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Spain: Nebrija University

The Washington College in Spain Program is a Tuition Exchange Program based at Nebrija University in Madrid. Madrid, the capital of Spain, with more than five million inhabitants, is a bustling twentieth-century city built around an eighteenth century core. Located in the heart of Spain at an altitude of 2,000 feet, Madrid enjoys the dry, temperate climate of the high Castilian plains. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains and by Spain’s rich medieval tradition preserved in the old cities of Toledo, Segovia, Avila, and Alcala de Henares a short distance away.

Nebrija University (NU), Dehesa de la Villa campus is located in the university district of Madrid and is surrounded by a park. The International Programmes Department at NU offers exchange students different cultural activities such as lectures, films, and guided visits to major museums, monuments, and other sites of interest such as: The Senate, Parliament, Royal Palace, Convent of the Salesas, or excursions to cities and towns of historic artistic or picturesque interest.


Classes will be taught by NU faculty members. The exchange student advising is done by the The International Programmes Department for Nebrija University.


All well qualified second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for the exchange program with NU. This program is open to students in all majors. Students should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Advanced Spanish Language Skills (ideally through the 303-304 level).
  • Strong academic record.
  • Evidence of good character, maturity, and motivation.
  • Ability and willingness to adapt to a foreign environment.

The cost of international travel between the United States and Spain; housing costs; meals; books; student government fees; extracurricular activity costs; local transportation while in Spain; health insurance; and personal expenses are the responsibility of the student applicant unless other arrangements have been made.

Students should make an appointment to speak to the Director of Student Financial Aid to discuss the financial aspects of the program they plan to attend.

Living Arrangements

Students will work with the International Programmes Department to arrange accommodations. A homestay option is available with a Spanish family or students may choose to live in apartments.


Students may enroll in the Hispanic Studies Program (Spanish Language and Culture classes with other international students) on the Dehesa de la Villa campus, or the Integrated Program (modules taken in a variety of disciplines alongside Spanish students) on the Berzosa Campus. The Integrated Program, offers modules such as Business, Advertising, Fine Arts, Law, International Relations, and Journalism.

Students may not combine classes from the Hispanic Studies program and Integrated programs.

Students will be able to take courses in the following disciplines: Spanish language, Business Administration and Economics, Advertising and Journalism, Law, Computer Science, Modern Languages, Political Science and International Studies, History, English, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Approximate Semester Dates

  • Fall Semester: Early Sept. to late Dec. for Hispanic Studies Programme
  • mid-Sept to early Feb. for Integrated Programme
  • Spring Semester: Early Jan. to late May for Hispanic Studies Programme
  • early Feb. to mid June for Integrated Programme