Spain has something for everyone. Stretching from the snowy mountains of the northeast to the famous beaches of the south, Spain is one of the world's most diverse nations. Spain is also a great spot for history buffs, with 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. From its Roman relics to Muslim palaces, to its Baroque cathedrals and Modernista constructions, this country is a treasure chest of artistic and architectural marvels across a matchless cultural palette.
More than 30 years of democracy and rapid economic development have spurred Spain's cities to adorn themselves with sparkling new ornaments. Madrid is the capital of Spain and located in the center of the country. It has a long and interesting history of development that adds depth to its vibrant modernity. There is a vast array of activities to do in Madrid- from seeing museums and historical sites, to the sporting events and night life. It is also easy to traverse Madrid by foot and metro, making it easy to see everything and commute.
Madrid Highlights and Activities
Orientation, Excursions, and Cultural Activities
Your program will start with a multi-day orientation in Madrid where you will enjoy a city tour and other excursions as well as receive pertinent information about how to be most successful in your internship abroad. Throughout your program, you will have the chance to go on weekend trips, day trips, and optional trips. ISA excursions allow you to explore the timeless, quaint, and historical landscape of Spain (and potentially surrounding countries) that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. The locations below are a sample of included and optional excursions that have run in the past. Please know that these are subject to change.
Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.
Valencia is famous for its beaches, oranges, paella, and is known as the "City of Arts and Sciences", with an eye-catching cultural complex hosting museums, performing arts, and the biggest aquarium in Europe. After exploring the city, you will have the chance to enjoy a fabulous day on the beach, taking part in water sports such as paddle boarding, surfing, canoeing, etc. A 100% Mediterranean experience!
Cultural Activities in Madrid
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Madrid. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Madrid special. These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking classes, museum visits (Reina Sofia and El Prado), tours of the Royal Palace and activities in Retiro Park.
ISA Housing provides the opportunity for interns to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Spain. All ISA housing options are either within walking distance to the ISA office and internship locations or conveniently located near public transportation. Travel times to internship sites generally range between 15 and 60 minutes depending on housing locations. Please note: All housing is subject to availability.
The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding as long as you stay open-minded at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Spain and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can become a true Español/a!
Homestays are the norm for Spain, and are encouraged by ISA for the best cultural experience and full immersion into Spain. ISA participants living in homestays will be provided with two meals per day and laundry service once per week for the official duration of the program. This is included in the ISA program cost. Students usually share a bedroom with another ISA student, but have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room.
All apartments are located near public transit routes and are fully furnished. Your apartment will have a fully-equipped kitchen. The number of participants per apartment, internet access and laundry facilities vary from apartment to apartment.
Student residences (Residencias in Spanish), which are basically a cross between a small dorm and a boarding house, are assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis, and availability is limited. Students may be placed into an individual or shared room, depending on availability. Rent is included in the program price. Meals and laundry service are not included, but students will have kitchen and washer/dryer access. The residencias may have wireless internet access. They are conveniently located near the ISA office and within walking distance to public transit routes.
Travel Visa Information
Participants must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months AFTER their expected departure date from Spain.
U.S. citizens are not required to apply for a visa before departing for Spain if their program is 90 days or less.
Please note that non-U.S. citizens should contact their Consulate to verify specific entry requirements. As these requirements vary based on citizenship, non-U.S. citizens may not be permitted to travel to Spain without a visa or outside of their visa dates. Also, visa fees for non-U.S. citizens may differ so please be sure to check specific consulate's website for the most up to date information.
Note: Embassy and Consulate contact information is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the website of the Embassy or Consulate to verify information.
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