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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Housing: Campus Housing Number of Credits Offered: 6
Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior Type of Program: Direct Enrollment
Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Physics, Statistics, Systems Engineering, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biology, Computer Science, Cyber Security Engineering, Information Technology Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Course Equivalency Database: View Approved Courses
Program Description:

DecaTech Summer School

Madrid, Spain (Summer)

The DecaTech Summer school provides a unique opportunity for university students to study an intensive blended academic program that brings together some of the most trending tech topics with an extra flavor of Spanish language and Culture in one of Europe's most vibrant cities.  The program includes faculty lectures, lab visits, and talks by industry experts.  The Spanish language side of the program is run with a blended learning methodology combining face-to-face tuition in the classroom with individual group activities.  The program also organizes complementary cultural activities and visits to the major cultural sites in Madrid and surrounding towns.  


Mason undergraduate students only.  Minimum 2.5 GPA.

Courses Available

Student will earn credit for 2 courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits Decatech Topics*
COS 402 Special Topics in Science 3 Choose 4-5 topics
COS 401 RS: Discipline Based Education Research 3 Choose 1 topic for lab-based research

Students will choose 4-5 DecaTech trending tech topics to complete to earn credit for COS 400.  To earn credit for COS 401, students will choose 1 of the 10 trending tech topics to complete a lab-based research project with a UPM Professor.

 *Decatech courses can be found here on the UPM website.

Credit Equivalency

2 ECTS credits = 1 U.S. credit

Grade Equivalency at UPM

Scale Description Mason Grade
10 Matrícula de Honor (Matriculation with Honors) A+
9 - 9.99 Sobresaliente (Outstanding) A
7 - 8.99 Notable (Very Good) B
5 - 6.99 Aprobado (Pass) C
0 - 4.99 Suspenso (Failure) F

Course Equivalency and Plan of Study

The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System (CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.

You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.


Students will live in a residence hall in the city center.  Each residence hall is situated in the heart of the Ciudad Universitaria in Madrid. It is ideal for students studying at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Saint Louis University Madrid Campus, CUNEF and CEU.  Each hall is conveniently located near a metro stop; access to university schools and the centre of Madrid couldn’t be easier. To view accommodation options click here.

Program Cost

Summer 2019: $5,200


  • Application fee
  • Tuition (6 credits)
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Pre-Departure Orientation and on-site orientation
  • International Emergency Insurance

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Passport fees
  • Required textbooks and/or course materials
  • Personal spending
  • Optional excursions

Program Payments

Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Application Deposit + First Payment + Final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.

First Payment: A non-refundable First Payment of $1000 must be received by April 20. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.​

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 5. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid Application Deposit and First Payment. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments and financial aid:


GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:

Application Deadline:

April 10, 2020


Application requirements:*

Application fee: $200 for Mason students.

Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.

Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.

Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the deposit deadline.

*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.

Application instructions:

GEO Program Administrator

Name Chris Hicks
Phone 703-993-2154

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.