Fall 2021 Madrid Program Details

C. Naples, Madrid

Get ready for your semester in Madrid!

Your fall 2021 semester abroad will be filled with enriching coursework and stimulating cultural activities, engaging teachers, strong student support, exciting educational field trips within Spain, and a myriad of opportunities to challenge yourself in ways you can’t yet imagine. See below for up-to-date program details.

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Syracuse Abroad Virtual Take-Off

  • September 1 – 9: 
    • Get a jumpstart on your semester abroad! All courses begin on-line. Meet your classmates and professors and start on your syllabi before travelling to Madrid 
    • Online pre-arrival orientation begins

Welcome to Madrid: In-Person Program Dates

  • September 16: Students arrive in Madrid
  • September 16 – 17: On-site welcome sessions
  • September 20: On-site classes begin 
  • Program end date:
    • December 3 – for students not taking part in the Azahar optional Signature Seminar
    • December 14 – for students taking part in the Azahar optional Signature Seminar

Program Highlights

  • Bullet Train through Spain!  All students will be able to choose up to three program-sponsored weekend trips at no additional cost.  Options will include the following destinations: Barcelona, Valencia, Alicante, Granada, Córdoba, Sevilla, Málaga.  The trips will start on Fridays and students will have the options to stay two days, returning back to Madrid on Sunday. Some trips include: Málaga: Picasso’s Birthplace, Granada: The Eighth Wonder of the World, Alicante: Unsustainable Tourist Urbanism, Córdoba: Muslim Spain.
  • Program Travel: Enjoy other local activities and day-long bus trips to regional destinations during the week.
  • Center Activities: Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee, Student Life events, cooking workshops and more!
    • Global learning opportunities and course activities take you out into the city to experience and learn: museum tours, walking tours, and visits to the Spanish Senate and Parliament
    • MadWorld Passport Program immerses you in Spanish culture through events, day trips, discussions and lectures throughout your study abroad experience
  • Two optional Signature Seminars will be offered for an additional fee:  
    • Marine Ecology will be taught during the semester; the travel component takes place within Spain during the two program breaks, October 8 – 12 and November 5 – 9. 
    •  Azahar will be offered at the end of the semester, December 3 – 13.  
    • Please note: The Spanish Identities and Imperium Signature Seminars will not be an option for the fall semester. For more details, view Signature Seminars.
  • Housing – Students still have the option to live in a homestay or a residence hall (El Faro and Hubr). Single rooms in El Faro are available this semester at an additional cost. We are also offering a new additional option at Hubr Residence Hall. Students will be asked to rank their housing preferences in late spring.  After a careful review, placements will be assigned by the Madrid Housing Coordinator to ensure the best fit for a meaningful semester.
  • Virtual internships for students with Spanish language skills can be self-arranged with assistance from Madrid Center staff.  
  • Course Availability: A wide variety of courses across the disciplines are available to students allowing you to take a full-time course load.  Due to the condensed nature of the semester, students are strongly advised to plan for no more than 17 credits during the regular semester.  Taking an optional Signature Seminar is a great way to earn up to 19 credits. 

Program Requirements

  • Independent Travel: Due to international health and safety regulations, students must limit their independent travels to within Spain.  The Syracuse Madrid staff will share their expert advice for both well-known destinations and hidden gems throughout Spain’s eight historical regions. 
  • Visas: The duration of the program, inclusive of the optional Signature Seminars, will be under 90 days, therefore, U.S. citizens will not be required to obtain a student visa.  Students without a visa will need to depart from Spain no later than December 14, 2021.
  • Non-U.S. citizens will need to obtain a student visa. Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed instructions and work closely with students during this process.
  • Fees: Due to the shorter duration of the program, the program fee has been reduced from $7,650 to $5,900 for the host family housing option.  The program fee for students staying at El Faro Residence Hall has also been reduced from $9,650 to $8,200.  The new housing option, Hubr Residence Hall, will have a program fee of $7,100.

Questions about Covid-19 procedures or health and safety abroad?

View COVID-19 plans