If you only picture sunshine and siestas, bullfighting and flamenco dancers, smiling crowds relaxing at sidewalk cafés on narrow, winding streets, you will only see the surface of Spain. Instead, add to this vision renowned universities and research centers, internationally acclaimed museums, modern, cosmopolitan cities with bustling commercial centers, international ports humming with activity, and you will begin to understand the true heart of Spain.
Madrid, the capital city, is located at the center of Spain and has much to offer our students. A thoroughly modern city, Madrid reflects the diversity of Spain. The elegant Plaza Mayor, historic Royal Palace, and beautiful Retiro Park share the city with the fashionable shopping and high-powered business districts of Salamanca and the Castellana. There is something for everyone, including premier museums, concerts, theater, and sporting events. And, for a change of scenery, visit the historic cities of Toledo, El Escorial, Avila, or Segovia-all an easy train or bus ride from Madrid.