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Nebrija University - Semester or Year Abroad


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has worked in conjunction with our partner in Spain, Active Learning Abroad, for in-country support and services to design this program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.


Nebrija University is a private and independent university that takes its name from the 15th century humanist who published the first grammar of the Spanish language in 1492. The Centro de Estudios Hispánicos Antonio de Nebrija has three decades of experience in the teaching of and research in Spanish as a Foreign Language. All instructors are native speakers and specialists in Spanish language, literature, history, politics, or art. As a university with an international mission, most of their degrees are offered in

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a bilingual mode (Spanish and English). They have both native speakers and Spaniards with experience in multinational firms and institutions, all with years of experience teaching their specializations in English.


Nebrija is a small university (around 3,000 students) with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. Students are given individual attention and facilities are located in Madrid university area (Dehesa de La Villa campus where programs are taught, with easy access via metro and bus) and in the outskirts of the city (Berzosa Campus) in a natural park area. Nebrija receives more than 500 international students each year.


Nebrija University is recognized and accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a granting degree high learning institution.


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Madrid, the capital of Spain since 1561, is a cosmopolitan city of 3.2 million people, and covers a metropolitan area of 5 million people. It is well known for its hospitality and openness, since many of its inhabitants comes from other cities of Spain and the world. It is always easy to feel at home in Madrid.

Madrid is Spain’s major business and financial center and home of many large Spanish and international companies in the Iberian Peninsula. It is also the seat of the government of Spain, and one of the liveliest cities in Europe, combining cultural and leisure activities for all tastes. Its impressive cultural heritage combines the historic with the modern, and is evident in its museums (Prado, Reina Sofia, Thyssen-Bornemisza) and monuments (Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Cibeles Fountain, Puerta de Alcalá, Neptuno Plaza).

Located at the geographical center of Spain, Madrid is the perfect place to travel to other parts of Spain - Barcelona, Seville, Valencia, Costa del Sol (by high speed train); Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca (by bus or train); or to other cities in Europe - Paris, London, Rome, Amsterdam – all in a 2 hour flight.

Nebrija University is located in an area called “University City” and next to a beautiful park called Dehesa de la Villa. It is surrounded by a nice residential area, and very close to the Underground as well as to many bus lines. 


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Academic Highlights

Program Overview

  • Minimum GPA: 2.50
  • Language of instruction: English and Spanish
  • Language requirements: None. Open to all levels.
  • Place of instruction: Dehesa de la Villa Campus of Nebrija University
  • Participants: International students
  • Upon arrival students take a placement exam to determine language proficiency


Subject Areas

  • International Communications & Business
  • Spanish Art & Society
  • Spanish Language & Literature


Students may choose from a large variety of courses in Spanish Language. There are also Spanish and English content courses in Business, Economics, Marketing, Politics, Art, History, Literature, Women Studies, and more. Students may choose courses from any of the three areas of study. Students must choose at least one course in Spanish and 3-4 other courses each semester to be considered a full-time student. Additional courses are available at an additional fee.


Please view the course catalog to see a complete list of courses available.  


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Students may choose from the following housing options: homestay, residence halls, or shared apartments. We always try to provide students with their first housing choice, but we cannot guarantee it. It is why we recommend students apply in advance so they have a better chance to obtain their preferred option.



Staying with a host family is a way to enrich student’s experience and to reinforce the knowledge gained during the program. We select our families carefully and have known them for years. All of them have extensive experience accommodating foreign students. Upon arrival students receive a key of the house so they may come and go as they please. Students will be able to receive telephone calls, but most likely will not be able to have guests over. Two daily meals are provided and one laundry load per week.


This is an off-campus student’s residence. Spaniards and international students are residents of this option mostly in double rooms, depending on availability some singles may be offered as well. Kitchen and bathroom may be private or shared. There are also common areas. Usually, the residence offers laundry facilities and meals may or may not be included. 

Shared Apartment

These apartments are shared by international students. They have single and double bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils, washing machine, refrigerator, and shared bathrooms. Students must respect building community rules and maintain the apartment in decent conditions. The price of accommodation includes the cost of utilities (electricity, gas, water) within reasonable expending and, in most cases, a weekly cleaning of the communal areas. Meals are not included.


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University Services

Nebrija provides a university ID to students to access libraries, computer labs (campus also has WiFi), sports club, and conversation exchange with native Spanish speakers at the University. Nebrija also organizes cultural visits to the most relevant museums and historical sites in Madrid and, at extra fee, students may participate in excursions to other cities in Spain.


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Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Nebrija Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation. After taking their placement exams students receive a comprehensive orientation about academics, expectations, internal regulations, and are also introduced to the different staff of the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos at the NU. Students also receive a tour of the facilities.


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Overseas Staff and Support

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Active Learning Abroad have forged a unique partnership to provide high quality study abroad opportunities in Spain. Active Learning Abroad (ALA) is GlobaLinks’ partner and overseas office for all students studying for a summer or semester at a university in Spain. The ALA offices and staff in Barcelona, Sevilla, Salamanca, and Madrid work closely with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad staff in the U.S. to provide all students with services and support throughout the experience. This guarantees that each student is ensured an individualized experience both during the pre-departure stage and while in country. The ALA team in Spain delivers the Bridging Cultures Program onsite and Discovery Activities throughout the semester or summer and are also available 24/7 for emergency support.


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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe. To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad program, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources. Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.


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Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

There are a variety of ways to get involved while you're abroad. Our in-country staff can connect you with resources and opportunities at Nebrija. Nebrija offers many extracurricular activities through its International Club: Language exchange opportunities are available and are highly recommended in order to practice the language with native speakers while you are abroad. The International Club also organizes photography contests, outdoor activities, sports with local Spaniards, Cinema round tables and much more.


Community Involvement

We encourage our students to experience the local customs and immerse in the local culture by participating in our organized cultural and social activities. We will have a guided tour of the city, visiting the Royal Palace, the Plaza Mayor, the Habsburg quarter, the Retiro Park, the Puerta del Sol, the Gran Vía, and other landmarks of the city.

All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.

Special Programs and Excursions

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad and Active Learning Abroad will provide excursions to all students participating in a semester/academic year program. This will allow students to get familiar with some of the most interesting cities and areas in Spain from cultural, artistic, and historic perspectives. Semester abroad students usually have two overnight trips and two day excursions. Below are some examples of previous excursions. Please note not all excursions will be offered each term and locations are subject to change.



Located in the region of Andalucia, or "Al-Andalus" as it was known during the Moorish rule, this vibrant and traditional city is home to many examples of Arab influence, including the Giralda tower (bell tower) next to the cathedral. Other popular sites include the Alcazar (Arab fortress and royal gardens), the old Jewish quarter (Barrio Santa Cruz), Plaza de España & Maria Luisa park. You will discover the traditional culture of Spain in this beautiful southern city.



Barcelona is a cosmopolitan, avant garde city in the North East of Spain on the Mediterranean coast. It is famous for its artistic works and culture and represents the spirit of the different Mediterranean peoples that have formed its present personality. Barcelona has many museums and architectural creations that will captivate its visitors. Barcelona’s mild climate and its cosmopolitan atmosphere are other two reasons to spend some time there.



Toledo was the capital of Visigoth Spain during the Middle Ages, which explains its impressive medieval architecture. The city is famous for its rich history and for the coexistence of the Christian, Islamic, and Jewish cultures. In the Middle Ages, Toledo was the European capital for the study of languages and natural sciences. Its privileged location, and the natural turn of the of the Tagus River, together with its continuous population from ages ago, create a unique city in which beautiful and harmonious buildings of an array of architectural styles.


The old city of Segovia is located at the top of a promontory, originally for defensive purposes, and offers a series of magnificent monuments to its visitors. The most impressive one is the Roman aqueduct. It is one of the most prefect examples of Roman civil architecture, and it was build around 1st century BC. The city is full of medieval and renaissance examples of civil, military and religious architecture among which the Alcázar (fortress) and Cathedral stand out.



The city of the Alhambra was the last Muslim city in Spain to be retaken from the Arabs by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. At the foothills of Sierra Nevada and 30 minutes away from the Tropical coast of the province Granada offers endless opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in the old Muslim and Jewish quarters of the city and visit the traditional gypsy caves of El Sacromonte where the purest flamenco is performed.



The most breathtaking combination of nature and architecture can be seen in Cuenca´s famous “Hanging Houses”, which perch above the deep gorges that surround the town. Inside the houses one may visit the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art and a restaurant, which gives its name to the monument.



It is the capital of the Valencia region and the Spanish Costa Blanca. This Mediterranean city, which is the third largest city in Spain, is known for creating the Spanish dish paella. The old medieval town and the modern Palacio de las Artes y las Ciencias provide visitors with a mixture of old and new architecture expressions. Do not forget to stroll along the Malvarrosa beach and enjoy the social life the city offers.

El Escorial

Built in 1557 during the kingdom of Philip II, El Escorial is a temple in honor of San Lorenzo. It is a magnificent mausoleum and a combination of temple, pantheon, and study center and meditation refuge. The great expounders of the Humanism of the Renaissance helped the King accomplish his project which was defined by reason, symmetry and balance, without forgetting even for a moment the all important austerity he desired. The Monastery can be considered a symbol of the power of the Spanish empire in the 16th Century. The Mausoleum of the Kings holds the remains of all the Spanish monarchs from Charles I to Alfonso XIII.



Ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours are included in program fees for all excursions. Hotel accommodation and breakfast are also included in all overnight excursions.


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Enhance Your Experience Online

Global Citizen Development

The new Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory; however, we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

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Nebrija University Fall 2014 Semester - Spanish Language & Business, European
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$9,545.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing with MealsApproximately $3,800 - $6,000 (Spring); $3,400 - $4,700 (Fall)
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,000 - $4,300 (Fall); $2,800 - $3,300 (Spring)
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount
Nebrija University Fall 2014 Semester Early Start - Spanish Language & Business
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$10,745.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing with MealsApproximately $3,800 - $6,000 (Spring); $3,400 - $4,700 (Fall)
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,000 - $4,300 (Fall); $2,800 - $3,300 (Spring)
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single or shared room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. If the housing is self-catered (no meals), you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. If you would prefer housing with meals, it is available for an extra fee either as a homestay or in a residental hall. Contact us for more information.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 
Spring 2015 Semester - Spanish Language & Business, European - SpringApplication Deadline:
Anticipated DepartureJanuary 31, 2015
Start DateFebruary 1, 2015
End DateMay 25, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Semester - Early Start - Spanish Language & Busi - SpringApplication Deadline:
Anticipated DepartureJanuary 2, 2015
Start DateJanuary 3, 2015
End DateMay 25, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Semester - Spanish Language & Business, European - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 10, 2014
Start DateSeptember 11, 2014
End DateDecember 17, 2014
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Semester Early Start - Spanish Language & Business - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureAugust 27, 2014
Start DateAugust 28, 2014
End DateDecember 17, 2014
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Year Spanish Language & Business, European Studies - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureSeptember 10, 2014
Start DateSeptember 11, 2014
End DateMay 25, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Year - Early Start - Spanish Language & Business, - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureAugust 27, 2014
Start DateAugust 28, 2014
End DateMay 25, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level prior to the time of participation. Prior study of Spanish is not required. A Spanish placement test will be administered upon arrival.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Christie J. Cutler
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Program Assistant
Graham Cruise

Resident Director
Arturo Jarque

Resident Coordinator
Gracia Bocanegra