**This is NOT an intensive language study program or combination of Spanish language courses and subject courses in English. The SDSU Exchange program at Universidad Europea de Madrid is only available to upper-intermediate/advanced Spanish speakers looking for regular studies in Spanish. Independent (non-SDSU) Programs are available in Madrid and elsewhere in Spain to accommodate other needs.**
The Universidad Europea has campuses in the cities of Madrid, Valencia, and Tenerife (Canary Islands). Europea has seven schools that cover a wide range of fields. Universidad Europea forms part of the Laureate International Universitites network, the undisputed leader in the Higher Education market, with over 800,000 students and more than 75 institutions spanning 30 countries all over the world.
All academic faculties/departments
are open to exchange students who possess adequate Spanish language skills.
Courses primarily taught in Spanish with limited classes taught in English.
Students must have completed the intermediate level of Spanish (through SPAN 212) or equivalent (not including courses taken in high school). However, some upper-division Spanish (300+) is highly recommended. All applicants must meet the language prerequiste by the end of the semester prior to departure.
Heritage speakers of Spanish can have a Language Proficiency Recommendation Report completed by the Spanish department in the Aztecs Abroad application to verify language ability.
Semester 1: Early September to Late January (final exams usually occur about two weeks before the end of the semester)
Semester 2: Early January to Mid June
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
Applicants should review the degrees available
and determine if it appears to be a good academic fit. Click on "Academic Offer" to see the list of degrees.
The individual academic department exchange coordinator must be contacted directly for information concerning class descriptions and other details.
Look closely to determine if courses are generally taught during Fall (Semester 1) or Spring (Semester 2).
2 ECTS (European credits) equal 1 SDSU unit, so SDSU students must enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS per semester, however students can take up to 30 ECTS.
Students are required to choose only one subject area; all enrolled courses must belong to the chosen subject area or school. A language course can be taken along side regular subject courses through the UEM language center.
Housing and Meals
On and Off campus housing options are described on the International Students
website. Most students live in an apartment (flat) with other students, mainly international students in one of the more central Madrid neighborhoods. It is important to consider mass transit options such as metro trains and buses when considering accommodation in Madrid.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate CSU foreign travel insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
All U.S. citizens studying in Spain are required to apply for a visa. Please see the Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles
website for more information. It is recommended students schedule an appointment at the Spanish Consulate
even before receiving their official nomination in October or March depending on term.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State