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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain; Malaga, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spain: Round 1, Spain: Round 2, Spain: Round 3, Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Student Type: Open to all Qualified Applicants Class Level: Graduate Students, Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Program Type: Faculty-Led, Study Abroad Flight Arrangements: Group Flight, No Deviations Allowed
Program Advisor: Amber Jennings: Housing Options: Dormitory with Meal Plan, Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:

Spanish Language & Culture in Málaga & Madrid



 Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Spain Guidebook 2018
Application Process

The 4 and 6 week language and culture programs provide intensive Spanish language instruction at all levels from beginning through advanced, immersion in Spanish culture, advanced courses in literature and history, and courses in English on aspects of Spanish culture.  The 4 week program is based in Madrid, while the 6 week program spends two weeks on the Costa del Sol in Torremolinos in the province of Málaga before joining the 4 week program in Madrid.  Both versions of the program culminate with a grand finale weekend in Barcelona. Professor Antonio Sobejano of Binghamton's Department of Romance Languages serves as faculty adviser.


Spain is a country with dramatic contrasts in geography and settlement patterns which over time has led to a remarkable regional diversity. Twice the size of Britain, it is one of Europe's larger countries. To visit Spain is to experience the legacy of its vast history from the time of the Visigoth monarchs, the seven and a half centuries of Moorish rule, followed by the Reconquest and Empire to the 20th century's turbulent history marked by the Spanish Civil War, two world wars and the transformational impact of membership in the European Union. The interplay of regional identities versus nation-state loyalties is a constant theme as represented by language itself. In addition to the Spanish language, with its own regional dialects, the languages of the Catalans, Basques, and Galicians still flourish.

Madrid, the capital, is located in the center of the peninsula. With a population of around four million, the sophisticated cosmopolitan city includes monumental palaces, churches, and government buildings with parks, broad avenues, and stately statues and fountains. Museums abound-El Museo Nacional del Prado, Casa de Cervantes, la Sorolla and others. Famous for its nightlife, visitors will find flamenco, jazz, zarzuelas, opera, theater, concerts, film, and popular music from many traditions. Close to Madrid are the 16th century palace El Escorial, the Valley of the Fallen, and the historical cities of the Central Plateau such as Toledo and Segovia.

Academic Features

All students are required to take one course in Málaga and two courses in Madrid at 3 credits each for a total of 9 credits. Classes in Málaga are all in the morning for four hours each day. Classes in Madrid take place for three hours each in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Many of the courses in the program may count toward the Spanish major or minor at Binghamton.  Students receive individual advising in the Romance Languages Department as to which courses will count toward the major and minor.  In addition, students may also be able to fulfill Binghamton General Education Requirements for some of the program courses.  Certain courses can be taken as graduate courses and graduate students are welcome on the program. Graduate level courses, for which there is a supplement of $150 per course, are indicated by 5000 level numbers.

Some of the courses include field trips as an intrinsic part of the instruction and all courses take advantage of the Spanish history and culture that students experience through organized activities or simply from daily life in Madrid.  Each course consists of 40 to 45 classroom hours.  Language courses are limited in size to 16 students each.  All courses are offered in Spanish unless otherwise noted.  In selecting courses, students should be flexible in case a course is canceled for insufficient enrollment. Again, students take TWO courses in Madrid.  

2018 Program Coursework:

Here when available you will find generally approved course equivalencies: Spain Course Equivalencies However all students should consult with their relevant academic adviser to confirm appropriate courses for them and credit that will be accepted from the program. Students who do not attend Binghamton need to consult with the academic adviser at their home school to inquire about their equivalencies. Binghamton freshmen, transfers, and students having never taken a Spanish course on campus must consult with the Romance Languges department regarding course selection. 

Courses Offered in Málaga: (Choose only 1 course)

C1100 Elementary Spanish I
C2200 Intermediate Spanish I
C2241 Spanish Conversation—General Topics
C3241 Advanced Conversation—General Topics

C4932 Andalusian Writers

Courses offered in Madrid (Students MUST choose 2 courses)

Morning Classes (9:15-12:30)
M1121 Elementary Spanish II
M2200 Intermediate Spanish I
M2201 Intermediate Spanish II 

M2270 Art, Music, Folklore & Traditions*
M3241 Advanced Spanish Converstaion, Medical terms
M4930 Hispanic Short Stories

Afternoon Classes (2:30-5:45)
A1121 Beginning Spanish II
A2241 Spanish Conversation, Current events

A3500 Spanish Culture & Civilization*
A3510 Spanish Culture & Civilization
A4920/5920 Intro to Spanish Theater

Evening Classes (6:00-9:15)
E3242 Advanced Spanish Conversation, Current events
E3300 Grammar and Composition
E4931/E5931 Hispanic Cinema

E1110 Music Appreciation*

*Courses with an asterisk are taught in English

View and download the Full Course Descriptions- the syllabi- from the FORSPRO website here:


Student Life

Generally Binghamton University sends between 35 and 60 students on the summer program; these students come from Binghamton and several other SUNY schools. The organization that runs the program in Spain, FORSPRO, generally has more than 200 students on the program from many different colleges and universities all over the United States.

Because FORSPRO uses the entire Collegio Mayor Mara during the summer for its own program, you will not be living with, dining with, or taking classes with Spanish students. However, your instructors are primarily Spanish, and the program staff on-site, as well as the residence hall staff, are all Spanish as well, so you have many opportunities to practice your Spanish! Social life in Madrid, as in much of Spain, takes place outside the home in the coffee shops, tapas bars, squares, and clubs of the city, so if you are interested in meeting young Spaniards, it is relatively easy to do so in these types of settings.



While in Madrid, students are placed in a student residence hall with 3 meals daily except Sunday evening.   The residence hall and location of classes is the Colegio Mayor Mara.  It is situated in Madrid's Ciudad Universitaria, near the Complutense University of Madrid.  Public transportation is close by and the center of the city is a ride away on the subway.  Students live in single rooms and the residence hall includes a swimming pool and other amenities.  In Málaga, students stay in the small, resort town of Torremolinos. They live in double rooms in a hotel not far from the beach--two meals a day are provided during the Malaga portion of the program.  Program staff in Madrid and Málaga are available to provide support, address concerns, and give lots of advice about what to see and do!  In Barcelona, and during the optional excursions, students stay in hotels generally in double rooms, and breakfast is the only meal provided.

Group Flight

The program organizes a round trip group flight from major cities including New York (John F. Kennedy Airport) and Los Angeles. There are surcharges for departures other than from JFK Airport.  The Binghamton group joins the flight departing from JFK, but students are welcome to use the other point of departure if more convenient.  Students are not allowed to deviate from any part of the group travel itinerary. Therefore, if you are making your own travel plans, you must make the arrangements to travel to and from the airports as well.  If you wish to fly independently and get your own airfare, you will receive a credit of $1025 on the cost of the program. However, participants are highly encouraged to participate in the group flight. It will be more affordable than flying independently, because if you fly independently you may also need to arrange your own transportation from the airport to meet the group.

*Optional Excursions:
These tours are optional and at an additional cost, which is paid directly to FORSPRO. 

Costa del Sol Tour Package: Gibraltar, Nerja, Ronda, Granada: $145
Full day: Panoramic of La Costa del Sol en route to Gibraltar. Includes cable car in Gibraltar.
Full day: Visit Nerja and the caves (El Balcon de Europa) Entrance fee included. 
Full day: Visit Ronda with guide

Madrid City Tour Package: Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Salamanca, Barcelona, and Costa Brava: $245
Madrid Cultural Activity Package:
 Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Flamenco,Tuna, Reina Sofia, Bernabeu soccer stadium. This package is required for Art, Music, Folklore & Traditions: $185. (required for course M2270)

4 Day Excursion to Lisbon: $385.

*Additional costs may be incurred on site

Estimate of Costs

For an estimate of costs, please review the following document:
FORSPRO Summer 18 - 6wks.pdf

Financial Aid: Since this summer program is 9 credits, students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.

Withdrawal Policy: When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.

Scholarships: Binghamton students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the James and Catherine O'Connor Scholarship. For more information about this and other scholarships, click here

 Spain Guidebook 2018.pdf

Application process

The Spanish Language & Culture program is open to students of all majors that have completed at least one year of university at the time the program begins. Graduate students are welcome. Minimum GPA requirement is 2.5.

Professor Antonio Sobejano Morán, Faculty Advisor for the Binghamton group can answer questions about the program: LT 510, 607-777-2645,  Information is also available from the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives at 
The application deadlines and their corresponding registration fees are as follows:

Round 1 ($200): November 15th
Round 2 ($275): January 15th
Round 3 ($275): February 12th
Round 3 ($400): March 15th

The registration fee is non-refundable once it has been sent to FORSPRO. The fee is a registration fee, not a deposit; this payment does not reduce the balance charged for this program in May


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.