Verano Español

Application Deadline: February 10, 2014

Verano Español (or Spanish Summer) celebrated its 52nd anniversary in 2013 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious American summer study programs in Madrid.

Madrid is a historically rich and culturally diverse city of nearly 4 million people. As Spain's capital, it boasts a number of important cultural sites, including the square of the old city; the Plaza Mayor, where bullfights were held in the 18th century; el Palacio de Oriente, the impressive Royal Palace used today only for ceremonial functions; the famous Retiro Park and the nearby Puerta de Alcala, both built in the 18th century under the reign of Carlos III; the world-famous Prado Art Museum; and the Puerta del Sol, the main plaza of downtown Madrid dating back to the Moorish occupation of the Iberian peninsula.


Verano Group 2013

2 Verano Tracks (both 6 weeks)

Language & Culture Track: Designed for students of all proficiency levels interested in complete immersion in Spanish language and culture.

Internship Track: Offers advanced Spanish language students (who have completed at least one 300-level Spanish course) the opportunity to continue studying Spanish while at the same time participating in a full-time, professional internship. Students in this track study 1 week of intensive Spanish and then participate in a 5 week-long internship. Interns go to their place of work 4 days a week and participate in 1 day of language classes.

Both tracks are 6 weeks long, offer Spanish homestays, and all courses are conducted in Spanish by native Spanish faculty. The Verano program is based in central Madrid at don Quijote (dQ), a language school located near the Museo del Prado, Parliament, and Plaza Santa Ana.

The foundation of instruction at dQ is a communicative methodology of language learning that stresses students' immediate and active engagement in language acquisition. Classes are small, usually around 8 students, and instructors utilize strategies of rapid and intensive language acquisition. Recognizing that successful language training cannot take place in a vacuum, Verano Español provides a series of cultural activities throughout the summer designed to provide students with a fuller sense of Spanish language, life, and culture. For example, the program includes a day trip to Segovia, a weekend trip to Candelario, and other scheduled cultural activities.


Tentative Program Fees

Language and Culture Track: 2015: TBD (2014: $6,340)

Internship Track: 2015: TBD (2014: $6,940)

Program Fees Include:

Tuition and administration costs for 8 Rollins credits, internship placement and supervision (for the internship track), airport transfers in Spain, weekend orientation in Madrid (including hotel stay), homestay accommodations, 2 meals per day at homestay, 1 group lunch per week, weekend excursion to Candelario, day-trip excursion to Segovia, some on-site activities, a 2 month-long transportation pass for Madrid's metro and bus system, course materials, comprehensive health and emergency insurance.

Program Fees Do Not Include:  

International Airfare: Estimates range from $900-$1,200, depending on itinerary. See Student Universe Additional Meals: $600 (estimate)
Personal Expenses: Costs will vary

*Estimated costs for all programs are based on anticipated numbers of students and current exchange rates.  Costs are subject to change.  Final prices will always be communicated to accepted students before they commit to the program.

Requirements for Language & Culture Track:

  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Good college standing
  • Good record with Community Standards
  • Interview with Prof. Prieto-Calixto

Additional Requirements for Internship Track:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • At least one 300-level Spanish class or the equivalent
  • Interview with Prof. Prieto-Calixto (conducted partially in Spanish)
  • Cover letter and resume in Spanish
  • Interview with a member of International Programs staff and the Director of INB Internships or the Director of Internship Programs (depending on major)

Summer 2014 Dates:

  • May 16 - June 27, 2014 (both tracks)

Program Highlights:

  • 8 credits in 6 weeks

  • Language and Internship tracks

  • Dr. Alberto Prieto-Calixto on-site

  • Weekend excursion to Candelario

  • Day trip to Segovia

  • Weekly group lunches

  • Orientation and welcome dinner