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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Middlebury Schools Abroad 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: Spanish Housing options: Apartment, Homestay, Other
Areas of study: Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, European Studies, Film, Gender and Women's Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Mathematics, Media Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Language GPA: 3.0 Program type: Direct enrollment
Language level: Spanish 100-level course or the equivalent GPA: 2.7
GPA in major: 3.0
Program Description:
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Apply to the Madrid (Carlos III) program if you want to take your language class at the Middlebury program center, Sede Prim, along with one optional elective there, and your remaining courses at the Universidad Carlos III. The Getafe campus of the Carlos III hosts the social sciences, and the Leganés campus hosts engineering and computer science.

Perfecting Spanish competency through guided language immersion and facilitated social and cultural integration is what motivates students at the School in Spain. Well in advance of leaving the U.S., students are encouraged to reflect upon how they want to achieve their goals while in Spain; once in Spain, students work with staff to find ways of integrating into the Spanish language and culture by exploring their own interests.

The municipalities of Getafe and Leganés are located just 30-40 minutes south of central Madrid by train.  Its proximity allows students enrolled at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Middlebury's host institution, to experience Spanish university life while still benefiting from the cultural and social attractions of the capital.  Students live in Madrid and commute to campus each day by train
. Students enroll directly in classes with their Spanish peers in art history, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, and political science on one campus, or in computer sciences and engineering on the other. It is possible to take one course on each campus of the Carlos III.

Academic Program
Students take a required language course at Middlebury's Sede Prim and can enroll directly in two or three university courses at La Universidad Carlos III. Students who choose to take two courses at the university will also take one content course at the Sede Prim. Students can complete a credit-bearing internship as their Sede Prim elective course. Students are required to take at least one course with significant focus on Spain.

Students are not permitted to take any courses taught by the Middlebury Sede Prim on a CR/NC basis, however, students may take direct enrollment university courses on a CR/NC basis.

Living Arrangements
With the assistance of the program administration, students find their own accommodations in homestays, apartments, or residence halls. A room and board allowance is provided by Pomona College.

Number of Students
The Middlebury Getafe program typically has 10-15 students per semester, selected from a national pool. The Universidad de Carlos III in Getafe enrolls 18,000 students. 

Host Institution
Middlebury Schools Abroad
Universidad de Carlos III 

Faculty Liaison
José Cartagena-Calderón

  • Five semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, including one content course taught in Spanish.
All students are expected to enroll in a Spanish course the semester prior to the term abroad. Middlebury requires a graded paper in Spanish as part of its application. Participants in this program must have advanced Spanish language proficiency and be mature and resourceful individuals who desire the independence of a full-immersion environment. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 02/11/2024 03/08/2024 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2024-2025 02/11/2024 03/08/2024 TBA TBA