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Madrid: Faces of the Changing European City

Madrid: Faces of the Changing European City

  • Madrid, SPAIN: June 27 - July 20, 2015 (3 weeks)
  • TRAVL-UG 9350 | 4 credits | Instructor: Gianpaolo Baiocchi (NYU Gallatin)
  • LEVEL: Undergraduate, NYU and non-NYU students
  • TOPICS: Urban studies, history, politics, and more

Info Sessions

Learn more about the application process and the course!

February 5, 2015 ~ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ~1 Washington Pl. (Gallatin Building), Rm. 601
February 6, 2015 ~ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ~ 1 Washington Pl. (Gallatin Building), Rm. 801

Meet Prof. Baiocchi and learn more about the course!

February 10, 2015 ~ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ~ 1 Washington Pl. (Gallatin Building), Rm. 401

busy street lined with skyscrapers at sunset

Compared to just twenty years ago, most European cities are more diverse and interconnected yet more unequal, more subject to volatile financial investments, and more environmentally vulnerable. Madrid, an important European capital that is struggling to recover from the recent financial crisis, is no exception.

This interdisciplinary urban studies course will introduce students to political and economic changes in Europe while allowing them to explore contemporary history, politics, and urban studies debates. Teachings will draw on a range of approaches, including sociology, anthropology, architecture, and urban planning.

Using case studies from Madrid’s recent history, students will learn about the issues that concern Madrid’s citizens and the ways in which they connect to their city’s broad changes. Students will also learn how Madrid is distinct from as well as typical of the European urban experience.

A significant amount of the course will take place outside the classroom. Site visits will include squatter settlements, immigrant neighborhoods, and the “red belt” of industrial activist suburbs—locations that are not found in tourist guides but are central to understanding Madrid’s recent history.

Weekly reactions, short essays, and a final research paper will allow students to explore their own interests while deepening their knowledge of Madrid. This will serve to provide important contextual knowledge about a city and a country that will likely feature prominently in future partnerships.

Gallatin students: This course fulfills 4 credits of the Interdisciplinary Seminar as well as the Social Sciences requirement.


  • Undergraduate students of all NYU and non-NYU schools
  • Must have completed at least one full-time college semester before the course begins
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, good academic & disciplinary standing
  • Must be matriculated at a college or university during the Summer 2015 term


  • Tuition, 4 credits: $3,225
  • Program Fee: $750*
  • Housing Fee: $1,250
  • NYU Registration & Services Fee: usually $300-500, based on past semesters

*Program fee includes mandatory excursions, some meals, and mandatory international health insurance, which is provided for the program duration.

IMPORTANT: the program fee becomes nonrefundable after students confirm participation in the course. Course tuition, the program fee, and other fees above are due typically by early May, according to NYU's summer billing cycle.

Other Major Costs to Consider:

  • Round-trip airfare (students purchase their own tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates); students will be notified when to book flights
  • Fees for passport; fees for travel visa, if required
  • Most meals and local transportation

Financial Aid

The Gallatin Dean's Scholarship is available for this program. See our Financial Aid for Study Away page for details on eligibility and additional opportunities.

Important Travel Details

Housing: Students are required to reside in accommodations arranged by NYU Gallatin.

Travel Documents: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, and certain participants might need a travel visa. These documents should be obtained well in advance of the program start date.