Azahar2_fall2011 cropDiscovery Madrid has been carefully designed to help you make the most of the city’s institutions, location, and culture.

The City

Spain is a vibrant democracy and a strong partner in NATO. Madrid ranks with the most sophisticated and lively of European cities, with its monumental buildings, tree-lined avenues, and teeming plazas.

Madrileños are justifiably proud. Much more than just a place to learn or perfect Spanish, Madrid is a modern political, cultural, and financial center. Her people have managed to preserve the old while embracing the new, keeping alive small-town traditions alongside cosmopolitan cultural events and a world-famous nightlife scene. The city is now enjoying its latest renaissance—boasting a newly expanded metro system, numerous restored historic buildings, and an abundance of well-maintained parks and public squares.

Watch The New York Times36 Hours in Madrid to see why so many students choose Madrid for study abroad.

The Program

Students participating in the Discovery Madrid program will enjoy a rich and varied introduction to Spain through a challenging semester-long curriculum. The program fulfills the same curricular requirements as those pursued by freshmen studying on the University’s main campus, while providing a course schedule unique to the Madrid experience. The Madrid staff helps to facilitate your immersion into the Madrid community through service learning, cross-cultural workshops, and extracurricular activities.

The Campus

Located in the vibrant heart of the city, the Instituto Internacional is the home of Syracuse University Madrid. The Instituto organizes cultural activities for its students, such as lectures, concerts, and seminars, as well as conversation exchange programs to develop links between Americans and Spaniards.

This palacete features wide staircases and gracious rooms, a library, and a café. Exciting courses give students an intellectual understanding of Spain and Spanish culture. The academic palette covers a breadth of fields: arts and sciences, communications and film, management and international business, and Spanish language and literature, as well as LGBT and women’s and gender studies.