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Study Abroad in Spain!

Dive into a captivating country known for its art, deep history, and geographic diversity! Madrid is a mesmerizing city full of energy, excitement, and endless entertainment. Students live in the capital of Spain while completing courses and an internship placement (if eligible). This program is ideal for UF students pursuing a business major or minor, or non-business students interested in completing upper-division electives in a beautiful European city. Non-UF students may also apply.

The City: Madrid

Madrid city from rooftop

Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561, is a large cosmopolitan city. Known for its hospitality and friendliness, 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.

Heavener's Madrid Partner: Universidad Nebrija

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

Universidad Nebrija assists in coordinating the UF in Madrid custom program. Nebrija is a private, independent university accredited by the Spanish Government. Nebrija welcomes international students to Madrid where they can experience modern Spain a traditional university setting. All instructors in the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos are native speakers and specialists in Spanish language, literature, history, politics, and art. UF students will attend courses at the Princesa campus in central Madrid, a short walking distance away from noteworthy landmarks such as Plaza de España.

Program Benefits

Three students holding flag of Spain in Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain.
  • Take courses to meet UF degree requirements while experiencing an exciting new culture
  • Gain professional experience through an internship placement (high intermediate Spanish proficiency required to qualify for Study & Intern program)
  • Study & live alongside other UF students
  • Participate in cultural activities
  • Ease of applying Bright Futures, Florida Prepaid, & other financial aid to program costs

Program Eligibility

Student sitting outside of Palacio Real in Madrid, Spain
  • Students must have a minimum 2.5 UF GPA and be in good standing.
  • Students must have completed two full semesters at UF by program start. Students should avoid studying abroad in their final semester.
  • By application deadline, students must have a passport that is valid through at least six months after program end date.
  • After acceptance into program, students should be prepared to complete post-approval steps before departure (Study & Intern students will submit additional documents for internship placement)

Application Deadlines

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

Program applications for Business, Language & Culture and Study & Intern are located on the UF International Center website. Students are not accepted into the program until they submit their application and non-refundable deposit to the UF International Center. Please note that the program operates on a first-come, first-serve basis, though the program rarely reaches full capacity prior to the application deadline.

Program Dates

Program dates subject to change.

August 23: UF courses begin
August 27: UF Drop/add ends
August 30: Students arrive in Madrid (apartments)
August 31: Students arrive in Madrid (homestays)
September 1: Nebrija Orientation
September 2: Nebrija Intensive Spanish classes begin
September 14: Nebrija Intensive Spanish classes end
September 16: Nebrija semester classes begin; Internships begin
October 12: Hispanidad Holiday (no Nebrija classes)
October 27 & 28: Nebrija Mid-term exams
November 1: Los Santos Holiday (no Nebrija classes)
November 8-9: La Almudena Holiday (no Nebrija classes)
November 22: Last day to withdraw from UF online business courses
December 6-8: Constitución Holiday Break (no Nebrija classes)
December 8: Last day of UF classes
December 11-17: UF Final Exams week
December 15 & 16: Nebrija Final exams
December 17: Nebrija semester ends; Internships end
December 18: Program ends- students vacate residence

Program dates subject to change.

January 5: UF courses begin
January 8: Students arrive in Madrid (apartments)
January 9: Students arrive in Madrid (homestays)
January 10: Universidad Nebrija Orientation
January 11: Universidad Nebrija Intensive Spanish classes begin
January 11: UF Drop/Add ends
February 4: Universidad Nebrija Intensive Spanish classes end
February 8: Universidad Nebrija semester classes begin; Internships begin
March 23-24: Universidad Nebrija Midterm Exams
April 8: Last day to withdraw from online UF business courses
April 9-18: Easter Holiday Break, no classes or internship
April 20: Last day of UF classes
April 23-29: UF Final Exams week
May 2: Labor Day Holiday, No classes
May 17: Universidad Nebrija semester classes end
May 18-19: Universidad Nebrija Final Exams
May 19: Internships end
May 20: Program ends – students vacate residences

Program dates subject to change.

May 9: UF courses begin
May 10: UF Add/Drop ends
May 30: Students arrive in Madrid (apartments)
May 31: Students arrive in Madrid (homestays)
June 1: Nebrija Orientation
June 2: Nebrija June courses begin
June 14: Nebrija June courses midterm exams; Final exams for Study & Intern students
June 15: Internships begin (Study & Intern students only)
June 27: Nebrija June courses final exams
June 28-July 3: Business, Lang. & Culture break (no break for Study & Intern program)
July 4: Nebrija July courses begin
July 14-15: Nebrija July courses midterm exams
July 27: Nebrija July courses final exams; Final presentations for interns
July 28: Nebrija last day
July 29: Last day to withdraw from UF courses
August 5: Last day of UF courses
August 6: Program ends – students vacate residences

Terms of Agreement

Students must withdraw from their study abroad program on or before the following dates to avoid fee liability:

Group hiking with helmets in mountains of Asturias, Spain.
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1

Students become financially obligated for the full cost of their study abroad program after these dates. Only in extreme circumstances (e.g., serious personal injury, family emergency, etc.) will a student be allowed to petition for withdrawal prior to the start of the program. Petitions will be reviewed by the Associate Dean and Director of the Heavener School of Business.

Academic Structure

Business, Language & Culture

(13-17 credit hours)

All students are required to take at least two courses offered by Nebrija and at least one UF online business course. Students must take at least one other course (Nebrija course and/or online UF business course).

2-3 Nebrija Courses (3 transfer credits each)

Course offerings (contingent upon Spanish Placement Test results)

  • A1-B2.1 Spanish level students 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.
  • B2.2-C2 Spanish level students are strongly encouraged to take at least one Spanish course.

1-2 Online UF Business Course (4 UF credits each)

These courses follow the UF fall and spring calendars.

  • BUL4310: Business Law
  • ENT3003: Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • GEB3373: International Business
  • MAN3025: Principles of Management
  • MAN4504: Operations Management
  • MAR3023: Principles of Marketing
Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Course

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.

(9-14 credit hours)

All students are required to take three courses offered by Nebrija. Students can also opt to take one online UF business course if desired.

Nebrija Courses (3 transfer credits each)

All students will take two courses in June and one course in July. All courses take place Monday through Friday

  • A1-B2.1 Spanish level students are required to take two Spanish courses based on the following schedule – contingent upon Spanish Placement Test.
  • B2.1-C2 Spanish level students are strongly encouraged to take at least one Spanish course based on the following schedule – contingent upon Spanish Placement Test.

Optional: 1 Online UF Business Course (4 UF credits)

These courses follow the UF summer C calendar.

  • BUL4310: Business Law
  • ENT3003: Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • MAN3025: Principles of Management
  • MAN4504: Operations Management
  • MAR3023: Principles of Marketing

Study & Intern

(13-17 credit hours)

All students are required to take two courses offered by Nebrija, participate in a 3-credit internship and internship seminar offered through Nebrija, and take at least one UF online business course.

Nebrija Courses (3 transfer credits each)

  • Internship Seminar Course (EVPP)
  • Two other Nebrija courses
    • Course offerings (contingent upon Spanish Placement Test results)
    • Courses must be from the B2.2-C2 Spanish level or English offerings.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to take at least one Spanish course

1-2 Online UF Business Course (4 UF credits each)

These courses follow the UF fall and spring calendars.

  • BUL4310: Business Law
  • ENT3003: Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • GEB3373: International Business
  • MAN3025: Principles of Management
  • MAN4504: Operations Management
  • MAR3023: Principles of Marketing
Intensive Spanish Language and Culture Course

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.

(10-14 credit hours)

All students are required to complete 3 credits of Spanish coursework offered by Nebrija (see details below), participate in a 3-credit internship and internship seminar offered through Nebrija, and take at least one online UF business course.

Nebrija Required Courses (3 transfer credits each)

  • Spanish Coursework
    • Select two courses that take place over the first part of June only (Monday-Friday). The courses will combine to show up on the transcript as one three-credit course.
    • Course offerings (contingent upon Spanish Placement Test results)
  • Internship Seminar Course (EVPP)

1-2 Online UF Business Courses (4 UF credits each)

These courses follow the UF summer C calendar.

  • BUL4310: Business Law
  • ENT3003: Principles of Entrepreneurship
  • MAN3025: Principles of Management
  • MAN4504: Operations Management
  • MAR3023: Principles of Marketing

Program Costs

Program Fee

Program fee is determined by program type and housing selection.

Business, Language & Culture

Housing SelectionProgram Fee
ApartmentShared apartment arranged by UF partner$13,205
HomestayHomestay arranged by UF partner; Breakfast & lunch or dinner included$13,980
Independent HousingStudents find & pay for their own housing with no assistance from UF$9,330

Study & Intern

Housing SelectionProgram Fee
ApartmentShared apartment arranged by UF partner$14,430
HomestayHomestay arranged by UF partner; Breakfast & lunch or dinner included$15,315
Independent HousingStudents find & pay for their own housing with no assistance from UF$10,640

Program fee is determined by housing selection and program type.

Business, Language & Culture

Housing SelectionProgram Fee
ApartmentShared apartment arranged by UF partner$14,350
HomestayHomestay arranged by UF partner; Breakfast & lunch or dinner included$15,150
Independent HousingStudents find & pay for their own housing with no assistance from UF$10,000

Study & Intern

Housing SelectionProgram Fee
ApartmentShared apartment arranged by UF partner$15,600
HomestayHomestay arranged by UF partner; Breakfast & lunch or dinner included$16,400
Independent HousingStudents find & pay for their own housing with no assistance from UF$11,250

Program fee is determined by housing selection and program type.

Business, Language & Culture

Housing SelectionProgram Fee
ApartmentShared apartment arranged by UF partner$8,500
HomestayHomestay arranged by UF partner; Breakfast & lunch or dinner included$9,050
Independent HousingStudents find & pay for their own housing with no assistance from UF$6,050

Study & Intern

Housing SelectionProgram Fee
ApartmentShared apartment arranged by UF partner$9,300
HomestayHomestay arranged by UF partner; Breakfast & lunch or dinner included$9,850
Independent HousingStudents find & pay for their own housing with no assistance from UF$6,850
Student group relaxing in Templo de Debod Park in Madrid, Spain

Program fee includes all academic expenses (tuition/fees), orientations, co-curricular activities & excursions, housing/utilities (refer to above options), Madrid public transportation pass (metro and bus) for the first month of your stay, international travel medical insurance, and 24/7 emergency support. The $425 deposit paid at the time of application is included in the above figure. Note that some courses may require additional fees upon arrival.

Other Estimated Expenses

In addition to the Program Fee, which is billed and due before the program begins, students can also expect to incur the following incidentals at various stages before or during the program.

  • Passport (if needed): $145 – $205
  • Visa (for Fall or Spring term): $160
  • Flight: $600-$1200
  • Textbooks/Supplies: $100-$350
  • Refundable Housing Deposit: € 600-700 (apartment students only)
  • Phone: $15-$50/month
  • Meals: $250-$1000/month
  • Other personal expenses: $100-$1200/month
    • E.g., shopping, leisure, travel, etc.
  • COVID-19 Test (Pre-Departure)*: $100-$300
Palacio Real in Madrid, Spain

The above figures are general estimates. All incidentals, except the passport and visa, will vary between students depending on circumstances and preferences. Students are strongly encouraged to devise a budget for meals and other personal expenses in-country. The currency in Spain is the Euro (€).

*Information regarding COVID-19 testing requirements as stipulated by the Spanish and US governments are constantly evolving. UF and/or Nebrija will keep you apprised of the most up-to-date information in communications during the pre-departure phase and during your time abroad. Students will be responsible for arranging their necessary tests.

Internships

Students are required to have high intermediate Spanish proficiency to qualify for the internship in Madrid. Participation in the Study & Intern program is contingent on the results of the Spanish Placement Test conducted by Nebrija after the UF application deadline. Students must attain a minimum level of B2 on the CEFR.

Student working on laptop in Madrid, Spain.

All students are guaranteed a non-paying internship as part of the program. The internships are designed to be holistic professional development experiences that equip students with skills necessary to compete in today’s globalized marketplace.

Students do not source their own internships or choose the exact company/organization at which they will work. Nebrija oversees the internship placement process and provides the necessary support, services, and supervision to ensure that students succeed. To help facilitate the placement process, students submit a portfolio of documents – resume (in English & Spanish), sector choices, and a motivation letter (in Spanish) – after completing the UF in Madrid Study & Intern application and receiving acceptance to the program.

A range of sectors are available:

Business (General) | Communications | Cultural Services | Economics | Finance & Accounting | International Business | International Cooperation | Management | Marketing | Social Development

Placements are almost always in start-ups, SMEs, or non-profits. The internship sites are in the greater Madrid area, so students should expect to commute, as is typical in and around the city. Placement information is typically provided approximately two weeks before the internship begins. The Study & Intern program has required program elements (internship or internship seminar) on Fridays during all terms.

Students are encouraged to keep an open mind with respect to their placement. The most successful interns possess the following qualities:

  • Adaptability, flexibility, & creativity
  • Strong work ethic & communication skills
  • High level of initiative & self-motivation
  • Enthusiasm & commitment to ongoing learning

Housing

The UF in Madrid program features three housing options. Housing selection impacts the program fee billed by UF. Students will select their housing choice by a designated deadline during the post-approval stage.

Students will live in shared city apartments managed by Students Global Relocation (SGR), a local firm that manages properties in Madrid. Students do not choose their building/location and will not necessarily live all in the same neighborhood. Typically, apartments will be within a 20-30 minute commute from the Madrid Princesa campus.

Students will be able to submit roommate preferences in the UF study abroad application, but we cannot guarantee that these requests will be honored.

Before departure, a refundable deposit of approximately 600-700€ is paid by the student directly to SGR by a designated deadline (payment completed online via credit card).

Students can expect the following from the apartment, regardless of building/location:

Apartment building in Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain.
  • Individual bedroom; configuration of bedrooms per apartment varies widely
  • Shared bathroom(s)
  • Living area & fully-equipped kitchen
  • Laundry
  • WiFi
  • Utilities included
  • Basic linens included

Homestays are arranged by Nebrija. Students complete an application form indicating their preferences and special considerations but do not choose their own home/family.

Homestay provides a more authentic cultural living experience. You will live at a local family or individual’s home in Madrid during the program. Homestays are “half board,” meaning two meals will be provided by the host each day (breakfast and either lunch or dinner).

Students can choose to find and pay for their own independent housing. If you indicate that you plan to locate your own housing, you will need to submit the address at which you will be living, information about roommates (if any), and a waiver in your UF study abroad application.

Outside The Classroom

Student in front of fountain at Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain.

Madrid is an energetic city rich in history with plenty of places to enjoy and explore. Nebrija provides many co-curricular and extracurricular activities around Madrid. These activities will keep students’ calendars packed! For fall and spring programs, students can take advantage of clubs at Nebrija. We encourage students to do some research, think about how best to spend their free time, and try to connect with locals whenever possible! Check out a few resources below:

Pre-departure Preparations

In addition to regular advising during the application process, Heavener International Programs hosts a series of sessions for program participants that are designed to offer support and manage student expectations:

Student overlooking city view of Madrid, Spain.
  • First Meeting: Typically held within a week of the study abroad application deadline, students meet others in the cohort and begin networking. Cultural resources are reviewed and further pre-departure tasks are clarified.
  • Pre-Departure Session: Typically held two weeks prior to the end of UF classes the preceding semester, final preparations (e.g., packing, finances, phones, etc.) are reviewed. Arrival information, daily life, health & safety, and more are also addressed.
  • Study Abroad Survival Session: Typically held the Reading Day of the preceding semester, students are led through a series of activities about cultural adjustment, global fluency, and comfort zones. Advisors also address any additional fears or concerns regarding travel or program elements.

Exact session dates and times are provided upon formal acceptance into the program. Students also complete an online Pre-Departure Module designed and overseen by the UF International Center and receive regular communication from Heavener International Programs and Nebrija each step of the way. Lastly, students are provided with a Heavener International Programs Pre-Departure Guide approximately 2-4 weeks before departure. Please email us if you would like to see samples of any pre-departure materials.