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Semester in Madrid at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    8

Madrid is awesome!

I absolutely love Madrid! Nebrija is small and the teachers are a bit odd but it was a great program academically. My apartment was in la Latina, right around the corner from the royal palace and plaza mayor so that was pretty cool! There was a cleaning service included in the program which was awesome. I really liked the fact that the program included day trips and other cool activities with the school and Adrian is the bomb! I highly suggest using your weekends to go around Europe a bit because it is crazy cheap but also take time to explore Madrid because it's huge! Malasaña is awesome and plaza de Santa Ana is great for food.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

My biggest tips

Live in a great location so it is easier to get around and be around people. Travel alone once. Get lunch with people after class. Make sure your class isn't too early in the morning or too late in the afternoon. Learn the language where you're living to be able to get around and connect with people. Go to language exchanges for a fun activity during the week, you'll make friends with other foreigners. When you visit another city, always do the free walking tour ( the walking tour will show you a lot of what you need to do for the touristy sights as well as give you history. There is no better way to spend 2 hours in a city.) When traveling walk around the city and don't only do touristy things, that's how you can take in the city without spending all your money on seeing famous sites. There is a saying that goes: A tourist sees what they're supposed to see and a traveler sees what they see. Be a traveler. Hang out with different groups of friends and learn more about yourself by creating new relationships with different people; you'll learn who you enjoy being around the most. Cook dinner with your roommates. Go to a city you never planned on visiting. Make the city you live in your home that you look forward to getting back to after a long weekend. Eat the traditional foods from the countries you visit. Get a backpacking backpack to travel with that fits in an overhead compartment.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    3

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Madrid is awesome!

Madrid is a great location for a semester abroad and I really enjoyed this program! I wasn't sure what to expect, but Madrid has lots of things to do and it's very easy to travel around the country when you live here. My only complaint is that this program didn't immerse me in the culture at all. I didn't make any Spanish friends in this program and my speaking skills with Spanish hardly improved, which was a major letdown. I highly recommend Madrid, but choose a program with a homestay option if you want to improve your Spanish.