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Consider studying during the summer in Madrid, the geographic center of Spain and the historic center of the entire Hispanic world. The city of four million is a modern European hub with state-of-the-art transportation and cyber cafes, but its Old World charm shines through in its long afternoon siestas, its warm and friendly people, and its majestic monuments of Spain's glorious past. Students will have the opportunity to visit flamenco clubs, the bullfight, tapas bars, and world-class museums, as well as to participate in Madrid's seemingly endless nightlife, as the streets overflow with people having a glass of sangria, talking to neighbors, and in general, enjoying life in this vibrant city.

Group in the streets of BarcelonaProgram Dates, Structure, and Course Structure

The group departs from Atlanta for Madrid on July 3, 2014, and returns to Atlanta on August 8, 2014. All classes are held at the Colegio Mayor de Padre Poveda, where the program is housed. Students can take one or two three-hour courses. Courses will meet in the classroom twice a week and students will participate in required field trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will have three day weekends to travel in Spain or other European countries. Students are also required to participate in a one-credit hour mandatory culture course held once a week.

On the first weekend, the program organizes group excursions, but all weekends thereafter are free so that students may explore Madrid or other parts of Spain, Europe, and Africa. The Spain program also organizes optional weekend excursions for an additional cost. Excursions change every year but students in the past have visited South of Spain, North of Spain, Portugal, and Barcelona, to name a few.

Program Costs

The package of $ 5,100 for the five-week program includes round trip airfare from Atlanta to Madrid, transportation to and from the airport to the hotel, accommodations for the entire time in Spain, a primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses, and a pass for travel on the metro system within the city of Madrid. The program also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Wednesday, and breakfast only on Thursday-Sunday. There will also be a welcome dinner during the first weekend in Spain and a farewell dinner.Swords

The package does not include tuition, additional meals, passport and related expenses, spending money, travel to Atlanta, or other costs beyond those listed above.

Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care from CISI insurance (Cultural Insurance Services International) that covers them while they are abroad. Information about local doctors and medical facilities will be available from the program director.

Students with special medical problems may be required to provide a physician's assurance of their ability to undertake foreign travel and study. It is not possible for the European Council to guarantee accessible facilities abroad for students with special needs.

QuioteParticipants should bring medications they regularly depend upon and should have copies of prescriptions in generic form in case they need to acquire additional medications. 
No special immunizations are needed to enter Spain, and the International Immunization Certificate is not required.


Passports and Visas:

 Everyone who travels to Spain must have a valid passport. Participants with expired passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately as it often takes more than 3 months to get a passport. Inquire at your local post office for instructions on obtaining a passport.

Holders of U.S. passports do not need visas to enter Spain for summer study. Participants traveling on passports of other countries should contact their campus representative for assistance in determining whether they need a visa.

Some countries require that your passport be valid at least three months (3) months beyond the dates of your trip. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.

Please visit the Department of State’s website for more information on how to apply for a passport. Students are required to turn in a copy of their passport by April 8th, 2014 to avoid a $50 late fee.

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ACCOMMODATIONSRun over by bull

The Colegio Mayor Padre Poveda is one of many student residences in the ciudad universitaria, or the University City, on the western side of Madrid.  The area reflects the presence of the almost one hundred thousand students who live and study there. Nearby, subway and bus stops connect students to downtown Madrid as well as all the major points of air, rail, and bus travel. Students may choose between a single room and a double room (shared with a roommate). Towels and bed linens are furnished. The front desk is staffed twenty-four hours a day.

You can visit the Colegio’s website at

All meals will be provided Monday through Wednesday in the dining hall at Padre Poveda; on Thursdays through Sunday, breakfast only is provided. The program will try to meet individual dietary preferences, but students must understand that the lunch and dinner in the Colegio is provided in a cafeteria setting and choices are limited. It is not like many cafeterias in the US that allow students to choose from different cuisines and options. Also, traditional Spanish cuisine such as that provided by the Colegio relies heavily on meat, fish, and eggs: vegetarianism is not as common in Spain as it is in the US and the Colegio does not as a matter of course provide a vegetarian option.  Therefore, as with most issues involving foreign travel, students must be flexible and creative when it comes to meals.

All rooms have internet access for students who bring laptop computers.

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Courses in the 2014 summer program to Madrid (Spain) are part of the regular course offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be eligible. Students should apply for financial aid at the campus where they are registering for courses. Campus representatives will assist students in obtaining information about financial aid. Students must meet all campus requirements in applying for financial aid. Small group at lunch

The package cost of $5100 for the five-week program includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Madrid
  • Airport transfers in Madrid to and from the colegio
  • Lodging at the colegio
  • 13 meals per week
  • Pass for unlimited travel on the Madrid subway and bus system.
  • A primary health insurance policy
  • First week-end activities (bus tour of Madrid, tapas restaurant, flamenco club, and guided excursion to Toledo)
  • An on-site travel consultant
  • A farewell party

The package cost does not include tuition, textbooks, extra meals, entrance fees, and weekend travel expenses, passport and related expenses, spending money, ground transport to and from the U.S. airport through which flights will be scheduled, or any other costs beyond those listed above.

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $2000 for extra meals, entertainment expenses, entrance fees to museums, and field trip costs. If students plan extensive travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Some course excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply at the mandatory student orientation on May 17.

royal palaceAll costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements, as well as fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council makes every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Payment Schedule:

March 3, 2014
Application form and $200 application fee due
March 10, 2014 
First payment of $2450 due
April 8, 2014
Final payment of $2450 due


Refund Schedule 

Application fees and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $200 application fee is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees.

Participants who withdraw from a program after the application deadline receive a refund according to the schedule below. Please note that all withdrawals must be emailed to the EC Coordinator, Beverly Vantine, at AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.Group with Tuno


Withdrawal before March 10
All but $200 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 11 and March 18
all but $400 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1
all but $850 will be refunded
Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30
all but $2,000 will be refunded
Withdrawal after April 30
No money will be refunded

Students should plan to budget an estimate of $80 per week for additional meals. If students plan extended travel or major shopping, additional funds should be budgeted. Some course excursions might involve additional fees; course instructors will inform students if such fees apply prior to departure at the mandatory student orientation on May 17, 2014.

Everyone in front of dormsImportant Deadlines:

-2 passport photos due April 8th ($50 late fee if not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date). Photos MUST be passport photos that adhere to the passport agency’s rules and regulations for photos. Photos that are submitted that do not comply with these rules will be denied and late fees will still apply. Please visit the Department of State’s website for detailed passport information.

-An electronic copy of your passport is due April 8th. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. ($50 late fee if not received by email by 5pm on this date)

-There is an all-day*Mandatory* planning meeting on May 17th in Milledgeville at the Georgia College & State University Campus. This meeting starts at 9am and is over at 4pm. Students who fail to attend will be penalized by dropping  the final grades for study abroad courses by an entire letter; if you receive an “A” in the course, the grade of “B” will be submitted to your home institution as your final grade.

Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare

Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Madrid sooner, or stay later, there is a *possibility* that you can do this at an additional expense to you. Students are also allowed to do 100% of their own airfare; however, in order to keep our group rate only a certain number of students may do this and must receive authorization from the EC coordinator. If you are given permission to do your own airfare, $1200 will be deducted from your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by April 8th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after April 8th will be denied.


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Students can chose to take one or two classes in addition to the mandatory, 1 credit hour, "Introduction to Spanish Culture". All courses with the exception of the culture class are 3 credit hours and students should check with campus representatives to determine course equivalencies at the home institution. 

LD-Lower Division Course

UD-Upper Division Course



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Intermediate Spanish II, Spanish 2002

Professor Anisio Santos (Georgia College and State University)

Intermediate Spanish II is an intermediate Spanish readings course for students who have completed three semesters of Spanish or the equivalent requirements. It is also the preparatory course for more advanced study. The emphasis is on the conversational use of practical, high-frequency vocabulary for communication. In the four chapters each lesson also presents a review of Spanish grammar to consolidate previous knowledge and strengthen the student’s grasp of the tools for speaking.

bearIntermediate Spanish I, Spanish 2001

Professor David Alley (Georgia Southern University)

Spanish 2001 is an intermediate Spanish course which will help you increase your vocabulary and understand and use more advanced grammar structures. Throughout the course you will practice speaking, listening, reading, and writing Spanish. Additional topics include Hispanic culture and communities and connections between Spanish and other disciplines.

Human Sexuality and Religion (UD)

Professor Louis Ruprecht (Georgia State University)

The intent of this course is to help students arrive at an understanding and appreciation of the complex and varied roles of males and females in the context of Religion. We shall explore a variety of situations found in religious texts, ancient and contemporary interpretations and in everyday life. While an essential part of the course will take the form of lectures, a major component will consist of discussion and co- inquiry. On completion of this course the student will be able to discern and have knowledge of the following: Biblical depiction of male and female Reasons for using the terms male and female over against masculine and feminine Ecclesiastical and political institutions in shaping the consciousness of gender roles Role of tradition in establishing gender roles How translations and particular hermeneutical principles have determined what we hear about the nature of human sexuality and the roles of men and women

The United States and the Spanish Civil War (UD)

Professor Mark Huddle (Georgia College and State University)

The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, pitted the popularly elected Socialist government of Spain against the Spanish fascists led by General Francisco Franco. The conflict quickly became an ideological proxy war as Germany and Italy intervened on the side of Franco and the Soviet Union threw its support behind Republican Spain. In the United State, the conflict was divisive. The government refused to publicly support the democratically-elected Spanish regime, but on the American political left, the war was a cause célèbre. This course will survey the political and economic history of Spain and the causes of the war, the political ideologies of early 20th century Europe as well as US role in the war.Guys

World Literature II  (LD)

Professor Mary Marwitz (Georgia Southern University)

This survey of great works of literature from 1700 to the present studies some of the forces that shaped the modern and postmodern world, with emphasis on critical reading and writing skills. Since we’re in Spain, we’ll begin slightly earlier, with Cervantes’ Don Quixote (1604, 1615), about the hero of Spanish literature, and gain a window into the waning days of the Renaissance. Other works will introduce us to heroes and heroines, to family conflict, to narratives of great adventure and emotional upheavals—to stories that capture the essence of our common humanity. 

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (LD)

Professor Young (Clayton State College)

An exploration of races and cultures of our world and the intergroup relations that emerge from ethnic, religious, cultural, class, gender and other differences are considered basic to developing an understanding of our society. Our ability to observe different cultural entities in Spain such as the architecture, Spanish festivals, theater, the arts and food, daily life, symbolic bullfighting, religious practices, and ties that connect marriage, family and kinship, will help us to understand concepts such as ethnocentrism, cultural relativity, and participant observation. As we broaden our awareness and knowledge of other group’s experiences and perspectives, we will gain tools for more effective intercultural communications, strengthen our ability to interact and work with others unlike ourselves, and be given a mirror in which to see our own cultural group more clearly. Join us as we explore the city of Madrid, and the natural surrounding countryside, people, and culture of Spain!

ladiesCross-Cultural Psychology (UD)

Professor Ginny Zhan (Kennesaw State University)

This course provides an overview of the study and application of psychological principles from a global perspective. Topics include cognition, communication, human development, personality, perception, mental health and others, and they will be discussed in the contexts of different cultural backgrounds of Asian, African, European and North and South American cultures. Being part of a Study Abroad program, we will take advantage of being in Madrid and incorporate aspects of Spanish culture and its influence on perception and behavior into the course. Cultural and behavioral similarities and differences between cultures and within the culture will be examined and discussed.

Survey of Economics (LD)

Professor Ellis Heath (Valdosta State University) 

Work on your Area E core requirements in the cosmopolitan city of Madrid, Spain. A good understanding of economics is a must to survive comfortably in today's world. Economics is more than business; it is about how to make choices that maximize your happiness. And what could be a better choice than learning economics in Spain. During your 5 weeks abroad you will learn basic economic concepts to give you a taste of what economics is about.    



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 Spanish Conversation (UD)

Professor David Alley (Georgia Southern University)

This course will focus on interpersonal and presentational speaking. Through class activities, homework assignments, and fieldwork in their Spanish-immersion setting students will develop their ability to produce oral Spanish comprehensible to native speakers in a variety of settings, types of discourse, and registers.

Introduction to Religion (LD)

Professor Louis Ruprecht (Georgia State University)

This course is designed to introduce the student to the definitions, perspectives and methods, in the study of Religion. While we shall pursue our objectives from a global perspective, the class is not a study in world’s religions per se. We shall examine a variety of topics, the notion being to introduce the student to new ideas and ways of thinking, and in so doing invite the student to connect and pursue those ideas and themes that strike a chord of interest or resonate in some particular way. We will seek to broaden our understanding of various religious claims, and in turn seek to stimulate questions and reflections on contemporary relevance.

United States History since 1877  (LD)

Professor Mark Huddle (Georgia College and State University)

This course is the second half of the American history survey course covering the period from the end of the Civil War to the present. Topics will include Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution, the Progressive era, WWI, the Roaring 20's, Great Depression, WWII, the Cold War, the 60's, Vietnam, the rise of the conservative right, the Clinton years, and post-9/11 America. The course is taught thematically from a transnational perspective so that students will engage American history in a global context.

somewhereTravel Writing  (UD)

Professor Mary Marwitz  (Georgia Southern University)

This writing workshop course takes you into the culture of Madrid and Spain, asking you to pay close attention to your surroundings and your experiences in them. More than a tourist guide, Travel Writing moves between the external and the internal, and between the objective and the subjective, allowing the writer to have her/his voice heard. You’ll write about food, fashion, and flamenco; you may explore the bullfight or public parks; you’ll visit museums and the Rastro, and perhaps a concert or a Turkish bath. You’ll read instructive essays, respond to peers’ work, and discover your own Spanish experience.

Introduction to Psychology (LD)

Professor Ginny Zhan  (Kennesaw State University)

Introduction to Psychology is an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior. A foundational course in the discipline of psychology for majors and non-majors, this course provides an overview of the basic principles guiding psychological processes of human behavior in areas such as learning, memory, lifespan human development, psychological disorders, and many others. Being part of a Study Abroad program, aspects of the host culture and its effect on observed behavior will also be examined and incorporated into the course content.

Social Class in Spain (UD)

Professor Karen Young (Clayton State College)

Different forms of social organization work to empower members of some social groups and disadvantage others, in systematic and regular ways. Otherwise known as inequality, its study focuses primarily on class differences, power differences, and status differences. We will examine a wide range of kinds of power – including economic, political, sexual, and cultural – and do so within a variety of social and historical settings. In our discussion of the inequities of historical and contemporary Spanish class structure, we will discover the who’s who in the Spanish political elite and consider different class positions of those within Spanish society – the upper (ruling) class, the middle class, the working class, and finally, the poor. Join us as we use the underpinnings of historical and contemporary Spanish culture to discover that power is not something abstract and distant. Power is, in fact, an entity that permeates all human relationships, shapes who we are as individuals, and helps determine what we can become as social beings. This class requires either SOCI 1101, ANTH 1102 or POLS 2201 as prerequisite courses.

International Economics  (UD)  

Professor Ellis Heath (Valdosta State University)

The world economy has never been more integrated in any time in history than it is today. While understanding international economics in the past was optional, today it is a must. And there is no better place than Europe to acquire this knowledge, so come to Madrid, Spain for 5 weeks and work on your IB and/or ECON majors (or business electives). While there, we will examine the international exchange of goods, services and financial instruments and the policies that affect this exchange.

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Directions on how to apply:

  1. Download and complete the European Council application
  2. Turn the application to your campus representative. If you do not know who your representative is click here
  3. After you submit your application to your campus representative, please pay the $200 non-refundable application fee.

*Your application will not be processed until we receive BOTH your application and $200 deposit.

** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. Some programs will fill as early as November. Once a program is full, students will be placed on the waitlist. Please do not be discouraged if you’re placed on the waitlist as we always anticipate a 15% drop.

 Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program as long as the student will be 18 years of age by the time of departure.  Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia must become a transient student at Valdosta State University. Click here for information on becoming a transient at Valdosta State University

Valley of the FallenAn application form is available above; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed on this site. Completed applications should be submitted to the campus representatives, along with a required application fee of $200 (to be paid online). Campus representatives forward completed applications to the program office at Valdosta State University.  Applications will not be processed by the EC office until both the application form (approved by the campus representative) and the $200 application fee are received.

Because of space limitations, acceptance is on a first come, first served basis, according to the date of receipt of the application and application fee.  Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program.

The application deadline for the 2014 program is March 3, 2014.

Students must be in good standing in order to be admitted to the program. Completion of an application form does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Note also that individual campuses may require letters of reference or other information beyond that required by the European Council. 

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Advice from Previous Madrid Students

1.    Pace yourself. Get good sleep. Plan out your days.
2.    Pack light so that you have room to expand.
3.    Be friendly and don’t get caught up in a clique.
4.    Keep an open mind—this isn’t the USA.
5.    Take at least one weekend to explore Madrid.
6.    Go on the optional weekend trips. So worth the money!
7.    Learn some Spanish (so helpful) and talk to someone who came on the trip before. 
8.    Drink lots of water.
9.    Wear comfortable shoes.
10.  Get ready for the time of your life.



SomewhereBeverly Vantine

European Council Coordinator



Dr. Robert Costomiris

Spain Program Director