Middlebury Language School Graduate Programs


Academic Year in Madrid

The Middlebury College School in Spain's center in Madrid, the Sede Prim, is housed at a central location within walking distance of the Spanish National Library, the Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen museums, as well as Cibeles and the Puerta del Sol—perhaps the most symbolic landmarks in the heart of the city.

At the Sede Prim, Middlebury has its offices, classrooms, a computer lab, and a small library. The faculty, staff, and students replicate the academic environment of the Spanish School by strictly following the Language Pledge. In Madrid, students follow a program consisting of four courses during one semester and five courses during the next. All courses are organized by Middlebury College for its own students and are taught by some of the most renowned scholars in Spain, including university professors and other authorities in the fields of letters, history, the social sciences, and the arts. The course offerings are organized with an emphasis on Spain in order to take advantage of the students' presence there. However, Latin American subjects are also offered.


Option for accelerated study

For students choosing to study in Madrid, there are two options:

The first option is to complete all course work by the end of the academic year. This involves taking a total of nine courses in Madrid—five in one semester and four in the other. While this option allows completion of all the degree requirements in one year, some students find the course load of this accelerated track to be very challenging.

The second option, strongly recommended for students who have placed at the 501 level, and also advisable for those who need more time for research and study, is to take a total of six courses (three each semester) while in Spain, and then to return for another summer either in Vermont or at our site in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Both the first and second options result in graduation on the same date-in August of the year following admission to the program. Students who choose the intensive option, however, will effectively be finished with their course work by the end of May, leaving their second summer free, while students who elect to pursue the second option will complete their requirements just prior to graduation.