Skidmore en España

I am back from Spain and feeling so energized about our program in Madrid & Alcalá. During my week visiting the program, I was able to meet the faculty and staff at our centers and to catch up with our Skidmore students wrapping up their time in Spain.

Hearing how much Spain has become home to these students was probably the biggest takeaway of the experience. The people they met in classes, the bond that was created with their homestay families, the work skills developed in their internships, and the daily routines they each established with local gyms, cooking classes, favorite cafes and bars – it was clear that Spain was now a part of their identity. And did I mention their Spanish?! I was SO impressed with the confidence and ease at which these students communicated entirely in Spanish. Wow.

Other points:

  • The food in Spain is reason enough to study there. I ate my weight in olives, manchego, fresh seafood, and tortilla de patata.
  • Madrid is a large city that somehow manages to feel familiar almost instantly.
  • Alcalá is magical. The history, the people, and the crazy amount of storks that live in this small city made this one of my favorite spots.
  • If you go in the fall, you’ll be there for this and this. Plus, in the fall you can decided to extend for the full year…which you’ll totally want to do.
Alcalá is so beautiful.

Alcalá is so beautiful. Who wouldn’t want to live here?!

Alcalá

I tagged along for the Contemporary Spanish Art History class where we visited la reina sofia museum

I tagged along for the Contemporary Spanish Art History class where we visited la Reina Sofia museum

The Plaza Colón is right down the road from the Madrid center.

The Plaza Colón is right down the road from the Madrid program center.

Here's Professor Rangil with the same group in front of Reina Sofia!

Here’s Professor Rangil with the same group in front of Reina Sofia!

Olives and manchego at the Mercado San Miguel.

Olives and manchego at the Mercado San Miguel.

If you want to learn more about this program, feel free to email me or give a call. I’d love to tell you all about it…

Saludos,
Eliza

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