Orientation in Madrid
Upon their arrival in Madrid for fall or spring semester, students are met at the airport by program directors and assistants. Students travel as a group via bus to the Hotel Regina, located in the center of Madrid, where the three-day-long semester orientation begins.
During the course of Orientation, students will be introduced to many aspects of life in Madrid through historical tours of central Madrid, typical Spanish meals, information sessions at the International Institute, and group walks through Madrid’s parks. Students also learn about many logistical aspects of their semester in Madrid, including how to select classes, details about internship positions, how to purchase and use Spanish cell phones, and how to navigate the Madrid metro system. Finally, students receive maps and information about their home stays before taking a taxi to their houses for lunch on the third day of orientation.
In addition to formal program events, students have a lot of free time to explore el centro on their own, meet other program participants, and begin their lives in Madrid.
We recommend that all the students (US citizens) register at the USA Embassy in Spain during the first days of their arrival.