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Language & Culture, UC Center Madrid

Study Abroad Program Overview

Accelerate your language training and encounter the cultural wealth of Spain with this intensive seven-week program for beginning students of Spanish. The program takes advantage of the modern classrooms and a computer lab located in the same building as the ACCENT Center that is located in the charming neighborhood of Chamberrí. Language instructors come from the universities of the capital and offer Madrid itself as the ultimate language lab. Why not study Spanish in Spain? 
Visits to many of Madrid’s world-class museums are included as part of the culture course, so you can use your free time to investigate Spanish music or cinema, enjoy the city’s lively nightlife, relax in the shady Parque del Retiro, or stroll through the busy streets on warm summer nights. No matter where you go, there will be plenty to do and see.
A weekend excursion to Galicia provides an additional perspective on Spanish culture and offers contrast to the many outings in and around Madrid.
Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

The curriculum is language based​


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.​
Summer :  
mid-June/late June to early August ​









​You have the option to live in a student residence hall or homestay located in Madrid. Housing is prearranged by the staff of ACCENT Madrid, who strive to match your preferences with lodging situations. Homestay accommodations provide the opportunity to live with Spanish families, observe firsthand how the Spanish live, and be more engaged in the language and culture of Spain. Many UCEAP participants recommend a homestay over a student residence hall as a way to reinforce language learning.

The homestay option includes two meals per day and the residence hall option includes all meals.​

Extracurricular Activities

​The program starts with a walking tour of Madrid and the ACCENT staff continue to arrange daytime and evening activities in the city even as you are making your own discoveries. The program also includes a day trip to Segovia and a weekend excursion to Galicia.

Picture yourself in Spain

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP programs in Spain are administered by a UC faculty member who serves as UC Faculty Director of programs in Spain. The local staff in collaboration with ACCENT International will help you integrate into Spanish culture and provide assistance with academics, safety, and other issues.​​
See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and health and safety.

Course Opportunities

The focus of the program is Spanish language acquisition at the beginning level. If you have had prior university-level instruction in Spanish, you may be able to use this program's course work to satisfy certain UC campus foreign language degree requirements.
Two courses are required for all students:
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
If you come to Madrid with:
  • Two quarters of Spanish, you may use this program to qualify for the UCEAP fall Language & Culture, University of Córdoba program. 
  • One year of Spanish, you may use this program to qualify for all other UCEAP fall and year programs in Spain.
In either case, you must submit a separate application and meet the minimum GPA requirements for the program you would like to attend. Contact your Campus Advisor for details.​


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 13 quarter/8.7 semester UC units are required; two courses.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Opportunities to conduct internships, research or independent study projects for academic credit are not available on this program. ​

UC Center Madrid

ACCENT Classroom 
The UCEAP Study Center in Madrid oversees the academic aspects of this program and shares space with ACCENT International in their Madrid Center. Located in the agreeable neighborhood of Chamberí in central Madrid, the UCEAP/ACCENT Center offers modern classroom spaces, a small library, and a computer lab with both broadband and wireless Internet access. ACCENT International coordinates all logistical services of the program.​
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.

Estimated EAP Costs *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.

1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.

All fees are subject to change without notice.

These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 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 non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • UC fees
  • Predeparture expenses (health clearance, etc.)
  • Room and board 
  • Two day-trips outside Madrid
  • One weekend excursion (usually to Galicia)
  • Guided walking tour of Madrid
  • Entrance to one evening performance
  • Welcome dinner
  • On-site orientation and handouts
  • Round-trip airfare from California
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • 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.​

Language Requirements 

Which UCEAP Spanish Language Requirements Apply to Me?

  • Students studying Spanish as a second language are required to complete a minimum of no Spanish language instruction and a maximum of the completion of the beginning series of Spanish language courses at the university level, or provide proof of equivalent via AP exam, IB exam, SAT II exam, UC language placement exam, or UC language evaluation.
  • This program is not suitable for Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with some formal study of Spanish.
  • This program is not suitable for Native/Heritage Spanish speakers with no formal study of Spanish.


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:

- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 1 year (3 quarters / 2 semesters) with a minimum language GPA of 2.00.


2.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
GPA Note: Good academic standing is also required, as defined by your UC campus.

All applicants must also have:

  • Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
  • Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
  • A willingness to abide by program regulations.
  • Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

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: