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On-Site Staff for Madrid, Spain

The Madrid program has a Resident Director (RD) who is responsible for the USAC office abroad and overall operations of the program, including organizing the mandatory on-site orientation, securing appropriate student housing, hiring outstanding faculty, organizing exciting field trips and optional tours, and overseeing your general well-being.

Meet the Resident Director

Sara and Gabriela

Dr. Sara Elso, a Spain native, is the Resident Director for the Madrid program as of 2021, and has worked with USAC since 1997 in the role of Valencia, Spain Resident Director. She did her graduate work at the Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea and is fluent in French, Spanish, Basque, and English.

Program Assistant Gabriela Fernández, a native of Madrid, has been working at USAC Madrid since 2007.

Sara and Gabriela will meet the group flight at the airport, provide the mandatory on-site orientation, and are always ready and willing to assist students and provide an important support system while you become acclimated to Spanish culture. You are always welcome in the office and are encouraged to visit on a regular basis.

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Spring 2023: Open
    • Early admissions deadline: Sept 15
    • Standard deadline: Oct 1

2024-25 Application Cycle

  • Summer 2024: Open
    • Session I or I&II deadline: March 15
    • Session II deadline: April 15
  • Fall/Yearlong 2024-25: Open
    • Early admission deadline: March 15
    • Standard deadline: May 1
  • Spring 2025: Open
    • Early admission deadline: Sept 15
    • Standard deadline: Oct 1


Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type



U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

65 students


English, Spanish


APUNE – Asociación de Programas Universitarios Norteamericanos en España

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