My staff and I are delighted to welcome your student to Spain and you can rest assured that she or he will be the focus of our guidance and attention during this semester. Our program is highly organized, highly communicative, hands-on and dedicated to the task of supporting your son or daughter every step of the way in this exciting and challenging cross-cultural adventure. In addition to our top-notch academic program, which includes in-house courses designed especially for our program and direct enrolment at the Spanish university, the program organizes an internship placement program that offers our students opportunities to work at prestigious international organizations and businesses, an intercultural seminar certificate program, on-site health and wellness services, and individual advising on how students can turn the abroad experience into vital academic and professional tools that will enhance their future pursuits.
We share your concern for child’s safety while abroad, and we orient our students on how to best keep themselves safe in Spain. You can help us provide the best care possible for your student by talking to your son or daughter about responsible and safe behavior while abroad, especially in terms of the use of alcohol. While we have guidelines, rules, regulations and policies that help students to make good decisions, ultimately, students themselves are responsible for their safety and well-being while in Spain, just as they are on their home campuses. Please have a candid discussion with your daughter or son about respecting themselves and program guidelines, especially in relation to alcohol and drugs.
Please consult the two documents provided at the bottom of this page (access them by clicking on the links below) to get a good sense of what your student will experience in Spain. We try to provide as much information as possible so that you will feel more secure about your child’s upcoming semester or year abroad. The Pre-Departure Handbook includes a Program Calendar (including excursion and national holiday dates) and provides information about academics, cultural adaptation, practical matters (money, cell phones, what to bring), security, health, host families, and more. The Letter to Parents provides an overview of the topics most parents want to hear about. The letter also provides all national holiday dates so that you can easily schedule a trip to visit your student in Madrid or Alcalá. If you don’t find the information you are looking for, please let us know how we can improve these informational documents.
We wish your daughter or son all the best in the upcoming term abroad and we will do everything possible to help facilitate a transformative, dynamic, intellectually rigorous and safe experience for each and every one of our students.
Dr. Susan Sánchez Casal
Tufts University in Madrid / Skidmore College in Spain