Academics

Welcome to JHU Program in Madrid!

Estudiantes en Salamanca. FALL 2013
Estudiantes en Salamanca. FALL 2013

The Program offers its students  a unique opportunity to further their education, while benefitting from a cross-cultural experience that improves their language skills in a Spanish university setting.

The Program has been designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of students with a variety of majors. Students can pursue their personal interests and at the same time, fulfill their JHU academic requirements, taking classes from Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos, or for an even richer experience, students can take direct-enrollment courses. Both credits and grades transfer back to Hopkins at the end of the program for CEH classes. Direct-enrollment courses are pass-fail.

The program is offered both in fall and spring semester, the whole academic year. JHU-Madrid provides an exceptional educational experience based on total immersion in a Spanish social and academic environment, which is as exciting and rewarding as it is challenging.

REQUIREMENTS: Sophomore, Junior or Senior Standing. Four Semesters of Spanish or equivalent. 3.0 Cumulative GPA

Students and Academic Director, Harry Sieber, at Sigüenza. FALL 2005
Students and Academic Director, Harry Sieber, at Sigüenza. FALL 2005

In the FALL student spend two weeks in Salamanca, where Hopkins conducts a cultural and linguistic “boot camp” at the Cursos Internacionales de la Universidad de Salamanca, which consists of fifty hours of classroom time, preparation for what is to come in Madrid. At the same time, students attend orientation meetings about life in Spain, academics and security and safety, etc. Each morning you will practice grammar, composition and conversation skills, essential for survival at Universidad Carlos III. In the afternoons, you will have practical sessions devoted to cultural aspects such ceramics and cooking classes, and guided tours. In those sessions students will be exposed to Spanish language and culture. In the SPRING the same intensive language and culture course, and orientation take place in Cuenca.

Students in class. FALL 2009
Students in class. FALL 2009
Students at Escuela Internacional. FALL 2008
Students after class. FALL 2008

Studying on campus. FALL 2005

In Madrid, the Hopkins students select courses from offerings available in the Cursos de Estudios Hispánicos, a program specifically designed for international students. And for those who wish further integration into the larger Spanish-speaking student population, from the Cursos regulares at Universidad Carlos III.

Founded in 1989, Carlos III is one of the few institutions in Spain that has adopted the American model of higher education.
Students Take 6 three-credit courses, and complete a total of 18 credits. Each class will subsequently transfer back to JHU as a three-credit-hour upper-division course. In addition, you will take an obligatory language course, the level of which will be determined as a result of oral and written placement tests administered on the first day of orientation. Courses are taught by faculty selected by Universidad Carlos III.

Jen, Felipe and Marissa with Don Quixote and his squire. Plaza de España, Madrid. Fall 2007.
Jen, Felipe and Marissa with Don Quixote and his squire. Plaza de España, Madrid. Fall 2007.

You also receive three hours of upper-division credit for a Hopkins-directed course called Contemporary Spanish Language and Culture. The course requirements are: (1) successful completion of the fifty-hour Intensive Language Review in Salamanca/ Cuenca; (2) perfect attendance at all program events and field trips; and (3) the creation of a Spanish-language journal with sufficient substance to qualify for intensive writing credit at JHU. The Resident Director, Dr. Manuel Colás, collects and grades your journals three times during the semester and attests to each student’s full satisfactory participation in program activities.

Phyllis Zhu writes her journal at Plaza Mayor in Salamanca. FALL 2009.
Phyllis Zhu writes her journal at Plaza Mayor in Salamanca. FALL 2009.