Drexel in Madrid + London
The Madrid+London program allows Drexel students to experience two European capital cities in one term! Through this unique opportunity, students spend 4 weeks in Madrid and 4 weeks in London, taking courses in each city. The Madrid+London program is open to all majors, but of particular interest to students desiring to acquire or strengthen Spanish language skills. It is run in partnership with the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid and with the Foundation for International Education (FIE) in London.
Madrid: Madrid, the capital of Spain, is a cosmopolitan city with more than four million inhabitants. It is the site of the Spanish government and is the most important financial and cultural centre in the country. The cultural, leisure, and sports offering is rich and varied. It has countless theatres and museums, such as the "El Prado" National Museum and the Queen Sofía Centre for the Arts. Monuments, exhibits, and concert halls dot the city. In Madrid, over 43 parks and emblematic green areas such as the Retiro Park, the "Casa de Campo" Recreational Park, or the Sabatini Gardens can also be enjoyed.
London: London is undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest cultural and economic centers and has been dubbed as the “coolest city in the world”. The rich history combined with contemporary and multicultural dynamics of the city offer a perfect backdrop for study abroad! Classes in London take place at Foundation House, FIE’s main headquarters and study center, located in South Kensington and just a 10-minute walk from the residence halls. Classes are taught by British faculty.
Orientations: Students will be greeted in both cities by local support staff for orientation, which may include tours, a welcome dinner, or other activities.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Sophomore status or higher
Students will receive 18 Drexel credits and Drexel grades for this program. All courses are taught on an accelerated schedule. Classes are taught by local faculty in both Madrid and London, giving a very international perspective to your studies!
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: Students have 3 housing options: 1) homestay, 2) student residence, or 3) apartment.
Students are encouraged to live in a homestay, which gives them the opportunity to live with a local Madrid family. This is the most immersive option, as students will be able to practice Spanish in the home and experience local Spanish life, while also enjoying home cooked Spanish food! In 2015, homestays arranged through Universidad Nebrija with half board cost 795€/month, and homestays with full board cost 930€/month.
Limited spaces in student residences (similar to dormitories) may also be available, and can be arranged through Nebrija. Renting a room in a local apartment is also an option, though students will need to arrange this independently. An average rented room in Madrid costs about 450€/month, not including utilities. Upon acceptance to the program, Universidad Nebrija can provide guidance and support in finding and arranging housing accommodation.
: Dormitory-style bedrooms and several suites, with shared kitchens on each floor, private bathrooms in most cases, and a common area on the ground floor for lounging around on those rainy London afternoons. There are kitchens on each floor equipped with a microwave, pots, pans, dishes, etc. Students will generally be placed two or three to a room. All residence halls have wifi and 24/7 access to the computer lab. Students studying on other university programs will also be living in this building, providing for a nice mix of interests to your living situation. Housing is in the beautiful and royal neighborhood of South Kensington.
U.S. Citizens will not need a visa for this program. Non-U.S. citizens should consult the Spanish and UK consulates.
2020 Program Fee: $2,475
Included in Program fee:
Dormitory style housing in London
Field trips and site visits in both cities
5 week local transportation pass for London
Orientation & welcome activities for both cities
Onsite support staff in both cities
Not included in program fee:
R/T airfare US to Europe
Housing in Madrid (this must be paid directly to your housing facility in Madrid)
Transportation from Madrid to London (train or plane)
Meals, books, spending money, personal travel, miscellaneous.
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.