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Art, Culture and History in Madrid


Madrid, Spain

Program Description

“Art and Culture” in Madrid is a wonderful program focusing on hands-on learning through international exposure. The program, founded in 2007, has been incredibly successful with students who love the combination of learning from books (literary readings) and cultural activities supplementing what has been taught in traditional classroom spaces. “Art and Culture in Madrid.” With the backdrop of Madrid, the most exciting city in Europe, students have the opportunity to become “madrileños”–experiencing Madrid as the natives do.

Location Description

Spain is one the most wonderful and culturally rich countries in Europe. “Art and Culture in Madrid” introduces students to an unforgettable experience: to be “madrileños.” In effect, the program allows students to immerse themselves in Spanish cultural life, living its art and history, learning about the many culture that have shaped Madrid and, by extension, Spain.

Living and studying in one of the most exciting cities of the world will certainly change your perspective and make you want to move to Spain.

The program is designed with literary, art and film in mind. You will need to take 3 out of the 4 courses offered, for a total of 9 credit courses. As part of each course assignment, your professors have designed excursions and visits to sites of interests directly related to the courses, not only in Madrid but in other Spanish cities such as Toledo, Segovia, El Escorial and Salamanca.


Maria Odette Canivell | | English
Tomas Regalado-Lopez | | Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Students will be housed with families (2 students per house). All meals will be provided. Laundry once a week is provided. 

Additional Items to Consider

Students will be lodging with carefully selected families, sharing the room with one or two room-mates. The apartments are all located in the center of Madrid, a short  subway ride  from the museums, restaurants and cultural venues the city offers.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 3.0

Prerequisite: SPAN 300 and SPAN 330 for SPAN 446, SPAN 447 and SPAN 434 and SPAN 439

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Faculty Recommendation
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU and first semester transfer students.

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


ENG/SPAN 434: Latin American Writers and its Relationship to Spain (3 credits)

ENG/SPAN 439: Main Spanish Writers (3 credits)

SPAN 446: Spanish Film and Literature of the Civil War (3 credits)

SPAN 447: Spanish Contemporary Film (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.