Student Life

Madrid is the city to live in if you are looking to have a dynamic, professional, and cosmopolitan living experience, as well as begin to understand the origins of Latino culture.

You’ve seen images of Spain: the running of the bulls in Pamplona that Hemingway described, a bull fight at Las Ventas in Madrid, a terraza with people sipping sangría and enjoying the late afternoon sunlight, or any number of images of its fabulous beaches. In Madrid you also have the Prado Musuem and the Reina Sofia, where you will see Velazquez’s Las Meninas in person or Picasso’s greatest work, Guernica. In Madrid you’ll become a madrileño taking the Metro to work, and sitting at the cafés in La Latina, and joining everyone when you go de marcha at night and become involved in Madrid’s famous night life. As Madrid attracts people from across Spain, Europe, and the world, there are a lot of adopted madrileños or gatos (cats), as they are called in Madrid, so you’ll be in good company as you explore your new surroundings.

We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that await. Depending on what your home university’s program includes, experiencing Madrid with EUSA could mean activities like discovering the best tapas restaurants with our local experts, guided tours of the city, or a trip to Toledo to see the historic cathedral and synagogue.

Part of the thrill of living in a new city is the chance to discover it for yourself – but as a EUSA student, you won’t be by yourself. Our Madrid team is only a phone call away in case of emergency – 24 hours a day, every day.



Madrid is one of the most traditional yet modern cities in Europe with nearly 28% of the population coming from abroad. You could find yourself working alongside Spaniards, as well as people from Europe, Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Madrid is the center of business and government, the entire country revolves around what happens in this city - we have made placements in fields from business to film production to veterinary science.

Besides learning new ways in which people work, you will also be exposed to how it is done in another language. You will improve your Spanish in the most practical of ways - by communicating daily with colleagues and everyone around you.

  • You may find your colleagues more interested in your personal life than you’d expect. It is very common for people to ask each other what they did on the weekend, and to want to know what is happening with one another’s family and friends.
  • People are more direct in their comments regarding physical appearance - it is not uncommon for people to get complimented when they look nice, and criticized when they don't: what can be seen can be spoken about!
  • Spaniards are sociable people, they will want to include interns in what they do – we encourage you to take advantage of invitations and learn about their culture.
  • Spain has a high context communication culture, meaning that what gets said isn't the whole message. You’ll need to learn to read body language and hand movements as well as changes of tone and facial expressions - if one can read these they will get the picture!
  • A typical day is 9-6, with a break at 11 for a second breakfast and lunch at 2 pm or even 3! If you have a customer-oriented internship, you will have commercial working hours: from 10 to 2 and from 5 to 8.

“The environment that I worked in was extremely friendly. My bosses and co-workers were very helpful and always tried to keep me doing interesting and meaningful work. The major challenge I faced was mastery of the language as it pertains to the world of business.” – Anthony, Grand Valley State University



You will be living with a Spanish family or in a shared apartment with two to five non-EUSA mixed nationality students or young professionals. In both you will be provided with linens.

In a shared flat, you will have your own bedroom, but you will share a bathroom, kitchen (fully stocked with pots and pans so you can cook for yourself), and common living area with your flatmates – these could be other students on your program if you request it, but most likely it will be with students and young professionals from Spain or elsewhere. You will be provided with a weekly groceries stipend to help you pay for food. You are responsible for cooking and cleaning.

If you live with a Spanish family, you will have your own bedroom and are provided with breakfast and dinner seven days a week. Generally, you won’t have access to the kitchen to cook for yourself – all the better for you to take advantage of mealtimes with your Spanish family to really participate in Spanish family life and practice the language. Even though living with a family brings some limitations, many students report their home stay as a highlight of their time in Madrid – you will be working and living in truly Spanish surroundings with very limited temptations for speaking English!

Home stays and flats are carefully screened – all EUSA accommodation is safe, clean, and centrally located or easily accessible by public transportation.



Your academic program is determined by your home university – in some cases this may mean independent research, or compiling a journal and portfolio of work to support your internship experience, along with small seminars designed to help you understand Spanish culture or the industry in which you are working, and you may be attending a local school for a Spanish language course.

Other programs may have full semester courses with a workload equivalent to your home campus – these may be taught by faculty from your own college or by local faculty. Many local faculty members are accustomed to working with American students, and will be helpful resource in coping with the challenges of learning through a second language.

EUSA is a not-for-profit internship organization specializing in customized, academically-directed programs in
London, Dublin, Madrid, Paris, and Prague.

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