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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Abby Hall Grubbs
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.7
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 4 course credits/semester, 8 course credits/year Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Prerequisites: None
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: At least 1 Spanish course at an advanced level Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Art History, Arts & Humanities, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Documentary Studies, Economics, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Finance, Global Cultural Studies, Global Health, History, International Comparative Studies, Literature, Markets and Management Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, Religious Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish and Latin American Studies, Statistical Science
Duke Administered Program?: Yes
Program Description:
Program History: The Duke in Madrid (DIM) program was founded in 1989 and is sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies and the Global Education Office for Undergraduates of Duke University. Committed to a cultural studies perspective, the program aims at improving participants' Spanish fluency and deepening their understanding of Spain and its many cultures within a global context.

Program Overview: Students enroll in four course credits. Two are taken at the Duke in Madrid Center and are for full Duke credit.  The remaining courses are chosen from a list of pre-approved courses at our host university, Universidad Carlos III which offers courses in a wide array of disciplines. All courses are taught in Spanish. Engineering students may take an engineering course in English if desired, but all other regular university courses must be taken in Spanish.  Students live in homestays. The program sponsors numerous excursions and cultural activities throughout the semester. Community service and volunteer opportunities are available.

Eligibility: Students should have taken one 300-level course (2.5 years college level Spanish) and have an overall GPA of 3.0. Students who have completed Spanish 204 with excellent Spanish grades will also be considered. Duke and non-Duke students are welcome to apply.


As a Spanish major, I knew it was crucial for me to involve myself in some sort of Spanish language immersion program. I also new that Spain, Madrid specifically, is one of the best places in the Spanish-speaking world to learn the Spanish as it is taught in the classroom.
     — Spring, 2013 Participant
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