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Boston University Madrid University Studies Program
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring Semester
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Program Type: Study Abroad (semester) Language of Instruction: Spanish
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Boston University, Madrid University Studies Program

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program: 
  • Boston application deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020

This program is a great fit for those students who are already at an advanced level of Spanish language and are interested in taking a full load of content courses in Spanish in areas such as history, politics, anthropology and more. Students take courses at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid alongside other domestic and international students, in addition to one Contemporary Spanish History course taught through Boston University (BU). 

The University

Founded in 1968, UAM is widely considered to be one of the premier universities in Spain with an undergraduate student population of roughly 21,000. Some of its faculties include Philosophy and Liberal Arts, Law, Economics, Political Science, and many more. Students will commute via public transportation to the Cantoblanco campus, located roughly 15 km from central Madrid, a strategic location during the Franco dictatorship to keep anti-Franco activity out of the capital. 

The Setting

Madrid is the capital city of Spain and the most populous city, located in the central region of the country. Madrid is known for it's many art museums, rich night-life, and expansive parks and boulevards, offering many attractions for students and residents. The central part of the city is filled beautiful architecture and small streets, which make it a very walk-able city, although it's public transit system makes it easy to get around. As the central hub of Spain, students can also easily take advantage of the great bus and railway systems, which will connect them with the rest of Spain and Europe. 



All program participants will take one required core course, the "Seminar on Contemporary Spain," taught through BU. At UAM, students then choose three elective courses from a wide variety of subjects across the university’s seven “facultades” (departments). This is the minimum required course-load, equally 16 U.S. credits, which will transfer back as four Princeton credits. Courses are offered in areas including anthropology, archaeology, art history, cinema, economics, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, science, sociology and Spanish culture, language, literature and history. 


This program has a language pre-requisite of SPA 107 or equivalent (207 recommended). For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.     

Academic Calendar

Spring Semester: mid-January to late May

Please refer to the Boston University's website for updated program dates


Students will be placed with in local family homes to have a full-immersion experience, both linguistically and culturally. Each room will have a bed, desk, and storage space. Linens will be provided and washed regularly, in addition to all laundry, and internet is also provided. Kitchen access is not guaranteed, although students will be able to re-heat food. All meals will be provided by the host family. 

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website. 

Spain requires a student visa for anyone studying in country for more than 90 days. Please visit the New York Consulate's website for detailed instructions and a list of application materials. Once you receive your official acceptance letter from Boston University, it is strongly recommended that you apply for the visa as soon as possible—a maximum of three months in advance—to allow enough processing time.

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  • Apply directly to the program. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  • Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 TBA TBA
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