Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs



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Program Type: Study Center, Tandem Language & Culture Immersion and Internship Program
Duration: Fall or Spring

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

Madrid, as the capital of Spain, offers a unique environment to connect with the professional world using your Spanish knowledge and acquiring tools and skills uniquely key to success in the Spanish and European business world.  The Tandem Center is a prestigious, Accredited Center of Instituto Cervantes with the highest score in all Spain. This program allows students to hone their Spanish langugae skills while experiencing Spanish culture through homestays and an optional internship.  The semester in Madrid can be not only a wonderful academic and cultural experience, but also include the opportunity to work and gain valuable experience in an European professional environment.


A one-semester program at the Tandem International Center in Madrid is offered to students who have the equivalent of at least 3 semesters 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 remainder of the Internship semester will consist of one month intensive language course and 2 months internship in an Spanish company or institution.


They use 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. For those students interested in the NGO and Community Service sectors, Tandem also organizes internships with national and international non-profits.


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.

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.   One excursion fee is included.  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 there might be fees for clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. Fees vary from year to year, and it is recommended that you check with your host institution for current information. 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 2016-17

  • Housing and Board - $4400
  • Personal Expenses - $3000
  • Transportation (roundtrip based on US East Coast departure) - $1200
  • Visa Fees - $160
  • 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

In addition to your Clark approval forms, you should fill out and submit your Tandem application.   

All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Your application will be reviewed , 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.

Additional Resources

Any information on this page is subject to change.