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Madrid University Studies

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

Program sponsor: BU Study Abroad

High Angle View Of City Street, Madrid

The Madrid University Studies program is a specialized program for exceptionally well-qualified students who have a strong command of Spanish. Offered in the spring semester (winter/spring quarters) only, students enroll directly at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), where they attend classes at the university’s Cantoblanco campus alongside native speakers. Founded in 1968, the UAM is widely considered to be one of the premier universities in Spain.

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Program Requirements

Eligibility

Open to students from all majors meeting Northwestern's minimum application requirements.

Language

3 years or the equivalent of college-level Spanish.

Application

  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Complete a BU application by the program's deadline.

Term notes

Only offered during winter/spring quarters, program is from mid-January to late May.

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Estimated Credit

6 Northwestern units. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.

Housing

Individual bedrooms in local family home. All meals (3 meals per day/ 7 days per week) will be provided by the host family. A packed lunch will be provided by the host family if the student is unable to commute home for lunch.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2018: $36,540

Billed by Northwestern
  • Tuition: $26,408
  • Program fee: $4,072
    (room/board, group flight, and other services)
  • Study Abroad Fee: $2,800

Total: $33,280

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Local transportation: $150
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Personal expenses: $2,850
  • Visa: $160

Total: $3,260

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the Boston University website for information about their available scholarships.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated BU programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.

Deposit

After you are accepted to a BU program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to BU to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your BU program fee and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

  • BU Deposit: If you paid a deposit, it will be credited to your CAESAR account after BU has confirmed the payment.
  • BU Travel Credit: If you will not participate in your program's group flight, the flight credit will be posted on your CAESAR account after BU has confirmed your independent travel. This may not happen until after the start of the BU term.
  • BU Scholarships: If you were awarded a scholarship from BU, the funds will not be sent to Northwestern. You should request to have the funds disbursed directly to you through your BU Student Link account. (This option may not be available until the start of your program.)
  • NU Financial Aid: If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other BU Charges

It is your responsibility to waive the Boston University domestic student health insurance plan, which will be billed to you directly by BU.

Because your program fee will be billed through your Northwestern account, you should not receive a separate invoice from BU for your study abroad program. However, additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips, or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying these fees directly to BU.

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