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Tufts in Madrid

The Tufts-in-Madrid program, which includes options in Madrid (UAM) and in Alcalá de Henares (UAH), is designed as a semester- or year-long program of academic study. Students are strongly urged to stay for the full academic year, but students who are unable to go for the full academic year may apply to attend the fall or spring semester in either location. Preference is given to students who apply for the full year. The program is run jointly with Skidmore-in-Spain.

Madrid is one of the world's most vibrant capital cities, offering international students both a wealth of historical, architectural, and artistic treasures and the lifestyle of a modern, multicultural, and dynamically changing society. Situated in the center of the Iberian peninsula, the city offers easy access to all of the country’s regions and provides the opportunity to become acquainted with a cross section of Spain’s diverse cultural heritage. Tufts University has enjoyed an exchange relationship with the Autonomous University of Madrid since 1985 and with the University of Alcalá since the fall of 2000.

The Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) was founded in 1970 and is located in Cantoblanco, on the northern outskirts of Madrid. The UAM offers a large selection of courses including economics, international relations, history, political science, psychology, sociology, art history, education, world literature, Spanish language and literature, linguistics, geography, business, law, archaeology, Arab studies, Asian studies, music, and gender studies.

The University of Alcalá (UAH) is one of the oldest and most progressive universities in Spain. The UAH is located in Alcalá de Henares, a small historical city (140,000 inhabitants) situated 16 miles to the east of Madrid. The Alcalá program office is located in the School of Philosophy and Letters at the UAH. The UAH offers a good selection of courses that include marine biology, economics, international relations, political science, history, art history, Spanish language and literature, geography, business, and law. Students who are looking for the excitement of Madrid but a smaller city and a smaller group of peers will typically prefer Alcalá.

The Tufts-in-Madrid program center is situated in the historical-cultural center of Madrid and houses the administrative offices, classrooms, library, and study rooms and student center. The program courses– 'Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition,' 'Contemporary Art History,' 'Imagining the Americas,' 'Environmental Studies,' and 'Sketchbook: Walking in the City'– which are designed specifically for program students, are held at the program center in Madrid. The course 'Three Cultures: Jews, Christians, and Muslims' is offered at the Alcalá program center and open to students from both programs, as is the course 'Movement for Actors: The Expanding Body,' which is co-sponsored by the UAH.

For more detailed program information, please check out the Tufts-Skidmore in Madrid website run by program staff in Madrid.

Director: Susan Sánchez Casal, A.B., Comparative Literature, and M.A, Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, University of California, Riverside.

Assistant Director: Mayte de las Heras Martínez, Lic. en Fil. y Let., Autonomous University of Madrid.

Assistant Director, Alcalá: Miguel Angel Lera, Lic. en Fil. y Let., Dr. Fil. y Let., University of Alcalá.

Madrid Student Coordinator: Luis Castilla, Dip. Statistics, Complutense University of Madrid.

Madrid Student Coordinator: Gloria Fortún Menor, Lic. en Fil. y Let., UNED.

Madrid Coordinator: Sergio Barreiro Sánchez, Lic. en Fil. y Let., Dr. Fil. y Let., University of Alcalá.

Alcalá Housing and Student Coordinator: Angelines Álvaro.

Health and Wellness Coordinator: Claire Jasinski, Psychotherapist and Intercultural Educator.

Well-prepared undergraduates (normally juniors, but occasionally some seniors) who meet the requirements listed here and who have completed Spanish 21 and 22 (Composition and Conversation) or the equivalent of six semesters of college-level Spanish may apply to the program. Spanish 31 (Main Currents of Spanish Literature I) and 32 or 34 are highly recommended. The majority of students who participate in the program are Spanish majors or International Relations majors. A variety of other majors are represented from the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. All courses are taught in Spanish.

Comprehensive Program Fee 2013-2014
$29,866 for a semester,
$59,732 for the academic year includes:

  • Two-week orientation program;
  • Full room and board (Winter and Spring vacations excluded) includes an individual room, two meals per day with host families, weekly meal stipend, laundry, and wifi;
  • Full tuition and fees at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) or the University of Alcalá (UAH);
  • Use of UAM or UAH facilities: sports, computers, e-mail, and activities;
  • Spanish medical insurance, full coverage with no co-pays;
  • Six program courses each semester on Spanish/Transatlantic History, Art, Theater, Environmental Studies, and Language Studies;
  • On-site counseling services;
  • Intercultural Competency Development Education (certificate of completion and notation on transcript);
  • Individual and group language tutorials; peer tutor program at UAM and UAH;
  • Spanish peer mentors:
  • A stipend for students to use towards sports/fitness, music, dance, and art classes; stipend for travel within Spain;
  • Three excursions each semester to different regions of Spain;
  • Unlimited reimbursement for cultural events such as plays, films, cultural exhibits, and museums;
  • European Youth Card;
  • Monthly transportation pass.
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