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On Location: Segovia

International Relations, Spanish Language, and Culture

Summer 2020 Application Opens on December 3, 2019.

On Location programs are immersive and rigorous academic experiences. Program sites are carefully selected to enhance course content. The connection between site and course content offers students a rich experiential learning experience. The programs’ interdisciplinary approach help prepare students for the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century by exploring the interconnectedness of the global community and exposing students to varied perspectives.

The On Location: Segovia program is offered in partnership between Brown University and IE University and blends the study of international relations and Spanish language and culture. IE University is an international institution with main campuses in Madrid and Segovia, Spain. The IE specializes in business and international relations.

Areas of Focus

  • International relations
  • Global economics
  • Spanish language
  • Spanish history and culture


Students enroll in three courses:

Making Sense of the World

Explore topics in international relations including sovereignty, power, anarchy, interdependence, the interaction between non state actors and nation states. Examine how different actors in international relations have a significant role to play in addressing 21st century global challenges such as poverty eradication and development, transnational security and terrorism, and financial crises.

Intermediate Spanish

Students in this course will develop their communication skills in Spanish. Daily classes are taught completely in Spanish and focus on cultural and linguistic proficiency. Students study local dialects and culture, especially in connection with site visits in Segovia, Madrid and Salamanca.

Spanish Life and Culture

Cultural workshops will give students the opportunity to explore Spain’s rich culture and history from the Middle Ages to the present. This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to Spain’s art, cooking, geography, history, literature, music, and other cultural aspects, like the Camino de Santiago. Many of these workshops are hands-on: Students will learn to cook typical Spanish meals, read Antonio Machado’s poetry and visit his home in Segovia, and learn to write text messages in Spanish. To reinforce language instruction, the course will be conducted entirely in Spanish.

2019 Dates & Fees:

Two Week Session June 23 - July 6, 2019

Eligibility: For students completing grades 10-12, ages 16-18 by June 2019.
Students must have a minimum of two years of Spanish language instruction.

Language of Instruction: English and Spanish

Fees: $6,246

Passport/Visa Requirement: A passport is required. US and EU citizens do not require a visa.

Important Deadlines

This program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Confirmation: On or before April 17, 2019

*NOTE: Do not book your flights or purchase plane tickets until you receive an email from Brown confirming the program

Program Forms & Flight Information Deadline: May 22, 2019

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A Typical Day

Morning Breakfast
Intermediate Spanish
Making Sense of the World
Afternoon Lunch
Spanish Life and Culture
Site visits/Community building
Evening Dinner
Study Hall
Community building
11:00pm Curfew

The schedule is thoughtfully designed to ensure students are engaged in the Spanish language and culture, and building community.

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During a site visit to Salamanca, a World Heritage City, students study the history and architecture of Plaza Mayor.

Site Visits

Co-curricular excursions are an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture. Students will get to know the city of Segovia through guided tours to popular sites such as the Machado Museum and the Alcázar. Additionally, students will spend time in Madrid and a weekend in Salamanca.

Segovia: World Heritage City

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Segovia’s rich history and dramatic architecture make it an ideal place to study. Once ruled by Romans, Moors, and Christians, Segovia's architecture and urban layout illustrates the coexistence of different cultural communities throughout history. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Segovia boasts a well-preserved Roman Aqueduct (circa 1st-2nd century AD) that stands as the symbol of the city, an 11th century castle (el Alcázar), and a 16th century Gothic cathedral.


The capital of Spain, Madrid’s cultural and artistic heritage blends seamlessly with its cosmopolitan modernity. The city’s historical legacy is evident in its medieval center dating back to the Hapsburg Empire and which houses famous landmarks, such as the expansive Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace. El Prado museum has an extensive and impressive collection of artwork from many artists, including El Greco, Diego Velázquez, and Francisco de Goya.The Reina Sofia museum includes artwork from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, to name a few.

Salamanca: World Heritage City

Located in northwestern Spain and part of the Castile and León region, Salamanca is an ancient city. It's known for its unique sandstone architecture and for the Universidad de Salamanca, one of the oldest universities in Europe. The historic center of Salamanca is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its important Romanesque, Gothic, Moorish, Renaissance and Baroque monuments. The Plaza Mayor is the main attraction in Salamanca. Constructed between 1729 and 1755, it is easily one of the most beautiful plazas in Spain.

Alcázar Segovia

Residential and Student Life

The IE Segovia campus houses classrooms, a library, a dinning hall, and residential rooms. Students reside at the Reyes Católicos Hall of Residence. Students are assigned to double rooms with bathroom. Amenities include: linens (sheets, pillow, blanket, towels), laundry room, and Wi-Fi throughout the campus.

During the week, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining hall at the students' residence. On the weekend trip to Salamanca, students reside in a hotel with their On-Site Director and Residential Assistants. Breakfast will be at the hotel. Lunch and dinner will be at local eateries.

The On-Site Director and Residential Assistants reside in the residence hall with students, providing an atmosphere that supports student success by emphasizing community building and individual responsibility.

Your Program fee includes:

  • Tuition for all courses
  • Residence hall and hotel accommodations during the program
  • All meals
  • Site visits as described in the program description
  • Transfer from/to airport on day of arrival and departure

Not included in Program Fee:

  • Air travel to/from Madrid, Spain
  • Items of a personal nature
Faculty and Staff
Ancient Roman Aqueduct of Segovia

Faculty and Staff

Carmen Granda is currently a Lecturer at Amherst College. She has a PhD in early modern Spanish literature from Brown University. She has traveled extensively around Spain and has spent significant time in Argentina. She has taught all levels of Spanish to high school students, undergraduates, and adults. This will be her sixth summer as On-Site Director of Brown's Global Program in Segovia.

Elena Lledó Macau has worked in galleries and museums and organized art festivals and cultural events both in Europe and the United States. She has lectured at RISD and published contemporary art criticism for over 15 years. Currently she is the Assistant Director of the Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School, where she is also a Spanish tutor for Middle and High School students.

Waya Quiviger joined IE Business School as Managing Director of the International MBA program over 10 years ago. She is currently Executive Director of the Master in International Relations at IE School of International Relations and Executive Director of the newly launched Transatlantic Relations Initiative at IE. Waya is co-Founder of the student-led Social Responsibility Forum, IE’s largest annual symposium on social and environmental issues. Waya Quiviger holds an M.Sc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE), a Master in International Management from the Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University (CA). Prior to joining IE, Waya worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland as Manager of the Global Leaders for Tomorrow (GLTs), a community of outstanding young leaders, many of them social entrepreneurs. She has also consulted for the Women’s Forum and the Club de Madrid. Ms. Quiviger teaches Global Governance & International Organizations in the Master in International Relations and Aid, Development and Social Entrepreneurship in the Bachelor in International Relations as well as various workshops and seminars on design thinking, social entrepreneurship and social innovation in the International MBA, Master in Management, and Master in Finance. She is the recipient of several teaching awards. Waya’s research interests include social innovation, social entrepreneurship, design thinking, global governance, intergovernmental institutions and international relations.

About the Program Director: Rosario Navarro

Director, Location-Based Programs

Rosario received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Lesley University, M.Ed. from Boston College in Educational Leadership K-12, and doctoral coursework in Adult Learning and Development at Lesley University. Rosario began her professional experience in higher education administration as a student affairs professional. She has been at Brown for over twelve years and currently oversees the pre-college courses for English language learners and On Location programs.

Admission Criteria
Antonio Machado Museum

How to Apply

Summer 2020 Application Opens on December 3, 2019.

Admission Criteria

Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the admissions team looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, self-motivation and a readiness for participation in an independent academic environment.

A Complete Application Consists of the Following Items:

  1. A Completed Application Form
    Parents and Students: Please be sure to create only one account per applicant.
    Your application provides basic information about you. In addition, students should be prepared to write an essay. Although the essay prompt may differ depending on the program you apply to, in general, you should be prepared to tell us:
    • what you hope to learn in the program to which you are applying and why that program is of interest to you;
    • what areas of study you are interested in;
    • what contributions you hope to make in and outside of the classroom;
    • and any further information you want to convey to us.
  2. A Non-refundable Application Fee (payable securely by credit card within the Student Portal)
    One application fee per application submitted
    • Before 3/1/2019: $50
    • 3/1/2019 to 4/29/2019: $75
    • 4/30/2019 and after: $100
  3. An Academic Transcript or Grade Report

    Academic records must be submitted in the application form by the applicant. They do NOT need to be submitted by your school guidance counselor. Applicants must submit grades from the 2018-2019 academic term and at least two previous academic years. Acceptable attachments include, but are not limited to:

    • Progress reports;
    • Report cards;
    • Narrative assessments; and/or
    • Unofficial transcripts.

    Documentation must include your full name and the academic term(s) represented. Please also be sure an explanation of the grading scale used by your school(s) (i.e., A = Excellent, 5 = Average, etc.,) appears on the documents, or provide one for us, along with an English translation as appropriate.

  4. A Teacher Recommendation
    Within the application, applicants must submit the name and email address of a teacher who can attest to the applicant’s capabilities in a classroom setting. An email will be sent to the recommender to provide feedback to the admissions team.

Please note:

  • In some cases, additional application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, or teacher recommendations.
  • Applications will not be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee until they are complete.
  • Program admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course.
  • Courses may be cancelled at any time due to unforeseen circumstance.
  • Please wait to make travel arrangements until the program is confirmed.

Notification of Admission Decision

Applicants will be notified by email to log into their Student Portal to view their admission decision once it has been made. Our admissions team carefully reviews each application submitted. In most cases, admission decisions are made within 10 business days of receiving a complete application; however, during high volume times, it may take up to 15 business days.

Confirming Attendance with a Program Deposit

Accepted students must confirm their attendance by submitting a $300 non-refundable program deposit. Students attending more than one program must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit for each program. Students will not be able to enroll in courses until a program deposit is received.


Student and parents are encouraged to review our Policies page to learn about important payment deadlines, refunds, code of conduct, and more.

Important Information for International Students

Brown University Pre-College programs welcome applications from international students. Learn about English language proficiency requirements, Immigration Guidelines, Deadlines for Submitting Documentation, How to Apply for a Visa, and more on our International Students page.

For Pre-Baccalaureate Students: Please note that we must receive your completed application, including your teacher recommendation, by April 15th, in order to ensure sufficient time to review your application, and, if admitted, process I-20 materials. If you currently hold valid F-1 status, or are Canadian, you may be still eligible to participate in the program. Please email for more information.

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