Welcome from Rob Lubar, Director

rob-lubarDear Student,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to NYU Madrid and to one of the great cultural, historical and artistic capitals of Europe.  A multicultural city in a multi-ethnic country, Madrid has been at the center of European politics, social movements, and cultural achievements for centuries.

At NYU Madrid we take great pride in using the city as our classroom.  A wide variety of course offerings — ranging from sociology to art history – are supplemented by trips to historic sites around Spain and Castile, enrichment lectures by noted scholars, and visits to the city’s great museums, from the Prado to the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.  A walking tour through La Latina or one of the historic “barrios” of Madrid, or a stroll through the city’s 19th century extension reveals a host of surprises for the curious and intrepid visitor.

Madrid may be the geopolitical center of Spain, but Spain is also linguistically and culturally diverse.  From the Basque Country and Catalonia in the North to Galicia in the West and Andalucía in the South; from native Iberian settlements to the Roman and Muslim Conquests; from the Reyes Católicos to the Voyages of Discovery; from the Hapsburg Dynasty to the House of Bourbon; from Civil War to Dictatorship and the Transition to Democracy in the 20th century, Spain has occupied a key position in the European imaginary.

Through language immersion and a rigorous curriculum we hope to transform and broaden your knowledge and understanding, and to encourage you to learn in new and creative ways.  My own junior year abroad in Paris was a life changing, catalyzing experience, and I hope for – indeed, I insist on – nothing less for you.  Study abroad is a unique experience in many ways.  My staff and I are here to help you through the challenges that study abroad involves, and to provide you with the tools and techniques necessary to navigate your own paths through Madrid and to facilitate your assimilation within Spanish culture.

I look forward to greeting you in a few short months.

Un saludo,


Robert S. Lubar
Director, NYU Madrid
Associate Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU