Living in Madrid
Madrid has something to offer both day and night. Whether you are in class or just exploring on your own, you'll not run out of sites to see. At NYU Madrid, you'll enjoy a full range of scheduled cultural activities and excursions designed for you to experience Spanish culture. Faculty-led trips may take you to the Madrid Mosque, the Stock Exchange, the Royal Palace, the Sorolla Museum and much more...
Outside of class time, you may want to visit the beautiful manicured gardens of the Plaza Oriente, then take a walk on the Gran Via, a busy boulevard lined with shops and eateries. If you yearn for some culture, enjoy the works of Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró at the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
The Puerta de Alcala (also known as Citadel Gate) stands in Plaza de la Independencia.Photo credit: Clint McLean
A "fruteria" of fruit and vegetable shop.Photo credit: Clint McLean
Books for sale in the street.Photo credit: Clint McLean
A wall mural decorates a shop in central Madrid.Photo credit: Clint McLean
NYU Sponsored Excursions
Each semester, the NYU Madrid staff plans several day trips and weekend excursions outside of Madrid, all of which are included in your tuition. Your understanding of Spain is broadened by journeys to other regions, such as overnight trips to Córdoba, Bilbao, or Salamanca. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about Spain's history and culture on the day trips to Segovia, El Escorial, and Toledo.
El Escorial (Fall and Spring)
A day trip to El Escorial. Built by Phillip II, El Escorial became the center of political power during the last years of his reign. Students will do a walking tour of the town of San Lorenzo and visit the Monastery and Museum of El Escorial.
Segovia (Fall and Spring)
A day trip to the city of Segovia, entry point to Spain’s rich and complex multicultural history. Visits include the Roman aqueduct, the city walls, the Synagogue “Convento de Corpus Christi,” the Jewish Quarter, the Cathedral, and the Alcázar Castle.
Toledo (Fall and Spring)
A day trip to Toledo. The city and its masterpieces are the result of the coexistence of its three main cultures: Jewish, Muslim, and Christian. Visits include Mosque of El Cristo de la Luz, Cathedral, Plaza de Zocodover, Santo Tomé, and Synagogues of El Tránsito and Santa María.
*This day trip is a required component of “Islam and Spain,” “Masterpieces in the Prado Museum (in Spanish)", and “Cultures and Contexts.”
Students will sign up for one of the following overnight trips: Córdoba, Bilbao and La Rioja, or Salamanca and Ávila.
Córdoba (Fall and Spring)
This trip to Córdoba introduces students to Spain’s Arab and Judeo-Christian heritages in the South. Visits include the Great Mosque, Callejón de las Flores, the Jewish Quarter, the Sinagogue, the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, and the archaeological site of Medina Azahara.
*This overnight trip is a required component of “Islam and Spain.”
Salamanca and Ávila (Fall and Spring)
Perhaps the most famous university town in Spain, Salamanca is home to the Universidad de Salamanca, Europe’s third oldest university. Visits in Salamanca include the Plaza Mayor, Clerecía, Casa de las Conchas, Universidades, Patio Escuelas, Claustros Menores, Puente Romano, and Casa Lis. Visits in Ávila include Monasterio Santo Tomás, the city wall, and the cathedral.
Health & Wellness
The NYU Student Health Center and the Department of Public Safety work closely with program staff to plan for safe, healthy, and enriching opportunities long before you arrive. You will be introduced to many of these services in the months leading up to your program abroad while others will be explained in detail during the mandatory on-site orientation. Get a head start on familiarizing yourself with global health and wellness resources by visiting the NYU Student Health Center website.