Penn-in-Madrid, Spain

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Immerse yourself in Spanish language, history and culture during this six-week intensive program in Spain's cultural and political capital.

All courses in this program offer University of Pennsylvania credits and are taught in Spanish. Students live with a local family in Madrid and enjoy the benefits of a total linguistic immersion experience. Because of Madrid's central location, there is easy access to cities such as Segovia and Toledo as well as the Escorial Palace, and the program also includes an excursion to Cordoba and Seville—sites that highlight Spain's Roman, Semitic and medieval past.

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Program Calendar 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016 Recommended arrival in Madrid
Thursday, May 19, 2016 Program housing first available
Friday, May 20, 2016 On-site orientation
Monday, May 23, 2016 Classes start
Friday, June 24, 2016 Classes end
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Program housing last checkout date


All students register for a total of two course units (c.u.). Course offerings are subject to change.

Students attending the Penn-in-Madrid program enroll in two classes at either the 200- or 300-level. The minimum requirement to participate in the program is successful completion of SPAN 140, 134, or 145 (or equivalent) by the start of the program.

Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.

Note for students from other academic institutions: One Penn c.u. is generally considered to be equivalent to three semester hours when transferred to another institution.

Advanced Spanish Syntax
SPANISH 212 (1 c.u.)

Spanish 212, as taught in Madrid, is an advanced-level language course that emphasizes the acquisition of the tools necessary for successful oral and written expression in Spanish. These tools include a solid foundation in the major points of Spanish grammar, an ample vocabulary, control of the mechanics of the language (spelling, punctuation, etc.) and a solid understanding of the role of grammar in effective oral and written communication.

Spanish Culture and Civilization
SPANISH 226 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Dr. Anthony P. Esposito
  • Fulfills requirements: Cross Cultural Analysis

A general introduction to the study of Spanish culture, this course is designed to help students understand the historical foundations of contemporary Spanish society, its values and its institutions. The focus is on the main events of Spanish history and the origins and continuity of social and political institutions from pre-modern Spain to the beginning of the modern era.

Topics in Spanish Culture
SPANISH 227 (1 c.u.)

A study of selected topics in modern and contemporary Spanish literature, film and culture. Readings and class materials will draw from a wide variety of modern and contemporary sources.

Modern Spain: The Spanish Civil War
SPANISH 327 (1 c.u.)

  • Pre-requisite: SPAN 219 or SPAN 223
  • Fulfills requirement: Cross Cultural Analysis

A study of the Spanish Civil War through literary and cultural documents.

Modern and Contemporary Spain
SPANISH 380 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Dr. Ignacio J. Lopez
  • Pre-requisite: SPAN 219 or SPAN 223
  • Fulfills requirement: Cross Cultural Analysis

A study of contemporary Spain from the liberal revolution (1868) to Spain's integration into Europe.


Students live with Spanish families in order to experience full linguistic and cultural immersion. Housing is prearranged by a local coordinator and all students are asked to complete a host family accommodation form to list any special dietary needs or allergies. Breakfast and dinner are included.

Tuition & Fees

Please note: Summer 2016 program fee will be posted in February 2016. The program fee amount and Estimated Cost Sheet below are for 2015. Tuition and fees are subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

  • Tuition for Summer 2016: $7,820
  • Program Fee for Summer 2015: $2,300
    Includes home stay with breakfast and dinner and administrative costs.
  • 2015 Estimated Cost Sheet

Information Sessions

Join the program team for an information session to learn more about the details of the Penn-in-Madrid program.

  • Friday, November 13, 3:30 p.m. in Williams Hall 315.
  • Friday, November 20, 3:30 p.m. in Williams Hall 315.
  • Wednesday, December 9, 3:30 p.m. in Williams Hall 542.


The application for Penn Summer Abroad 2016 will be opening later this year.

  • Early admission deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016
  • Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity

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Contact Information

For details about the program, courses, or location including academic advising, travel dates, housing and orientation:

Program Director
Dr. Ignacio Javier López
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: (215) 898-7429

For assistance with application, financial questions, pre-departure or other general information:

Penn Summer Abroad Office
College of Liberal & Professional Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335
Tel: (215) 746-7075
Fax: (215) 573-2053