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Areas of Study:
Business & Econ, Engineering & Math, English & Writing, Film & Media, Humanities, IS, Politics & History, Languages & Culture, Social Sciences
Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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JHU-Madrid is a Spanish language acquisition program that provides an exceptional educational experience at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). The program offers immersion in a Spanish social and academic environment, which is as exciting and rewarding as it is challenging.
Hopkins Semester/Year Madrid Universidad Carlos III
"The JHU Madrid Program offers an irreplaceable chance to be a part of another culture for four months, not just a tourist, while simultaneously improving your Spanish language skills."
-Shannon Herndon, Neuroscience & Spanish major
The program offers students a unique opportunity to further their education, while benefiting from a cross-cultural experience that improves their language skills in a Spanish university setting. JHU-Madrid has been designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of students with a variety of majors. Students can pursue their personal and intellectual interests and, at the same time, fulfill their JHU academic requirements, taking classes from the Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos Program, as well as direct enrollment classes at UC3M. All courses except for engineering courses are taught in Spanish.
Beginning in Fall 2018, JHU also welcomes incoming exchange students from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in the Whiting School of Engineering.
The capital of Spain, Madrid is a cosmopolitan city offering incredible art museums, beautiful parks and plazas, historical palaces, a delicious culinary scene, vibrant nightlife, and much much more.
The program begins with a 2 week Intensive Language Course to prepare students with the grammar, composition and conversation skills essential for survival at Universidad Carlos III. During the fall semester, this course takes place in Salamanca. During the spring semester, the course takes place in Cuenca.
In Madrid, students will continue to take a Hopkins-directed course called Contemporary Spanish Language and Culture. This course is worth 3 upper-division credits and incorporates the Intensive Language course in Salamanca or Cuenca, program events and fieldtrips throughout the semester, and a Spanish-language journal with sufficient substance to qualify for intensive writing credit at Hopkins Homewood.
Students take 6 three-credit courses overall, and complete a total of 18 credits. Each class will subsequently transfer back to Baltimore as a three-credit upper-division course. All courses, with the exception of Engineering courses, are taught in Spanish.
Hopkins students select 4 courses from offerings available in the Cursos de Estudios Hispanicos, a program specifically designed for international students, regular university courses with Spanish students at Universidad Carlos III (UC3M), or a combination of these options. Grades for Cursos de Estudios Hispanicos and the Contemporary Spanish Language & Culture course will be factored into the Hopkins GPA. Grades for regular Carlos III courses will not factor into the Hopkins GPA. Engineering students who meet the qualifications for the program may take Engineering coursework in English at Universidad Carlos III.
Students will also take an obligatory 3 credit language course, the level of which will be determined as a result of oral and written placement tests administered on the first day of orientation. Courses are taught by faculty selected by Universidad Carlos III.
Students will be charged Hopkins tuition plus a program fee which includes tuition, housing, some meals, airfare, support services, and program activities and excursions. Fees will be posted to the student account. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of the program.
Life in a Spanish-speaking household is an essential part of the learning experience. Students will live in university-approved homestays arranged by the Housing Coordinator. All homestays are located near transit stops in central Madrid, most with easy access to Atocha Station and the commuter rail (cercanias) line and buses serving Universidad Carlos III. Host families provide private rooms, weekly laundry service, and most meals- breakfast and dinner every day and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
"Do not be deterred from the idea of a homestay. Not only does it help you to practice Spanish and learn about the culture by developing a close relationship with Spanish nationals, getting to eat a homecooked family meal is something we have missed out on the last couple years of college."
-Charlotte Fulwiler, History & Spanish major
Hopkins Madrid has its own resident director who will help students to select courses, register, learn to use library and other campus services, and will assess progress and needs in the courses taken, conferring with the Carlos III faculty and staff regularly. The director also coordinates and teaches the Contemporary Spanish Language and Culture course and organizes activities and excursions that are included in the program.