University of Pittsburgh students enroll through the Accent/University of California Education Abroad Program. Courses are hosted at the Accent Madrid Study Center. Class sizes are small, and students enjoy close relationships with faculty, who frequently accompany visits, tours, and excursions outside of the classroom.
Courses encourage transdisciplinary reflection on complex topics in contemporary Spain. Instructors use the city as course material; classroom lectures are enhanced by site visits to various locations in Madrid which may include social and cultural institutes, NGOs, governmental agencies, world-class art museums, neighborhood landmarks, and private companies.
All students take a required Spanish language course; all other courses in this program are taught in English. The Spanish language course is offered for beginning, intermediate, and heritage speakers. You will take an online language placement exam approximately one month prior to the start of the program. Elements of the city surroundings are also incorporated to lend authenticity to language instruction. Learning Spanish in Madrid, the city will become your own living language lab. Students enroll in four 3-credit courses, including one lower-division Spanish language course, and three upper division electives taught in English.
In addition to coursework, students may enroll in an internship experience connected to one of the program electives. The internship placement relates directly to the core themes in the elective and the final course research paper is replaced with an internship research project based on the work at the sponsoring organization. Examples of past internship placements include:
- Human rights NGO focused on Central America
- National LGBT and HIV/AIDS advocacy organization
- Political media wing of national political party
- Research group focused on ecological restoration
- NGO advocating against human trafficking