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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: European Council 
  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: Non-UGA Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: No
Sponsor: Valdosta State University Type of Instruction: Lecture
Academic Area: Art, Film Studies, History, Spanish Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Work Opportunity: No
Volunteer Opportunity: No Scholarship Availability: No
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence
Program Description:
About the Program | Program Information & Course Structure Payment & Refund Schedule | Deadlines & Late Fee Schedule Course Descriptions | How to Apply to the Program Insurance & Passport Information | What Students Have to Say | Contact Us Find Your Campus Representative List of all 2019 European Council Classes: Courses by Program | Courses by Subject

About the Program

Consider studying during the summer in Madrid, the geographic center of Spain and the historic center of the entire Hispanic world. The city of four million is a modern European hub with state-of-the-art transportation and cyber cafes, but its Old World charm shines through in its long afternoon siestas, its warm and friendly people, and its majestic monuments of Spain's glorious past. Students will have the opportunity to visit flamenco clubs, the bullfight, tapas bars, and world-class museums, as well as to participate in Madrid's seemingly endless nightlife, as the streets overflow with people having a glass of sangria, talking to neighbors, and in general, enjoying life in this vibrant city.

Dates: June 25 - July 31, 2020
Cost: $5,200 *Price may fluctuate and will be finalized by September 10th. The package cost of $5,200 for the five week program includes
  • Round-trip airfare between Atlanta and Madrid
  • Round-trip transportation from the airport to the dorms on a private bus
  • Accommodations at Colegio Mayor Padre Poveda
  • 30 day metro and bus pass for Madrid
  • 14 meals per week
  • Guided tours of Madrid, Toledo, El Escorial, Segovia, and Alcala de Henares.
  • Welcome and Farewell Fiestas
  • Two optional weekend excursions to Barcelona and the north of Spain.
  • A primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses
Students in this program can also choose to participate in optional weekend excursions. Previous programs had the opportunity to visit South of Spain, North of Spain, or Barcelona. The website will be updated when final dates and cost have been determined. The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.
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Program Information & Course StructureMadrid group

All classes are held at the Colegio Mayor de Padre Poveda, where the program is housed. Students are required to take two three-hour courses. Courses will meet in the classroom on Mondays and Thursdays and students will take required field trips on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On three of the five weekends during the program, students will have three days to travel within Spain or to other destinations. The Spain program also organizes optional weekend excursions for an additional cost. Excursions change every year but students in the past have visited South of Spain, North of Spain, Portugal, and Barcelona, to name a few.  

Accommodations

The Colegio Mayor Padre Poveda is one of many student residences in the ciudad universitaria, or the University City, on the western side of Madrid.  The area reflects the presence of the almost one hundred thousand students who live and study there. Nearby, subway and bus stops connect students to downtown Madrid as well as all the major points of air, rail, and bus travel. Students may choose between a single room and a double room (shared with a roommate). Towels and bed linens are furnished. There is Wi-Fi throughout the Colegio. You can visit the Colegio’s website at http://www.cmppoveda.org/ Dorms Dorms 2Madrid room Breakfast is provided every day, lunch on Monday through Thursday, and dinner on Monday through Wednesday in the dining hall at Padre Poveda. The program will try to meet individual dietary preferences, but students must understand that the lunch and dinner in the Colegio is provided in a cafeteria setting and choices are limited. It is not like many cafeterias in the US that allow students to choose from different cuisines and options. Also, traditional Spanish cuisine such as that provided by the Colegio relies heavily on meat, fish, and eggs: vegetarianism is not as common in Spain as it is in the US and the Colegio does not as a matter of course provide a vegetarian option.  Therefore, as with most issues involving foreign travel, students must be flexible and creative when it comes to meals. {Back to Top}

 

Costs

Courses in the 2020 Madrid Study Abroad Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be Run over by bulleligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid. Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid.   Students should plan to budget a minimum of $1,400 for extra meals, entrance tickets, evening entertainment, travel, and shopping. All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Apply to the Program

Directions on how to apply:
  1. Download and complete the European Council application.
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here.
  3. After you submit your application to your campus representative, please pay the $300 non-refundable program deposit at our payment page.
*Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $300 program deposit are received. ** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.
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Eligibility

  1. Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.
  2. Students must be in good academic standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council.
  3. Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University. 

Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available from the program director. Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.   Participants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. No special immunizations are needed to enter Spain, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required. Valley of the Fallen

Passports and Visas
Everyone who travels to Spain must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport. Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Spain for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa. Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met. Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by March 29th, 2019 to avoid late fees, please see "Deadlines" for details. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/apply.html {Back to Top}

What Previous Students Have To SayMadrid Horses

  • Pace yourself. Get good sleep. Plan out your days.
  • Pack light so that you have room to expand.
  • Be friendly and don’t get caught up in a clique.
  • Keep an open mind—this isn’t the USA.
  • Take at least one weekend to explore Madrid.
  • Go on the optional weekend trips. So worth the money!
  • Learn some Spanish (so helpful) and talk to someone who came on the trip before.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Get ready for the time of your life.
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Contact Us

European Council Coordinator europeancouncil@valdosta.edu (229) 259-2591
Dr. Brian Hibbs Madrid Program Director bhibbs@daltonstate.edu
Dr. Maritza Bell-Corrales Madrid Site Director maritza.bellcorrales@mga.edu
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This program is currently not accepting applications.