Office of International Programs


An immersive and intensive month studying Spanish literature in Spain's capital city.

HIM7Hendrix-in-Madrid is a Hendrix-Murphy Foundation program coordinated by Spanish professor Jose Vilahomat, in association with the Modern Language Studies Abroad program (MLSA). The program is intended for students interested in Spanish, although not necessarily majors or minors, and consists 4 weeks in Madrid, where students take Spanish literature courses. At the end of the program students passing all classes receive two Hendrix elective credits.

The application process consists of two phases: (a) application to Hendrix College, and (b) application to the program of MLSA. Consequently you will need to sign and date a number of forms and waivers in both applications. The application process will start in early October and run until early November.  A selection process will select a cohort of 16 students according to GPA, references, and conduct. These students will receive a scholarship from the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation that will cover room, board, and tuition.

The Universidad Complutense de Madrid

HIM3La Universidad Complutense was founded in 1499, although its first origin can be traced back to the Middle Ages when King Sancho IV of Castile created the Studium Generale. It was first located in the Roman city of Complutum, today Alcala de Henares, the birth place of the author of Don Quixote de la Mancha, Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra. It next moved to Madrid in 1836. It is the oldest and most prestigious university in the Spanish-speaking world; it has about 100,000 students and grants approximately seventy-eight different diplomas.

The university is now situated in the cosmopolitan city of Madrid, the capital of Spain with a population of four million. It offers an ideal atmosphere of historic, artistic and intellectual tradition from the time of Roman Empire till today.

Program Overview

Summer 2022 Dates: July 3-30

  • Bus transfer to and from the airport to the university campus.
  • Room and three meals daily in a Colegio Mayor of the UCM.
  • Full-time administrative staff in the residence.
  • Full-time administrative staff at the university.
  • Full-time academic advisor from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Full-time American advisor.
  • Orientation at the beginning of the program.
  • Two Hendrix elective credits (Under "Graduate courses 501" on the MLSA webpage).
  • Official transcript from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • All courses are taught by faculty members from the Universidad Complutense.
  • Movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; videos on Fridays.
  • Cultural visits (Madrid de los Borbones, Madrid de los Austrias, Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum).
  • Lectures, movies, and videos of historical interest every day in the afternoon.
  • Saturdays excursions to Toledo, Segovia, El Escorial and La Ruta del Quixote (approximately $25 each and paid by the students).

Language Skills

Participants should have completed SPAN 210/220, or have tested out of the 200-level in the placement exam. This summer program is open for all interested students, regardless of major.


Full room and board (all meals included) offered in Colegio Mayor Fundacion SEPI

Estimated Costs

HIM6This is an estimate of student expenses for the whole program (based on actual 2018 costs). This estimate includes international airfare, as well as some of the excursions, meals, night outings, ground transportation, etc. It may also be helpful to speak with past program participants in gauging costs.

  • $500 Participation fee
  • Round-trip airfare: approximately $1,600 (through discount websites or agents)
  • Two passport photos: $15
  • Optional excursions and trips: $400-$700
  • Pocket money: $700 to $950
  • Transcripts: $20

Estimated cost, including airfare and activities, runs around $3,800. 

The Hendrix-Murphy Foundation has a small discretionary fund to help students in financial need meet the out-of-pocket expenses for summer programs. As a rule of thumb, if you are Pell eligible you may qualify for this assistance. Please contact Sarah Engeler-Young at for more information. 

How to Apply

  1. Students interested in the Hendrix-in-Madrid program should apply to the Office of International Programs by the regular study abroad deadline, which is Monday, November 8, 2021.

  2. Once approved by the Hendrix International/Intercultural Studies Committee, students should apply to Hendrix-in-Madrid through Professor Vilahomat. Each students will be asked to present a letter of intention, three reference forms filled out by three professors, and grades of Spanish classes taken at the college level.

  3. Once the student is selected to participate in Hendrix-in-Madrid, she or he should apply to the MLSA through a form that will be provided by Professor Vilahomat.