Drexel in Spain: EPA Madrid
Educational Programs Abroad (EPA) is a great opportunity for business, humanities, and global studies majors and minors, as well as language minors, to spend an academic term in Madrid. This program offers a unique combination of study with an internship opportunity. While working, students take academic courses at a local university, directly immersed into the culture and working environment of their host country.
If you wish to explore the diverse culture of Spain while studying, then Madrid is a city that can certainly satisfy your inquisitive and adventurous side. Madrid is the home to Real Madrid, the most celebrated soccer team, as well as a great food, fashion, art, music, and architecture. Although the population is close to five million, the heart of Madrid, where the pace of life is relaxed, remains very compact. EPA students soon find their professional and social niche in this pleasant and easy-going city.
Experiencing an entirely new culture is at the heart of EPA. There is an orientation program upon arrival, and an EPA Program Director will be on hand to help students settle in and support them throughout their time in Spain.
Madrid is the capital city of Spain, located in the geographic center of the country. Over 3 million inhabitants from diverse origins contribute to Madrid's rich cultural fabric. Known for their openness and hospitality, Madrileños don't let visitors feel like strangers for long.
Home to the Spanish Parliament (las Cortes), the Spanish Stock Exchange (la Bolsa), as well as a number of world renowned cultural and historical sites, Madrid is regarded as an important economic, artistic, and educational center. Students studying in Madrid will have access to a seemingly endless amount of activities, from visiting the Museo Nacional del Prado and Parque del Buen Retiro, to catching a fútbol (or soccer) match at The Estadio Santiago Bernabé, to flamenco dancing, and sampling local cuisines such as tapas, bocadillo de calamares, and churros con chocolate.
Transportation in Madrid is cheap and easy to navigate. The best way to move about Madrid is with public transportation: metro or bus. The cheapest option is to purchase the Abono de Transporte which permits an unlimited number of trips on the metro, bus, or train (with marked zones) for an entire month.
Madrid has a continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers, although temperatures are rarely extreme (it rarely snows in the city, for example.) In the peak of winter, the temperature is around 7ºC (43ºF). In July and August, the temperature can reach 33ºC (90ºF). Madrid has the highest number of cloudless days of any European capital.
Below are some links to videos about Spain and Madrid:
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Prior study of Spanish language
- Sophomore status or higher
Program participants will take courses in hispanic studies
. Integrated program courses
are available to those students who have completed Spanish 310 at Drexel prior to participation in the program. Class generally involves meeting once a week with fellow students and a course tutor. Grades are based on essays, exams, and sometimes oral presentations. Students earn Drexel grades and credit for the courses taken through the EPA Program.
: This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken there before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.
Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take if the course is not on the course equivalency spreadsheet (linked above). For example, if you want to take a course at the University abroad for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the appropriate department at Drexel.
Students also participate simultaneously in an academic internship during their study term. These internships are academic in nature and do not fulfill a co-op requirement.
EPA Academic Outline (total 18 credits)
2 courses: 4.5 credits each (9 credits total)
Academic Internship + Research independent study with A Global Studies Faculty Member: 6 credits total for GST 1399 (CR/NC - grade does not factor into Drexel GPA)
Intensive Spanish Language course: 3 credits
EPA has developed a strong network of companies across industries to take on interns in Madrid. Students receive successful placements for internships from a broad portfolio of opportunities that help them gain valuable international work experience and prepare them for a successful future. Click here for more information
Courses are taught in Spanish at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, located in Northern Madrid near University City and the Parque de la Dehesa de la Villa. All EPA students participate in a Preparatory Intensive Spanish Course taught through Nebrija at the beginning of the term before choosing semester courses that coincide with their level of Spanish. Their semester courses will most likely be taken alongside other non-native speakers, although students who test at a B2 level or above may register for courses with native speakers upon request.
Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
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Students should be prepared to leave summer term class/co-op several weeks early. Students should prepare to make adjustments and be flexible in fitting this program into their Drexel schedule. Due to the need for cycle adjustments, students should begin planning 12-18 months in advance.
Students can either live in shared apartments, or homestays with Spanish families. The homestay students are normally provided a bedroom and one meal per day. Living with a Spanish family provides an excellent opportunity to improve language skills.
U.S. citizens are required to obtain a student visa for programs lasting longer than 90 days. Non-U.S. citizens should contact the Spanish Consulate to find out if a visa is required for Spain. The process of applying for your Spanish student visa may take 6-8 weeks, so students should plan ahead. Accepted students should contact the Spanish Consulate for further assistance.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.