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Madrid Upper Division Spanish Summer Program

The Madrid program is specifically designed to take students to their next level of language acquisition and cultural understanding through full immersion into Spanish culture. Students live in homestays, take classes at a local university and pledge to speak Spanish at all times.  

Program Dates

May 3, 2023 - June 28, 2023 

*The dates listed will include departure dates from LAX and from the program location back to LAX.

Preparation Checklist


Tuition:  $1,955 per unit per unit (standard Malibu summer tuition rate)

Room & Board: $4,944

Program Specific Costs:

Global Health Insurance Fee: $189*

*Charged to student's account

Course Requirements

8 unit minimum requirement. Students must take SPAN 390. 

Course Offerings

SPAN 350 Advanced Conversation (4)

Prerequisite: SPAN 252 or equivalent competency

  • The cultural heritage of Spain from a historical perspective. Areas of emphasis include early peoples, the reconquest, the impact of Columbus, dynastic history, and contemporary Spain. 

SPAN 390 History and Culture of Spain (4) *REQUIRED*

Prerequisite: SPAN 252 or equivalent competency

  • Spanish history and civilization from the earliest time to the present. Students attend lectures, participate in discussions, and do field work in the environs of Madrid. Taught only in Madrid.

SPAN 450 Spanish Texts (4)

GE: Literature, Writing Intensive, Research Methods

Prerequisite: two courses from the SPAN 300, SPAN 341, and SPAN 345 sequence

  • A survey style course that highlights key texts, movements, foundational authors, genres, and themes in Spanish (Peninsular) culture.


Faculty Director

Dr. Paul Begin

Associate Dean of Curriculum and General Education, Seaver College

Professor of Hispanic Studies, International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College

Paul Begin is a Professor of Hispanic Studies and the Interim Associate Dean of Curriculum & General Education at Seaver College. He is an expert on Spain and teaches classes on Spanish literature, culture and history, and, occasionally, Great Books. He has directed the summer program in Madrid three times (2009, 2013, 2017) and has travelled to Spain so much that he has lost count. Prof. Begin studied at Pepperdine (BA) and the University of Virginia (MA, PhD). As an undergraduate student at Pepperdine he lived and studied in Spain, Portugal and Costa Rica. Directing the Madrid program is his favorite part of working at Pepperdine.



Updated: 8.16.2022