University of California, Riverside

UCR Study Abroad - UCR Summer Abroad Program

2017 Madrid, Spain

Madrid: Past and Present

Spend four weeks exploring modern Madrid and environs, with ready access to three of the great museums of Europe. Take in theater productions, films, and perhaps travel afterward on a high-speed train to Sevilla or Barcelona. Four weekly walking tours to sites of interest will orient you to the riches of the capital, while the three weekly excursions by chartered bus will take you to places of great historical and cultural importance, such as Toledo, the historic capital of the country; Segovia with its monumental Roman aqueduct; Ávila, the walled city of Santa Teresa; and Salamanca, with its historic university and irreplaceable plateresque façades.

  • General Program Information

    Note: This is a 5-week Summer Session 2 course, and will require some academic work prior to departure.

    The summer study abroad program in Madrid, Spain, offers students the chance to learn in Spain’s capital city, where royal palaces and 16th-century streets coexist with a modern metropolis, connected via metro and high-speed rail. Students will earn UC credits in courses about Spanish culture, past and present, and about the evolution of Spanish as a common world language and as a dynamic and varied system throughout its history. In both courses, the city itself will provide many of the materials and texts, including major national museum collections, institutions, buildings and monuments of significance, theaters, concert venues, and historic cafés. Weekly walking tours of the city will extend the classroom into the street, and excursions to historic sites and cities—including Toledo, Segovia and El Escorial—will further broaden the scope of students’ onsite learning experiences.

    Madrid: Past and Present is a four-week course which requires Spanish language proficiency in order to participate.

    Benjamin Liu, Hispanic Studies (

    Host Institution:
    Colegio Mayor Universitario TBA
    Madrid, Spain

    Spanish 103 Spanish Culture and Civilization in Spain; 4 units
    Spanish 190 Directed Studies: A Brief History of Spanish; 4 units

    Tentative Dates:
    Summer Session B: July 31 - September 2, 2017

  • Accommodations in Madrid

    Students will be housed in a Colegio Mayor associated with the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  They are situated in Ciudad Universitaria in the CIty of Madrid, Spain, and are easily accessible by metro, taxi, or bus from the center of the city and airport.

    Look for more information in the coming weeks!

    Students will be given dates to plan their arrival and departure. 

  • Detailed Program Fees

    Please note that Program-Related Fees will be paid to UCR (see payment instructions). Airfare and most meals are included in the "Estimated Additional Costs" section in the bottom half of the table; each program is designed individually and may or may not include the same amenities or cover the same expenses as other UCR Summer Study Abroad programs. Students are responsible for understanding program-related fees for their program.

    Accommodations and Service Abroad Fees included in “Remaining Program Fees” is subject to change based on fluctuating exchange rates, unexpected changes in activities and local prices. Fees estimated below do not include personal travel, entertainment, out-of-pocket medical expenses, special medical needs, and other emergencies, as well as other personal needs items not required by the program.

    Program Fees

    Program-Related FeesUndergraduates Graduates 
    Course Fees – 8 Units of UC credit $2446.54* $2918.08*
    Course Materials and Services Fees (CMSF) $560.83* Same as undergraudate
    Programming Fees (Lodging, Excursions & Misc Fees) $2243.31* Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Round-Trip Airfare $1000.00* Same as undergraduate
    Estimated Total Cost*$6250.68*$6722.22*

    *UC Riverside’s Per Unit Course Fee is subject to Regental, legislative, and gubernatorial action and may change without notice.

    The tuition, fees, and charges posted here are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by State funding reductions. Accordingly, final approved levels (final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown. The amounts shown here represent, for planning purposes, estimates of the Per Unit rate for Summer 2017. Actual charges for 2016-17 have yet to be determined by The Regents of the University of California and are not yet available at this time. Final figures are subject to change and may differ from the amount shown.

  • Courses & Syllabus


    SPN 103 - Spanish Culture and Civilization in Spain (4 units)
    Topic: "The Past as Present"

    In this month-long intensive summer course, designed for students in the summer study abroad program in Madrid, Spain, students will come to grips with how intimately past and present are entwined in many aspects of Spanish culture, including art, architecture, urbanism, literature and film, as well as in widely shared attitudes and expressions. Students will learn about, reflect on, observe, experience and debate a number of these key issues of Spanish culture as these manifest themselves in the historical past and the present day. Each week will present a topic that links a moment in Spain’s past with issues of pressing concern in the present day. Each topic will have weekly activities and walking tours that involve and engage Madrid’s neighborhoods, monuments and museums. Weekly day-long excursions in the vicinity of Madrid (Toledo, El Escorial, Segovia, Córdoba and Alcalá de Henares) will further expand the learning space beyond the four walls of the classroom. This course is taught in Spanish.

    SPN 190 - Special Studies (4 units)
    Topic: “Communicating Study Abroad”

    “Communicating study abroad” is a new course topic designed specifically for summer 2017, involving a personalized, creative response to studying abroad in a different country, a different culture, and a different way of communicating in Spanish. Students will independently and collaboratively explore their experiences of studying in Madrid in written and spoken Spanish on shared blogging and podcasting platforms.

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