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|Restrictions:||UIC applicants only|
|Mininum GPA:||2.5||Class Status:||02-Sophomore|
|Internships:||No||Academic Areas:||Accounting, Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art and Design, Art History, Biological Sciences, Classical Studies, Communication, Creative Writing, Criminology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Geography, Hispanic Studies, International Relations, International Studies, Journalism, Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Mediterranean Studies, Music, Psychology, Public Affairs|
|Language of Instruction:||English, Spanish||Program Type:||Direct Enrollment|
|Housing Options:||Family Stay|
We strongly encourage those seeking housing to take advantage of the Host Family option through which students who wish to experience Spanish society to the fullest can be part of a Spanish household. Indeed, one of the most rewarding and culturally integrating experiences a student can have is to be part of a Spanish household where one has the opportunity to learn and experience day-to-day life in urban Madrid.
The Host Family Experience
For students who wish to experience Spanish society and language to the fullest, one of the most rewarding and culturally integrating experiences you can have is to be part of a Spanish household. With the host family (señora) option, you will have the opportunity to learn and experience day-to-day life in urban Madrid.
Host families help you to get settled in and learn your way around Madrid, and with years of experience working with American and international students, they are keenly aware of what you need to watch out for. They will be your best resource and some will even monitor and help you with your Spanish-language skills!
Most Host Family assignments entail living with other students, but single occupancy assignments are also available.
Host Families are located within a 20- to 40-minute subway commute from the University; others are within a 15- to 20-minute walk. No matter where you live, you will find that Madrid is a relatively compact city and that riding the subway is safe, fast, inexpensive and efficient.
Wireless DSL internet access, as well as bed linens and laundry services are included in all Host Family placements. Since European washing machines are small, and dryers are not widely used, laundry is done on a reduced basis as compared to the U.S.; for example, the señora will do two loads of laundry per student per week. We recommend you take all delicate washables to the dry cleaner.
Host Family Options
Within the Host Family system, you can choose among host family assignments listed under each plan.
Half Room and Board (media pensión)
This option includes breakfast and dinner in the home. You are responsible for the purchase of your own lunch. This is the most popular Host Family meal option because it provides flexibility to the student during the school day and on weekends. Half room and board does not include use of kitchen facilities.
In Spain, families eat lunch and dinner much later than in many other countries. Lunch is served around 2:00 p.m.; dinner is lighter fare and is normally served around 9:00 p.m. A continental breakfast of coffee/juice and toast is usually eaten in the late morning.
Kitchen Privileges (derecho a cocina)
This is an attractive option for those who want to prepare their own meals and/or have special dietary requirements. You will have the right to use the kitchen. You are responsible for the purchase and preparation of all meals. While you may not spend as much time with your host señora as those who choose the half room and board option, you will still have the convenience of having a native Spaniard close by who can help you settle in and learn the ropes. Host Families with kitchen privileges are limited. If this is your first option, we encourage you to submit your housing application early.
The University welcomes applications from students currently enrolled in other colleges and universities who wish to spend a semester or two with us in Madrid. Ours is without question the most complete study abroad program available in Spain. So we receive applications from students all across the world. As admission for visiting students is competitive, take note that we're looking for students with solid academic backgrounds interested in a serious and innovative study abroad experience. To be admitted on a visiting basis, you must complete the visiting student admission application form and ask your registrar´s office to forward us your official university transcript.