Student Profile - Aaron Aquino
"As a CS major, I had spent every quarter at Stanford so far taking at least one CS course. Consequently, studying in Madrid was a nice break from the techy grind and allowed me to focus fully on my Spanish minor, which involved taking courses related to Spanish culture, language/writing, and history."
Student Profile - Sam Schwager
"The process of adapting to a completely new situation turned out to be a ton of fun, and I greatly appreciate the independence I developed throughout the experience. Most of all, I learned that I’m capable of being self-sufficient to an extent I wasn’t aware of before going abroad, a lesson I’ll carry with me well beyond my time at Stanford."
On Campus Gateway Course: ILAC 130, "Introduction to Iberia: Cultural Perspectives"
Offered during Autumn quarter as part of the "Gateways to the World" program, the seminar course above is recommended to help you prepare for your time abroad. Additional consideration during the application process for this program will be given to students taking this course.
The unique focus of the Madrid Program combines linguistic and academic rigor, cultural immersion, and personal attention. The program introduces students to the richness and diversity of the Iberian Peninsula through first-hand theoretical and practical experiences. It seeks to familiarize students with the nuances of language, artistic expression, political culture, and environment that characterize the region.