Perfecting Spanish competency through guided language immersion and facilitated social and cultural integration is what motivates students at the School in Spain. Well in advance of leaving the U.S., students are encouraged to reflect upon how they want to achieve their goals while in Spain; once in Spain, students work with staff to find ways of integrating into the Spanish language and culture by exploring their own interests.
Madrid is a vibrant city of more than 3 million residents. As the capital of Spain, it is an important political, economic, and cultural center, and is home to several museums, theatres, and an active nightlife. The student population in Madrid exceeds 200,000, which gives the city an exciting, boisterous, and friendly atmosphere. And even though Madrileños are accustomed to living a cosmopolitan and urban lifestyle, they maintain a strong Spanish identity that makes the city a fascinating location to learn and live the Spanish language and culture.
The Sede Prim in Madrid, the headquarters of the School in Spain, houses the undergraduate as well as the graduate programs. This facility, run by Middlebury College, offers an academic program designed specifically for its students. Students who opt for this program will also take one or two courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. The city of Madrid provides students a wealth of intellectual and cultural possibilities and enjoys a central location, making travel to various regions of the country convenient.
During the first week of each semester, all semester students participate in an orientation designed to introduce Madrid and Spanish life. The academic program in Madrid consists of four courses taught in Spanish (1.0 Pomona course credit each). All students are required to take one course in advanced Spanish grammar and composition. Students then choose three electives from a range of courses, including up to two courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Students can complete a credit-bearing internship in place of one course. Students are required to take at least one course with significant focus on Spain.
Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the Middlebury study center on a CR/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a CR/NC basis.
With the assistance of the program administration, students find their own accommodations in homestays, apartments, or residence halls. A room and board allowance is provided by Pomona College.
Number of Students
Middlebury's Sede Prim Center in Madrid enrolls up to 40 students each semester. The Universidad Autónoma de Madrid enrolls over 32,000 students.
Middlebury Schools Abroad
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (in Madrid)
Listen to Bita Tristani-Firouzi’s (PO '21) experience on the Middlebury School in Spain: Madrid (Autónoma) program on the Sagehens Abroad Podcast.
- Five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, including one content course taught in Spanish.
- All students are expected to enroll in a Spanish course the semester prior to the term abroad. Middlebury requires a graded paper in Spanish as part of its application.