Spain: Journalism in Spain – CLOSED

Madrid, Spain

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 5 - June 10, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


Faculty Leader: Prof. Carlene Hempel (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katie Rabbitt Burke (

Term: Summer I


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


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.


JRNL 5360 Global Reporting

SPNS 1301/2301 Elementary/Intermediate Spanish Language Immersion

Host University

Active Learning Abroad ( provides study abroad programs to North American students at local officially recognized universities in four cities in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Salamanca and Seville), and Specialty and Faculty-led programs at their Academic Centers in Salamanca and Madrid. ALA also offers other academic programs to international students from all over the world.
 Academic rigor, customer attention and wellbeing of participants are their three main considerations when constructing programs. Already, thousands of students have had the opportunity to experience, and benefit from, their programs and related services.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Must have taken Journalism 1 and Journalism 2 and earned a B- or above in both.
    • Open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Must submit to an in-person interview with the faculty leader of the program.
  • Must be physically able to carry his or her luggage through airports and up several flights of stairs if necessary.
  • Must bring a high-speed wi-fi-enabled laptop and a camera with video capability.

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, 195

DOC Fee: $2,500

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


In SALAMANCA, students will be grouped in pairs and triples at home-stays in and around the city. They will enjoy some of their meals with their host families, as well as some with the program. Because this is a thriving city bristling with university students, participants will find easy access to wi-fi and laundry services. Salamanca is a walkable city, which means most students will be walking to class and to their assignments. Students will be given a weekly travel stipend as well so that they can use public transportation and taxis to get to the destinations they require for their reporting assignments.

In MADRID, students will be doubled or tripled into apartments in the city. Madrid is a thriving, bustling city with an advanced public transportation system. Again, students will be given a daily travel stipend and/or train passes so that they can get to their reporting destinations. They will have abundant access to wi-fi and laundry services in areas walkable from their apartments if not in their apartment complexes.


SALAMANCA, a small city of 165,000 inhabitants, is home of some of the most impressive architecture in Spain, and yet it remains a lively and dynamic community. The city is characterized by its unique yellow stone façades that fill the streets with color and light. The diverse architectural styles of its cloisters, churches and Renaissance palaces blend together in the streets and plazas of the old town. The striking engravings that characterize the Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, the House of Shells and the façade of the university, all reflect Salamanca’s historical importance, proving it worthy of its prestigious title given by UNESCO as a “Mankind Heritage Monument.”

MADRID, the capital of Spain since 1561, is a cosmopolitan city of 3.2 million people, and covers a metropolitan area of 5 million people. It is well known for its hospitality and openness, since many of its inhabitants come from other cities of Spain and the world. Madrid, at the geographical center of Spain, is the country’s major business and financial center and home of many large Spanish and international companies in the Iberian Peninsula. It is also the seat of the government of Spain, and one of the liveliest cities in Europe, combining cultural and leisure activities for all tastes. Its impressive cultural heritage combines the historic with the modern, and is evident in its museums (including Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza) and monuments (including Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Cibeles Fountain, Puerta de Alcalá, Neptuno Plaza).