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European Council Madrid, Spain
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Sponsor: European Council 
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Restrictions: VSU applicants only
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English, Spanish
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About the Program | Program Information & Course Structure Payment & Refund Schedule | Deadlines & Late Fee Schedule Course Descriptions | How to Apply to the Program Insurance & Passport Information | What Students Have to Say | Contact Us Find Your Campus Representative List of all 2019 European Council Classes: Courses by Program | Courses by Subject

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 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.

Dates: June 27 - August 2, 2019
Cost: $5,200 *Price may fluctuate and will be finalized by September 10th. The package cost of $5,200 for the five week program includes
  • Round-trip airfare between Atlanta and Madrid
  • Round-trip transportation from the airport to the dorms on a private bus
  • Accommodations at Colegio Mayor Padre Poveda
  • 30 day metro and bus pass for Madrid
  • 14 meals per week
  • Guided tours of Madrid, Toledo, El Escorial, Segovia, and Alcala de Henares.
  • Welcome and Farewell Fiestas
  • Two optional weekend excursions to Barcelona and the north of Spain.
  • A primary health insurance policy providing coverage for medical expenses
Students in this program can also choose to participate in optional weekend excursions. Previous programs had the opportunity to visit South of Spain, North of Spain, or Barcelona. The website will be updated when final dates and cost have been determined. 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.
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Program Information & Course StructureMadrid group

All classes are held at the Colegio Mayor de Padre Poveda, where the program is housed. Students are required to take two three-hour courses. Courses will meet in the classroom on Mondays and Thursdays and students will take required field trips on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On three of the five weekends during the program, students will have three days to travel within Spain or to other destinations. 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.  


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. There is Wi-Fi throughout the Colegio. You can visit the Colegio’s website at Dorms Dorms 2Madrid room Breakfast is provided every day, lunch on Monday through Thursday, and dinner on Monday through Wednesday in the dining hall at Padre Poveda. 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. {Back to Top}



Courses in the 2019 Madrid Study Abroad Program are part of the regular offerings of member institutions; therefore, students may apply for loans or grants for which they would normally be Run over by bulleligible. 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.   Students should plan to budget a minimum of $1,400 for extra meals, entrance tickets, evening entertainment, travel, and shopping. All costs are subject to change because of unanticipated increases in airfares or other program elements or fluctuations in monetary exchange rates. The European Council will make every effort to keep program costs as advertised and will inform prospective participants of any changes as they occur.

Payment Schedule:

March 15, 2019 Application form and $300 non-refundable program deposit due.
March 15, 2019 First payment of $2500 due
April 8, 2019 Final payment of $2400 due
TOTAL PAYMENT: $5,200 Refunds
Program deposits and other payments are applied toward required advances, purchase of airline tickets and other costs related to the program. Note that the $300 program deposit is non-refundable and covers processing and reservation fees; the program deposit can not be used in a subsequent year. 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 at AND to the student’s campus representative at the home institution.    
Withdrawal before March 15 All but $300 will be refunded
Withdrawal between March 15 and March 18 all but $500 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
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Important Deadlines

  • March 15th -  Deadline for application fee & application form.
  • March 15th - First Payment
  • April 8th - Final Payment
  • March 29th- Two passport photo due (late fees apply, see below for details) if they're 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.
  • March 29th - An electronic copy of your passport is due. Passports should be scanned and emailed to the European Council coordinator; faxed and mailed copies are not accepted. Passport copies must be in color and at least 300 dpi in quality. Late fees apply, see below for details.
  • March 29th- Deadline for separate airfare waiver or flight deviation; see below for details.
  • May 11th- There is an all-day*Mandatory* student orientation in Macon at Middle Georgia State University. 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.

Late Fees for Passports & Photo

Items received between Mar 31 - Apr 13 $25 late fee
Items received between Apr 14 - Apr 28 $50 late fee
Items received between Apr 29 - May 12 $75 late fee
Items received on May 13 - May 20 $100 late fee
Items received on May 21 or after $100 plus $5 per additional day
Flight Deviation/Separate Airfare Airfare is included in the price of the program. However, if you wish to arrive to Europe 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, there will be a deduction in your SECOND payment. All deviation and separate airfare request must be submitted by March 30th and these opportunities are provided on a first come first serve basis. All requests submitted after March 29th will be denied.   {Back to Top}

Course Descriptions

All courses are 3 credit hours and students should check with campus representatives to determine course equivalencies at the home institution. Students are required to take two classes - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. LD-Lower Division Course UD-Upper Division Course


(Choose only one morning class)

Spanish Grammar and Composition (UD)
Dr. Maritza Bell-Corrales (Middle Georgia State)

This course is designed to continue listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish with further study of the culture of Spanish--speaking regions. Basic pronunciation, conversation, and structure are stressed.

Introduction to Life-Span Development (UD)
Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang (Georgia College and State)

This course is designed to challenge students' critical thinking in reflecting their understanding of human relations through cultural comparisons. Students will learn cultural implications of relationships in applying to their individual interpersonal relationships by totally immersing in an abroad setting.

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World Civilization Since 1500
Dr. Brian Parkinson (Georgia Southwestern State)

This course presents an overview of Spanish history from late antiquity through the Middle Ages, a period in history that was both unique and transformative in the development of the Iberian Peninsula. This course will adhere to a format that blends of chronological and thematic history, based on the Spanish concept of convivencia, or coexistence, for Christians, Muslims, and Jews, while often at odds, traded, married, and existed side by side in fields and towns for centuries.

Humanities Special Topics (Art & Culture In Context: Spain & Greco-Roman World)
Dr. Brian Rust (Augusta) This course is a humanities-based art appreciation survey of the visual art and culture of ancient Greece, Rome and Spain. We will explore the Greco-Roman world until the fall of Rome and Spain from the time of the Islamic conquest to the present day. The course explores the historical, cultural, and social climates in three important ages and how these forces impacted the visual arts. Works of art will be studied from multiple points of view, including structural analysis, subject matter iconography, media and style, along with the lives and works of individual artists.

Introduction to Human Geography (LD)
Dr. Paul McDaniel (Kennesaw State)
We live in a dynamic world! This course provides students an opportunity to explore global geographic patterns of resources, population, culture, geopolitical, and economic systems and their local level impacts while being immersed in the culture and landscape of Spain. We will explore defining concepts in geography by focusing on the stories of real people, global trends and their local impacts, interregional linkages, contemporary topics that transcend borders, and how these patterns affect local communities. While in Spain we will witness how broader concepts occur on the Spanish landscape, allowing us to compare and contrast these patterns with our home culture. Madrid Soccer Stadium {Back to Top}


(Choose only one afternoon course)

Spanish Conversation
Dr. Brian Hibbs (Dalton State)

This course is designed to enhance your cultural and linguistic proficiency in speaking Spanish with native speakers in a variety of real-life social situations. During our interactive class sessions as well as our exciting out-of-class interactions all around the city with native inhabitants of Madrid, you will study a variety of cultural topics such as social media, television/movies, history, politics, and more! If you feel your Spanish skills need some sprucing up or would like to solidify your ability to express yourself in the language, this course is for you!

Special Topics in Psychology (Interpersonal Relationships Across Cultures)
Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang (Georgia College and State)

This course will help you understand the influence of cultural social contexts, ethnic background, and historical trends on the development of interpersonal relationships.

Special Topics in Art: Artist Travel Journal
Dr. Brian Rust (Augusta)

This studio art course will inspire students to creatively express themselves while learning about the art/culture of Spain. The class consists of weekly lecture and studio time, field trips, readings, journal writing, sketching/collage and photo documentation in assignments. These weekly projects culminate a reflective travel journal. In addition to studying key works of art from Spain and other European countries, students will expand and sharpen their artistic vision and explore new expressive techniques to record their travels and insights. This course can serve as an upper division art elective for art majors or, by permission of instructor, as an open elective for motivated students of other majors who want to explore a new creative outlet.

World Civilization To 1500
Dr. Brian Parkinson (Georgia Southwestern State)

This course is designed to provide a brief overview of World Civilization from the age of exploration and expansion to the present. This course will concentrate on the modern history of the Spanish Empire, specifically exploration, imperialism, colonialism, anti-colonialism, and nationalism

Urban Geography (People, Culture & Environment in Spain and the European Union) (UD)
Dr. Paul McDaniel (Kennesaw State)

Europe has profoundly shaped our modern world! In this course we will explore concepts about the regional geography of Europe as they occur on the landscapes of Spain. We will examine the physical setting and environment, population and migration, languages and religions, cultures, towns and cities, and geopolitical organization. These concepts are examined within the framework of the European Union and broader global processes restructuring local social, cultural, economic, and political landscapes in Spain. Attention is also given to historic and contemporary features of the diverse urban environments of Spain’s capital city, Madrid. While in Spain we will discuss specific examples of concepts as they occur on the Spanish landscape. We will also explore the history and geography of the modern European Union.

Summer 2019 Directors and Faculty Directors
Hibbs Brian Dalton State
Bell-Corrales Maritza Middle Georgia State
Chiang Tsu-Ming GCSU
Parkinson Brian GSW
Rust Brian Augusta
McDaniel Paul Kennesaw State
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Apply to the Program

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 $300 non-refundable program deposit at our payment page.
*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 $300 program deposit are received. ** Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis according to the date of receipt of the application and program deposit. Students are encouraged to apply well in advance of the application deadline to assure them of a place in the program as 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.
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  1. 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.
  2. Students must be in good academic 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.
  3. 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. 

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.   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. Valley of the Fallen

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 can take more than 3 months to get a passport and sometimes require an appointment made well in advance. 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 (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 March 29th, 2019 to avoid late fees, please see "Deadlines" for details. {Back to Top}

What Previous Students Have To SayMadrid Horses

  • 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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Contact Us

European Council Coordinator (229) 259-2591
Dr. Brian Hibbs Madrid Program Director
Dr. Maritza Bell-Corrales Madrid Site Director
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