Drexel in Spain: Universidad Nebrija
This exchange program (called the “Nebrija Integrated Programme”) takes place at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid, Spain. For nearly 20 years, Nebrija has received students from all over the world to take courses alongside Spanish students and become integrated into the daily university life. Drexel students interested in studying International Relations, Business, Law, Tourism/Hospitality, and Spanish language can take this opportunity to enroll in coursework with locals and sharpen their language skills, all while becoming immersed in the local culture of Spain’s vibrant capital city.
Nebrija prides itself on giving every student individualized attention, and the program provides interactive and communication-based teaching for effective and enjoyable learning. In addition to quality coursework and an array of extracurricular activities, Nebrija also offers support services such as a library, cafeteria, housing accommodation service, wi-fi access, and more.
Students must also take a language placement exam during the application process to determine their Spanish level based on the European system (A1-C2), and must achieve a score of B2 or higher to enroll in coursework taught in Spanish. Coursework is available at Nebrija in both Spanish and English. Upon arrival, all students will take part in a welcome orientation to facilitate their integration into Nebrija university life and local Madrid culture. In addition to academic coursework, this exchange program gives students the opportunity to participate in many other activities, including sport and leisure activities organized by Nebrija student clubs, and a language exchange program with Spanish students organized by the university’s Club Internacional. For more information about the Integrated Programme at Universidad Nebrija, visit the "Integrated Programme" website and select “Integrated Programme: Social Sciences.”
Check out this video about Nebrija: Road to Nebrija
Madrid is the capital city of Spain, located in the geographic center of the country. Over 3 million inhabitants from diverse origins contribute to Madrid's rich cultural fabric. Known for their openness and hospitality, Madrileños don't let visitors feel like strangers for long.
Madrid is regarded as an important economic, artistic, and educational center, home to the Spanish Parliament (las Cortes), the Spanish Stock Exchange (la Bolsa), as well as a number of world renowned cultural and historical sites. Students studying in Madrid will have access to a seemingly endless amount of activities, from visiting the Museo Nacional del Prado and Parque del Buen Retiro, to catching a fútbol (or soccer) match at The Estadio Santiago Bernabé, to flamenco dancing, and sampling local cuisines such as tapas, bocadillo de calamares, and churros con chocolate.
Transportation in Madrid is cheap and easy to navigate. The best way to move about Madrid is with public transportation: metro or bus. The cheapest option is to purchase the Abono de Transporte which permits an unlimited number of trips on the metro, bus, or train (with marked zones) for an entire month.
Madrid has a continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers, although temperatures are rarely extreme (it rarely snows in the city, for example.) In the peak of winter, the temperature is around 7ºC (43ºF). In July and August, the temperatures can reach 33ºC (90ºF). Madrid has the highest number of cloudless days of any European capital.
Below are some links to videos about Spain and Madrid:
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- Prior study of Spanish language: 101 for English coursework, 310 for Spanish coursework
- Sophomore status or higher
Most courses at Nebrija’s Integrated Programme are taught in Spanish, though some courses are also offered in English. Students should plan to take some or all of their courses in Spanish while attending this program, as they will have a much broader selection of courses to choose from. Spanish 101 prerequisite for students who wish to take classes in English. Spanish 310 prerequisite for students who wish to take classes in Spanish.
Course Descriptions (English).pdf
: Click this link and then select “Integrated Programme: Social Sciences. As part of this “Social Sciences” program, students may choose from courses in International Relations, Tourism, Business Administration, and Law.
: This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.
: Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take if the course is not on the course equivalency spreadsheet (linked above). For example, if you want to take a course at the University abroad for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the appropriate department at Drexel.
Students are taught and graded by local faculty at Nebrija. Grades are noted as “CR/NCR” on their Drexel transcript and will not affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a “C” or above at the host institution. You must plan to be a full time student at Nebrija (typically 4-5 courses each semester) while also being careful to take the equivalent of a full time load at Drexel.
The exchange program at Universidad Nebrija is offered in the Fall term only. As Nebrija is a semester-based school, the program dates may require participants to leave their spring/summer co-op slightly early. Please review the Nebrija academic calendar here.
Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
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The Fall Semester at Nebrija begins in early September and ends in January. Drexel students will be permitted to take final exams in December, in order to return to Drexel in time for winter classes. Students must arrange early exams directly with their Nebrija professors upon arrival.
Students may choose to live in a homestay, apartment, or a student residence.
The homestay option gives students the opportunity to live with a local Madrid family. This is the most immersive option, as students will be able to practice Spanish in the home and experience local Spanish life, while also enjoying home cooked Spanish food! In 2015, homestays arranged through Universidad Nebrija with half board cost 795€/month, and homestays with full board cost 930€/month.
Renting a room in a local apartment is also an option, though students will need to arrange this independently. An average rented room in Madrid costs about 450€/month, not including utilities.
Limited spaces in student residences (similar to dormitories) may also be available.
Upon acceptance to the program, Universidad Nebrija can provide guidance and support in finding and arranging housing accommodation.
U.S. citizens are required to obtain a student visa for programs lasting longer than 90 days. Non-U.S. citizens should contact the Spanish Consulate to find out if a visa is required for Spain. The process of applying for your Spanish student visa may take 6-8 weeks, so students should plan ahead. Accepted students should contact the Spanish Consulate for further assistance.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.