|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:||Homestay||Term:||Fall, Spring, Summer|
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|Minnesota||Language Pre-Requisite:||2 semesters|
|Program Advisor:||Dean Ali Janicek||Program Type:||Direct Enrollment at Local University, Internship Opportunities, Study Center|
Study & Intern in Madrid
Improve your Spanish language skills and participate in an internship in Madrid, Spain's lively capital. Enroll in English-taught courses in business, finance, marketing, communications, religion, and more. Take excursions to historic Segovia and El Escorial, purchase a pair of colorful espadrilles, and enjoy all that this captivating city has to offer.
About This Program
This program is geared toward students who would like to improve their beginning or intermediate Spanish language skills and take English-taught courses. Areas of study include business, finance, marketing, communication and media, religion, and more. English-speaking internships are also available. This program also offers the opportunity for students to take English-taught courses at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
The program is offered in partnership with the prestigious Fundación Ortega–Marañon in Madrid and the University of Minnesota. The Foundation is located in a central part of Madrid, near Paseo de la Castellana. Due to its location, it is easy to catch public transportation to any other part of the city.
Choose to live either with a Spanish host family (homestay) or in Colegio Mayor (residence hall).
- Homestays: Students choosing to live with a host family will experience true Spanish life. Typically, you and your family will live in an apartment, since 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, so you will be within walking distance or a short ride away by bus or metro.
- Colegio Mayor: You may also choose to live at the Colegio Mayor Santa María del Estudiante sharing a room with another program participant. The rooms include a wardrobe, desk, chair, bookcase, cable, and WiFi. At the residence hall, there are study rooms, a cafeteria, a fitness area, a swimming pool, a leisure/activity room, access to laundry facilities, and a weekly maid service. This option offers convenience and flexibility to come and go as you please.
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.
There are day-long excursions to Segovia and El Escorial (included in the program fee), as well as an optional four-day excursion to Andalucía (at an additional cost).
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.