Fall/ Spring Semester Program
Madrid is one of the most livable capital cities in the world. Festive and friendly, this modern, fast-paced political and financial center of one of Europe's most ancient countries has managed to preserve the old while embracing the new. The city offers an abundance of opportunities to participate in Spain's rich cultural life. Its central location offers easy access to Spanish cities in every direction.
The University of San Diego Madrid program is coordinated and managed exclusively by the USD Office of International Studies Abroad. As an extension of the University of San Diego, the USD Madrid semester program offers similar courses to those offered on the San Diego campus and provides students with on-site support from USD faculty and staff who work in the Madrid office.
The USD Madrid Center, where students take classes, is conveniently located in the heart of Madrid. The USD Madrid Center is adjacent to Retiro Park, Puerta de Alcala, and the Prado Museum. This location is easily within walking distance to Gran Via and Atocha. Please view a map of the USD Madrid Center HERE.
All students are required to enroll in one Spanish language course and the travel seminar, where students can choose to receive credit in either Spanish, History, Political Science, or Business. The travel seminar offers students an academic and culturally intense opportunity to travel throughout Spain with area specialists. All students are required to take a minimum of 15 units during the academic semester (excluding the Travel Seminar). The courses offered through this program are USD courses and earn USD credit. There is no need to transfer credit between institutions.
The Travel Seminar is a very attractive component of the program in Madrid. This is an academic course that travels throughout Spain, coupling cultural sight visits with guest lecturers as well as company visits. The Travel Seminar includes travel to:
USEFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION
There are two choices for accommodations in Madrid: home stay families and apartments. The vast majority of USD students prefer the home stay families because of the meals offered and cultural immersion.
Home stay option
: Students live off-campus with with local Madrid families in local Madrid neighborhoods. Students are able to request to live alone with a home stay, however most students are housed with one other roommate. Breakfast and dinner are included.
: Apartments in Madrid are provided through a contracted housing company. The standard apartment housing option is a shared room, however students can also select a single room for a supplemental fee. No meals are included with the apartment housing option.
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.
For program financing and scholarship opportunities, please see the Financing Study Abroad link HERE
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
Throughout the semester, the USD Madrid Center will inform students about interesting optional activities taking place in the city. Additional planned and guided excursions are planned during some weekends and holiday breaks. Please check in with the USD Madrid Center for information about upcoming excursions.
A laptop is required for the program.
Please view an informative video about the USD Madrid Program with student testimonials HERE
Please take a look at a series of short articles about a former student's experience in Madrid HERE
Sample BUSN 498 Internship information and testimonials can be viewed HERE