Students fly into Madrid where they meet the ISA resident staff and the rest of the ISA-HS group, participate on a multi-day pre-program excursion in Madrid and Toledo and attend on-site orientations. During the orientations, the ISA staff discusses Spain’s history and culture, what to expect while living with a homestay, the academic program and adjusting to daily life in Málaga. After arriving in the city, students meet their homestay, visit the on-site office, take a language placement exam administered by the University of Málaga and begin classes.