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On Location: Segovia

International Relations, Spanish Language and Culture

Summer 2019 Application Opens in December

Brown Pre-College Location Based Programs are immersive and rigorous academic experiences with selected course content and learning locations designed to prepare students for the increasingly complex challenges of the 21st century.

Brown University in partnership with IE University offers a two-week summer program blending the study of international relations, and Spanish language and culture.

Segovia: World Heritage City

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, its rich history and dramatic architecture make Segovia an ideal place to study. Segovia has been ruled by Romans, Moors, and Christians, and boasts a Roman Aqueduct (circa 1st-2nd century AD), an 11th century castle, and a 16th century Gothic cathedral.

Residential and Student Life

Students reside at the Reyes Católicos Hall of Residence located on the IE Segovia campus. Students are assigned to double rooms with bath, telephone, and Wi-Fi access. The rooms are fitted with bed and bathroom linens.

During the week, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the dining hall at the students' residence. On the weekend trip, students reside in hotels with their On-Site Director and Residential Advisors. Breakfast will be at the hotels. Lunch and dinner will be at local eateries either organized or on students’ free time. Group dinners will be at local restaurants.

The On-Site Director and Residential Advisors reside in the residence hall with students, providing a safe 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
  • Textbooks
  • Items of a personal nature

Program Dates:

Two Week Session June 24 - July 7, 2018

Language of Instruction: English and Spanish

Eligibility: For students completing grades 10-12, ages 16-18 by June 2018

Two years of prior Spanish language instruction required

Fees: $5,997

Financial Aid Available »

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

Application deadline: Friday, April 6, 2018

Making Sense of the World (CRN: 10931)
Intermediate Spanish (CRN: 10992)
Spanish Life and Culture (CRN: 10971)

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Admission Criteria
Students attend a lecture at the IE campus in Madrid

Course of Study

Segovia students enroll in three courses:

Making Sense of the World (CRN: 10931)

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 (CRN: 10992)

Students in this course will significantly improve their communications skills in Spanish. Daily classes are taught completely in Spanish and focus on proficiency in everyday speech. Students study local dialects and culture, especially in connection with planned trips to Madrid and Salamanca.

Spanish Life and Culture (CRN: 10971)

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, like tortilla española and croquetas, 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.

Field Trips

Co-curricular excursions are an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in Spanish language and culture.


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 square and the Royal Palace.


Located in the Castile y Leon region west of Madrid, Salamanca is an ancient town and home to 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.

Alcázar Segovia

Daily Schedule

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

Location-based programs are academically rigorous. Given the intensity of the program, there is minimal free time.

Faculty and Staff
Aqueduct 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 fifth 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.

Admission Criteria
Antonio Machado Museum

Admission Criteria

Summer 2019 Application Opens in December

Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Review Committee 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 telling us:
    • what you hope to learn in the program to which you are applying;
    • why this is of interest to you;
    • what contributions you hope to make;
    • 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 3/2/2018: $50
    3/2/2018 to 4/29/2018: $75
    4/30/2018 and after: $100
  3. An Academic Transcript or Grade Report
    Applicants must submit grades for the 2017-2018 academic term and two previous academic years. Acceptable forms include, but are not limited to, progress reports, report cards, transcripts and unofficial transcripts. Documentation must include your full name and an explanation of the scoring system in English. Applicants will upload this material in the student portal after they have submitted their application form. Academic records do NOT need to be submitted by your school or guidance counselor.
  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 Admission Review Committee.

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.

May 2018 Update: Our admissions team carefully reviews each application submitted. Due to the high volume of applications and selectivity of our programs, admissions decisions will be made within fifteen business days of receipt of a complete application.

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.

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