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This program is closed and no longer accepting applications.

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. You 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. The program also includes an excursion to Cordoba and Seville—sites that highlight Spain's Roman, Semitic and medieval past.


Program Calendar 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017 Recommended arrival in Madrid
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Program housing first available
Friday, May 19, 2017 On-site orientation
Monday, May 22, 2017 Classes start
Friday, June 23, 2017 Classes end
Saturday, June 24, 2017 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.

Advanced Spanish Syntax
SPAN 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
SPAN 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
SPAN 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
SPAN 386 (1 c.u.)
  • Pre-requisite: SPAN 219 or SPAN 223
  • Fulfills requirement: Cross-Cultural Analysis

This course covers the culture produced during the Civil War and its aftermath. Students participate in excursions to the Reina Sophia to see the collection, which includes a special study of Picasso’s Guernica.

Modern and Contemporary Spain
SPAN 327 (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

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 2017: $8,144
  • Program Fee for Summer 2017: $2,300
    Includes home stay with breakfast and dinner and administrative costs.
  • 2017 Estimated Cost Sheet (PDF)


  • Early admission deadline: Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Rolling admissions continue until the program reaches capacity

This program is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Contact Information

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

Ignacio Javier López

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

Dr. Toni Esposito

Program Director
Dr. Toni Esposito
University of Pennsylvania
Tel: (215) 898-7430

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

Tel: (215) 898-7326
Fax: (215) 573-2053

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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