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GENERAL LOCATION: Madrid, Central Spain
FOCUS: International multimedia reporting (writing, photography, video, social media)
PARTNER UNIVERSITY: Transfer credits provided by the University of Jamestown.
TOTAL COST: $6,195 + airfare
INCLUDES: Tuition, possible 3 credits; travel insurance; welcome and farewell dinners; reporting trips in the city; paella cooking lesson; housing in student apartments.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Priority Application Deadline is December 15, 2023. If you do not have the necessary access to submit your application by the priority deadline, start a conversation with us by clicking the Get Started button below. Please refer to the Application Deadline Details below for more information.
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The Madrid Project
Led by a team of award-winning journalists and professors with international experience, students will explore the history and culture of the capital of Spain. Madrid is a city with world-class museums, impressive architecture, fantastic shopping and a fabulous nightlife. Students will create multimedia stories in English or Spanish about this cosmopolitan city that brims with tradition and modernity..
There is much to discover and report about in the neighborhoods and cultural sites of Madrid.
You can view the work of some of Spain’s most famous artists including Picasso, Goya, Velazquez and Sorolla. In the center of the city is El Retiro park, 350 acres of green space to walk, run or take a boat ride. Explore the city’s neighborhoods from the Puerta del Sol, one of the gates to the city in the 15th century, to Barrio las Letras, the literary quarter where you can see the house where Spain’s most historic writer Miguel de Cervantes died. Explore shopping along the Gran Vía and Calle Fuencarral. Madrid has great public transportation with a subway and bus service that connects the whole city
Available Cultural Activities
- Tour of the world-renowned Prado Museum to see works of Goya, Velazquez and more
- Visit Centro de Arte Reina Sofia to see Picasso’s “Guernica”
- Enjoy a Flamenco show
- Savor a typical Spanish tapas dinner
- Explore el Rastro, on Sunday this flea market fills the streets of old Madrid
- Tour the Royal Palace of Madrid
- Tour the Santiago Bernabéu fútbol stadium, the home of Real Madrid
Students will have three three-day weekends free to explore Madrid on their own, take day trips to historic Toledo, Segovia or El Escorial monastery, or embark on weekend getaways to Barcelona, Sevilla or other parts of Spain.
Students may earn three credits of an upper-division journalism elective for this course. The credits will be issued by the University of Jamestown, and we will work with you so they are easily transferable to your university. Transfer credit ultimately depends on a student's home university.
Program participants will stay in student apartments.
Students should bring their own laptop computers and mobile phones, as well as digital or video cameras and audio recorders if they have them.
Spanish lessons for participants are available on a weekly basis. An intermediate or advanced class may be offered, based on enrollment and demand.
The program is open to English-speaking and bilingual college students and recent graduates from around the world. Students from many universities have participated in past ieiMedia programs, including: American University, Arizona State University, Baylor University, California State University Fullerton, California State University Long Beach, Carleton University, Colorado State University, Georgia College and State University, Georgetown University, Humboldt State University, Indiana University, Iowa State University, Ithaca College, James Madison University, Louisiana State University, New York University, Rider University, Rutgers University, Ryerson University, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, State University of New York at New Paltz, Syracuse University, Temple University, Truman State University, UCLA, University of Arizona, University of British Columbia, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Kennesaw State University, University of Illinois, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Northern Iowa, University of Southern California, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virginia Tech, and Washington and Lee University. We’ve also had students from Japan, the United Kingdom, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad participate.
Most of our students are journalism or communications majors, but those majoring in other subjects are welcome as well. For non-journalism/communication majors, experience working for a college or professional publication is helpful but not necessary.
Graduate students are also invited to apply. We’d be happy to talk with you about supervising an independent project that would qualify for graduate credit at your school — or to offer this experience as a graduate internship.
(Subject to enrollments/budget)
Teresa Puente, an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach, teaches News Reporting and Ethics, Social Media Communication and Bilingual Magazine Reporting & Production. Her students publish the Spanish-language magazine DÍG EN ESPAÑOL. Puente has spent her career reporting on immigration and Latino issues in the U.S. and has also reported extensively from Mexico. Previously, she was a staff reporter at the Chicago Tribune and was on the editorial board at the Chicago Sun-Times. Her recent journalistic work has been published in Newsweek, TIME, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, The Hill, The Miami Herald, Latino magazine, In These Times and more. She has a M.F.A. from Columbia College Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Indiana University. She spent her junior year abroad at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She has previously taught study abroad courses in Mexico, Peru and Italy.
View complete faculty biographies on our Madrid Faculty Page.
The cost is $6,195 + airfare. That includes 3 credits of tuition, accommodations in student apartments, travel insurance; welcome and farewell dinners, city tour, and paella cooking lesson. Graduates and students who do not need credit can deduct $450 from the program cost.
Application Deadline Details
Our priority application deadline for Summer 2024 programs is Friday, December 15th, 2023. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis dependent on program capacity.
Submitting your application by the priority deadline means you will be accepted to a priority spot on the program of your choosing, as well as secure additional time to prepare for payment deadlines and scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
If you do not have the necessary access to submit your application by the priority deadline, please reach out to email@example.com to speak with an advisor.
Application deadline: Priority Application Deadline is December 15, 2023. ROLLING ADMISSIONS UNTIL PROGRAM IS FULL. Applications received after the deadline can be accepted until program capacity limitations are reached.
TRAVEL ADVISORY: ieiMedia will be monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and will provide status updates to those who sign up for the program.
VACCINATIONS: Students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in the program.