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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester/summer Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Type: Homestay, Residence Hall Area of Study: Psychology
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Program Description:

Psychology & Research in Madrid

Study psychology and gain research experience on this program based in Madrid, the sixth-largest city in Europe.


  • Program type: Offered in collaboration with the Fundación Ortega-Marañón
  • Level: 3,000-level course work 
  • Terms: Fall semester, spring semester, summer session
  • Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA, sophomores and above, two semesters college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Courseload: 13–18 credits per semester, 6 credits for summer session


The staff at Fundación Ortega-Marañon provide housing, classroom space, and study areas. They also arrange the on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events. 

Professor Jonathan Gewirtz will teach Introduction to Biological Psychology. Professor Gewirtz studies the behavior of rats and mice to uncover the cellular, molecular, and genetic machinery underlying drug addiction and the experience of emotion.

Tania Ortuño Silva from the Fundación Ortega-Mañon will teach the Research Laboratory in Psychology course. Tania has a PhD in Neuroscience and works part-time at the world famous Cajal Institute. She is a Spanish native and has been working at the Fundación for approximately two and a half years.

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About This Program

This program is geared toward Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) Psychology majors and minors.
  • During the semester program, take courses that fulfill psychology BA/BS requirements: Sensation and Perception, Learning and Behavior, and Research Laboratory in Psychology.
  • During the six-week summer program, take courses that fulfill psychology BA/BS requirements: Introduction to Biological Psychology and Research Laboratory in Psychology.
  • You can also take English-taught courses covering a range of topics, including art history, business, communications and media, culture, ecology, finance, marketing, and religion.
  • You may also take English-taught courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in communication, engineering, or health sciences.
This program is offered in partnership with the prestigious Fundación Ortega–Marañon in Madrid and the University of Minnesota's Department of Psychology. The Fundación is located in the central part of Madrid, near Paseo de la Castellana. Due to its location, it is easy to catch public transportation to any other part of the city. 

The standard program fee includes living with a Spanish family (homestay). Summer students have the option to live in student dormitories. 

For many students, living with a family is a highlight during their time abroad. Many students make lifelong ties to their families and, through them, can meet other Spaniards. When you live with a Spanish host family, you will have a first-hand look at Spanish culture and society and will be immersed in the Spanish language. Typically, host families live in apartments, as single family houses are not as common in Europe as in the US. You will have your own room and private study space.

Most host families live near the Fundación Ortega-Marañon. You will be within walking distance or a short ride away by bus or metro. The program fee includes two meals per day (breakfast and dinner). You should budget separately for lunches each day.

Colegio Mayor
Summer students may also choose to live at the Colegio Mayor Santa María del Estudiante. You will have the option to share a room with another student or have a room to yourself. There are additional fees for each of these options.  The rooms include a wardrobe, desk, chair, bookcase, cable, and WiFi. At the residence hall, there are study rooms, a cafeteria, fitness area, swimming pool, leisure/activity room, access to laundry facilities, and weekly maid service. This option offers convenience and flexibility to come and go as you please. The program fee includes three meals per day.

A walking tour of Madrid will help you learn how to get around the city and also familiarize you with some of Madrid's iconic landmarks. Day excursions to places such as Alcalá de Henares, El Escorial, and Toledo, as well as a three-day excursion to other parts of Spain, are included in the program fee.

About the Learning Abroad Center

The Learning Abroad Center in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide.

The Learning Abroad Center is a leader in providing innovative international learning experiences that expand and redefine the world for a diverse population of students, colleagues, and staff. The Learning Abroad Center staff and University of Minnesota faculty and staff participate in numerous leadership opportunities and serve on the advisory boards of organizations who provide and/or support education abroad programs. Through collaboration and individual attention, the Learning Abroad Center continues to promote empowerment, development, understanding, and responsibility in the global community.

A variety of program options--300 programs in over 80 countries--have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.

Note:  This provider has a Covid-19 vaccination requirement in order to participate in their programs.

Budget Information:

To calculate an estimate of the total cost of your program, use the Cost Estimate Template and do the following:
1. Go to the University of Minnesota Psychology and Research in Madrid website,, then click on “fees” on the left menu bar.
2. Select your term.
3. In addition to these fees, add the following costs to arrive at your total cost
  • Meals – apartments do not include any meals. Homestays do not include lunch.
  • Application fee - $65
  • Study Abroad Administrative fee - $460
  • WSU Laptop fee (semester students only) - $485
  • International Airfare (check, or other search engines).
  • Passport ($140) and Visa, (if required, cost varies per country)
  • Personal/ miscellaneous expenses for travel, additional meals, souvenirs, etc. 
If you would like further assistance in calculating the cost of your program, please email

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2023 02/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2024 10/01/2023 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2024 02/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.