Fall Semester: Students must have completed Spanish 307D and 308D, with a letter grade of B- or better.
The Carlos III program is designed so that students may study abroad for the full academic year (mid-August through late June), Fall semester (mid-August through mid-December), or Spring semester (mid-January through late June).
About the University
Carlos III University is the newest and smallest of the three major public universities in the Madrid area. It was founded in 1989, and inaugurated by the King and Queen of Spain as a new model for Spanish public education, in the contemporary era of the European Community and increasing internationalism. While the older Universidad Automoma, located about 10 km. north of Madrid by train, has approximately 38,000 students, and the Universidad Complutense, located within its own "city" in northwest urban Madrid, has 151,000 students, the Carlos III, situated in the suburb of Getafe about 10 km. (12 min.) south of downtown by train, offers a more unified, intimate campus. The principal campus of Carlos III, where all but Engineering students study, has about 7,500 students, and is divided into quadrangles. Its buildings are elegant and new, and there are computer facilities throughout the campus where students can send and receive e-mail, research on the web, and write papers.
Most Spanish universities have very few residence halls and it is the norm for Spanish students to live at home and commute to and from campus. For this reason, students on the WU program are housed with Spanish hosts in Madrid proper, rather than living in Getafe. Through this arrangement, students have the opportunity to experience greater linguistic and cultural immersion than a residence hall would provide, as well as benefiting from the vibrant social and cultural life of urban Madrid.
Support in Madrid
The Washington University students at Carlos III have their own resident director, Ramiro Feijoo, who will help them to select courses, register, learn to use library and other campus services, and will assess their progress and needs in the courses taken, conferring with the Carlos III faculty and staff regularly. The director also helps them renew their visas, helps them become familiar with parts of Madrid, and organizes day trips and longer excursions to introduce students to local festivals, important cultural sites, and other regions of Spain (such as Cataluña, Andalucia, or Asturias).
Washington University students also have their own housing coordinator, Maribel Romero. She selects Spanish hosts for our students and is available to help mediate any communication problems or, if necessary, find a new family if there are irreconcilable difficulties.
Since one of the goals of studying abroad is to familiarize oneself with the various aspects of foreign culture, it is expected that students will use Spanish in all activities related to the program. A one-week intensive language program upon arrival facilitates students' transition to peninsular Spanish usages.
All students take a Washington University Spanish Culture and Civilization course, Spanish 3181, for 3 credits. In addition, they take 12 credits from the following curricular divisions of Carlos III:
- Curso de Estudios Hispanicos - a core curriculum of courses in Spanish language, humanities, and social sciences designed for non-native speakers. 3 WU credits each.
- Curso de Humanidades - general education humanities curriculum for Spanish and visiting students that offers topics courses in a variety of fields. 1 - 3 WU credits each.
- Grados Curriculum - the majors curriculum for Spanish students that is also open to visiting students. The number of WU credits will be based on the number of weekly contact hours, often 4.
All students must take a minimum of 15 credits including the following:
- A Spanish language course in the Curso de Estudios Hispánicos (3 cr., determined by placement exam)
- The Washington University Culture and Civilization course (3 cr., receives a WU grade)
- A course of their choice in the Grados (usually 4 cr., Spanish majors curriculum)
They select two additional courses, according to their academic concentrations and interests, from any of the three curricular divisions (Grados, Curse de Estudios Hispánicos, Humanidades).
Courses that meet Spanish major/minor requirements at Carlos III
Literatura española is the equivalent to Spanish 334, Literatura hispanoamericana is the equivalent to Spanish 336. Students may also substitute Teatro español for one 300-level survey with permission of the department. Note: Students must receive grades of 7 or above to use courses taken in the Curso de Estudios Hispánicos to fulfill major/minor requirements. Students may be able to receive 400-level Spanish credit for a Spanish literature or culture course taken in the Spanish Grados curriculum at Carlos III or at the Complutense University in Filología Española, provided that they have taken 2 literature surveys beforehand and receive departmental approval. They must present all course materials for evaluation to Professor Davis upon their return. They may not fulfill the WU writing intensive requirement abroad. Other courses taken that are relevant to the Spanish major/minor receive advanced elective credit.
The program price will be set each semester and based on WU tuition, the cost of housing in Madrid, and the cost of mandatory WU health insurance. It covers tuition, educational and activity fees, excursions, room and board, health insurance and on-site support. Visa fees, airfare, spending money, and discretionary travel are not included.
The deadline for fall semester and academic year applications is February 1. The deadline for spring semester is May 1.
For more information about this program, please contact Professor Nina Davis of Romance Languages (314-935-5182, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Office of International Studies at (314-935-5958), Dr. Amy Suelzer at (314-935-8372, email@example.com).