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
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
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
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
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
- 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.
Tufts in Madrid
University of Alcalá website
University of Autonoma website
Tufts-Skidmore in Madrid website
Alcalá students teach English!