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Study Abroad in Spain!

Cancelled for Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 in response to COVID-19 considerations.

Take advantage of the unique opportunity to study and live in one of the world’s most historic and culturally vibrant cities. The Warrington College of Business offers a semester-long study abroad program in Madrid, Spain that allows students to earn UF credit by taking online UF business courses, as well as courses focusing on Spanish business, language and culture. All University of Florida students are invited to participate in this program, as the credit earned will apply to the UF business degree, business minor, and general education requirements. Consideration will also be given to non-UF business students who are enrolled in an SUS (State University System) institution.

Please note: students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. You can start your online application today!

The City: Madrid

Madrid city from rooftop

Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561, is a cosmopolitan city with 4 million inhabitants. Well known for its hospitality and openness, it’s easy to feel at home in Madrid. Its impressive cultural heritage combines the historic with the modern, and is evident in its museums and monuments, notably the Prado Museum and the Royal Palace. Madrid is one of the liveliest cities in Europe, combining cultural and leisure activities for all tastes.

The School: Universidad Nebrija

Students walking to a building on the Universidad Nebrija campus in Madrid, Spain

The program will be held on the campus of Universidad Nebrija. Universidad Nebrija is a private and independent university officially accredited by the Spanish Government. The University takes its name from the 15th century humanist who published the first grammar of the Spanish language in 1492. In keeping with the effort to expand Spanish language and culture and to promote understanding between people of many nations, Nebrija welcomes international students to the Madrid campus where they can experience modern Spain in a traditional university setting.

The Nebrija University Centro de Estudios Hispánicos has three decades of experience in the teaching of and research in Spanish as a foreign language. All instructors are native speakers and specialists in Spanish language, literature, history, politics, and art. They have accompanied hundreds of students in their efforts to learn or perfect their Spanish language while immersed in the academic and social life of a Spanish university.

Program Dates

Summer 2020

Cancelled in response to COVID-19 considerations.

Fall 2020

Cancelled in response to COVID-19 considerations.

  • August 24: UF courses begin
  • August 28: UF Drop/Add ends
  • September 27: Students arrive in Madrid
  • September 28: Universidad Nebrija Orientation
  • September 30: Universidad Nebrija semester classes begin
  • October 12: Hispanidad Holiday (no Nebrija classes)
  • November 1-2: Los Santos Holiday (no Nebrija classes)
  • November 4-5: Universidad Nebrija Midterm Exams
  • November 9: La Almudena Holiday (no Nebrija classes)
  • November 23: Last day to withdraw from UF online business courses
  • December 6-8: Constitución Holiday (no Nebrija classes)
  • December 9: Last day of UF classes
  • December 12-18: UF Final Exams week
  • December 16-17: Universidad Nebrija Final Exams
  • December 18: Program ends – students vacate residences

Spring 2021

Program dates subject to change.

  • January 5: UF courses begin
  • January 5: Students arrive in Madrid (apartments)
  • January 6: Students arrive in Madrid (homestays)
  • January 7: Universidad Nebrija Orientation
  • January 8: Universidad Nebrija Intensive Spanish classes begin
  • January 11: UF Drop/Add ends
  • February 4: Universidad Nebrija Intensive Spanish classes end
  • February 10: Universidad Nebrija semester classes begin
  • March 24-25: Universidad Nebrija Midterm Exams
  • April 9: Last day to withdraw from UF online business courses
  • April 21: Last day of UF classes
  • April 24-30: UF Final Exams week
  • May 17: Universidad Nebrija semester classes end
  • May 18-19: Universidad Nebrija Final Exams
  • May 20: Program ends – students vacate residences

Program Objectives

Cybele Palace and Fountain at the Plaza Cibeles in Madrid, Spain
  • To improve students’ ability to speak, write, and understand Spanish while taking courses toward their UF business degree.
  • To deepen students’ familiarity with everyday Spanish culture, in academic and informal contexts, discussing cultural differences.
  • To help students place European Business in the context of the Global Economy, through classroom instruction and discussion.

Program Benefits

  • Program offered during fall, spring and summer semesters
  • Study alongside your UF peers and the students at Nebrija
  • Take UF courses while experiencing an exciting new culture!
  • Participate in program scheduled cultural activities and excursions
  • Ease of applying Bright Futures and Florida Prepaid to program costs

Program Eligibility

  • Students must have a minimum of a 2.5 UF GPA.
  • Students are required to enroll in at least one UF electronic platform business course (fall/spring semesters only).
  • Students must have a valid passport

Program Structure

Fall / Spring Program – Earn 13 to 17 Credit Hours

Choose 1 or 2 Online UF Business Courses (4 or 8 UF credits):

  • MAN3025: Principles of Management
  • MAR3023: Principles of Marketing
  • BUL4310: Business Law
  • ENT3003: Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • GEB3373: International Business (fall and spring semesters only)
  • MAN4504: Operations Management
Business, Language & Culture Track

Choose two or three courses from the Nebrija course offerings. Each course is worth three transfer credits.

  • Students at the A1-B2.1 levels are required to take at least one Spanish language course according to their skill level; these students are strongly encouraged to take at least one additional Spanish course, as well.
  • Students at the B2.2 level or higher are strongly encouraged to take at least one Spanish course.
Study & Intern Track

(Not available Fall 2020)

Choose two courses from the Nebrija course offerings. Each course is worth three transfer credits. Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one Spanish course. Students will also be enrolled in a three-credit internship course administered through Nebrija.

Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Course

Fall and spring semesters only.

Before the start of regular semester classes, students embark on an intensive language course in accordance with their Spanish skill level. The intensive course runs two weeks in fall and three weeks in spring. Students will have class Monday through Friday during the intensive course.

Summer Program – Earn 9 to 17 Credit Hours

Business, Language & Culture Track

Choose three courses from the Nebrija course offerings: two courses during the June session and one course during the July session. Each course is worth three transfer credits.

  • Students at the A1-B1 levels are required to take two Spanish language courses according to their skill level during the June session. During the July session, students may take an English course or a Spanish course. If students wish to take a Spanish course during July, they must meet in advance with the UF coordinator in Madrid, Prof. Teresa Vázquez, to confirm selection.
  • Students at the B2.1 level or higher are strongly encouraged to take two Spanish courses during the June session but may opt to take one Spanish class and one English class or two English classes. During the July session, students may take an English course or a Spanish course. If students wish to take a Spanish course during July, they must meet in advance with the UF coordinator in Madrid, Prof. Teresa Vázquez, to confirm selection.

All courses take place Monday through Friday for a total of five sessions per week per course.

Optional: Students may add 1 or 2 Online UF Business Courses from the list above.

Study & Intern Track

Choose 1 or 2 Online UF Business Courses from the list above.

Choose two courses from the Nebrija course offerings. Both courses will take place over the first part of June only. These courses take place Monday through Friday for a total of five sessions per week per course. The courses will show up on the transcript as one three-credit course. Students will also be enrolled in a three-credit internship course administered through Nebrija.

Grade Conversion

UN pointsUF grade assigned
9.5 - 10.0A
9.0 - 9.4A-
8.5 - 8.9B+
8.0 - 8.4B
7.5 - 7.9B-
7.0 - 7.4C+
6.5 - 6.9C
6.0 - 6.4C-
5.5 - 5.9D
5.0 - 5.4D-
0 - 4.9E

Estimated Program Fee

Spring 2020 – five-month semester:

  • Apartment cost: $12,844
  • Apartment cost w/ internship placement: $14,044
  • Homestay cost (half-board, breakfast and lunch or dinner included): $13,674
  • Homestay cost (half-board) w/ internship placement: $14,874
  • Homestay cost (full-board, breakfast, lunch and dinner included): $14,521
  • Homestay cost (full-board) w/ internship placement: $15,721
  • Housing not included (i.e., students find their own housing): $8,844
  • Housing not included (i.e., students find their own housing) w/ internship placement: $10,044

Summer 2020 – 2-1/2 month semester:

  • Apartment cost: $7,491
  • Apartment cost w/ internship placement: $8,091
  • Homestay cost (half-board, breakfast and lunch or dinner included): $8,191
  • Homestay cost (full-board, breakfast, lunch and dinner included): $8,691
  • Homestay cost w/ internship placement (half-board): $8,791
  • Housing not included (i.e., students find their own housing): $5,691
  • Housing not included (i.e., students find their own housing) w/ internship placement: $6,291

Fall 2020 – four-month semester:

  • Apartment cost: $11,125
  • Apartment cost w/ internship placement: $12,325
  • Homestay cost (breakfast and lunch or dinner included): $12,125
  • Homestay cost (breakfast and lunch or dinner included) w/internship placement: $13,325
  • Housing not included (i.e., students find their own housing): $8,625
  • Housing not included (i.e., students find their own housing) w/ internship placement: $9,825

Program cost includes tuition, orientation, housing, insurance, cultural activities/excursions, and metro and bus passes for the first month of your stay in Madrid.

Female student holds Realmadrid scarf in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain

Other Estimated Expenses:

  • Meals: $600 a month*
  • Books and Supplies: $350
  • Airfare: $1200 (prices may vary)
  • Entertainment/Leisure: $750 a month*

*Expenses vary depending on student preferences.

Currency

The currency in Spain is the Euro.

Internships

(Not available Fall 2020)

Personnel from Universidad Nebrija will provide internship support, services and supervision to ensure that each student has the best available placement based on their interests and abilities. Applicants should have intermediate language proficiency (a minimum B2 level –in the European system- is required), excellent interviewing skills and prior course work or experience in the field for which they are applying. Participants will be placed in a non-paying internship in greater Madrid – a travel card for use in Madrid during the internship period is included. Students who select the internship option will be employed three months (February to April during the spring semester, and mid-September to mid- December during the fall semester). Students will earn 3 credits and intern approximately 192 hours, or 2 days (full-time) per week for 12 weeks. Students who select the internship option in summer will be employed six weeks (mid-June to end July) and intern approximately 4 days full-time per week, for 6 weeks.

Accommodation

The price of the program includes housing for the duration of your stay in Madrid. Students will be placed in shared apartments through Sal y Ven, a local firm that manages properties and provides services to international students. All leases include Wi-Fi and utilities. A refundable deposit of 350€ is required before students move in – this cash deposit is paid once students arrive in Madrid.

Home-stays

Home-stays are arranged by Universidad Nebrija. At their homes, students may choose between half and full room and board. Full room and board includes three meals per day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Half room and board includes two meals: breakfast and either lunch or dinner. Breakfast in Spain is quite light, with lunch being the main meal of the day.

Leisure and Cultural Activities

The Club Internacional is an association composed of Nebrija students, language teachers, and international students from all over the world. It promotes cultural exchange among students of varying nationalities. University of Florida students can participate in all activities organized by the Club: language exchange partners, cultural visits, evening events, workshops, sharing Spanish food (recipes, tapas), exhibitions, conferences, seminars, forums, Flamenco classes, etc.

Organized Activities for University of Florida Students

  • A welcome dinner: Students will enjoy a dinner to celebrate their arrival in Madrid. It is a wonderful opportunity for students and teachers to informally meet and learn about the program.
  • A walking tour through historic Madrid (Austrian and Bourbon quarters)
  • Visits to Museo del Prado, Museo Reina Sofía, Fabrica de Tapices, Senado y Congreso.
  • Guided one-day and overnight excursions in Spring and Fall programs, and three guided, one-day excursions in summer program (Segovia, Toledo, El Escorial o Salamanca).
  • A choice of two evening events: a Flamenco show, a play, a football game, or a concert (fall and spring semesters only).

Travel Opportunities

Aqueduct with scenic views in Segovia, Spain

Madrid enjoys a privileged geographical location. Since it is in the middle of Spain you can travel almost anywhere in the country quickly and easily. Within an hour from Madrid you can ski in the mountains, and within three hours you can get to the beach.

  • Lisbon (10 hours by train)
  • Paris (overnight by train)
  • Salamanca, Toledo, Avila, Segovia, El Escorial (1 or 2 hours by bus)
  • Seville (2-1/2 hours by high speed train)
  • Barcelona (3 hours by high speed train)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April 1
  • Spring: October 1
  • Summer: March 1

Program applications are located on the UF International Center website. Students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and deposit to the UF International Center. Please note that the program operates on a first-come-first-serve basis and may reach full capacity prior to the application deadline.

Terms of Agreement

Students assume full responsibility for the cost of the program by the following dates:

  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1

Students on the participant list as of these dates become financially obligated. Only in extreme circumstances (e.g., serious personal injury, family emergency, etc.) will a student be allowed to petition to remove him/herself from the list of participants prior to the start of the program. Petitions will be reviewed by the Director of the School of Business.

Pre-departure Information

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