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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter-Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter-Spring 2022 10/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/10/2022 05/20/2022

** Application materials may be reviewed prior to the program's application deadline. (Please note: if all of your boxes are checked-off, your application is complete.) In most cases, for applicants applying to programs led by PSU faculty, interviews and final selection will take place after the program deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Fulfills University Studies Requirement: Yes, Reporting Live Supplemental Course
Program Description:

Program OverviewUSAC Madrid Summer

The Madrid program is ideal for students who wish to study Spanish, Art/Art History and European Studies (semester only) in one of the world's great capitals. Classes are taught at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos Vicálvaro Campus, which is inviting, modern, and student-friendly. It provides a great learning and social atmosphere.

Program Focus

Students can study for one semester, a full year, or during the summer (a 4-week session). During the semester, you will be able to study Spanish language and the complexities of Spanish and contemporary European societies through a wide selection of academic courses, as well as through personal interaction with the host culture. This program offers two diverse academic areas: Intensive Language and Spanish and European Studies. Our intensive language approach allows you to complete up to two years of university foreign language coursework in only one semester. You may stay for one semester or a full year. The program also offers excellent classes in Art History, Spanish Cinema, History of Photography, and Drawing.

In addition to the academic strengths of the program, the program offers the possibility of participating in a plethora of extracurricular activities. Cultural and sporting events abound, day trips to nearby cities are recommended, and Madrid's nightlife is unequalled by any other European capital.

Students who opt for Spanish Studies will have ample opportunity to practice their newly learned skills both inside and outside the classroom. Bustling pedestrian areas, busy cafés, vibrant nightlife, and diverse neighborhoods make Madrid a socially engaging metropolis. Students who choose Art History Studies will have the good fortune of access to three world-renowned art museums: the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía National Museum. These museums, which are the pride and joy of Madrid, comprise what is commonly referred to as the "Golden Triangle" of art, as all three are located within a mile of each other. A more privileged place to study art isn’t easily found!

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Program Provider USAC: University Studies Abroad Consortium
Program Dates Current USAC Calendar

Fall Semester with USAC = Fall Quarter at PSU
Spring Semester with USAC = Winter & Spring Quarters at PSU*
Areas of Study Explore the courses offered on this program

This program is a good fit for the following majors:
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Economics
  • European Studies
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Humanities
  • International Studies
  • Most Majors
  • World Languages & Literatures
Credits Fall: Students enroll in a minimum of 12 semster credits (18 quarter credits).
Spring: Students enroll in a minimum of 18 semester credits (24 quarter credits).
Summer Study: Students can earn 3 to 5 semester credits (5 to 8 quarter PSU quarter credit) 
Capstone Option Reporting Live Capstone available during Fall & Spring Quarters
Language of Instruction  English, Spanish
Host Country Language  Spanish
Housing Homestay, Apartment
Class Standing Eligibility
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
  • Post-Baccalaureate
Minimum GPA Requirements Undergraduate: 2.50

Must be in Satisfactory Academic Standing.
Language Requirement No previous language study required
Program Fee Click here to view the USAC Program Fee
PSU Fees Click here to view PSU Fees

Application Fee:
All applications include a $50 non-refundable fee due on the application deadline. Students who do not intend to complete a program application are required to withdraw before the deadline, otherwise, the $50 application fee will
be assessed to the students' account. 

USAC Program Fee Includes the following:

Semester/Academic Year