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European Transformations, Madrid & Rome (Semester w/Internship)

Study Abroad Program Overview

The European Transformations program makes it possible for you to compare and contrast two exciting 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.
You spend 5 weeks in the first city and 11 weeks in the second city. Your  internship will begin in the second city of your program and extend into the summer.
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

Italian; Spanish

In both program cities, the special City course will be required for all participants and extend through the entire 11 weeks of the internship segment.


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Spring Semester :  
Late March to late July









In both Madrid and 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 will deepen your familiarity with your new surroundings, additional cultural activities are designed to broaden your cultural awareness and enhance 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.

Course Opportunities

You spend five weeks in your first city, where you are required to take one Core course and the relevant City course. If you would like to, and can manage the schedule, you may add an additional core course in the first city.
In the second city, you take another five-week core course, begin the Workforce course that supports the internship experience, and undertake the City course that runs for eleven weeks through to the end of the internship.
All the core courses carry 4.5 quarter/3.0 semester UC units. The City courses carry 3.0 quarter/2.0 semester units for the first city, and 6.0 quarter/4.5 semester units for the second. The Workforce/Internship course also carries 6.0 quarter/4.5 semester units.

All core courses and the internship are upper-division credit. Note that some classes also may occasionally require activities on a weekend or holiday.
Internship Course in either city for Spring 2017
  • Internship: Approaches to the Spanish/Italian Workforce
Courses in Rome for Spring 2017
  • City course: Rome as Palimpsest: Language, History, Culture
  • Core courses:
    • Art Crime and Cultural Heritage
    • Italian Politics and History through Film
    • Sport and Society in Modern Italy
    • The Italian Family from Early Modern to Contemporary Times
Courses in Madrid for Spring 2017
  • City course: Spain through its Culture and Language
  • Core courses:
    • The City as Text: Urban Development and Art in Madrid
    • From Dictatorship to Democracy: Social Revolutions in Spain
    • Contemporary Spanish History through Film
    • Spanish Mass Media and Society
The City and Language course in each center will provide survival or more specialized language training, including local expressions and slang, to assist you in a deeper appreciation of local culture. Information and visits to local sites of importance will round out the instruction.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


​You will enroll in a full-time course of study while abroad.
22-26.5 quarter/14.8-17.8 semester UC units are required.

Research and Independent Study

​Research and independent study 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.

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


Examples of internships offered in Rome include:
•Locally-based International TV and News Agency
•American NGO
•Cultural Tour Company
•Food & Culture Company
•International Entertainment Company
Examples of internships offered in Madrid include:
•Marketing & PR Consulting Firm
•School for underprivileged Spanish students
•Graphic Design & Marketing Firm
•Creative Design Studio
•International NGO
More Opportunities in Rome and Madrid

Setting Up Your Internship

  • You will be required to submit preliminary information regarding your internship interests at the time of application.
  • The study center staff in Madrid and Rome will help facilitate this process and your internship placement will be finalized once you are on-site.

Additional Information

  • the internship is not a required component of the semester program. See Courses and Credits tab for information on the semester program without an internship.
  • If you submit a successful application for the internship, you will enroll in a Spanish/Italian Workforce course in addition to your 10-week internship in the second city of the program. You will earn 6 quarter/4 semester UC units for your internship.
  • Internships are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis only.

Student Experiences

"While the idea of finding an internship was scary at first, those who work for UCEAP and ACCENT were incredibly helpful in finding a perfect internship that worked for everyone. One of the most valuable things I learned through this experience was how similar kids can be even across nations. They need their basic needs met, and simply want to enjoy your unconditional attention. I learned that despite the language barrier, we could connect in ways that were common to us both, such as play and games. In my future, I aspire to be the best teacher I can be. Through this internship, I believe I have gained valuable experience and skills in which to carry into my future career." 
Teresa Craig, UC Santa Barbara, Internship with a local non-profit after-school program for low income families

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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.)
    • Round-trip airfare
    • UC fees
    • Tuition
    • On-site orientation
    • Cultural activities
    • Transfer between program cities
    • Room and board
    • Books and other incidental expenses
    • Local transportation
    • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript

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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. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by ACCENT International.

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