Spanish Language, Liberal Arts & Business
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).
Spring 1A 2020
Jan 04, 2020 - May 21, 2020
Oct 10, 2019
270 - 315 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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This program is open to students at all levels of Spanish proficiency. Spanish language courses are taught in Spanish, while liberal arts and business courses (covering topics such as marketing, economics, art, literature, communications, history, and politics) are taught in either Spanish or English.
All courses are instructed by faculty from the host university and are held with international students, the majority of whom are North American. This program offers the option to begin with a preparatory Spanish language course before the start of the semester (Fall 1A, Spring 1A, Academic Year 1A).
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 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
270 - 315
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
18 - 21
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
27 - 31
Required Intensive Spanish Language Courses
- You will take two 6 ECTS-credit (45-hour) Intensive Spanish Language classes prior to the start of the semester, for a total of 12 ECTS credits (90 contact hours).
- You will choose 4-5 classes. You may only take classes taught in Spanish within your specific language level.
- If you plan to take four courses: You can take all courses in English.
- If you plan to take five courses: You must take at least one course in Spanish and one course in English.*
- *If you are interested in taking all courses taught in Spanish, you should refer to the ISA Madrid Hispanic Studies program.
Spanish Language Requirement
- If you are at the Beginning level and plan to take a Spanish course, you must choose Spanish Language as one of your courses for the semester. **
- If you are at the High Beginning level and plan to take Spanish courses, you MUST choose BOTH Spanish Language and Spain & Spaniards as two of your courses for the semester. **
- If you are at the Intermediate level, you are encouraged to take Spanish Language during the semester, but it is not required. **
**These Spanish classes are in addition to the Intensive Spanish Language course taken prior to the semester.
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 on site. Each semester/quarter is of COLLEGE-LEVEL Spanish or the equivalent:
- Beginning = 0-1 semesters/0-2 quarters
- High Beginning = 1-2 semesters/2-3 quarters
- Intermediate = 2-3 semesters/3-5 quarters
- High Intermediate = 3-4 semesters/5-6 quarters
- Advanced = 4-5 semesters/6-8 quarters
- High Advanced = 5-6 semesters/7-9 quarters
- Superior = 6+ semesters/9+ quarters
ECTS Credits on Transcript
- The transcript from the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija will reflect the ECTS credit values indicated below. The contact hours for each course will not be reflected on the transcript but are listed in order to help determine transfer credit. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding transfer credit for this program.
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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Support & Funding
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.View all Funding Options
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.
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.
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.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of Spain (and potentially surrounding countries) that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on two weekend trips, two day trips, and one optional five day trip to the following destinations.
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, El Tránsito, 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.