Summer School - A Multidisciplinary Approach to Climate Change, 12 - 23 July 2021, Madrid, Spain

Publish Date: May 10, 2021

Deadline: Jul 10, 2021

Event Dates: from Jul 12, 2021 12:00 to Jul 23, 2021 12:00


July 12th-23rd, 2021

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and Spain Center for International Education (SpaCIE) have created their joint Summer School “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Climate Change” (SSMACC). The SSMACC is a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons in one of the most beautiful and liveliest cities of the world, while studying at a top university. UAM oversees the academic aspects of the program and grants the diplomas and official transcripts, and SpaCIE recruits the students and oversees the logistics of the program.

We invite you to embark on this life-changing journey to gain a new perspective on your studies, make new friends from all over the World, immerse yourself in a different culture, and discover something new about yourself! Join an exclusive 2-week study program that offers a high-quality multidisciplinary course, taught in English by top professors of many disciplines (Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Humanities, Law, Marketing, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology) and by top practitioners from the business world.


A)   Introduction

Climate change is the main global environmental problem and one of the main economic and social problems of Humanity. At least in the European Union, citizens’ perception is also in line with scientific conclusions on the seriousness of the problem. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey published in 2019 by the European Commission, 93% of EU citizens believe that climate change is a serious problem and 79% that it is a very serious problem. Compared to the previous Eurobarometer, published in 2017, climate change has overtaken international terrorism as the second most serious problem facing mankind, after poverty, hunger, and lack of drinking water.

On the other hand, climate change is a multidimensional problem, which must be studied from all disciplines of knowledge. However, our curricula do not usually provide a multi- or interdisciplinary understanding of the problem and, although the population perceives it as a very serious problem, there is a notable lack of knowledge about its nature, effects, possible scenarios, policies and responses to the challenge it poses for Humanity.

B)   Objectives

In view of the shortcomings of our curricula and the lack of knowledge of a large part of the population mentioned in the introduction, the main objective of this course is to provide a multidisciplinary and rigorous view of the problem of climate change. The aim is for students to have a complete university level vision, rigorously provided by experts in each subject, although adapted to the necessary introductory level given the heterogeneous profile that students will have, as it is generally the case throughout society.

In the 6-ECTS credits version of the course, students will also gain further knowledge of a field (usually the field of study of their bachelor’s degree, but not necessarily) by taking a directed study under the direction of one of the professors of the program.


In addition to the main objectives described in the previous paragraphs, the course has a secondary objective: providing an enriching “study abroad” experience, with all the benefits of academic, cultural and personal enrichment that this type of experience provides, but with the advantage that by intensifying the course in only two weeks, it can encourage those who cannot live a longer experience due to its greater economic cost or do not dare to do so due to other factors.

Program costs

Program costs include:

  • tuition fees for the course selected (3 ECTS or 6 ECTS credits), and
  • costs of social and cultural events, as well as field trips included in the Program.

Please, note that program costs DO NOT include:

  • travel between your home country and Spain,
  • visa (if required),
  • health/accidents insurance,
  • local transportation (except when arranged by the Program for some field trips),
  • food (except when provided by the Program in some events), and
  • accommodation.

We will provide information for finding accommodation for interested students.

Students from any university receive a 12.5% discount if they complete their application (applications are complete when we receive the non-refundable application fee) within the early-bird discount period (until February 28). Additionally, students from Partner Universities* receive a 12.5% discount. Therefore, students from Partner Universities receive a 25% discount if they complete their application during the early-bird discount period.

Please, see the table below for the Program costs (since the non-refundable application fee is considered part of the Program costs, an admitted applicant must register by paying the Program costs shown in this table minus the already paid non-refundable application fee of 60.00 euros):

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Further Official Information

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