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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:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Dormitory with Meal Plan, Hotel/Hostel
Language of Study: English, Spanish Class Level: Graduate Students, Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Program Type: Faculty-Led, Study Abroad Student Type: Open to all Qualified Applicants
Flight Arrangements: Group Flight, No Deviations Allowed Program Advisor: Amber Jennings:
Program Description:

Spanish Language & Culture in Málaga & Madrid



 Academic Features
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Spain Guidebook 2016
Application Process


The registration fee is not required to begin nor complete an application. This amount will be charged only when a student has been accepted and commits to the program.?

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. 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.

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.  Students take one course in Málaga, and two courses in Madrid.  Unless otherwise noted, all courses are taught in Spanish.

Classes in Málaga are all in the morning for four hours each day. Students select one course for the Málaga portion. Classes in Madrid take place in the morning, afternoon, and evening for three hours each day. Students select two courses to take while in Madrid. 5000 level numbers indicate graduate level for which there is a supplement of $150 per course.

2016 Program Coursework:

Here you will find the generally approved course equivalencies for the summer of 2017: Spain Course Equivalencies 2017.pdf, 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.

Here you will find the the generally approved course equivalencies for the summer of 2018 onward: 
Spain Course Equivalencies 2018.pdf

Courses Offered in Málaga: (Choose only 1 course)

C1120 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 Beginning Spanish II

M2200 Intermediate Spanish I
M2201 Intermediate Spanish II 

M2270 Art, Music, Folklore & Traditions*
M3510 Hispanic Culture & Civilization

Afternoon Classes (2:30-5:45)
A2241 Spanish Conversation, Current events
A3241 Advanced Spanish Conversation, Medical terms

A3500 Spanish Culture & Civilization*
A4930/5930 Intro to Spanish Theatre

Evening Classes (6:00-9:15)
E2241 Spanish Conversation, Current events
E3242 Advanced Spanish Conversation, Current events
E3300 Grammar and Composition
E4931/E5931 Hispanic Cinema
E4935 Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (NEW course offering by Binghamton faculty director, Bryan Kirschen)

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 40 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), Los Angeles, and Miami.  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 other points of departure if more convenient.  Students are not allowed to deviate from any part of the group travel itinerary.  Please note that the Madrid/Barcelona flight is part of the international transportation Forspro provides. Therefore, if you are making your own travel plans, you must make the arrangements to travel from Madrid to Barcelona as well.  If you wish to fly independently and get your own airfare, you will receive a credit of $975 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: $195
Full day: Panoramic of La Costa del Sol en route to Gibraltar
Full day: Visit Nerja and the caves (El Balcon de Europa) Entrance fee included. 
Full day: Visit Ronda with guide
Full day: Visit Granada with guide

Madrid City Tour Package: Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Salamanca, Barcelona: $215
Madrid Cultural Activity Package
Tuna, Royal Palace, Prado Museum, Flamenco, Reina Sofia, Bernabeu soccer stadium. This package is required for Art, Music, Folklore & Traditions: $185. (required for course M2270)
4 Day Excursion to Lisbon: $395.

*Additional costs may be incurred on site

Estimate of Costs

For an estimate of costs, please review the following documents.

Spain 6 wk Round 1.pdf
Spain 6 wk Round 2.pdf
Spain 6 wk Round 3.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.

Program Fee Reduction:  Binghamton students on this program are eligible to apply for a reduction to their program fee of up to $1,000. If you would like to be considered for this funding, please write a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement explaining why you are requesting these funds and how this program contributes to your academic, personal, and professional goals. Within your statement, please specifically indicate if and how you have exhausted all other funding options.The statement should be in Word or PDF format with a header including your name, major(s) and minor(s), and cumulative and major GPAs. Please send the file to between April 1 - 23, 2017. Applications received outside of these dates will not be considered. 

Students receiving the fee reduction will be selected based on the following criteria:

1.       Must have applied for and been denied one or more scholarships
2.       Must have followed the application instructions (Within your statement, please specifically indicate if and how you have exhausted all other funding options. The statement should be in Word or PDF format with a header including your namemajor(s) and minor(s), and cumulative AND major GPAs) and submitted in the dates listed above
3.       Criteria 1 and 2 equal, GPA will be the deciding factor

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 2017.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 Director for the Binghamton group can answer questions about the program and provide academic advising: LT 510, 607-777-2645,  Information is also available from the Office of International Programs at 
The application deadlines and their corresponding registration fees are as follows:

Round 1 ($500): November 15th
Round 2 ($575): February 1st
Round 3 ($650): March 15th

Once a student is accepted to the program, a commit button will appear in the application. This fee is non-refundable once your program application shows a 'Commit' status and will be added to your Binghamton Student Accounts' QuikPay balance (in April for Round 3). 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.