Housing: Living with Spanish hosts during the summer is an integral part of the program: it gives students an inside perspective on Spanish society not available in a dorm room. Students complete a housing questionnaire as part of their application and, after acceptance, are carefully matched with families or single adults who are eager to welcome students into their homes. The host provides a room, two meals per day, laundry service, and all linens and towels. Students are considered a member of the family. Homestays are available in residential neighborhoods in several different areas of Madrid.
Meals: The homestay provides two meals a day—students choose which two meals depending on the location of their homestay, their schedule and other considerations. The program also includes group lunches (see below) and meals during the orientation and weekend excursion. For additional meals, consider budgeting about 10 Euros per meal for a simple, take-out style lunch or 15-20 Euros for a sit-down meal.
Group Lunches: Prof. Prieto-Calixto invites all language and culture students to join him for lunch during twice-weekly group meals. Interns join Prof. Prieto-Calixto for group lunches on Fridays when they are at Don Quijote for language class. When budgets allow, Prof. Prieto-Calixto will add group lunches to help offset the cost of meals on site.
Orientation: Students fly independently to Madrid and are met at the airport by our Faculty Director and Resident Director. Transportation to a hotel in central Madrid is provided. Students have a welcome dinner the day of arrival and have a full orientation the next day—the orientation introduces students to the language school and the city. Students meet their host families in the late afternoon/evening after the orientation and move into their homestays that night. Classes begin the following morning.
Field Trips and Excursions:
Life in Madrid: Madrid is a dynamic and exciting city, and particularly in the summer, when the daytime weather is very hot, Spaniards and tourists fill the streets, plazas, restaurants and shops through the evening and into the night. Madrid is famed for its incredible museums, lovely parks and squares, historic buildings and churches, and wonderful food and music.
Travel: Students may choose to travel independently throughout Spain and in Europe during free weekends. Within Spain, trains and buses are economical and offer many scheduled options. However, for weekend travel, students must figure in travel time, which might be significant. For destinations further afield, discount airlines like Ryan Air and Easy Jet, allow students to travel at low cost. Student hostels abound in Europe and offer inexpensive accommodations—plus websites with reviews now allow students to research hostels and even book ahead of time very easily. We recommend purchasing a good guidebook for Spain (and Europe if you plan to travel) before departure—the Lonely Planet and Let’s Go series are popular with students.