Thanks for your interest in our Global Policy Program in Madrid, browse the information below for more information and frequently asked questions about the program. 

The Duke Global Policy Program in Madrid is the only program of its kind. 

It is a four-week hybrid class program during Duke University’s Summer 1 class session with one week of intensive in-person instruction in Madrid, in which student participants gain unparalleled access to EU and Latin America technology policy experts.

Throughout the in-person week, students participate in lectures and seminars, take part in case studies, and network with top technology policy experts in technology policy fields including cybersecurity, privacy, trade, and telecommunications.

Remote classes before and after the week in Madrid serve to provide additional context and case study application for the principles taught in-person. This is not a study abroad program - it is a unique hybrid learning opportunity.

Participants may choose to pursue internships related to the program content during the summer. Participants are responsible for securing their own internships, whether or not the internship is related to the program, but the Duke Program Team will introduce participants to a variety of organizations, including those that specialize in technology policy in Latin America. These particular internships are unpaid and are not likely result in a future offer of full-time employment.

The Duke Program Team will provide participants with information about internship locations in the cities where they plan to spend the remainder of the summer. The program works with organizations offering internships in Madrid, London, Brussels, Miami, Durham, and Washington D.C.

Program-related internships may be hybrid arrangements that support work from multiple cities or remote locations.

Note: Applicants do not need to finalize their deposit until after they have had the opportunity to secure an internship.  It is the program participant's responsibility to work with their institutions’ respective Career Services teams to secure internships that are not related to the program content, and all participants must ensure that their chosen internship will satisfy their institution’s internship graduation requirement (if any) prior to starting an internship. 

Spain has unique cultural, political and economic connections to Latin America. Spending a week in Madrid creates opportunities to engage with policy influencers and government officials in-person. Understanding the connections between the European Union, and Spain specifically, with Latin America on technology policy topics provides a unique ability for participants to train to be the public policy leaders of the future for the region.

Madrid skyline

The Duke Global Policy Program is open to graduate and professional students from around the world. Participants do not have to be Duke students.

Participants in similar Duke programs have come from diverse graduate programs -- public policy, international relations, business, medicine, law and others -- and from universities around the world including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia University, Singapore Management University, University of Toronto, and more. 

While the program is primarily intended for graduate and professional students, the program may accept a limited number of outstanding undergraduate students. Undergraduate students must be rising seniors at the time of participation and should have experience interning and/or living abroad.

Participants come from a variety of academic backgrounds, but are united by their commitment to their chosen area of global technology policy and by their demonstration of academic and/or professional excellence. Most participants have previous experience living abroad, either through their studies, work, or personal travel. Experience with Spanish, while not required, will strengthen an application.

Classes are taught in English. A basic knowledge of Spanish is advantageous but not required.

Participants will be required to arrange their own housing. The program will provide suggestions and resources for participants who wish to look for housing at apartment sublets.

Summer 2024 costs

  • Duke Students: $2,350 *
  • Non-Duke Students: $3,700

*Duke Sanford MIDP and MPP students pay a subsidized fee of $1,700.

If you are a Duke Sanford MPP/MIDP/MNSP or undergraduate Public Policy student, please contact the Duke Program Team for information on financial assistance. Please note that Madrid is an expensive city. Each fellow is responsible for paying program fees, room and board, airfare, visa fees (if applicable) and other program-related expenses.

  • Course Tuition (worth 2.0 academic credits from Duke University Graduate School)
  • Advising, program webinars, and orientations 
  • Networking and social events
  • Course reception and special dinner
  • Access to alumni network

Program fees do not cover room and board, airfare, visa fees and other living expenses. Each participant is responsible for paying program fees, room and board, airfare and other living expenses.

Students should inquire with their home institutions, programs, or sponsors for potential support early in the year.

Yes, program participants may bring spouses and children with them.  However, participants should be aware of the hectic schedule required during the in-person week in Madrid.


Contact information

Professor David Hoffman is running the Madrid program. Contact us for more information.

Apply to the program