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Madrid Internship

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Sponsor: BU Study Abroad

Location: Madrid, Spain


Madrid Internship Program students enhance their Spanish language skills by taking three courses and interning 15-20 hours a week. In the Madrid Internship Program, students with sufficient language skills are fully immersed in Spanish work culture through an internship in one of the following fields: arts and arts administration; business and economics; film, radio, and television; health and human services; hospitality and tourism; NGOs and international organizations; journalism; politics and international relations; and pre-law. Classes are taught in Spanish.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


  • Spanish majors and minors will need to discuss their study abroad plans with a departmental adviser.
  • Read Internships and Service Learning for specific information about earning credit for internships.
  • Read Credit Enrollment requirements for information about maintaining a full-time course load while abroad.

Academic Information:

  • The BU Madrid course, SHA HF 320: Food in Spain: Culinary History and Sociocultural Context, is not transferable to Northwestern because NU does not have an undergraduate department of Hospitality Administration.
  • Review information regarding transferable courses to NU

Admission Info:
To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete a BU application by the program's deadline

Languages: Spanish

Language Requirements: 

Prerequisite language skills identify the student’s level in this program:

  • Level II (Advanced Language Program): 2.5 years (completion of Spanish 199) or the equivalent of college-level Spanish.
  • Level III (University Studies Program at UAM), Spring Semester only: 3 years or the equivalent of college-level Spanish.


Homestays (meals included)

Program Costs: 

Fall 2016: $34,157

Billed by Northwestern: $30,842

Estimated additional costs: $3,315

  • Local transportation: $255
  • Books & supplies: $350
  • Personal expenses: $2,550
  • Visa: $160
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