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Minimum GPA: 3.20

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2022


Annie Nguyen

Cornell Affiliations:

Arts and Sciences


Interested students must connect with the Director, Cecelia Lawless, before starting an application.

Opportunity Description

Advance your Spanish language skills while living in Spain's capital city

In this intensive six-week program, you'll immerse yourself in Spanish culture, significantly improve your language skills, and earn up to eight credits.

While taking one or two courses taught by Cornell faculty, you'll

  • Use Spanish in and outside of the classroom
  • Get to know and interact with native speakers
  • Participate in site visits to museums and venues of historical importance
  • Attend concerts and theater productions and experience life in a European nation

You'll live in the center of Madrid with a host family selected by the program and attend classes at the Instituto Internacional Americano.

This program can fulfill a language requirement or prepare you for early entry into a minor or major in Spanish at Cornell.

Program highlights

  • Spend six weeks in a Spanish-speaking country.
  • Take one or two courses taught by Cornell faculty.
  • Advance your language skills and cover some of the requirements for a minor or a major in Spanish.
  • If you're a Cornell student, the program will satisfy the language requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Discover a different culture.
  • Enjoy a fun yet academically challenging summer.

Read about the program in the Cornell Chronicle.


Cecelia Lawless, Director, Cornell Summer Program in Madrid, and senior lecturer, Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University

Cecelia Lawless is a senior lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies, where she teaches both literature and advanced language courses. She holds a PhD from Cornell in comparative literature. She has a strong interest in film and architecture and has published a book on Cuba, Making Home in Havana. Dr. Lawless was recently awarded the Stephen Weiss Vice Provost Teaching Fellow, a permanent designation recognizing faculty members who have a sustained record of commitment to the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students and to undergraduate education.


*Some program information questions in 'Application Preview' below may not be applicable to this program. Course background will be asked if relevant to that particular summer or winter program.