Tufts in Madrid/Alcalá
The Tufts-in-Madrid/Alcalá program, which includes
living options in Madrid and Alcalá de Henares, is
designed as a semester- or year-long program of academic
study. Students are strongly urged to choose the full
academic year, but students who are unable to do so may
apply to attend the fall or spring semester only.
Preference is given to students who apply for the full
year. The program is run jointly with Skidmore-in-Spain.
Tufts University has enjoyed an exchange relationship
with the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) since
1985 and with the University of Alcalá (UAH) since the
fall of 2000.
Students have the option of living in Madrid or its
neighboring city, Alcalá de Henares; location choice
need not be made at the time of application, but in
consultation with the Resident Director during on-campus
interviews in the fall or spring. Regardless of where a
student chooses to live, he or she will have access to
all program resources in both locations. Situated in the
center of the Iberian Peninsula, 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 dynamic society. Alcalá
de Henares is a beautiful medium-sized city about 22
miles northeast of Madrid. Designated a World Heritage
Site in 1989, Alcalá is known for its exquisite historic
renaissance buildings, a slower pace of life, and the
warm and welcoming nature of its inhabitants. Students
who enjoy the occasional excitement of a big urban
center but are looking for a smaller, more inclusive
city and a more intimate group of peers will typically
prefer Alcalá. Ample public transportation connects
Madrid and Alcalá and travel time between the two cities
is approximately 40 minutes.
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) offers a good selection of courses that include
marine biology, gender studies, economics, international
relations, history, art history, psychology, literature,
geography, business, political science, and law.
Tufts in Madrid/Alcalá offers a rigorous Global
Internship Program with flexibile credit options in the
fields of community health, women’s advocacy,
international relations, human rights, journalism,
diplomacy, education, environmental studies, scientific
research, marketing, finance, and more. Additionally,
the program offers weekly education and training on
Intercultural Competency Development, awarding students
a certificate of completion at the end of the semester.
The Madrid program center, “Monte Esquinza,” is
situated in the historical-cultural center of Madrid and
houses administrative offices, classrooms, library,
study rooms, and a student center. The newly renovated
Alcalá program center, “María de Guzmán,” is located in
the school of Humanities at the UAH, and features
administrative offices, a student center, and two
designed specifically for Tufts in Madrid/Alcalá are
offered at both program centers and are open to students
from both locations.
For more detailed program information, please check out the Tufts-Skidmore in Madrid
website run by
program staff in Madrid.
Director: Susan Sánchez Casal, 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, Dr. Fil. y Let., University of Alcalá.
Coordinator of Internships and Projects: Luis Castilla,
Dip. Statistics, Complutense University of Madrid.
Student Coordinator: Sergio Barreiro Sánchez, Dr. Fil. y Let.,
University of Alcalá.
Wellness and Intercultural Coordinator: Claire Jasinski, Psychotherapist
and Intercultural Educator.
Language Tutor: Chavela Olivares Ripoli, Lic. en Fil. y Let., UNED.
Administrative Assistant: Gloria Fortún Menor, Lic. en Fil. y Let., UNED.
Alcalá Housing and Student Coordinator: Angelines Álvaro.
Well-prepared undergraduates (normally juniors, but
occasionally some seniors) who meet the requirements
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 International Relations,
Economics, Psychology, and Spanish majors. A variety of other
majors are represented from the humanities, the social
sciences, and the sciences. All
program courses are taught in
Spanish. A number of university courses are taught in English.
Program Fee 2014-2015
$30,912 for a semester,
$61,823 for the academic year includes:
- Two-week orientation program;
- Full room and board (winter and spring breaks
excluded) includes an individual room, two meals per day
with host families, monthly meal stipend, laundry, and
- 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;
- Six program courses each semester on Spanish/Transatlantic
History, Art, Theater, Environmental Studies, and Language Studies;
- Global Internship Program
- Intercultural Competency Development Education (with certificate of completion);
- Individual and group language tutorials; peer tutor program at UAM and UAH;
- Spanish medical insurance, full coverage with no co-pays nor exclusions for pre-existing conditions;
- On-site counseling services;
- Spanish peer mentors at program centers:
- A stipend for students to use towards sports/fitness, music,
dance, and art classes; stipend for travel within Spain;
- Three expenses-paid 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 that covers intra-city
and inter-city travel between Madrid and Alcalá.
Tufts in Madrid
University of Alcalá website
University of Autonoma website
Tufts-Skidmore in Madrid website
Alcalá students teach English!