FAQs: Prospective Students

Studying abroad is an exciting, often life-changing experience filled with discovery, adventure and personal growth. At Tufts-Skidmore Spain we give you all the tools and resources you need to navigate this intercultural experience in a transformative and wholesome way. We offer individualized academic and cultural programming that caters to students from all majors and abundant resources that help to level the financial ground for all of our students:  a weekly meal stipend, travel funds, activity funds, Spanish medical insurance and unlimited reimbursement for attendance at cultural events such as plays, concerts, movies, art exhibits and more. Our hands-on staff is ready to assist you to build exactly the kind of experience you’re ready for, and we’re here to offer support and guidance along the way. Below are some of the common questions that students who are thinking about an international exchange program have for us. If you don’t see your question below feel free to ask using the “Ask a Question” link below. We hope to hear from you!

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What economic resources does the Program provide for students?

  • SPANISH MEDICAL INSURANCE POLICY WITH ADESLAS, FULL COVERAGE, NO CO-PAYS
  • MONTHLY TRANSPORTATION PASS (City trains, buses, subway)
  • MEAL STIPEND (11€ a day for the one meal a day not taken in the homestay)
  • EXTRACURRICULAR REIMBURSEMENT (300€ per semester to cover gym fees, or classes or other activities offered at private studios or businesses (dance, music, ceramics, yoga, cooking)
  • TRAVEL MONEY (170€ per semester to help with independent student travel in Spain)
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES REIMBURSEMENT (Unlimited reimbursement for museums, Spanish language movies (including dubbed movies), plays, dance performances, art exhibits, and other cultural activities)

Does the program sponsor cultural excursions?

Yes, the program sponsors 3 cultural excursions each semester. These optional excursions are fully paid for by the program. Past excursions have included El Escorial, Segovia, Andalucía, Toledo, Bilbao-Logroño, Valencia, Extremadura.

Should I bring my laptop?

Yes, it’s a great idea to bring your laptop if you have one. Additionally, the program center is equipped with iMacs for student use.

Will my financial aid transfer to pay the comprehensive fees associated with the program?

Yes! Please meet with your financial aid officer at Tufts or Skidmore to discuss your situation. Skidmore students can also contact OCSE Program Manager, Kendra Nelson; Tufts students can contact Programs Specialist Melanie Armstrong or Program Coordinator Julie Dugan.

Can I get a cell phone while I’m in Spain?

Yes, you must have a cell phone while on the program, for security purposes. It is also mandatory to be part of the official program's WhatsApp group once the semester has started, so make sure that WhatsApp is downloaded on your phone. Your Spanish mentors can talk to you about the different options you have here so that you can get the best and most economical service. Many students bring their own smartphones to Spain and change to a Spanish SIM card.

What should I bring with me to Spain?

You should try not to bring more than one large suitcase and one small suitcase. The small suitcase will be useful for taking trips. Bring comfortable clothing, and perhaps one nice outfit (men may want to bring a blazer). Bring comfortable shoes, clothes that you can layer, and a warm jacket or coat. The weather in Madrid is quite mild compared to the Northeast USA, but it can get quite chilly in the winter, and it even snows from time to time.

Do not bring hairdryers or any other appliances because the watts are incompatible and it will ruin your applicance. There is no need to bring toiletries, as almost everything available in the States is also available here. Bring your laptop if you have one.

It's a nice idea to bring photos of your family and your house and hometown to show your host family. It is also nice to bring them a token, a small gift, preferably something that represents your hometown or your family, etc. Make sure to bring your passport with you, a US based credit or debit card, and about $50 that you can exchange into euros in case your debit card doesn't work when you arrive.

Bring the director's cell phone number with you (included in her email signature), in case you need to call from the airport!

Can students from colleges other than Tufts or Skidmore apply to the program?

Yes. Our program frequently hosts students from other colleges and universities. Please contact susan.sanchez@tufts-skidmore.es or knelson1@skidmore.edu for more information.

I'm wondering if there are any volunteer opportunities in Madrid related to health. Do you know if students have been involved in any in the past?

Our program offers several internships in the community health field, working at the Parkinsons Association, The Cancer Association, shadowing a doctor in an asthma-allergy clinic (Clínica Ojeda),  and in hospitals.

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