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AU Madrid | Homestay Details

Living with a Spanish Family in Madrid

Student hugging their homestay niece.

Full language integration happens in the home as well as the classroom. During all of the fall, spring, and summer AU Center programs, students live in a Spanish home with Spaniards. The homestay allows AU students to experience the warmth and hospitality of Spain while improving Spanish language skills. In the homestay, students enjoy breakfast, evening meals, and weekly laundry. Students have their own room within the Spanish family’s apartment. Students commute approx. 30 min from their homestays to the program offices in the center of Madrid.

Homestay Request Process

Student and homestay mom on the streets near where they live.

The homestay selection process begins by the student filling out a Homestay Placement Questionnaire after acceptance to the program. This form collects information about the student's personality, interests, and dietary restrictions. On-site staff in Madrid match students with a family based on their stated needs. Upon arrival students are picked up at the airport by program staff and move into their homestay family's apartment during orientation.

Student with homestay family and their cat.

View from a Madrid apartment balcony