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European Transformations, Madrid & Rome (Semester)

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.
You spend five weeks in the first city and 11 weeks in the second city. If you have applied successfully for an internship, it will begin in the second city of your program and extend into the summer. See European Transformations (Semester w/Internship). Otherwise you add another core course to your program during the final five weeks.​​​
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

Italian; Spanish

In both program cities, a City course will include language instruction. In your second city, the City course will continue for the 11 weeks that you are there. 


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

If you have not applied for an internship, you are required to take one core course and one City course in each of the program's five-week segments.
In your first city, you enroll in one Core course and the City course. Each core course carries 4.5 quarter/3.0 semester units. The special City course carries 3.0 quarter/2.0 semester units.
In your second city, you enroll in a minimum of two core courses, each of which runs for five weeks. You also enroll in the special City course that will have two parts and run for the 11 weeks of the second city programming.

In exceptional situations, students may take an additional core course in either city. All core courses are upper-division credit. Note that some classes also may occasionally require activities on a weekend or holiday.

Courses in Rome for Spring 2017
  • City course: Rome as Palimpsest: Language, History, Culture
  • Core Courses:
    • Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection
    • 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:
    • Contemporary Spanish History through Film
    • From Dictatorship to Democracy: Social Revolutions in Spain
    • The City as Text: Urban Development and Art in Madrid
    • Spanish Mass Media and Society
Final Core course for Semester students:
  • Beyond Tradition and Modernity: Spain's Sexual Revolution
The City course in your second city will have two segments and last the duration of the program using language instruction and extensive exploration of the city to assist you in a deeper appreciation of local culture.

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
  • MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses offered in both locations: Rome and Madrid
  • Academic Information in the Program Guide (1718 guide pending)


​You will enroll in a full-time course of study while abroad. A minimum of 22.5 quarter/14.8 semester UC units are required. It is possible to add another course to this program.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

​Research and independent study are not available on this program. See European Transformations (Semester w/Internship)

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.

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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 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:

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