Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a lengthy and detailed pre-departure orientation handbook which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Spain. This handbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Online Orientation in the Student Portal. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Spain, the handbook allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Santander. The handbook 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 Santander Site Specialist
with any questions.
Students will fly into Madrid where they will meet the resident director and the other ISA students for several excursions and an on-site orientation. The ISA resident director will provide students with a brief introduction to Spain's history and culture, while also letting students know what to expect with regards to living with a host family, taking classes at a Spanish university, and adjusting to life in Spain. After the initial excursions, you will depart for Santander and move into your housing. You will then be given time to orient yourself within the city, while registering for courses at the university, prior to beginning classes.