About the Program

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 cafés, but its Old World charm shines through in its long afternoon siestas, its warm and friendly people, and its majestic monuments to 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 sangría, talking to neighbors, and in general enjoying life in this vibrant city.

The group departs from Atlanta for Madrid on July 4, 2013, and returns on August 9, 2013. All classes are held at the Colegio Mayor de Padre Poveda, where the program is housed. All courses are three-hour courses, with class sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays (9:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.). Mandatory field trips are scheduled for Tuesdays (morning classes) and Thursdays (afternoon classes). 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 Colegio Mayor de Padre Poveda is one of many student residences located 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 during the academic year at the Complutense University, with its myriad cafés, shops, bookstores, and night spots. Nearby subway and bus stops connect students to downtown Madrid as well as all major points of air, rail and bus travel.

Health Matters and Insurance

Participants are provided with health-care insurance that covers them while they are abroad. The policy has a $50 deductible for doctor's visits and a $250 deductible for hospitalization.

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.
Participants 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 who have old passports should have them renewed. Participants who have never had a passport should begin the process of obtaining one immediately; it sometimes takes six to eight week to get a passport. Local post offices have information on where to get application forms and directions for 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 will need to acquire a visa.

For everything you may need to know about getting a passport click on the link below:

State Department - Passport Services and Information

Download Brochure Here

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The package cost of $4,950 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, 15 meals weekly, 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, and a pass for unlimited travel on the Madrid subway and bus system.

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

Students should plan to budget a minimum of $1000 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.

All 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.

Courses in the 2013 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.

Payment Schedule:

March 1, 2013: Application form and $200 application fee due.
March 8, 2013: First payment of $2,375 due.
April 8, 2013: Final payment of $2,375 due.

Total Payment: $4,950

Students’ application fee, deposits and other payments are applied towards required advances, purchase of airline tickets, and other costs related to the program. Note that $100 of 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 following schedule:

Withdrawal before March 1

all but $100 will be refunded

Withdrawal between March 9 and March 18

all but $300 will be refunded

Withdrawal between March 19 and April 1

all but $750 will be refunded

Withdrawal between April 2 and April 30

all but $1,900 will be refunded

Withdrawal after April 30

No money will be refunded

All withdrawals must be made in writing to the program office at Valdosta State University in order for refunds to be processed.

Students should plan to budget an estimate of $50-70 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.

Please take note of important deadlines:

-3 passport photos due April 8th ($50 late fee if not received IN OFFICE by 5pm on this date)

-An electronic copy of your passport is due April 8th. Faxed and Mailed copies are not accepted. ($50 late fee if not received by email by 5pm on this date)

-An all-day*Mandatory* planning meeting on May 18th.

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. If you chose to do this, $1200 will be deducted from your SECOND payment. All deviation and own airfare request must be submitted by April 8th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis.

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Course Descriptions

Social Class in Spain (UD)-Karen Young (Clayton)

  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. Prerequisites: Prerequisites for the upper division course would be SOCI 1101, ANTH 1102, or POLS 2101. This course does not require any prerequisites if taught at the lower division level.

Intermediate Spanish: SPAN 2001- Dr. David Alley (GASOU)

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. Prerequisites: completion of Spanish 1001 and 1002 (or the equivalent)

Spanish Media Studies (UD)- Dr. David Alley (GASOU)

This course will focus on Hispanic media in order to acquire new and current information about Spanish-speaking countries and to illustrate how very different messages can be conveyed with the same core information. The topics are current issues and events from around the Spanish-speaking world with a special focus on Spain. The media sources we will consider include newspapers, magazines, television, radio, internet sites and blogs, and feature length films. Student activities include written and oral analyses of media stories, oral interviews, simulated broadcasts of news, weather, and sports, and class debates on topics of current events. Prerequistes: Students need to have completed beginning and intermediate courses in Spanish (4 semesters) or the equivalent.

Intro to Psychology (LD)-Dr. Ginny Zhan (KSU)

  The Psyc. 1101 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.

Cross Cultural Psychology (UD)-Dr. Ginny Zhan (KSU)

  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. Prerequisites: Generally, Psyc. 1101 Introductory Psychology or Psyc. 2105 Social Issues is the prerequisite; however students without the pre-req. can take it with instructor’s permission.

World Lit II (LD)- Dr. Mary Marwitz (GASOU)

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, 161), 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. Prerequisites: Completion of ENGL 1102 with a grade of C or better

Travel Writing (UD)- Dr. Mary Marwitz (GASOU)

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. Prerequisites: English 1102

The United States and the Spanish Civil War (UD)- Dr. Mark Huddle (GCSU)

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 States, 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 to celebrate. This course will survey the political and economic history of Spain and the causes of the war, the political ideologies of early 20111 century Europe, as well as US role in the war.

US History Since 1877 (LD)- Dr. Mark Huddle (GCSU)

  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, World Wa1· One, the Roaring 20s, Great Depression, World War 2, the Cold War, the 60s, Vietnam, the rise of the conservative right, the Clinton years, and post-9/11 America. This course is taught thematically from an Atlantic World and transnational pe1·spcctivc so that students will engage American history in a global context.

Survey of Economics (LD)-Dr. Ellis Heath (VSU)

  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 five weeks abroad, you will learn basic economic concepts to give you a taste of what economics is about.

International Economics (UD)-Dr. Ellis Heath (VSU)

  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 five 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. Prerequisites: ECON 2105, ECON 2106, and MATH 1261

Intro to Anthropology (LD)—Karen Young (Clayton)

  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!

Introduction to Religious Studies (LD)- Hemchand Gossai (GASOU)

  This course is designed to introduce the student to the definitions, perspectives and methods in the study of Religion. We shall examine a variety of topics, the notion being to introduce the student to ideas and ways of thinking about what one believes, what one does with inherited beliefs, the significance and importance of examining one's beliefs, and in connecting and pursuing 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.

Human Sexuality and Religion (UD)- Hemchand Gossai (GASOU)

  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. Topics to explore will include: depiction of male and female in sacred texts; ecclesiastical and political institutions in shaping the consciousness of gender roles; role of tradition in establishing gender roles; how translations have determined what we hear about the nature of human sexuality and the roles of men and women.

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The Colegio Mayor Padre Poveda is one of many student residences in the cuidad universitaria, or the University City, on the western side of Madrid.  The area relfects the presence ofthe almost one hundred thousand students who live and study there during the academic year at the Complutense University, with its myriad cafes, shops, bookstroes, and night spots.  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.

All meals will be provided Monday through Thursday in the dining hall at Padre Poveda; on week-ends, breakfast only is provided. All efforts are made to meet individual dietary restrictions and preferences, including vegetarian options. In addition to the main dining hall, students may buy refreshments and gather at the more informal café/bar as well as the outside terrace, with tables and colorful umbrellas. Students also have access to the colegio’s swimming pool..

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

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Apply to the Program

Download Application Here

Kennesaw students! Please contact your campus representative, Jan Morian, prior to paying the application fee. You can contact her at (770) 794-7629 or at .

Pay Application Fee here (must be paid before application will be processed)

Any full-time or part-time student is eligible to participate in the program. Students from institutions that are not part of the University System of Georgia will be admitted on a space available basis.

An application form is available on the European Council Website; copies of the form are also available from campus representatives listed in 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 will be 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 the application deadline to assure themselves of a place in the program. The application deadline for the 2013 program is March 1, 2013.


Advice from Previous Paris Students

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

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If you do not have a campus contact or are unable to obtain the information that you need, please write or call Valdosta State University, the coordinating institution for the European Council, at the following address:

European Council

Beverly Vantine, EC Coordinator

Center for International Programs 

1500 N Patterson Street

Valdosta, Georgia 31698 

PH: 229-259-2591 or 229-333-7410 

FX: 229-245-3849


Program Directors:


Dr. Martha Hughes 
Georgia Southern University


For more information or a program booklet and application, please contact the European Council Representative from your home campus. If you are from a school that does not have a campus representative, please contact Beverly Vantine, the Coordinator of the European Council of the University System of Georgia. You may obtain more information from the European Council website.

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