About the Program

Tufts-Skidmore Madrid Program Center

Program Center in Madrid “Monte Esquinza”

Program Center in Alcalá "María de Guzmán"

Program Center in Alcalá “María de Guzmán”

The Program

A Leader in Global and Intercultural Education
Our program has been offering students a first-class academic and cultural experience for over thirty years. Over the last several years, Tufts-Skidmore Spain has become a leader in Global Citizenship training by providing all students with ongoing intercultural education and mentoring. Our program will not only prepare you to effectively reach your goals while in Spain, but will set you on a path to acquiring skills, knowledge and attitudes that will boost your academic and professional profile in today’s increasingly intercultural world.

Study in Madrid

Madrid is one of Europe’s most vibrant, dynamic and safest cities. While many people think of Madrid as a city frozen in time, the reality is that Madrid is a diverse, modern city that has been greatly impacted over the last twenty years by immigration from Eastern Europe, Latin America, East Asia and Africa. The result is a city that retains the best of its age-old traditions and venues while offering a rich diversity of cultural expression that can be seen and experienced in neighborhoods all over the city.

Located in the heart of this vibrant city, the beautiful and spacious Madrid program office is situated in the Almagro district, on a beautiful tree-lined street. Students live with local Spanish families, attend classes at the Madrid center, and also at the UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

Study in Alcalá

Students choose the Alcalá program because of it’s small-town feel, and intimate program setting. Alcalá offers a close-knit community, a great university and a rich cultural experience. When you walk down the streets of Alcalá de Henares, the look and feel of Medieval and Renaissance Spain is all around you. With a population of 200,000, Alcalá boasts quiet, winding cobbled streets and gorgeous medieval buildings.

Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alcalá is the home of author Miguel Cervantes, whose novel, Don Quijote, has inspired readers and thinkers for over 500 years. The city celebrates the birthday of this famous son every year in October, with the delightful fiestas cervantinas that attract tourists from all over Spain and Europe. Like Madrid, Alcalá is home to a growing immigrant population (around 20%), and thus features an increasingly diverse group of inhabitants.

Linked to Madrid by an efficient and well-equipped public transportation system, students studying on the Alcalá program are only a 45-minute ride away from downtown Madrid, on city train or bus. The newly expanded, beautiful Alcalá Program center is located in the Facultad de Filosofía y Letras at the UAH (Universidad de Alcalá). Students attend classes at the UAH and at the Madrid program center.

Program Classes

At this time the program offers a variety of “in-house” classes, many of which you won’t find anywhere else, taught by top-notch professors who are leading experts in their fields.

All program classes are offered at the Madrid program center and are open to students from both programs. In addition to program classes, you will also have the opportunity to study at the Spanish university, do volunteer work, and/or participate in an academic internship in your field of interest (non-profit organizations, human rights associations, diplomacy, international think-tanks, museum administration, journalism, international finance, and more).

The Staff

Ask any student who has studied on our program and they will tell you that one of the best things about the program is the excellent and dedicated staff. Each member of the Tufts-Skidmore Spain team is a skilled professional, devoted to each one of our students. We work hard to create a supportive, positive, warm, friendly atmosphere at both of our program centers.