Location: Madrid, Spain
Program options: fall semester, spring semester, or academic year*
Language of instruction: Spanish

*COVID restrictions may impact availability

The Tufts-in-Madrid program is offered as a semester- or year-long program of academic study. Students are strongly encouraged to choose the year-long option, and admission preference is given to those who do. The program is run jointly with Skidmore-in-Spain, although Tufts represents roughly 70% of participating students. Designed to suit students with a variety of academic interests, the program combines a curated curriculum of in-house, seminar-style courses with the opportunity to enroll in courses offered at one of two local host institutions.

Our newest program partner, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, is one of Spain's premier institutions of higher education, offering courses in various disciplines across two campuses, including a selection of specially-designed courses for visiting students. The Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) was founded in 1970 and is located in Cantoblanco, on the northern outskirts of Madrid. The University of Alcalá (UAH) is a medium-sized public research institution located in the heart of Alcalá de Henares. All universities offer a variety of courses across multiple departments and subject areas, with most Tufts students taking coursework in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. You may also take courses at local private academies in areas such as studio art, dance, music, or martial arts.

Madrid is one of the world’s most vibrant capital cities, offering both a wealth of historical, architectural, and artistic treasures and the lifestyle of a modern, multicultural, and dynamic society. Alcalá de Henares is a beautiful medium-sized city about 22 miles northeast of Madrid. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1989, Alcalá is known for its exquisite historic renaissance buildings, slower pace of life, and the warm and welcoming nature of its inhabitants. Ample public transportation connects Madrid and Alcalá and travel time between the two cities is approximately 40 minutes.

Courses designed specifically for Tufts in Madrid are taught in the Madrid program center. The program also offers a rigorous Global Internship Program with flexible credit options in the fields of community health, women’s advocacy, international relations, human rights, journalism, diplomacy, education, environmental studies, scientific research, marketing, finance, and more. Additionally, the program offers regular education and training on intercultural competency development, awarding students a certificate of completion at the end of the program. 

For more detailed program information, please check out the Tufts-Skidmore in Madrid website run by program staff in Madrid.

Program Staff

Director: Susan Sánchez Casal, Ph.D., Hispanic Studies, University of California, Riverside.

Deputy Director: Mayte de las Heras Martínez, Lic. en Fil. y Let., Autonomous University of Madrid.


Well-prepared undergraduates (normally juniors, but occasionally some sophomores and seniors) who meet the general eligibility requirements and who have completed Spanish 21 and 22 (Composition and Conversation) or the equivalent of six semesters of college-level Spanish may apply to the program. (Students who have completed Spanish 4 are also eligible, but they *must* complete a Spanish course in the semester immediately prior to study in Madrid and will also have more limited course options available to them while on the program.) Spanish 31 (Main Currents of Spanish Literature I) and 32 or 34 are highly recommended. The majority of students who participate in the program major in International Relations, Economics, Psychology, and Spanish. A variety of other majors are represented from the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. All program courses are taught in Spanish. A number of university courses are taught in English.


$39,605 for a semester, $79,210 for the academic year includes:

  • Orientation program.
  • Full room and board with an excellent host family (winter and spring breaks excluded). Includes an individual room, two meals per day with the host family, monthly meal stipend, laundry, and WiFi.
  • Full tuition and fees at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), or the University of Alcalá (UAH).
  • Use of UCM, UAM or UAH facilities including sports, computers, email, and activities.
  • Global Internship Program.
  • A selection of in-house/program courses each semester.
  • Intercultural training and mentoring.
  • In-house language tutor.
  • Peer tutor program with local students.
  • Spanish peer mentors at program centers.
  • Monthly transportation pass.
  • Spanish medical insurance, full coverage with no co-pays nor exclusions for pre-existing conditions.
  • Off-site counseling services.
  • A stipend for students to use towards sports/fitness, music, dance, and art classes.
  • A stipend for travel within Spain.
  • Three expenses-paid excursions each semester to different regions of Spain.
  • Unlimited reimbursement for cultural events such as plays, films, cultural exhibits, and museums.
  • European Youth Card.
  • Please note that airfare and certain other travel costs (visas, etc.) are *not* included- student is responsible for these charges.