Homestays

The homestay is a unique aspect of Boston University’s Madrid program that allows students to fully integrate themselves into Spanish culture. Living with a Spanish family is also a wonderful opportunity for students to improve their Spanish and to get to know a local family during their study abroad experience.

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In choosing to participate in a study abroad program with a homestay, students need to be flexible and willing to adapt to life in a new home. Our goal at BU Madrid is for students to feel like members of their homestay families during the semester. This includes participating in daily family activities such as meals, watching television, conversing in the evenings, and often participating in weekend family activities such as going to the park, eating with the extended family, or playing basketball with a host sibling. In addition, living in a homestay means recognizing and respecting family norms and schedules.

Host families linked to BU Madrid range from single señoras to larger families, such as couples with young or grown-up children and even grandparents. We collaborate only with families that will offer personalized attention to our students, such as by preparing food for special diets (vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) or by taking care of their students if a problem such as an illness or other emergency arises.

Homestays are located in the central neighborhoods of Madrid (which themselves span a wide portion of the city), and are always close to a metro stop and easily reached by other types of public transportation.

All students will have their own rooms and will be provided all meals, except Friday and Saturday dinners.

Students may indicate their preferences for home stays (location, type of family, special diet, allergies, etc.) on the housing questionnaire before program departure. These forms are extremely helpful in matching students with families. Before departing for Madrid, students will be informed of their home stay’s location and provided with a brief description of the family members, the house itself, and the neighborhood.

Once in Madrid, the housing coordinator, Miky de Miguel (mmiguel@bu.edu), will be on call to assist students with any questions or problems that may arise in the home stay. It is possible to switch home stays if the student has a strong desire or need to do so.