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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Who Approved: Tulane applicants only
  • Courses Offered
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 02/11/2019 02/21/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 09/10/2019 09/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Spanish Major: Anthropology, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, History, International Development, International Relations, Literature, Philosophy, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish
Program Description:

REUNIDAS at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid
JYA Madrid, Spain

About the Program Madrid, Spain Eligibility Fields of Study Academic Culture Student Life Housing Helpful Links


About the Program

Tulane University students have studied in Madrid at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid since 1956. This rich legacy in Spain's capital city provides Tulane students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the dynamic social and intellectual cultures of Spain with fellow students at the UCM. Founded in 1508, UCM is one of the most prestigious centers of higher education in Spain. The University is composed of nineteen different faculties, enrolls approximately 125,000 students and employs over 5,000 professors.

In Madrid, Tulane sends students on the REUNIDAS program, a consortium, which is comprised of nine U.S. colleges and universities. REUNIDAS offers a specially designed curriculum to students from member institutions, all in Spanish taught by local Spanish faculty. While the exact REUNIDAS offerings vary each year, they generally include courses in the following disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Spanish Language and Literature. Fall semester students select courses from the REUNIDAS offerings. Academic Year and Spring students supplement these courses with direct enrollment courses at the UCM. 

Advanced Spanish-language students benefit from a diverse and challenging curriculum that accommodates a variety of backgrounds, interests and goals. All REUNIDAS courses are taught in Spanish by professors from the Complutense in the Ciudad Universitaria’s Campus de Moncloa on the west side of Madrid. The Campus Somosaguas, where political science, psychology and sociology courses are taught, is 25 minutes away from the Ciudad Universitaria.

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, the capital of Spain, has a bustling population of over three million people within the city limits, and six and a half million including the surrounding metropolitan area. Madrid is also home to the Spanish Royal family and the seat of the Spanish government. The student population in Madrid exceeds 200,000, which gives the city a palpable student-atmosphere in addition to the vibrancy of a capital city. Home to two world-famous football clubs, an incredible abundance of public parks and green spaces, and a number of stunning museums, including the Prado, Madrid offers something for students with interests in any aspect of Spanish life. Madrid's central location makes it an ideal jumping off point for students wishing to visit cities around Spain. 


  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • completion of at least SPAN 3040
  • completion of a Spanish course at Tulane the semester prior to departure is strongly recommended

Fields of Study

Anthropology, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, History, International Development, International Relations, Literature, Philosophy, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish

Academic Culture

The yearlong program begins in Madrid with an orientation that includes a month-long intensive Spanish language and culture course. Students receive three credits for this course. Following orientation students begin courses at REUNIDAS and regular university courses. Spring semester students participate in a shorter orientation in Madrid which consists of classes designed to improve linguistic and cultural proficiency, as well as field trips to complement different aspects of the classes.

Reunidas courses, taught by UCM professors, are taught in Spanish by instructors who have extensive experience working with foreign students. These courses are designed in a similar fashion as courses at Tulane, with a syllabus, midterm and final exams, homework assignments and attendance policies. For students directly enrolled in UCM courses, it is important to become acclimated to Spanish academic culture. In general, there is less class participation and more lecture, with professors who expect you to be able to review reading and lecture material and reflect your understanding of this material on final papers and exams. These courses may also include fewer exams than courses at Reunidas, with final grades being based on one or two exams and a final paper. 

Semester Schedule:
Fall semester students complete all of their courses at Reunidas in Spanish. Because Universidad Complutense fall courses do not end until January, fall students are unable to take direct enrollment courses. Fall students will have a more limited array of courses to select from and should review the previous year's Reunidas course offerings in order to determine if there are enough options to meet their needs. A list of these courses can be found on the Reunidas Website.

Academic Year and Spring semester students choose courses following this enrollment plan: three non-language courses taught in Spanish at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and two additional courses either at Reunidas or Complutense. All courses selected must be taught in Spanish.

All credit taken on an approved Tulane Study Abroad Program comes back as elective credit. If you are planning to petition for Spanish major or minor credit, please carefully review the guidelines on the Department of Spanish and Portuguese website.

Student Life

Participants in the JYA Madrid Reunidas Program are considered to be students at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, which means that they will have access to the same extra-curricular programs as their degree-seeking Spanish counterparts. These activities may include various sports opportunities, such as learning how to play tennis or participating on an intramural soccer team, alongside UCM students. Study abroad students can also take advantage of the many cultural opportunities arranged by UCM, like attending museum visits, the theater and dance performances. The program creates many avenues for students to maximize their engagement into Spanish daily life. 

**Health Insurance**
Students on the JYA Madrid program will be automatically enrolled in GEO Blue Health Insurance to cover them while they are abroad. Students will be billed for this insurance on their Tulane account. GEO Blue Health Insurance is not domestic (US) health insurance. Students must still maintain a domestic health insurance policy while they are studying abroad.


Academic Year students reside in a Colegio Mayor for the first month of the program, and then seek independent housing in apartments or homestays with the assistance of program staff. Spring semester students reside in a homestay for the first month of the program, and then seek independent housing with the assistance of program staff or they may choose to remain in the homestay. Students are required to utilize this housing option during the beginning of the program and will be billed by Tulane for this housing. Fall students are billed for housing provided in a dorm for the first two weeks of the program; spring students are billed for housing provided in a homestay for the first month of the program.

Once students secure their housing for the remainder or the semester or year, they are responsible for paying housing costs directly. Housing costs are in addition to tuition.

Helpful Links

REUNIDAS Program Website
REUNIDAS Program Handbook
Universidad Complutense de Madrid Website
Comparison between US and Spanish Academic Culture (in Spanish)

Contact Past Participants
Click HERE to contact recent study abroad alumni in this region.