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Language and Culture in Spain


The ACCENT Madrid Center is located at the Instituto Internacional in the heart of the traditional Castilian neighborhood of Chamberi, near the Castellana and Madrid's financial district. The Instituto Internacional en España was founded in 1892 by a Bostonian, Alice Gordon Gulick. Recently declared a national monument of historic interest, the Instituto Internacional has an excellent lending library, cafeteria, auditorium, adjacent gardens and rooftop terrace.

The neighborhood surrounding the ACCENT Madrid Center, Chamberí, is a middle-class neighborhood lined with a perfect mixture of broad and narrow streets, all shaded by plenty of trees. A walk around this quiet area in Madrid leads students to such places as the Museo Sorolla, and the sunny Plaza de Chamberi with its 19th century style market. Also, just a short block from the ACCENT Madrid Center, students and faculty can find the open air museum, Museo de la Escultura Abstracta, featuring sculptures by Miró, Chillida and Colombian artist Botero.

Students may choose to stay in a student residence or in a homestay. Details about each option are below:            

Student Residence

Students stay in double, same-gender rooms in a mixed-gender residence that houses both ACCENT and other international students. Each room is furnished with individual beds, bed lamps, desks, drawers, a storage area (closet and bins), bed linens and towels. Rooms are equipped with WIFI. Participants housed in the student residence will be provided with two meals per day during weekdays (M-F) and a minimum of one meal per day during weekends/holidays. The student residence is located in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Madrid, near the Retiro Park and in the heart of the Barrio de Salamanca


Students who choose a homestay in Madrid live with carefully selected host families and receive breakfast and dinner daily. Homestay accommodations provide students with an opportunity to observe first-hand how Spaniards live. Students are placed in double or single rooms in homes within the Madrid city limits, with varying commutes to classes of 15 to 55 minutes by walking and metro. It is recommended that students considering homestays have previous knowledge of the Spanish language.

Please note: Single room accommodation in homestays are subject to availability.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


For students who choose the homestay option, daily breakfast and dinner are included in the program fees. For students who choose the residence option, two meals per day are provided on weekdays (M-F) and one meal on weekends and holidays. The cost of buying groceries is included in the estimated portion of the program budget.

Excursions and Day Trips

As part of the program, students will go on an overnight excursion to Salamanca. More details about the trip to Salamanca will be shared at the program information sessions.

ACCENT will also plan a series of free or inexpensive activities which may include lectures on local customs and contemporary issues, sporting events, walking tours and dinners. Students will also participate in several cultural activities, including museum visits and optional bullring tickets.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About Spain

Currency: Euro

Language Spoken: Spanish

Weather and Climate

To know more about weather in Madrid, visit the CNN weather page.

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