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Imagine working in a fashion company or a real estate agency and conducting all business transactions in Spanish. During a six-week summer program in Madrid, Spain, students work in a variety of settings, conducting all business in Spanish. This international immersion experience gives students the opportunity to live with Spanish families, work in Spanish companies, study Spain with Trinity professors, and explore modern Spanish society.

Trinity students in Madrid

By day, the students report to their jobs. At night, they experience the culture of Spain by attending ballets, movies and music performances and dining in Spanish restaurants. They also participate in classes conducted by Trinity professors in charge of the delegation. Weekends often involve excursions outside Madrid to Spanish historical sites.

Started in 2005 by the Mexico, the Americas, and Spain (MAS) Program, the course known as The Spanish Economy and the European Union is a flagship faculty-led study abroad program at Trinity. It appeals to students seeking degrees in Spanish, International Studies, Business Administration, or Economics.

Trinity professors say that they see students mature in front of their eyes and that students end the session with the ability to speak Spanish effortlessly and with confidence. Students have called the experience "a trip of a lifetime" that represents a true highlight of their time at Trinity.

During recent Madrid programs, students have:

  • Worked at Spanish elementary schools, at one of the largest labor unions in Spain, and in a local wine company designing labels
  • Attended a production of the opera-ballet Carmen
  • Visited historical sites including El Escorial, Segovia and Toledo
  • Visited the Martue winery near Toledo to understand production methods
  • Spent their free weekend enjoying the cultural life of Barcelona
  • Made lasting friendships with their classmates and their new Spanish families