1 Fulbright-Master's Program in Spanish Second Language Teaching at ILCE Universidad de Navarra
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodAugust Start
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 the Universidad de Navarra. Considered one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, the Universidad de Navarra. located in Pamplona, is 3rd in Europe in the Times Higher Education European Teaching Ranking 2019 and 1st in Spain in the QS Employability Ranking 2019.
The MELE program is designed with four unique features that distinguish it from similar programs:
- Real teaching experience: Teaching at 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 (between 7-14) creating 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. You’ll 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 (6 ECTS each, equivalent to 3 credits each seminar) for a total of 12 graduate credits per semester.
Fall (12 credits of graduate work plus teaching two classes):
- Second Language Teaching Methodology
- Second Language Evaluation and Assessment
- Spanish Second Language Acquisition Theory
- Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Learning
Spring (12 credits of graduate work plus teaching two classes):
- 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 credits) plus teaching one class.
PROFESSIONAL FIELD TRIP
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 11,000 students throughout its six campuses: Pamplona, San Sebastian, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, and New York.
With widely acclaimed programs in teaching and research, the University of Navarra offers 86 undergraduate degrees and double degrees, 32 master’s degrees, and 20 doctoral programs. The University library, with more than a million volumes, is one of the largest collections in Europe.
Grant Length: 11 months. Grantees may only join in the Fall 2022 intake.
Grants will begin on August 15, 2022 and end on July 14, 2023.
All Fulbright Spain student grantees are required to attend a mandatory orientation which will take place during the second week of September 2022.
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.
Proficiency in Spanish is a must since students will become Spanish teachers at University level. C1 in the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR) for Languages or Superior Proficiency in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
Applicants must certify that they have a highly advanced Spanish level.
Fulbright Proposal Types
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 and https://www.unav.edu/en/web/master-en-ensenanza-de-espanol-como-lengua-extranjera/admision
Applicants are not required to have a letter of admission/affiliation at the time of the Fulbright application, but awards are made conditional upon admission at the Universidad de Navarra no later than February 15, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to apply to 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 by the February 15th deadline.
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.
Dual citizens of this country are not eligible
Residency in host country not permitted in year prior to grant
Candidates may not reside in Spain at the time of application or during the academic year prior to the grant. Study abroad as part of undergraduate studies in Spain is not considered residency in Spain.
Special Application Instructions
In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name, please select the specific award you are applying for from the drop-down menu.