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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:
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
Area of Study: Physics, Statistics, Systems Engineering, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Biology, Computer Science, Cyber Security Engineering, Information Technology Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Open to non-Mason Students: No
Program Description:

DecaTech Summer School

Madrid, Summer 2018

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 enroll in 8 short courses covering trending tech topics and 1 Spanish language course.  

Choosing Courses Abroad

DecaTech STEM courses have been pre-approved to transfer to Mason as the following courses:

Mason Course DecaTech Courses (Choose 4 of 5)

COS400: Problem Solving and Leadership in STEAM (2 credits)

  • Genomics
  • Biotech
  • Smartcity
  • Big data
  • Cleantech

COS300: Professional Preparation for STEM Disciplines (2 credits)

  • Cyber Security
  • Nanotech
  • Cubesats
  • Drones
  • Electric Cars

Students will also enroll in a mandatory Spanish language course.  Upon arrival in Madrid, students will take a Spanish language exam to place them into a Spanish language course.  Students must complete a Petition for Transfer Credit form to receive Spanish credit.

Credit Equivalency

2 ECTS credits = 1 U.S. credit


Students will live in the Galdós Residence.  Galdós accommodates 370 students and 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.  It is a 3-minute walk to the nearest metro station (Metropolitano) and the bus stop (lines 132 and F) is located just in front of the residence: access to university schools and the centre of Madrid couldn’t be easier. To view the accommodation, click here.

Program Cost

Summer 2018: $5,200


  • Application fee
  • Tuition 
  • 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 MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (application fee + deposit + final balance). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

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

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $1000 must be received by April 18, 2018 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Final Balance: The final balance payment is due by May 2, 2018. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. 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.

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 9, 2018


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 Officer

Name Mikaela Spencer
Phone 703-993-2641
  Make an appointment


Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.