Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

SPAIN, TANDEM Center, Madrid
TANDEM PROGRAM: Language & Culture Immersion

map of Spain

Program Location: Madrid, Spain
Duration: Fall or Spring
Program Dates:
Fall 2012: August 23 - December 14 (classes begin August 27 and end December 11)
Spring 2013: early January - late April (TBA)

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

Most Spanish majors, along with many majors in government, international relations, art history, and psychology, who have studied Spanish, choose to spend a semester or year in Spain. This allows them to become more proficient in Spanish, learn more about the culture, and study according to teaching methods different from those practiced in the U.S.

TANDEM Language Program:

A one-semester program at the Tandem International Center in Madrid is offered to students who have at least one and a half years of college-level Spanish. The first four weeks of study will be an intensive language session. The remainder of the semester will consist of one language course and two elective courses.

The Tandem Center uses a modern teaching method of language learning that emphasizes active engagement. Classes at Tandem are small, with usually no more than 10 students per group. Another unique feature of the program is the system of intercambios, or pairings of U.S. students with Spanish conversation partners. Cultural activities are tied into your language learning throughout the semester. Generally, there will be a more formal classroom session in the morning, with cultural activities taking place in the afternoon. All students will live with host families.

Clark Credit:

Participating students receive four units per semester for the Tandem program provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and all final papers are submitted. The Tandem Center uses a modern teaching method of language learning that emphasizes active engagement. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.

Eligibility:

Clark requires, that prior to your study abroad program, you have been in residence at Clark for at least one year. You must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of a 3.0, and good standing in the Clark community (not on academic or social probation at the time of application or thereafter). Before participating in a study abroad program, you have to declare a major, and as a rule, have junior-class standing. For the Tandem program, students must have completed at least three semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent). In order to be considered, you must complete/submit the full application by the appropriate deadline. Your application will be reviewed by the Study Abroad Advisory committee, and if approved, will be sent to the Tandem for final admission. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs:

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to Tandem. You will be billed by the Tandem International Center directly for your host family housing, which includes three meals a day. Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees at Tandem for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring. The exact due date will appear on your bill. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2013-14

  • Housing and Board - $4500
  • Personal Expenses - $3000
  • Transportation - $1000
  • Visa Fees - $100
  • Local Transportation - $0 (Included in fee)
  • Supplies - $50 (Books are included in fee)

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadlines

Application forms for Tandem are available by appointment only (extension 7363), in the Study Abroad Office. It is essential to submit completed applications by the appropriate deadlines. Late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • For the fall semester - February 15
  • For the spring semester - September 15

Additional Resources

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.