Madrid
Berkeley Summer Abroad

Madrid, Spain: Spanish Language and Culture

  • Summary

    Sharpen your Spanish language abilities in Madrid, the stunning cosmopolitan capital of Spain.

    • Walk through Madrid's historic neighborhoods and visit important landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the Royal Theatre, and the Buen Retiro Park
    Tour premier art museums, including the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza, and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
    Take exciting excursions to cities like Toledo, which was declared a World Heritage Site for its extensive cultural and architectural history

    On this program, you will accelerate your Spanish language skills and live the day-to-day life of a madrileño/a. By experiencing the Spanish pace of life and interacting with locals in Madrid, you will get a taste of contemporary Spain from a native point of view.

    Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2017
    All dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: Spanish

    Courses:

    • SPANISH N3: Intermediate Spanish (5 units) OR
      SPANISH N4: Intermediate Spanish (5 units)
    • SPANISH 16: Contemporary Culture (1 unit)
    • Spanish N102C: Composition - Breaking News: The Present and Past as Told by the Press (3 units)
    • Spanish 122: Spanish Culture and Civilization (3 units)

     

    Eligibility:

    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • Must have one year of beginning college-level Spanish by start of program

     

    Application:

    • Application opens February 1, 2017
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 10, 2017

     

  • Courses

    During the program, you will take two on-site courses for a total of 6  Berkeley units.

    Possible Course Combinations

    • Spanish N3 (5 units) + Spanish 16 (1 unit) = 6 units
    • Spanish N4 (5 units) + Spanish 16 (1 unit) = 6 units
    • Spanish N102C (3 units) + Spanish 122 (3 units) = 6 units

    Course: Spanish N3
    Title: Intermediate Spanish
    Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2017
    Instructor: Victoria Robertson, Ph.D.
    Units: 5 units
    Prerequisites: Applicants must have one year of beginning college-level Spanish by start of program

    The primary goal of SPANISH N3 is for you to develop written and oral skills beyond the level attained in SPANISH 2 in order to fully prepare you for the requirements of higher-level Spanish courses. In beginning-intermediate Spanish, you will gain and deepen your formal knowledge of grammatical structures, as well as increase your active vocabulary and site recognition so that you are able to function at a more sophisticated and complex level both orally and in writing. You will also increase your ability to read critically by analyzing both literary and non-literary prose. Conversation Spanish is higher stressed both inside and outside of the classroom; your daily environment in Madrid gives you excellent opportunities for constant reinforcement.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.<

    Course: Spanish N4
    Title: Intermediate Spanish
    Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2017
    Instructor: Victoria Robertson, Ph.D.
    Units: 5 units
    Syllabus: PDF
    Prerequisites: Applicants must have completed SPANISH 3 or the equivalent by start of program

    SPANISH N4 combines a review of grammar with the learning of new vocabulary and expressions, and the practice of conversation and writing. Throughout the duration of the summer, you will experience the language with the comprehension of lectures, and we will also be reading and analyzing some examples of Spanish literature. This is the next step in the learning process and an expansion of what has been studied in SPANISH 3. We will briefly speak about history and Spanish civilizations—we are going to try to better all aspects of your use of the language, learn more about Spanish culture, and grow from a tangible form.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: Spanish 16
    Title: Contemporary Culture
    Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2017
    Instructor: Victoria Robertson, Ph.D.
    Units: 1 unit
    Prerequisites: Applicants must take SPANISH 16 with either SPANISH N3 or N4

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: Spanish N102C
    Title: Advanced Composition - Breaking News: The Present and Past as Told by the Press
    Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2017
    Instructor: Anjouli Janzon, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Syllabus: PDF
    Prerequisites: : Applicants must have completed SPANISH 25 or the equivalent by start of program

    This course is geared toward the improvement of students' reading and writing skills by reinforcing real-life application of their foreign language knowledge and abilities in Madrid. They will participate within the academic discourse on contemporary news topics by interacting with televised or written texts, as well as conducting interviews with Madrid's citizens, and traveling to locations where news is happening. These activities will culminate in production of critical essays using workshops, revisions, and presentations to the class. Oral skills will be reinforced, as well as the improvement of reading and writing skills.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Course: Spanish 122
    Title: Spanish Culture and Civilization
    Dates: June 25 – July 29, 2017
    Instructor: María del Mar Vega, Ph.D.
    Units: 3 units
    Syllabus: PDF
    Prerequisites: Applicants must have completed SPANISH 25 or the equivalent by start of program

    This course combines lectures and readings about Spain's history, focusing on the 20th century with contemporary views of Madrid. There will be readings and visits to the contemporary art museum and the University of Carlos III. There will also be interviews with Spanish students. Additionally, students will be required to keep a journal of three entries per week.

    Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

     

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition $2,460 $3,120
    Program Fee* $1,826 $1,826
    Total Cost $4,286 $4,946
    *Students who choose the upper division track will pay a program fee of $1,793. The slight difference in the program fee reflects excursion changes to accommodate the upper division curriculum.

    Fees are subject to change. All non-Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55
    .

     

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,700
    Additional Meals $0
    Books $312
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.) $660
    Total Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Expenses $2,672

     

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

     

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $410 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing in a residence/hostel with 3 meals /day
    • Excursions to Toledo and Segovia, several museums in Madrid, a flamenco dance performance, etc.
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to Madrid and Spain, etc.
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest lecturers, museum admissions, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes

     

  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2017
    Application closes March 10, 2017
    Applicants notified of selection March 22, 2017
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2017
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Madrid June 25, 2017
    Last day of program July 29, 2017

    * These events take place on the Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Victoria Robertson, Ph.D.
    Program Director
    Email: vikaus@berkeley.edu

    Victoria Robertson was born in Moscow (Russia) to a Spanish father and a Russian mother. In 1971 she moved to Madrid (Spain) where she initiated her studies of the Spanish language and literature. Victoria holds a Ph.D in Spanish literature from the University of Washington in Seattle. Since 1991 Victoria has been living in the Bay Area teaching Spanish language and literature in various local universities and colleges. She has been teaching in the Spanish Department at UCB since 2011. Victoria has traveled widely in Europe, has been to Mexico, Peru and Cuba and is hoping to see more of the Spanish speaking world in the future. She was the director of UCB Summer Abroad Program in Madrid in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.