Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a lengthy and detailed pre-departure online orientation which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Spain. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Spain, the online orientation allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Madrid. The online orientation covers academics, culture, gender relations, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas, and numerous other details that students also learn about during their on-site orientation. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the Madrid Site Specialist with any questions.
Students fly into Madrid where they will be met by the resident staff and taken to their housing. The ISA staff will provide students with a tour of Madrid and a brief introduction to Spain's history and culture, while also letting students know what to expect with regards to living in Madrid, taking classes at a Spanish university, and adjusting to life in Spain.