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Davidson College - Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
|Program Housing:||Homestay||Minimum GPA:||2.7|
|Language of Instruction:||Spanish||Language Prerequisite:||Yes|
|Class Eligibility:||02-Sophomore, 03 - Junior, 04 - Senior|
This program is available in the fall, spring, and academic year. Located in the geographical heart of Spain, Madrid is the nation’s capital and part of the Comunidad de Madrid, bordered by the autonomous communities of Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y León. With a population of 3.3 million, it is the third largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin. Founded in the 9th century, Madrid has preserved much of its historic feel and yet still boasts a modern, cutting-edge infrastructure.
Students will live in downtown Madrid and participate in mandatory excursions as part of the orientation program and throughout the semester.
Students will enroll in four classes (four credits), choosing from among courses taught by the Davidson Professor in Residence, and through direct enrollment. Upon arrival, all students will take an intensive grammar class to prepare for Spanish university classes. Courses are transferred back to Davidson as pass/fail credit for Davidson students, with the exception of the course taught by the Professor in Residence, which is taken for graded credit. Please refer to the Registrar's policies regarding grading and credit for further clarification.
Madrid is rich in culture and history, and has made important literary, religious, political, cultural, environmental, scientific, economic, and athletic contributions to society throughout the centuries. Indeed, it has played a pivotal role in the development of the modern world from the Middle Ages onward, from the first instances of Jewish, Muslim and Christian coexistence to the founding of imperialism in the western hemisphere. After a Civil War that was one catalyst of World War II and several decades of dictatorship, Spain emerged in the twentieth-century as a model for smooth transition to democracy, and in the twenty-first century as an important site for the re-negotiation of historical memory and the changing face of an immigrant Europe. With its world-class museums, national library, and research archives, Madrid offers students opportunities to explore these histories in their cultural contexts from an intellectual perspective.
Quality experiential learning is integrated into the program at many different levels, including travel, cultural city life, residential life, and potential volunteer opportunities. Students will participate in mandatory local excursions in Madrid as part of the orientation program and on weekend excursions throughout the semester.
Housing and Meals
Most students will live in homestays in downtown Madrid. A limited number of rooms are available at the Colegio Mayor Guadalupe. If there are more applicants than rooms available, residents will be selected via lottery. Full board and laundry are provided.
Students should have a passport before applying to the Madrid program. If you do not have a passport or if it has expired, please apply for one immediately. Passports should be valid six months after the program ends and have blank visa pages.
Students with a cumulative B- average will be given preference for admission.
Resident Director in Spain:
Professor in Residence, Fall 2015:
Professor in Residence, Spring 2016:
Visa Warning: Passports must be surrendered as part of the visa application process. Since it may take up to 90 days to receive a visa and have your passport returned to you, participating in consecutive study abroad programs in different countries, particularly between summer and fall, may be problematic or impossible.
Davidson College and consulate staffers cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted by a foreign government in any circumstance or in any time frame. International students should schedule a consultation with International Student Advisor, Jennifer Glass, to discuss their visa status.
Davidson College reserves the right to cancel or modify part or all of a study abroad program should changing circumstances make it necessary to do so. In cases where the college has security concerns, the program director and the Dean Rusk Program Director will gather information and make a recommendation to the Dean of Faculty. The dean will take his decision to the president, who retains ultimate authority to decide whether or not a particular Davidson-sponsored trip should proceed.
Davidson admits qualified students without discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, gender, or sexual preference.
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