|Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Program Sponsor:||UM Learning Abroad Center|
|Restrictions:||F&M applicants only|
|Language of Instruction:||English, Spanish||Minimum GPA:||2.5|
|Housing Options:||Dorm, Homestay||Term:||Fall, Spring, Summer|
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|Minnesota||Language Pre-Requisite:||2 semesters|
|Program Advisor:||Dean Ali Janicek||Area of Study:||Psychology|
|Program Type:||Direct Enrollment at Local University, Study Center|
Psychology & Research in MadridStudy psychology and gain research experience on this program based in Madrid, the sixth-largest city in Europe.
- Program type: Offered in collaboration with the Fundación Ortega-Marañón
- Terms: Fall semester, spring semester, summer session
- Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA, sophomores and above, two semesters college-level Spanish or equivalent
- Courseload: 13–18 credits per semester, 6 credits for summer session
FacultyThe staff at Fundación Ortega-Marañon provide housing, classroom space, and study areas. They also arrange the on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events.
Professor Jonathan Gewirtz will teach Introduction to Biological Psychology. Professor Gewirtz studies the behavior of rats and mice to uncover the cellular, molecular, and genetic machinery underlying drug addiction and the experience of emotion.
Tania Ortuño Silva from the Fundación Ortega-Mañon will teach the Research Laboratory in Psychology course. Tania has a PhD in Neuroscience and works part-time at the world famous Cajal Institute. She is a Spanish native and has been working at the Fundación for approximately two and a half years.
About This ProgramThis program is geared toward Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) Psychology majors and minors.
- During the semester program, take courses that fulfill psychology BA/BS requirements: Sensation and Perception, Learning and Behavior, and Research Laboratory in Psychology.
- During the six-week summer program, take courses that fulfill psychology BA/BS requirements: Introduction to Biological Psychology and Research Laboratory in Psychology.
- You can also take English-taught courses covering a range of topics, including art history, business, communications and media, culture, ecology, finance, marketing, and religion.
- You may also take English-taught courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in communication, engineering, or health sciences.
The standard program fee includes living with a Spanish family (homestay). Summer students have the option to live in student dormitories.
For many students, living with a family is a highlight during their time abroad. Many students make lifelong ties to their families and, through them, can meet other Spaniards. When you live with a Spanish host family, you will have a first-hand look at Spanish culture and society and will be immersed in the Spanish language. Typically, host families live in apartments, as single family houses are not as common in Europe as in the US. You will have your own room and private study space.
Most host families live near the Fundación Ortega-Marañon. You will be within walking distance or a short ride away by bus or metro. The program fee includes two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). You should budget separately for lunches each day.
Summer students may also choose to live at the Colegio Mayor Santa María del Estudiante. You will have the option to share a room with another student or have a room to yourself. There are additional fees for each of these options. The rooms include a wardrobe, desk, chair, bookcase, cable, and WiFi. At the residence hall, there are study rooms, a cafeteria, fitness area, swimming pool, leisure/activity room, access to laundry facilities, and weekly maid service. This option offers convenience and flexibility to come and go as you please. The program fee includes three meals per day.
A walking tour of Madrid will help you learn how to get around the city and also familiarize you with some of Madrid's iconic landmarks. Day excursions to places such as Alcalá de Henares, El Escorial, and Toledo, as well as a three-day excursion to other parts of Spain, are included.
Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours. If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).
Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.
Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the College. If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.
Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, homestays, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.
Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.
Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study. This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants. In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses. Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.
Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.