Students who are interested in gaining real-world work experience while they study abroad in Spain are ideally suited for the internship and service learning options available through API at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (UFV).
During the first 4 weeks of the semester, students take an intensive Spanish language course for 20 hours per week. Following this course, students take a course in contemporary Spanish society or cross-cultural communication that meets twice per week for 4 hours per day. The remainder of their time each week is spent working in an internship or service-learning placement. A personal tutor oversees the internship or service project, and students are asked to participate in regular meetings and reports on their progress.
UFV has partnerships with 70 organizations for service learning projects (including placements working with disabled, elderly, children, immigrants, single mothers, and more), and agreements with over 1,000 companies for placements of all kinds in Madrid.
The type of placement that a student receives may depend on his/her Spanish language level; therefore, students are encouraged to take an online placement exam prior to departure. Contact the API Madrid Program Manager for details on this option.
Pre-Departure Services: Advising, @api Online Resources, Orientation Materials and Support, Mobile Phone, Peer Mentors, Social Networking, Scholarships On-Site Services: Airport Reception, Resident Directors and Staff, API Center, Housing (including meals and laundry with host families), Tuition, Tutoring, Language and Culture Tools, Medical and Life Insurance, Excursions (overnight and international), Social and Cultural Activities, Welcome and Farewell Group Meals, Volunteer Opportunities Re-Entry Services: Re-Entry Materials and Support, Post-Program Evaluation, Transcript, Alumni Network and Development Opportunities