Madrid Parque Retiro Estanque

About the program

The Madrid-Barcelona Maymester is an intense, four-week experience built around SPAN 4120, a special topics in Spanish culture.  Based in Spain’s two premier cities, Madrid and Barcelona, the program affords students an array of cultural activities running the gamut from the high art and sophistication of such world-class museums as the Prado and the Reina Sofía to the more popular (but no less stimulating) worlds of Spanish fútbol and cinema.  In between students also get inside looks at Spanish politics and history through guided visits to the Spanish Senate and the Palacio Real, and sample some of the country’s most emblematic cuisine, from common tapas to roast suckling pig.  Side trips from Madrid include historic Toledo, a winding maze of stone streets on a hilltop overlooking the Tajo River, and Segovia with its unforgettable aqueduct and castle.  In Barcelona, students tour the most famous barrios of the city, see world-famous Gaudí architecture, and experience the particular rhythms and beauty of what is arguably Spain’s most European city.  The program includes full room and board for the entire stay in local homes in both cities, all in-country transportation, entry fees to included cultural visits, and an intensive Spanish course during the first week to jump-start participants’ spoken and written skills.

Semesters offered



Toledo / Segovia


Participants live and eat their meals with carefully screened Spanish families. Host families provide laundry services for the students.