1 Fulbright Master's Program in Spanish Second Language Teaching at ILCE Universidad de Navarra
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodAugust Start
Grant Length11 Months
Fulbright Graduate Degree Grants
One award is available to pursue a full-time Master's degree in Spanish Second Language Teaching (MELE: Máster Universitario en Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera) at Universidad de Navarra (Spain). Considered one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, the Universidad de Navarra, located in Pamplona, is 1st in Spain in the QS Employability Ranking and among the top 50 universities in the world in its contribution to the UN Sustainable Goals of "Decent Work and Economic Growth" and "Life of the Earth's Ecosystems" according to the Times Higher Education Impact ranking.
The MELE program is designed with four unique features that distinguish it from similar programs:
- Real teaching experience: Teaching at the university level from the beginning of the master’s program (600 hours total): 150 hours of in-class university teaching and direct responsibility for at least three different groups/courses over the 10-month program.
- Being part of the team: Professional Development at the Instituto de Lengua y Cultura Españolas (ILCE) by participating in faculty meetings, coordinating courses and proficiency exams, and applying principles and ideas from graduate courses to professional life in ELE. This includes research projects, ELE assessments, teaching classes, program organization, co-curricular activities, and ILCE meetings.
- Small graduate cohort and personalized mentorship: Each master’s class accepts a limited number of students (7-14) which creates a small learning community. Each student receives a mentor for the classes they teach, an academic advisor for MELE questions/issues, and a supervisor for the MA thesis. Each teacher-in-training in MELE receives constant support, tutoring, and continuous monitoring from ILCE professors/mentors through weekly support meetings.
- True global focus: MELE is the only MA in Spanish Second Language Teaching in which more than half of the professors are visiting professors from the best universities in America, Asia, and Europe. Students receive professional perspectives from around the world.
The program is divided into two main semesters (Fall and Spring), and First Summer Session (May/June). Students take the equivalent of four graduate seminars per semester for a total of 45 ECTS graduate credits (about 24 US credits).
Fall (12 US credits of graduate work plus teaching one class):
- Second Language Teaching Methodology
- Second Language Evaluation and Assessment
- Spanish Second Language Acquisition Theory
- Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning
Spring (12 US credits of graduate work plus teaching one class):
- Action Research and Innovation in the Second Language Classroom
- Global Seminars and the Teaching of Spanish (Asia, Europe, and North America)
- Spanish for Specific Purposes and Service Learning
- Technology-Enhanced Language Learning, Digital Portfolios, and Digital Storytelling
First Summer Session: MA Thesis Defense (3 US credits) plus teaching one class.
PROFESSIONAL FIELD TRIP
The program includes one professional trip to Barcelona for 2 days (sessions and class observation of Spanish for Business, Transportation, and Housing).
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY
The Universidad de Navarra is a nonprofit private Catholic university founded in 1952. The university has more than 12,000 students throughout its six campuses: Pamplona, San Sebastián, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, and New York.
With widely acclaimed programs in teaching and research, the University of Navarra offers 90 undergraduate degrees and double degrees, 40 master’s degrees, and 19 doctoral programs. The University library, with more than a million volumes, is one of the largest collections in Europe.
Grantees may only join in the Fall 2023 intake.
Grants will begin on August 15, 2023 and end on July 14, 2024.
All Fulbright Spain student grantees are required to attend a mandatory orientation which will take place during the second week of September 2023.
The Master’s applicant profile consists of graduates with university degrees in Philology, Modern Languages and Literature, Linguistics, Translation, Journalism, History, Humanities, Law, Economics, Education, and other degrees in the humanities or education. This degree is for students who want to guide their professional career and gain specific knowledge about teaching Spanish as a second language.
“Advanced” proficiency in Spanish is required - “C1” in the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for Languages OR “Superior Proficiency” in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) - as students in the Master’s program will teach Spanish at the university level.
Candidates may not reside in Spain at the time of application or during the academic year prior to the grant. Study abroad in Spain as part of undergraduate studies is not considered residency in Spain. However, other full-time studies at an institution based in Spain or participation in an auxiliar de conversación program are considered residency in Spain.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select Fulbright-Master's Program in Spanish Second Language Teaching at ILCE Universidad de Navarra from the drop-down menu.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Applicants must certify that they have a highly advanced Spanish level. See the Candidate Profile section for more information.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter of acceptance required prior to grant start
To be considered for this Award, two separate applications are required:
Applicants must apply for the Fulbright Award through the Fulbright online application system
Applicants must also apply for admission to the Master’s program directly at the Universidad de Navarra. More information on the admissions process can be found at: https://www.unav.edu/mele
Applicants are not required to have a letter of acceptance (sometimes referred to as a letter of admission) at the time of the Fulbright application, but awards are made conditional upon acceptance to the Universidad de Navarra no later than December 15, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to apply to the Master's degree in Spanish Second Language Teaching (MELE: Máster Universitario en Enseñanza del Español como Lengua Extranjera) at the Universidad de Navarra as soon as possible.
The Universidad de Navarra will notify Fulbright directly of all semi finalists who have been accepted to the MELE program.
The Universidad de Navarra provides full tuition waivers for Fulbright grantees.
This Award is co-sponsored by the Universidad de Navarra.
All Fulbright Spain grantees are required to arrange their own housing. The Commission provides ample resources to aid in the housing search in Spain, including two webinars prior to departure.