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Tufts in Madrid, 1985
Tufts in Madrid was founded in 1985 to replace the university's program in Barcelona, which had to be moved because of growing language barrier problems.
The Tufts in Madrid program works in conjunction with the Autonomous University of Madrid, located nine miles outside Madrid city limits. The university was founded in 1968, and is well known for its international relations program. Students involved in the program spend half of their time on the university campus, and the remainder at the program headquarters in downtown Madrid.
Twenty students per year are accepted into the Tufts in Madrid program after demonstrating interest and a strong control of the Spanish language. The program is a yearlong endeavor, but students may apply to attend for one semester only. When in Spain, students are housed with local families to facilitate one on one contact with Spanish culture and language.
Tufts in Madrid also offers opportunities for visiting students to become acquainted with Spanish cultural and political figures, sponsoring a lecture series which students are required to attend. As part of a Spanish Theater course, students are reimbursed for attending local cultural events, such as plays, concerts, and museum exhibits.
The program, administered in partnership with Skidmore in Madrid, has remained one of Tufts' most popular study abroad programs. The central location of Madrid and its proximity to important historical spots in Spain has made it easy for students to travel locally and experience life in Spain, while learning about the history of the nation.
Source: OBS, TD