Please keep in mind you MUST arrive in Madrid on Sunday, January 22, 2017, and you are responsible for booking your own flight. Housing is available only for the dates of the program (January 22 – May 12, 2017) so if you plan to arrive early or leave late, please be aware you will be responsible for your own accommodations. You can access the program calendar here.
NYU Madrid site staff will be at Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD) on January 22, 9am-1pm, to greet you. Many flights leave the night before and will likely arrive in the morning. You may want to keep this in mind when you are booking flights; however, a detailed arrival cheat sheet will be provided for those arriving outside this window closer to departure. When the student meets site staff at the airport, a staff member will accompany the student to the bus which will be taking all NYU students to the residence in the center of Madrid. Those students staying in homestays can take a taxi from the residence to their assigned homestay in Madrid. Detailed arrival instructions will be provided before departure, including how to arrive to the residence halls from different airports, information about where to find staff at the airport and important phone numbers to keep before the semester starts.
When shopping for flights, you are welcome to use any provider of your choice, but we encourage you to use NYU’s preferred partner, Egencia, to buy your ticket. Please see the following egencia instructions for info on how to book your flight through Egencia.
Please note: All students will be required to submit their flight details. Instructions for doing so will come later on in the semester!
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to NYU Madrid and to one of the great cultural, historical and artistic capitals of Europe. A multicultural city in a multi-ethnic country, Madrid has been at the center of European politics, social movements, and cultural achievements for centuries.
At NYU Madrid we take great pride in using the city as our classroom. A wide variety of course offerings — ranging from sociology to art history – are supplemented by trips to historic sites around Spain and Castile, enrichment lectures by noted scholars, and visits to the city’s great museums, from the Prado to the Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. A walking tour through La Latina or one of the historic “barrios” of Madrid, or a stroll through the city’s 19th century extension reveals a host of surprises for the curious and intrepid visitor.
Madrid may be the geopolitical center of Spain, but Spain is also linguistically and culturally diverse. From the Basque Country and Catalonia in the North to Galicia in the West and Andalucía in the South; from native Iberian settlements to the Roman and Muslim Conquests; from the Reyes Católicos to the Voyages of Discovery; from the Hapsburg Dynasty to the House of Bourbon; from Civil War to Dictatorship and the Transition to Democracy in the 20th century, Spain has occupied a key position in the European imaginary.
Through language immersion and a rigorous curriculum we hope to transform and broaden your knowledge and understanding, and to encourage you to learn in new and creative ways. My own junior year abroad in Paris was a life changing, catalyzing experience, and I hope for – indeed, I insist on – nothing less for you. Study abroad is a unique experience in many ways. My staff and I are here to help you through the challenges that study abroad involves, and to provide you with the tools and techniques necessary to navigate your own paths through Madrid and to facilitate your assimilation within Spanish culture.
I look forward to greeting you in a few short months.
Robert S. Lubar
Director, NYU Madrid
Associate Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU