Spanish Language & Courses with Locals

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija
Madrid, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Spanish Language & Courses with Locals

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

    The Universidad Antonio de Nebrija’s main campus, Madrid-Princesa, is conveniently located in the heart of the city along Line 3 of the Madrid metro. ISA students at Nebrija will be able to take courses in English and Spanish with other international students at the Hispanic Studies Center, or with local students in regular degree programs at the university. Both international and local Spanish students share the same academic buildings and have access to libraries, computer labs, and cafeterias on campus. Universidad Antonio de Nebrija is fully accredited and recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia).

  • Term

    Academic Year 4 2019

  • Program Dates

    Aug 30, 2019 - May 30, 2020

  • Program Length

    Academic Year

  • Application Deadline

    May 15, 2019

  • Credit

    24 - 30 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

Intended for students with an advanced knowledge of Spanish, this program allows you to enroll directly with local university students in content courses that fit your individual academic needs. You must have completed 5+ semesters of college-level Spanish or tested out of the equivalent to participate in this program. Courses with locals are instructed in Spanish.

Courses are offered through the departments of Communication & Arts, Social Sciences, Language & Education, and Engineering & Design. Within these departments, you will be able to choose from a variety of academic disciplines including advertising, architecture, communications, business administration, engineering, international relations, industrial design, journalism, law, modern languages, and tourism. All courses are taught by host university faculty. You will take classes alongside primarily Spanish students as well as international students.

Fall and Academic Year students will take one 45-hour intensive Spanish course before beginning the fall semester. Students must select at least one course in Spanish in addition to this intensive-Spanish course.

A Spanish student visa is required for programs over 90 days and obtaining one may require out of state travel. Please contact your Site Specialist for more information pertaining to the process of acquiring a Spanish student visa.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.


Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of five semesters (7-8 quarters) of college-level Spanish


What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Contact Hours

24 - 30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

15 - 18

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

22 - 27

Academic Information

Course Selection & Campus Locations

  • You may select courses from departments within the following 'facultades':
    • Social Sciences (Programa Integrado de Ciencias Sociales, PICS)
    • Communication & Arts (Programa Integrado de Comunicación y Artes, PICC)
    • Language & Education (Programa Integrado de Lenguas y Educación, PIAL)
    • Polytechnic School (Programa Integrado de la Escuela Politécnica Superior, PIEPS).
  • Please note that each department's courses are located on a specific campus. To avoid scheduling conflicts, students should select courses from departments that meet on the same campus:

    • PICS: Madrid-Princesa campus
    • PICC: Berzosa and/or Madrid-Princesa campus
    • PIAL: Madrid-Princesa campus
    • PIEPS: Dehesa campus
  • To access a list of courses offered, please follow the instructions below:
  1. Go to the following webpage: Nebrija Programas Internacionales
  2. You will see each department listed (PICS, PICC, PIEPS, PIAL) with the corresponding areas of study (ÁREAS DE LAS ASIGNATURAS).
  3. Click on an area of study (ex: Relaciones Internacionales, PICS) to access the course offerings.
    • 1er Semestre = Fall Semester
    • 2° Semestre = Spring Semester
  • To access the syllabi for these courses, please visit each facultad's department listing, listed below in black.

Estimated Language Level

  • Please use the following only as a guideline to determine what your language level may be. Your language level will ultimately be determined by a placement exam that you take before going abroad and then finish on site. Each semester/quarter is of COLLEGE-LEVEL Spanish or the equivalent:
    • Advanced = 4-5 semesters/6-8 quarters
    • Superior = 6+ semesters/9+ quarters

ECTS Credits on Transcript

  • The transcript from the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija will reflect ECTS credit values. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding transfer credit for this program.


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Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Vanessa Restifo

Program Manager, Spain


Neftalí González

Resident Director, Spain

Carlos Marín Muñoz

Assistant Resident Director, Spain

Anna Beltrame

Cultural Activities Coordinator, Spain

Matthew Rizzo

Student Services, Spain

Sara Garrido

Student Services, Spain

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. No matter which type of housing you choose, you will commute to class as most Madrileños do, via metro. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 30 and 60 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Homestays are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide three meals a day (except on ISA excursion days when you will receive a picnic lunch for the first day) and laundry service, including a change of sheets and towel, once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.

Student Residence

The student residence (residencia in Spanish) is best if you would like to be independent while living in a more student-centered environment. These single-student residencia rooms include their own bathroom and have limited availability. They are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. The residencia houses international and local students and has shared kitchens and lounges. Meals and laundry service are not included, but students have access to kitchens, and washer/dryer facilities are available for an additional cost. Students may also contract a meal plan at the residencia kitchen for an additional cost upon arrival in Madrid.* You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

*The meal plan is not offered July and August.


Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking a greater degree of independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished. The apartments are located throughout the city of Madrid, rather than all in one building. All apartments are either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transit routes relative to the university. Apartments typically house three to four ISA students, with single or double bedrooms and shared common spaces. Meals and laundry service are not included. You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



El Escorial, Ávila & Salamanca

You will explore El Escorial, the 16th-century monastery that includes an ornamented church, an expansive library, and a royal mausoleum. In Salamanca, you will walk the quaint cobblestone streets to learn the history of this world-renowned university town. On the way back to Madrid, you will explore the beauty of Ávila, the “City of Stones and Saints”, and its many Romanesque and Gothic churches.


Granada is a picturesque and mountainous university town. It has always been a multicultural city and was the last Moorish stronghold during the Catholic reconquest of Spain. You will explore Granada’s multicultural past through visits to historic neighborhoods like the Albaicín and Realejo. During an unforgettable evening flamenco show, you will have the chance to soak up Spanish music and culture. You will also visit important cultural sites including the Alhambra fortress, Spain’s most popular tourist attraction.

Morocco * Optional

This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.


Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.

Cultural Activities in Madrid

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Madrid. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Madrid special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking classes, museum visits (Reina Sofia and el Prado), tours of the Royal Palace and activities in Retiro Park.