Students participating in the Discovery Madrid program will enjoy a rich and varied introduction to Spain through a challenging semester-long curriculum. The program fulfills the same curricular requirements as those pursued by freshmen studying on the University’s main campus, while providing a course schedule unique to the Madrid experience. The Madrid staff helps to facilitate your immersion into the Madrid community through service learning, cross-cultural workshops, and extracurricular activities.
Life in Madrid
Discovery Madrid students will live with Spanish hosts either within the city of Madrid or in the immediate outskirts on a bus line. This enables you to use the Spanish you’ve learned in class and develop insight into Spanish culture that cannot be achieved any other way. Hosts vary from traditional family to single professionals. The housing coordinator in Madrid makes the placements based on extensive experience with each host.
Students usually eat their mid-day meal at one of the cafés or student restaurants. Continental breakfasts are provided by the host family every day, and evening meals are provided weekdays.
Students themselves repeatedly describe the host family experience as the best part of being abroad.
Students will be advised during the summer before departure by both the Syracuse-based SU Abroad staff and by a senior faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences, who will also serve as their advisor for the rest of the year (helping to choose spring courses during registration in November as well as advising throughout the spring semester). In addition to ongoing communication with students throughout the semester, the advisor will visit Madrid a week early in the fall semester to talk with students and to help with their initial adjustment to being abroad and to college expectations.
All Discovery Madrid students will participate in the Madrid equivalent of the First-Year Forum offered by the College of Arts and Sciences on main campus. The goal of the forum is to orient the student to college life, to SU, and to studying abroad. Students will discuss host families, cultural adjustment, time management, study habits, expectations of college-level courses, choosing a major, and more. This course will be taught by staff in Madrid with input from the associate dean for curriculum and instruction of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Program Field Study
During the semester, SU Madrid arranges study tours to important regions and cities in Spain. Students may participate in these trips if they are compatible with their schedules.
Students participating in the Discovery Madrid program will enjoy a rich and varied introduction to Spain through a challenging semester-long curriculum. The program fulfills the same curricular requirements as those pursued by freshmen studying on Syracuse University’s main campus, while providing a course schedule unique to the Madrid experience. Upon return to Syracuse in the spring semester, Discovery Madrid participants will be on equal footing academically with their main campus peers.
- Mapping Madrid: This four day seminar prior to orientation will help you become familiar with Madrid and provide the foundation for living and thriving in another country.
- CAS 101: First Year Forum (1 credit): This seminar welcomes new students to Syracuse University. The course helps you develop closer relationships with peers and an instructor and eases the entrance into University life. Special topics will introduce and orient you to Madrid and Spain and discuss adjusting to a new culture.
- WRT 105: Studio 1: Practices of Academic Writing (3 credits): In WRT 105, you will focus on critical analysis and argument, practices that are central to the academic work in universities and in professional careers. The course will involve you in a shared topic of inquiry—an urgent issue that requires multiple points of view and kinds of knowledge— that you will engage with through readings, a range of informal and formal writing assignments, a modest amount of database and web research, and a lot of conversation with your classmates. You will compose for different audiences and experiment with a range of rhetorical approaches. You will learn to revise and refine your ideas with the feedback and suggestions of peers and the instructor. You will deepen your reading practices as you read both popular and academic essays. The course is structured on a studio model so that each and every day in class you and your peers will collaborate on, discuss, and share texts and ideas, and you will invent, compose, and revise in and outside of class. This course satisfies a Liberal Arts Core requirement for writing.
- Spanish 101 (3-4 credits, depending on level)
- HST 300: Clash Of Titans, Meeting Of Minds: When Early Islam Met Early Christianity In The Mediterranean (3 credits): Taught in English, This course introduces students to one of the most fascinating periods of cultural achievement in world history, as Europe was being shaped: the 700 years covered by the vertiginous Islamic conquest and the protracted Christian reconquest of Spain—centuries of rivalry but also of unprecedented coexistence between communities of various ethnic, cultural and religious background: Syrians, Berbers, Byzantines, Romans, Visigoths, Franks, Vandals, Jews… And how out of that unexpected cauldron would rise modern Spain, willing to mold the world by conquering in turn the American continent. The course will also include two mini-tours to the “two axes of Spain’s history”: one south to Jewish and Muslim Toledo and Cordoba; the other north to Christian Burgos and León. That way students will experience in situ the grand world-visions left behind by medieval Spaniards of all religious and cultural persuasions.
- ANT 381: Ancient Rituals and Beliefs in Modern Spain (3 credits)
- HOA 209: Arts of Spain (3 credits)
- SOC 300.1: Gender, Race, Migration and Family in Spain (Fall, Spring)
- HST 412/PSC 422: Understanding 20th Century Spain (3 credits)