Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs-OVERVIEW-300x2251Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity that also raises many questions and concerns. We hope to address those questions here for students who are already enrolled in the program, students who are interested in the program, for parents and guardians, and for faculty and staff at Tufts University and Skidmore College. If you don’t see your question answered here please submit it using the link below and we will answer it and add it to our FAQ database. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Prospective Student FAQs

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What are the admission requirements?

SKIDMORE requires a 2.75 GPA, Declared Major, Good Academic and Social Standing, and usually completion of Spanish 206 or its equivalent. The program accepts students from all majors.* Please see the Skidmore in Spain Program Manager, Anna Burnett, in Off-Campus Study & Exchanges for more information. (Starbuck Center 202).

TUFTS requires a 3.0 GPA, Declared Major, Good Academic and Disciplinary Standing, and completion of Spanish 21 and 22, or the equivalent of six semesters of college-level Spanish. For students in the School of Engineering, a GPA of 3.2 at the time of application is required. The program accepts students from all majors.* Please see Dr. Sheila Bayne or Nora Matland for more information. (7th floor Dowling Hall).

(*Simply meeting study abroad requirements does not guarantee admission to a program).


When is the application period?

  • TUFTS: Feb. 1, for all study abroad for the following academic year (full-year and fall/spring semester).
  • SKIDMORE: Academic Year, Fall Semester: March 15;  Spring Semester: October 1.

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Current Student FAQs

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What are the operating hours at the Madrid and Alcalá Program Centers?

Madrid MONTE ESQUINZA Program Center

M-Th    9h-19h
F          9h-17h
91 702 4513 (office)
Director, Susan Sánchez Casal (690 625 612)
Asst. Director, Mayte De Las Heras (680 140 966)

Alcalá MARÍA DE GUZMÁN Program Center

M        9h-12:30h
T         9-15:30h and 16:30-19:30h
W        9 -17h.
Th       9-15:30h and 16:30-19:30h
F          9-15h
Asst. Director in Alcalá, Miguel Ángel Lera (622 867 457)


Why is it so important that we speak only Spanish in the Alcalá and Madrid program centers?

It's important for a number of reasons. The first is that the program centers are a great place to improve your language skills with your peers. It's crucial that you learn to "be yourselves in Spanish" with each other from the start of the program. We understand that when you are in an exclusively American group outside of the program center that you will speak English. But we do require you to speak only Spanish to each other in our program office. It's a way of encouraging each other to keep making the daily effort to get better and better, more and more comfortable, in your adopted language. Your main objective in coming here is to master Spanish, and we want to keep you on that path. When the program staff hear you speaking English in our midst, in our workplace, where we work hard to create the resources you need to fulfill your objectives, we feel discouraged. When we hear you speaking Spanish to each other, we feel great, because we see you taking your task seriously, we see you rising to the occasion, and we also see that our work is supporting you in reaching your goals. Remember that every time you open your mouth in English, you just lost an opportunity to learn something new in Spanish. And your time here will go by quickly! So, speak Spanish in the program centers, and whenever you can! You will not be sorry when you get back to the states, believe us!


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What are the Madrid & Alcalá program office hours and the contact numbers?

What are the Madrid & Alcalá program office hours and the contact numbers?

Madrid MONTE ESQUINZA Program Center

M-Th    10h-19h

F          10h-17h

91 702 4513  (office)

Director, Susan Sánchez Casal (690 625 612)

Asst. Director, Mayte De Las Heras (680 140 966)

Alcalá MARÍA DE GUZMÁN Program Center

M         9h-12:30h

T          9-15:30h and 16:30-19:30h

W         9 -17h.

Th        9-15:30h and 16:30-19:30h

F          9-15h

Director, Susan Sánchez Casal (690 625 612)

Asst. Director in Alcalá, Miguel Ángel Lera (622 867 457)


What’s the best way for my child to get money while in Spain?

If the fees are reasonable, withdrawing cash from an ATM machine is the most convenient way to get money in euros. For purchases, U.S. credit cards are accepted everywhere. If your son or daughter needs money urgently and lacks other means, parents can wire money through U.S. Western Union (800.325.6000), which will be disbursed in euros through "Ultramar" in Spain (Change Express 91.531.64.96 in Madrid). The fee will vary according to the wire amount. The program will of course lend your child money if need be.


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