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 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

Study in MadridMadrid 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. Alcala 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:

  • Advanced Spanish Language Studies (Course focuses on elusive advanced grammar points, pronunciation, and intercultural communication; students conduct a semester-long audiovisual project related to an individual area of interest). Instructors: Enrique Santamária, ABD, U. Complutense of Madrid and Miguel Lera, Ph.D., University of Alcalá de Henares.
  • Transatlantic Literatures, Europe and the Americas: Dialogues on Self and Other (Transatlantic literary analysis of the construction of self and other in pertinent Spanish, Latin American and North American texts). Instructor: Bethania Guerra de Lemos, Ph.D., Autonomous University of Madrid.
  • Discovering the Prado Museum (Course aims to introduce students in the many dimensions of paintingwith a special focus on the three main Spanish masters that are very well represented in this museum: El Greco, Velázquez, and Goya. This vision will help us to understand the universal legacy of these immense artists and also to expand our knowledge on general issues of art and history of Spain). Instructor: Alicia Torija López, ABD, U. Complutense of Madrid.
  • Is Spain Different? Political and Social Changes since Transition to Democracy (Course examines the most relevant aspects of contemporary Spanish society: politics, culture, economy, and social life. Its objective is to provide students with facts, observations and interviews that allow them to have a robust map of Spanish society, going beyond everyday topics). Instructor: Josep Lobera, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Autonomous University of Madrid, Dept. of Sociology.
  • Sketchbook: Walking in the City (Unique studio art course designed for artists and non-artists that is conducted on the streets of Madrid; students map their own abroad experience graphically through the completion of a travel sketchbook). Instructor: Pepa Santamaría, MFA, Syracuse University
  • Three Cultures. Jews, Christians, Muslims: Understanding Multicultural Spanish History on the Streets of Alcalá de Henares. (History/anthropology course that examines how the three great monotheistic religions/cultures and their interwoven histories have impacted Spain and left their mark on Madrid and other prominent cities in Spain.) Instructor: Alicia Torija López, ABD, U. Complutense of Madrid
  • In Women’s Words: Feminist Literary Discourse in Spain and the Americas. (Course focuses on 20th century transatlantic texts authored by women. It scrutinizes the notion of women’s script, and studies representative “feminine” texts alongside diverse non-canonical feminist literary production. In order to discern the epistemic relevance of “feminist literature” as opposed to “feminine”, this course relies on framework of feminist political texts, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic). Instructor: Bethania Guerra de Lemos, Ph.D., Autonomous University of Madrid.
  • Global Health & Human Rights in Spain: Identities, Bodies, Difference. (STS course that examines how the production of identities—gender, sexual, racial/ethnic—and the creation of social differences based on those identities have been generated, in part, through their medical classification as “disorder” and their subsequent insertion into biomedical classification systems. At the same time, course analyzes how these assigned identities have become the basis for collective political action that includes self-identity and the right to difference within a human rights framework). Instructor: Esther Ortega, Ph.D., U. Complutense de Madrid.

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 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.