University of Politécnica de Madrid

Group photo of MSU students in Education Abroad program in Madrid, Spain
Program Schedule: 
Fall semester program
Spring semester program
Summer Session
  • Fall Semester (Mid-July to mid-November)
  • Spring Semester (Late-January to mid-June)
  • Summer Semester (June to August)
Location: 
Spain
Madrid
Sponsored By: 
College of Engineering
Available to Majors: 
Fall and Spring Semesters Open to Material Science and Chemical Engineering
Summer Semester Open to MSE, CHE, ME, EE and Other Departments (by approval)
Available Classes: 

The following courses are available in ENGLISH during the fall semester:

MSE 426 or CHE 472 – Mech of Deformable Solids or Composite Materials Processing - 3 Credits
MSE 260 - Elect Mag Therm Optic Prop Mat - 3 Credits
MSE 425 - Biomaterial & Biocompatibility - 3 Credits
MSE 331 - Mat Characterization Meth I - 2 Credits
MSE 381 - Mat Characterization Meth II - 2 Credits
ME 222 - Mechanics of Deformable Solids - 3 Credits
ME 465 - Computer Aided Optimal Design - 3 Credits
CHE 490 or MSE 490 - Independent Study - 3 Credits
SPN 290 - Spanish language - 4 Credits

The following courses are available in SPANISH during the fall semester:

MSE 474 - Ceramic & Refractory Materials - 3 Credits

The following courses are available in ENGLISH during the spring semester:

MSE 320 - Mechanical Prop of Materials - 3 Credits
MSE 370 - Synthesis & Processing Matrls - 3 Credits
ME/MSE 477 - Manufacturing Processes - 3 Credits
ECE 474 - Prin of Electronic Devices - 3 Credits
CHE 473 - Polymers and Materials - 3 Credits
CHE 490 or MSE 490 - Independent Study - 3 Credits
SPN 290 - Spanish language - 4 Credits

The following courses are available in SPANISH during the spring semester:

MSE 260 - Elect Mag Therm Optic Prop Mat - 3 Credits
MSE 370 - Synthesis & Processing Matrls - 3 Credits
MSE 476 - Phys Met Ferrous & Alum Alloys - 3 Credits

The following courses are available in ENGLISH during the summer semester:

MSE 426 – Introduction to Composite Materials - 3 Credits
SPN 290 – Spanish Language - 4 credits

What is the Program About?: 

Group photo of MSU students in Education Abroad in Madrid, Spain 2017

The Technical University of Madrid (UPM, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid) is the oldest and largest of the Spanish Technical Universities. UPM has more than 3,000 faculty members, around 37,000 undergraduate students, and around 8,000 graduate students. Much of the history of Spanish technology for over 1.5 centuries was written by the Schools of Architecture and Engineering of this university.

UPM is located in the capital of Spain and the political and financial center of the country. Public transportation within Madrid is convenient and affordable, linking the university to all parts of the city. While studying here, students will also have the opportunity to visit many cities surrounding Madrid, such as Toledo, Seville, and Barcelona.

Testimonials 

Trending Technologies, Spain, summer 2017 - by Rebecca Jones (Jr., Biosystems Engineering)

Photo of Rebecca Jones holding the MSU Sparty Flag while on Education Abroad in Madrid, Spain

After a long week of classes in Madrid, the long-awaited weekend trip had arrived. Myself and two friends boarded the bus to Segovia, Spain. Though I was tired, I couldn’t bring myself to close my eyes, because the drive through the mountains was so beautiful. Huge hills rose and fell, reminding me of how small I am in this world. When the bus pulled into Segovia, a new feeling swept over me; this city was different. Madrid is a bustling city, with beautiful towering buildings, crowded sidewalks, and public transportation that, if I’m honest, can be a bit smelly. Much smaller, Segovia is a walking city, boasting the typical orange buildings of Spain, sprawling up and down the mountainside. Its cathedral and Alcazar complete the view of a picturesque Spanish countryside. Also in Segovia was my best friend from high school, studying abroad from another university. Though the mountains may have made me feel small, this reminded me that the world can also be small if we take the time to see it.

In Segovia, we got a taste of Spanish culture in a closer sense than we did in Madrid. The first difference I noticed was the people gathered in the streets. People gather outside in Madrid as well, but in Segovia, the quiet pedestrian streets provide more of a space to share a meal or a conversation. Also, not as many people spoke English as in Madrid, forcing me to use that Spanish I was learning in my language class. The infamous siesta, which, contrary to popular belief, is not actually a nap time in Spain, was much more prevalent in Segovia. Shops and restaurants alike closed for mid-afternoon, giving the shopkeepers and cooks a time to go home and share the meal with their families. This focus on family time is something that has been lost to a degree in American culture. But in the same way that this part of Spanish culture seems desirable to Americans, in Spain, the American dream is revered as a part of the American culture that they can never attain.

Studying abroad in Spain was a learning experience far beyond the classroom. But I did learn a few things in the classroom that added to the richness of my experience. In our Trending Technologies class, we had the opportunity to hear from ten engineering professors at the Madrid Polytechnic University and then tour their labs. As someone who has done research for two years at MSU, I enjoyed the lab tours the most. Talking to Spanish professors who were doing research in the same field as me brought a new perspective to the work I’m doing. It showed me that people around the world are working to solve the same problems as me, and if we work together, we can change the world. Travelling abroad brought added meaning to my education in America, and taught me that the world isn’t such a big place once you understand another culture.

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More Details (includes printable brochure): 
Program Contact: 

Dr. Carl Boehlert
Michigan State University
3529 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226
Phone: (517) 353-3703
Email: boehlert@egr.msu.edu

Joyce Samuel
Academic Advisor
Michigan State University
3508 Engineering Building
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 432-1352
Email: samueljo@msu.edu

Past Trip Photos / Videos: 
Group photo of MSU students in Education Abroad in Madrid, Spain Group photo of MSU students in Education Abroad in Madrid, Spain 2017
Group photo of MSU students in Education Abroad in Madrid, Spain 2016 Maggie and a professor in Madrid

Four people at a dinner table in Madrid

Five people at a dinner table in Madrid

Large group of people at a dinner table in Madrid

Group of students in a room, one playing a guitar in Madrid

Two students in a room, one playing a guitar, the other on a computer in Madrid

Group of students standing in front of a fountain in Madrid

Group of students standing in front of a historical building in Madrid