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European Transformations, Madrid & Rome (Quarter)

Study Abroad Program Overview

The European Transformations program makes it possible for you to compare and contrast two legendary capitals by living and studying in both Rome and Madrid. Courses taught in English introduce the social and political changes that have taken place in Spain and Italy in recent decades while examining current challenges facing both countries. In each setting a special City course guides students through walking tours and visits to local museums, social gathering places, locations of historical interest, and special neighborhoods that accelerate your understanding of the cities and add an experiential background to your other classes.

Everything about the program is arranged to provide you with a profound appreciation for a major urban center in only five weeks -- twice! It's intense but super rewarding.
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

Italian; Spanish

In both program cities, the City courses will also have a language component.


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Spring Quarter :  
Late March to mid-June









In Madrid you will live in a student residence hall with local, international, and other UC students. In Rome you will be housed in shared student apartments with other program participants. All housing is within 30-45 minutes by public transportation to your classes.

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to the City course that deepens your familiarity with your new surroundings, additional cultural activities are designed to broaden your awareness and help you process your study abroad experience. 

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP partners with ACCENT in Madrid and Rome, and local ACCENT staff help you integrate into local life and provide assistance with housing, safety, local information, and other issues.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).

Course Opportunities

You spend five weeks in each location and take two courses in each: the City course for 3.0 UC quarter/2.0 semester units, and a Core course instructed in English for 4.5 quarter/3.0 semester units.

Diligent students may take an additional core course in either city, though this is not encouraged. All core courses are upper-division credit. Students may test out of the City course if they place into the intermediate level of the local language. Note that some classes also may occasionally require activities on a weekend or holiday.
Courses in Rome for Spring 2019:
Courses in Madrid for 2019:
The City course in each center will provide specialized language training, including local expressions and slang, to assist you in a deeper appreciation of local culture. Extensive visits to local sites of importance will round out the instruction.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Four courses and 15 UC quarter units are the required minimum.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Internships and research projects are not available on this program.

UC Center Rome

UC Center, Rome 
The Study Center in Rome is located in the historic heart of the city, amidst one of the most beautiful urban centers in the world. The program is administered jointly by UCEAP and ACCENT, the International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad. Staff at the Study Center advise on academic matters and provide information on cultural and social activities.

UC Center Madrid

UC Center, Madrid 
The UC Center in Madrid shares space with ACCENT International in the friendly and centrally located neighborhood of Chamberrí. The Center features modern classrooms and a computer lab with both broadband and wireless Internet access. Here too, staff advise​ on academic matters and provide social and cultural information.

Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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​​These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.

Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Pre-Departure expenses (passport, visa, health clearance, etc.)
  • Cost of round-trip airfare
  • UC fees
  • Tuition
  • On-site orientation
  • Cultural activities
  • Cost of the transfer between program cities
  • Room and board
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.  

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: