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International Study with Tufts-Skidmore Spain
Full-year and semester options available! Live in vibrant Madrid and have an exciting and unique study abroad experience!
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 and ongoing intercultural mentoring and training. 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, 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
Rachel W., Skidmore, Spring '12
“The program gave me the support I needed to feel comfortable, and the encouragement I needed to break through my comfort zone. Truly an experience of a lifetime.”
Hannah P., Skidmore, Fall '18
“The Tufts-Skidmore Spain experience was an incredible home for the past four months. I would have never learned all I did and made the same relationships and I am so thankful I did!”
Cheyenne K., Skidmore, Spring '10
“Quise ir a España desde los 11 años. El programa de Tufts-Skidmore en Alcalá superó mis expectativas y cambió mi vida para mejor. Los directores y profesores del programa me hicieron sentir como en casa. Aún sigo en contacto con la mayoría de las personas que conocí durante mi tiempo en Alcalá. Ahora puedo conversar en español con fluidez y utilizo la lengua con frecuencia en Nueva York. Estoy eternamente agradecida por la oportunidad por haber podido ser parte de este increíble programa.”
For my last blog of the semester, I wanted highlight mentor dinners and the Thanksgiving dinner that was held for us a couple weeks ago. Every two weeks, all the students in the program go to different restaurants with their mentor groups. The restaurants are usually picked by the mentors unless we suggest one, and the meal […]
This weekend, I took a trip to Lisbon, Portugal with my sister, Yabi. As I had mentioned in a previous blog, she had come to visit me for a week. Thus, from Wednesday afternoon to Friday afternoon, we were out of Madrid. Initially, she desperately wanted to visit Sevilla, but we also thought it would have been interesting to travel […]
Todo lo bueno se acaba… muy pronto… 🙁 y como ya termina el cuatri, queremos despedirnos por todo lo alto y regalaros un pedacito de Madrid que aún no conocéis. El sábado 14 de diciembre tenemos una cita en el Mercado de Motores, un gran conjunto de puestos de artesanos reunidos en la emblemática estación […]