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1 Fulbright-Master's Program in Spanish Second Language Teaching at ILCE Universidad de Navarra

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

One award is available to pursue a full-time Master's degree in Spanish Second Language Teaching (MELE: Máster Español Lengua Extranjera) at Universidad de Navarra (Spain). Considered one of the most prestigious universities in Spain, the Universidad de Navarra located in Pamplona (Spain) 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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. True global focus: More than 10 professors are visiting professors from the best universities in America, Asia, and Europe. You’ll receive professional perspectives from around the world, and you will teach Spanish to students from all over 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.


Program includes one professional trip to Barcelona for 2 days (visits, transportation, and housing).

About the School

The University of 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 38 undergraduate degrees, 42 official masters, and 20 doctoral programs. The University library, with more than a million volumes, is one of the biggest collections in Europe.

Grant Period

10 Months

Grantees may only join in the September 2021 intake.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

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

Required - Advanced

Applicants must certify that they have a highly advanced Spanish level.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


To be considered for this Award, two separate applications are requested. Applicants must apply for the Fulbright Award through the Fulbright online application system, as well as for admission to the Master´s program directly at the Universidad de Navarra.  

More information on the admissions process can be found at

Applicants are not expected to have a letter of admission/affiliation at time of Fulbright application, but awards are made conditional upon admission at the Universidad de Navarra no later than February 15, 2021.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

The Universidad de Navarra provides full tuition waivers for Fulbright grantees.

These Awards are co-sponsored by the Universidad de Navarra.


Candidates with dual U.S./Spanish citizenship, or candidates who are residing in Spain at the time of application or anytime thereafter, are not eligible for the Fulbright Program to 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.


Dependent support is not available.

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