You can choose to live in the small town comfort of Alcalá de Henares, 20 miles northeast of Madrid, in a close, intimate group of students, or you can opt for a bigger program and the vibrant cultural life and social scene of Madrid, a city that never sleeps. Choose whichever option fits you best. It’s up to you!
Study Abroad with Tufts-Skidmore Spain
Full-year and semester options available! Live in vibrant Madrid or in the intimate setting of Alcalá de Henares.
What makes us different
You will have the chance to intern at leading international human rights and global health organizations, fair trade stores, museums, and finance companies to name just a few of the opportunities that our programs offer.
Stepping out of “your world” for a semester or year is one of the boldest things you will ever do. Be proud! And once you get here, we are committed to helping you meet the challenges and reap the benefits of living and learning abroad. We will help you develop key personal and intercultural skills that will help you abroad and that you will take home with you. We don’t leave your personal growth to chance!
We believe that one of the most important things about being abroad is studying “abroad” itself and what it means for your growth as an intercultural, global person. This is why we prepare you for Spanish life, its values, customs and idiosyncrasies, AND at the same time help you to develop intercultural skills that you can take anywhere.
Our program is consistently voted as having a significantly positive impact on students lives. We focus on the “whole” student and your holistic needs: great classes, great mentors, travel around Spain, a generous stipend program, a health and wellness program, ongoing intercultural mentoring and training and on-site individual counseling services. Our goal is to provide intelligent and compassionate attention that will prepare, challenge and support you as your navigate your way through your global sojourn.
Our program classes analyze the complex dynamics of internationalization and its equally complex effects on the global and globalized world. Many of our in-house classes feature an innovative, dual focus on Spain and Latin America. We offer courses in literature, fine arts, art history, theater, anthropology, sociology, history and advanced Spanish language. Most students take both program classes and classes at the prestigious Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and the Universidad de Acalá.
We understand global citizens as people who support the values of diversity, justice and human rights, and who are concerned about the health and well-being of humanity and our planet. We help develop this global consciousness and practice through critical thinking, active learning, and the development of intercultural/global attitudes, skills and knowledge.
We help you set realistic goals for linguistic progress during your time abroad, and then we help you develop good practices in order to achieve them. Our program insists that students commit to speaking Spanish on our Alcalá and Madrid campuses, and we structure an environment that fosters your immersion in Spanish through peer mentors, home stays, and volunteer and internship opportunities. The rest is up to you!
what we offer
What Our Students say
Tali L. Skidmore College, '14
“The Tufts-Skidmore program provided me with opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities and work experience,
form lasting relationships with Spanish students and my host family, and gain the fluency to maintain these connections once returning to the US. The Tufts-Skidmore community couldn’t have been a better group with which to share this experience. “
Stephanie P. Smith College, '14
“I marveled at how close is Spain to Africa. I learned a lot about Al-Andalus and the relationships between the Spanish, French, and Africans, and between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.”
Sam I. Tufts University, '14
“Stepping off the plane I felt excitement, nervousness, and fear. Without the help and support of the staff, it would have been impossible for me to get as much out of my abroad experience. Between acclimating us to a foreign culture, offering interesting classes, and fostering a nurturing environment at our program center, the staff helped me optimize my time abroad.”
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