Advanced Spanish Program

The Advanced Spanish Program offers students a unique opportunity to further their education, while benefitting from a cross-cultural experience that allows them to improve their Spanish language skills in a different university setting.

Academic Excellence

The Advanced Spanish Program has been designed to meet the academic requirements of students from a variety fields of study. Participants can take classes from Estudios Hispánicos program with other U.S. students, or for an even richer experience, students can take direct enrollment courses with Spaniards and other international students.

For Estudios Hipánicos classes both credits and grades transfer back to Hopkins at the end of the program. Direct-enrollment courses are pass-fail. (Students who take direct-enrollment courses must get the equivalent of C or better for credits to be transferred toward a Hopkins degree).



  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior Standing
  • Four Semesters of Spanish or equivalent.
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA.


If you are interested in majoring or minoring in Spanish, please check the degree requirements here. Please note that up to 4 courses can count toward the Spanish major and Spanish Language and Hispanic Culture minor; no more than 2 of which can be direct-enrollment courses.

Estudios Hispánicos: Spanish Track

Courses with Estudios Hipánicos: Spanish Track are held at the UC3M Getafe campus with other U.S. global education program students. 

Direct Enrollment Courses

UC3M offers a variety of courses to direct enroll. This options allows students to integrate into the Spanish public education system and improve their Spanish even further.

Intensive Spanish Language & Culture Course

In FALL student spend two weeks in Salamanca, where JHU-Madrid conducts a culture and language “boot camp” at the Cursos Internacionales de la Universidad de Salamanca, which consists of fifty hours of classroom time, preparation for what is to come in Madrid. At the same time, students attend orientation meetings about life in Spain, academics and security and safety, etc. Each morning students review grammar, and practice their composition and conversation skills, essential for a successful experience at Universidad Carlos III. In the afternoons, students have practical sessions in which they are introduced to several aspects of Spanish culture and traditions, such as ceramics and cooking classes, sculpture and art workshops and guided tours of the city to learn about the history of Salamanca and its university, one of the eldest in Europe. In those sessions students are exposed to Spanish language and culture and interact with local people.


In SPRING semester, the same intensive language and culture course, and orientation take place though in Cuenca with Español en Cuenca Program (ESPACU). Students are introduced to the culture and traditions of Spain through the eyes and lives of local university professors, artisans, and tour guides from this small town of Castilla-La Mancha.


Students have the opportunity to live with a Spanish family during their stay in Madrid. Engaging with the family is a fundamental part of the experience and allows students to immerse themselves into the culture. All homes are located in the center of Madrid, close to public transport to reach both Getafe and Leganés campuses. 


From Monday to Thursday, two meals are included: breakfast and dinner. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all meals will be provided. 


For more information, visit our Homestay Experience section. 

Important Dates

The program is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students may also choose to apply for the entire academic year.


Dates are subject to change. MCAT examinations should be taken before date of arrival to Spain. 



Fall 2023

Spring 2024

  • March 1: Deadline to apply
  • August 13: Arrive at Madrid
  • August 14-26: Intensive Spanish Language & Culture Course in Salamanca
  • September 4: First day of classes at UC3M
  • TBD: Last day of classes for Estudios Hispánicos courses
  • TBD: Last day of classes for direct enrollment courses
  • TBD: Exam week for Estudios Hispánicos courses
  • TBD: Exam week for direct enrollment courses
  • December 22: Return to the U.S.
  • October 1: Deadline to apply
  • January 7: Arrive at Madrid
  • January 8-19: Intensive Spanish Language & Culture Course in Cuenca
  • January 29: First day of classes at UC3M
  • TBD: Last day of classes for Estudios Hispánicos courses
  • TBD: Last day of classes for direct enrollment courses
  • TBD: Exam week for Estudios Hispánicos courses
  • TBD: Exam week for direct enrollment courses
  • June 1: Return to the U.S.

JHU-Madrid provides an exceptional educational experience based on total immersion in a Spanish social and academic environment, which is as exciting and rewarding as it is challenging.

Student Voices

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