write them (in English) on deadline for an online magazine created to showcase the course material. Students will also be expected to take photos for their stories, as well as provide video and audio when necessary and appropriate. Topics could include articles related to government, politics, religion, arts, sports, business and lifestyle. The estimated number of students for this program is no fewer than 15, and no more than 20. All the student work – articles to be published in an online magazine – will be “workshopped” vigorously throughout the program, edited and then posted with visuals and media.


  • JRNL 5360 Global Reporting: Discusses coverage of global issues and international public affairs and the function of the media in a global context. Topics include how news is gathered, processed and disseminated by the various media abroad and how the media reflect culture, religion and politics around the world. Focuses on practical, in-the-field experience with global governmental, business and societal leaders. This course is part of the Dialogue of Civilizations program abroad. Graduate awards do not apply toward this program. International students wishing to register need to speak to the International Student and Scholar Institute prior to registration.
  • SPNS 1301/2301 Elementary/Intermediate Spanish Language Immersion:Designed for students who are in a Spanish-speaking country, these are off-campus immersion courses already in Northeastern’s catalog. Students will be assigned to one of the two courses, based on their exposure to or command of the Spanish language before departure. (Students will be tested by our hosts, online, before we leave to ensure they are placed in the appropriate course based on their skill.) The course will be split into two parts: The first two weeks will involve instruction in the Spanish language; the last three weeks will also involve instruction on culture, politics and religion taught lecture style and through site visits.

Host University

Active Learning Abroad, our host in Spain, is run by Arturo Jarque. Dr.Jarque will administer the second course for the students. He has a Ph.D. in history and a bachelor’s degree in geography and history from the University of Alicante. He also has a master's of arts from Louisiana State University and was a Fulbright researcher at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Professionally, Dr. Jarque was director of Hispanic Studies for North American Universities at the Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid for nine years and regional director and general manager in Spain for a well-known American study abroad organization for almost seven years. Dr. Jarque was also a teacher for years and has had extensive experience in both the Spanish and American university systems developing academic programs and providing academic-related services for American students. Finally, Dr. Jarque has been working with Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations program for five years, providing partnership and support for programs that have been based in Salamanca with extended stays in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA is recommended
  • At least 2 completed terms at Northeatern
  • Students must have successfully completed Journalism 1 and Journalism 2 – classes offered by the School of Journalism – by the time they depart for the program. Or, they must have graduate-student standing. In some cases, students are accepted into the program without the above, and by permission of the instructor.
  • As part of the application essays, students must explain why they want to engage in this experience. In their essay, they must explain their previous experience with journalism. They must also explain why they believe this specific experience will benefit them, professionally and personally.
  • Students not known to the professor leading this program must present a sample of writing that illustrates their best work so far. This could be a class paper from a journalism course, or something that was published professionally.
  • Students must undergo an in-person interview with the faculty leader (unless a student is currently studying abroad, in which case he or she could fulfill this requirement via Skype).

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $2,750

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International Security and Emergency Support, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.


Barcelona: Students will be paired or tripled and matched with home-stay families in Barcelona. They will be served two meals a day by their host families. Students will be given passes to travel by train and bus to attend class and interviews for their pieces.

Madrid: Students will be settled into apartments in Madrid. They will have kitchens to cook in. Students will again be given a transportation pass so they can takes trains and buses to their interview appointments.


  • Barcelona
  • Madrid