Overview

Live and learn in one of Europe’s largest and most diverse cities.

Known as one of most open-minded, multicultural and culturally rich cities on the continent, Madrid offers a welcoming environment for international students. You’ll meet people from all over and have plenty of time to practice your Spanish skills out on the town. Most mornings will be spent in intensive, interactive Spanish classes at the Tandem Language Institute. Outside the classroom, there’s plenty to see and do. Walk to world-class museums to see works by Picasso, Dalí, and Miró. Tour medieval mansions and royal palaces. Hang out with friends in the city’s many parks and cafés. During your gap year or semester, you’ll stay with a welcoming Spanish host family in Madrid. Together you’ll shop at local markets, prepare and share meals, and practice your Spanish while learning local customs and living typical everyday family life. Madrid is a social city, full of people who love going out, dining out, and enjoying the city. There’s a huge shopping district selling anything and everything. Or hit the Rastro, Spain's most famous street market, dating back to medieval times. Food options abound, with a melting pot of cuisines from all over Spain. Fried squid sandwiches and churros with chocolate are perennial student favorites. Try some pig ears if you dare!

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