We encourage all of our students to study abroad. The department offers a program in Madrid, Spain, as well as an intersession program in Salamanca, and also endorses the intersession exchange program with Cuba. Students should consult with the director of undergraduate studies or their department adviser prior to studying abroad.
The Johns Hopkins University Program in Madrid, Spain
Students enroll at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. Founded in 1989, Carlos III is one of the few institutions in Spain that has adopted the American model of higher education.
Students choose courses from the multidisciplinary offerings of the Curso de Estudios Hispánicos, a program specifically designed for international students; in addition, students who are linguistically advanced may be able to register for a regular course at the university
Students can also pursue their personal interests while fulfilling their JHU academic requirements. Internships, for instance, can be arranged depending on students’ available time beyond their academic obligations. Both credits and grades for the CEH program transfer back to Hopkins at the end of the program.
JHU students are required to sign up for a minimum of 15 hours of credit, take a Spanish language course and the Contemporary language and cuture course offered by the resident director. Those students who are Spanish majors or minors—or who contemplate the possibility—are strongly advised to meet with the academic director of the program at JHU before going to Spain to discuss courses abroad to determine their impact on major/minor requirements at Homewood.
The plan of studies is varied and flexible, with courses in:
- Spanish language
- Art history
- Cultural studies
- Environmental sciences
- Film and media studies
- International studies
- Political science
Intensive Language Program
Students attend orientation sessions and an intensive language program at the Colegio Delibes in Salamanca for two weeks before returning to Madrid to meet their host families and begin classes at Carlos III.
Room and Board
Life in a Spanish-speaking household is an essential part of the learning experience. Students live in the university-approved housing arranged by the housing coordinator. Most homes are located near transit stops in central Madrid,with easy access to Atocha Station and the cercanías train line and buses serving Universidad Carlos III. Host families provide private rooms, weekly laundry service, and most meals—breakfast and dinner every day, plus lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Hopkins Madrid has its own Resident Director who helps students select courses, register, and learn to use library and other campus services. The Resident Director ,(in consultation with the Academic Director at the Homewood Campus), assesses progress and needs in the courses taken, and confers with the Carlos III faculty and the Academic Director regularly. The Resident Director also coordinates and teaches the Contemporary Spanish Language and Culture course and organizes activities and excursions that are included in the program.
Travel and Cultural Events
The program includes trips to a number of Spanish towns and cities of cultural significance, including:
- Toledo, the Visigothic capital of Iberia
- Cordoba, capital of the Islamic Caliphate
- Segovia, the town where Queen Isabella was proclaimed ruler of Castile
- Granada, capital of the last Moorish kingdom in Spain
- El Escorial, the monastery/resident Philip II had constructed in the late 16th century, which houses the remains of his father, Charles V., and of other descendants of the royal family
- Valle de los Caídos, the monument dictator Francisco Franco built for himself and for many of those who lost their lives in the Spanish Civil War.
Other activities include a variety of cultural encounters, from an evening at the theater, tapas in the heart of old Madrid and an introduction to the art of flamenco.
- Be a junior or first-semester senior
- Have successfully completed Spanish at the Intermediate level for at least two semesters and preferably one semester of Advanced Spanish. All students who apply are advised to take a Spanish course at JHU the term before they leave for Spain
- Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
The program is limited to 15 students. Selection will be made according to students’ GPA, their written statement with regard to what they hope to accomplish, and faculty letters of reference..
Students pay regular full-time JHU tuition and room and board. This covers the following in Spain:
- Introductory intensive language program
- Tuition at Universidad Carlos III and most fees
- Lodging and most meals
- Study trips and cultural events
- Transport pass for Madrid and surroundings
All students are required to have health insurance, including coverage for illness, accident, and medical evacuation to the United States.
Students will be required to obtain a student visa for this program. Students should have a valid passport at the time of application. Information will be provided on the visa during program orientation.
How to Apply
Students must complete the Hopkins Madrid application and return it with a personal statement, an unofficial transcript, a photocopy of their passport, and the names of two faculty references to:
The Office of Study Abroad
Levering Hall Suite 04B
Baltimore, MD 21218-2685
Fall: February 15
Spring: October 1
For more information, visit the Johns Hopkins in Spain blog.