Semester Spotlight

Campus Semester in Madrid

Fall 2020

Welcome to Spain

Students on the Spain semester with Verto Education will be based on a local campus with Spanish and other international students. They’ll take courses with local faculty trained in the Verto method and explore multiple cities to dig deeper into the culture of Spain.

In between classes and study tours, students will be able to unwind to the sounds of Flamenco music, indulge in endless plates of delicious tapas, and explore the country’s incredible history, nature, and culture.

The Semester At-a-Glance

Duration

12 Weeks

College Credits

16 Credits

Program Cost

Starting at $15,000 USD

Accommodation

Student Residence

Travel

Student responsible for airfare to/from

Academic Partner

Accent Madrid

Available Classes

  • Spanish Language Immersion
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • World Literature
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Spanish Economics within the European Union
  • European History

Upcoming Program Dates

September – December, Fall 2020 Semester

February – May, Spring 2021 Semester

SPAIN

Location Focus

YOUR SEMESTER IN MADRID

Historic Hub, Cultural Capital

Your Verto semester in Madrid will take you all over the capital of Spain and beyond to immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Spain. Faculty-led study tours, workshops and seminars, and cultural excursions will have you calling yourself a ‘Madrileño’ in no time.

Madrid is a city of mystery, where things are not always as they seem and where history and culture permeate every aspect of daily life. Led by local faculty and with a transit pass in hand, you’ll be able to discover yourself through delicious food, world-class art, dynamic history, and rich traditions as you begin your university career. Madrid is also a vibrant, student friendly city where over 1 million local and international students are enrolled each year.

ARRIVE IN SPAIN

ORIENTATION: Get to know Madrid & Your Verto Classes

When you arrive, you’ll have 5 days of on-site Orientation with Program Leaders and Academic Partner staff and faculty, including a welcome meal with your professors and program team. You’ll be led on a neighborhood walking tour, visit local markets including the famous El Rastro, get used to riding the Metro, practice your commute to class, learn survival Spanish, meet your instructors, get to know your classmates, and so much more!

Our Program Team will make sure your basic needs are met while you fight jet-lag and get to know your new home.

Navigating Classes + Life Abroad

The first few weeks of your Verto semester will challenge and excite you in new and different ways. You’ll be presented with your syllabi for the semester, map out your assignments, and incorporate study time into your weekly schedule – all while exploring the vibrant city of Madrid! Program Staff will make sure you know about all the opportunities available to participate in local cultural events and excursions.

You can look forward to events like going to see a traditional music or dance performance, Spanish cooking lessons, and even a bike tour around the Madrid Rio.

Establishing Your Routine

Soon, you’ll get into a groove and your Verto semester will be off and running! Between studying, going to class, and hanging with your roommates and new friends, faculty will take you all around the city on study tours to museums, exhibits, and workshops.

Soon, you’ll feel like you’re a Madrileno as much as any local. You’ll start to gain confidence to explore new and different parts of the city independently. With your Metro card, the city is yours to discover.

Academically, your faculty and Program Team will be there to support you as you prepare for your mid-term assignments and examinations – your first collegiate assessments!

Pondering Life After Verto

Toward the end of your program, you’ll want to decide what your next steps are after Verto. What have you learned about yourself and the world around you? What have you gained? What do you want to explore further? What impact do you want to make on the world?
Verto Program Teams and Central Academic Advisors will be sure you have all the information you need to make the right decision about attending a Verto Partner Institution or doing another Verto semester.

WRAP UP: Review & Reflect

Spend the last few days of the program completing your final assignments, having one last helping of churros + hot chocolate, and putting your experience in Spain into perspective. Finally, one last meal with faculty and program team to say hasta luego!

Academic Focus

CORE SEMESTER COMPONENTS

College Readiness Curriculum Seminar

In collaboration with Verto faculty, Program Leaders will facilitate workshops to help students develop study habits to help them be a successful college student. They’ll learn how to manage their time, study efficiently and effectively, read academic text, prepare for exams, and build confidence in their academic capabilities. Activities in the College Readiness Curriculum are hands-on and directly related to creating strong academic habits that will serve students well beyond their Verto semesters.

Purpose-Finding Workshop

Throughout the semester, Program Leaders will facilitate small group workshops to help students discover their purpose and create an action plan for how to follow through on their goals. Each student is assigned an individual Program Leader mentor who helps students set goals for the program and meets with the student regularly to provide feedback and support around the challenges associated with being abroad. This workshop will help students understand culture shock, cross-cultural communication, mindfulness, and help put their semester abroad into the context of their life and the future.

Community Building

Verto Program Teams will create purposeful activities to build a strong community amongst Verto students. The connections you make during your Verto semester will last a lifetime! In addition to the College Readiness and Purpose-Finding workshops, Program Teams will cultivate a community of acceptance, connection, openness, and support amongst Verto students. There are built-in opportunities for students to learn and grow together as a group with an emphasis on peer relationships and teamwork.

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Important Information

Details about Verto Madrid Semester:

Accommodation

Students will live in double occupancy rooms in a student residence with credit for bi-weekly laundry use. The student residence is no more than 25 minutes by public transit from where classes are held at the Madrid Study Center.

  • Single beds in double room
    • 1 wardrobe per student
    • 1 desk per student
    • Linen pack provided
    • Fully furnished bedrooms
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Wireless Internet Access throughout residence

Meals

Full board meal plan (three meals per day, including weekends, with a to-go lunch service) included.

Transportation

Student Metro Card included in semester fee. This provides access to the full Madrid City network as well as City Buses.

As students will be living in the heart of Madrid, getting around by foot and on public transit will become a part of their everyday experience – as it is with all locals!

Excursions

Examples (not all of these will be part of the Verto semester fee, but students can always do them on their own!):

  • Day trip to Toledo 
  • Day Trip to Segovia and La Granja 
  • Museum/study tours: Reina Sofia, Prado Museum, Plaza Mayor 
  • A traditional flamenco performance
  • Picnic in Retiro Park
  • Futbol match

Budget

Recommend between 350-500 euro/month

Madrid is one of Europe’s most affordable capitals. Additionally, since food, transport, and laundry are included in the semester fee, this budget will vary based on your personal spending habits, particularly your budget for independent travel. Talk to your family about expectations for budgeting before you arrive. You don’t want to blow your whole budget on churros! (Or do you…?!)

Academics

  • All classes will take place at the Madrid Study Center in the neighborhood of Chamberi. All classes are taught by faculty selected and trained in the Verto method.

Class choices: 

  • Spanish Language Immersion
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • World Literature
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Spanish Economics within the European Union
  • European History

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