Limited to 15 students and open to students from all majors
Rice University is offering a unique academic and professional experience with a faculty-led, six-credit hour program in Madrid, Spain.
1) How long is this program? 6 weeks – The Program begins Monday, May 18, 2020 and ends Thursday, July 2, 2020.
2) Will a Rice professor be with the group for the duration of the program? Yes, Drs. Luis Duno-Gottberg and Esther Fernandez will lbe in Madrid during the session.
3) What classes will I take? You will take 2 classes (6 credits total). One of the courses (SPPO 492) will be a full-time, six-week internship in a company or NGO (Non-Government Organization) in Madrid. The second is (SPPO 392) about contemporary Spanish culture and society.
Internships: you will be working 5 days a week for six weeks. The class on the society and culture of Spain meets twice a week, in the evenings.
4) Eligibility – Interested students should be able to communicate above Intermediate II level Spanish. Preference will be given to those registered in an upper division Spanish class during the Fall 2019 semester (above Intermediate Spanish II). If you are interested, you must schedule a short interview with Dr. Duno-Gottberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Fernandez (email@example.com).
This program is open to students from all majors.
5) Internships – Students will be placed in their internships based on skills, interests, and professional goals. We have numerous possibilities available, ranging from finances and banking, to education, and social and health services. The Internship in this program will count as a class.
6) Where will I stay while in Madrid? Students will be provided with home-stays for the duration of the program with carefully pre-screened Spanish families. During their stays, students will receive breakfast and dinner on weekdays (by their Spanish families).
7) Weekly cultural activities and weekend field trips. The faculty will plan weekly cultural activities (watching plays, museums visits, “tapas crawl,” cooking classes) as well as weekend trips. All of these activities are covered in the Program cost.
8) Travel to and from Madrid – Students are responsible for their own travel expenses to and from Madrid. Students commit to arrive within the required time frame.
Program Costs – $6,500 (Includes Rice University Summer Tuition for six credit hours, plus a $500 non-refundable deposit, payable upon acceptance to the program). The summer tuition amount is subject to change. There might be a limited number of small fellowships available from the department. Students who receive need-based aid during the academic year are eligible to receive financial aid for summer coursework. Students who are Pell Grant recipients may apply for Pell grant funds toward summer session costs. Loans may also be available.
The program costs include:
- Tuition and fees for the six credits of coursework.
- Home stay with Spanish families (breakfast and dinners included).
- Placement in an Internship with a Spanish company or NGO.
- Weekly cultural activities and weekend field trips.
- Support and dedication from Rice faculty and staff.
It does not include air travel, ground transportation, meals (other than those during weekdays at home), cell phone (this is a requirement), and personal expenses. There is also a cost for a background check that requires fingerprints.
For more information – contact Dr. Luis Duno-Gottberg (firstname.lastname@example.org), Esther Fernandez (email@example.com), the department office (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call 713/348-5451. Interested students will need to complete a Study Abroad Application Form, which will be uploaded to the website in August.
Application Deadline (1) – Early Decision: December 2, 2019.
Application Deadline (2) – January 17, 2020.