FAQS FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS:
COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS
Our study abroad programs for college / university students stand out for a variety of reasons;
• Recognition of credits: Centro MundoLengua has close formal ties with Spanish universities that allow for a simple transfer of credits to your university in your home country. We exist as the ideal nexus between your educational institution in your home country and in Spain.
• Complete program management: we take care of every single detail (enrolment, certification, transfer of credits etc.) to make the study abroad experience as easy as it can be for you.
• Focus on personal development: alongside the studying, we offer extracurricular social and cultural activities and volunteering opportunities etc.
• Personalized 24-hour assistance: you always have somebody you can contact in an emergency situation.
• Convenience and ease: everything, including payment, evaluating your Spanish comprehension, enrollment etc., can be done online.
• Educational offering: you won’t just have the chance to study Spanish, but also the opportunities to o enroll in courses covering biology, economics, sociology etc.
In order to study abroad with us for a full university semester, you will need to have a minimum GPA of 2.90 (for US students, other students will need to provide a good academic record). a letter of recommendation and a valid passport.
Once accepted into the semester program in Spain, you will need to get in touch with your nearest consulate in order to request a student visa.
In any case, the requirements can vary according to the program, meaning you should get in touch with our academic department first.
Centro MundoLengua’s semester programs attract students of all academic disciplines; the majority of students are able to choose from a wide variety of subjects taught in both English and Spanish.
For summer and volunteer programs in Spain, in most cases you only need a valid passport. In many cases you won’t even need to request a visa, as these are often only needed for stays in Spain that last longer than 90 days. This may change depending on your nationality of course.
Yes. Before beginning, you will be required to complete an online Spanish level test. If you have no prior knowledge of Spanish, you will be placed in a beginner group.
Yes. You must be at least eighteen years old.
Yes. Centro MundoLengua accepts registrations provided that there are places available in the program in question. However, it is possible that you will have to pay an additional fee for a registration in a program after the indicated deadline.
Our online registration form is available on the page of the study abroad program in which you are interested.
Yes. Generally speaking, a deposit corresponding to 20% of the total program price is required to reserve a space for one of our college / university study abroad programs. However, the amount can change depending on the program. Please get in touch in order to clarify the deposit value in your specific case.
You will receive an automated message that confirms our successful receipt of your registration. If you haven’t already done so by this point, you must pay the deposit. You will also have to provide us with a copy of your passport, a recent photograph and – if you are travelling alone to one of our college / university study programs – a travel itinerary.
Once the deposit has been received, we will send your login credentials to our study portal via email. If you have not received your login credentials, you can request a new password here. Please remember that your username is the same email address used during registration.
You must ensure that you have a passport that will remain valid for the duration of your program (it is advisable to have at least 6 months validity of your passport beyond the expected departure date – you may be refused entry to Spain if you do not meet this condition), and apply for a visa if necessary. Remember; you must provide us with a copy of your passport, a recent photograph and your travel itinerary if you are travelling to Spain alone. Furthermore you will be responsible for your travel arrangements (including purchasing flights) if you are travelling alone to Spain. We advise you to purchase your flights as soon as you know the dates of your stay with us; Spain is an extremely popular tourist destination all year round and prices can quickly rise as you approach the date of travel.
If you eventually decide not to participate in a college / university study abroad program you have already registered for and wish to cancel, you have three options; confirming cancellation by email, filling out our withdrawal form available on our website or cancelling via the student portal. For more information concerning refunds, please consult our legal terms and conditions.
You are able to make any change to the contracted program you like as long as you notify Centro MundoLengua of the desired changes 45 days prior to the beginning of the program at the very latest, excluding personalized programs. In this case, please get in touch.
After having paid the deposit to reserve your space for your college / university study abroad program, the remaining amount should be paid in full at least 8 weeks before the program start date.
If you complete the online registration less than 8 weeks prior to the beginning of your college / university study abroad program, you must complete the payment for the program in full as soon as you receive confirmation of your participation from us.
Any and all associated bank charges are the sole responsibility of the student.
Yes. Centro MundoLengua offers payment plans for college and university students. In any case, the amount should be paid in full prior to the beginning of the course.
Centro MundoLengua does not offer scholarships for college / university study abroad programs. However, we do accept certain economic aid that is offered through your home institution. We advise you to consult your local financial support and study abroad offices for more information concerning aid that you can select. You can also use the crowd funding platform FundMyTravel.
The quickest and most convenient payment method we offer is debit/credit card payment through our secure website. We also accept payment through PayPal, checks (made payable to Centro MundoLengua) and bank transfers.
Remember that in order to confirm your participation in your college / university study abroad program, you must complete the deposit and pay the remaining balance at the latest 8 weeks before the start date of your program.
The price of your college / university study abroad program includes;
• Services prior to your arrival in our summer or semester program in Spain; pre-departure advice and help with the visa application process.
• Services in situ; airport reception, orientation walk, accommodation in most programs (meals and laundry included), social-cultural activities, enrollment, tutoring, excursions (daytime, nighttime and international in some locations) and 24-hour assistance.
No, neither do we manage your travel arrangements. We only offer help via a collaborating agency with flights to Spain in the case of group programs, and the flights are typically paid for separately.
First, don’t go overboard with your packing. We would advise you to bring relatively informal clothing without it appearing sloppy and neglected.
That said, bear in mind that Spanish dress sense is often more formal than just a combination of flip flops, shorts and a t-shirt that is often popular with international students. What’s more, during visits to specific monuments such as places of worship, entry will be denied to individuals who fail to dress appropriately.
Try to pick garments that can be easily mixed and matched, including clothing you can wear over the top for when the temperatures drop at night and during the early hours of the morning.
Bring at least one elegant outfit for some evening group activities (it doesn’t need to be too formal).
- Flight tickets.
- A written copy of your address in Spain and of your emergency contact numbers at Centro MundoLengua.
- Cash (in euros).
- Backpack for excursions.
- A wallet or purse to carry money and some form of identification while in Spain.
- A bag for dirty and used clothing.
- Comfortable day-to-day clothing and clothing for nighttime activities (don’t forget a pair of dark-coloured socks, a pair of light-coloured socks, underwear etc.)
- Jacket or sweatshirt and clothing suitable for the cold.
- Pyjamas and slippers (people don’t often walk around barefooted in Spain).
- Bathing suit, beach towel and flip flops if your program takes place during summer.
- Travel socket adaptor if you are travelling from outside of Europe.
- An elegant outfit for evening activities (it doesn’t need to be too formal).
- Sports clothing.
- A good pair for shoes suitable for walking.
- Sunscreen and after-sun.
- Personal hygiene products (toothbrush and tooth paste, dental floss, shower gel, shampoo etc…). You can purchase them in Spain, but it is a good idea to bring some travel-size personal hygiene products.
- An additional pair of glasses or contact lenses, bottle of cleaning solution and lens case
- If you are receiving or undergoing medical treatment, bring enough medication to last for the whole program, particularly if you require a very specific brand. If you suffer from travel sickness, bring appropriate medication as we travel by coach to our excursions.
- A couple of hand towels if you use them. Bathroom furnishings in Spain often omit them.
- Mosquito nets are not widely used in Spain. If you are severely allergic to mosquitos, you can bring an effective insect repellent for your skin, provided that using it does not have a negative reaction on your skin.
- Material to read during the journey.
- A small gift for your host family can be a nice touch.
IMPORTANT: Include clothing for one of two days in your hand luggage just in case your luggage goes missing. All absolutely essential items should be kept within your hand luggage.
Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list, but it can give you an idea of the sort of things that you may need.
It is absolutely essential for university students studying for a semester abroad, given the fact that they have to undertake work at home in order to complete their program. Otherwise it is still advisable as it will help you with your search for information. Our facility in Sevilla has an I.T. room that you can use if you need to.
Check the standard voltage in your country and compare it to Spain. For example, American students will need a socket adaptor as well as a voltage converter, as the Spanish electrical system uses 220v, while the system in the USA only uses 110v.
Transfers to and from the airport are included in your college / university study abroad program if you fly to the closest airport; Sevilla airport for programs that will take place in Sevilla, and Jerez de la Frontera airport for programs that will take place in Cadiz. If for example you land in Sevilla airport and your program will involve a stay in Cadiz, we would be able to organize a transfer for you for an additional fee.
The quoted start date of semester or summer abroad in Spain program (as it appears on the Centro MundoLengua website and in all documents concerning your program) is the day in which students have to arrive in Spain. If you are travelling from the USA, you will have to leave approximately 24 hours before the start date in order to arrive on the indicated day.
When you arrive in the airport, you should collect your belongings and leave the baggage collection area. A representative of Centro MundoLengua will be waiting for you with a sign.
If you do not find the representative, don’t panic. Just ring your emergency 24 hour contact number you have been given and explain the situation. You should also use this number if there is any slight change to your travel arrangements. It is extremely important that you always keep this number on hand in case you need it in these sorts of situations.
Recognizing the Centro MundoLengua monitors is extremely easy; they will be wearing an official nametag issued by Centro MundoLengua and they will be holding a sign in order to be visible inside the terminal. They are easy to spot!
It depends on the college / university study abroad program. Our semester programs in Sevilla feature an average of between 12 and 15 hours of class per week. Our summer courses in Cadiz usually contain 16 hours of class per week.
On top of this you are expected to undertake some hours of independent study at home during your program. Please get in touch to learn more about our services and to select the courses that are most suited to your requirements.
On our website we provide information about the courses and modules offered by our partner universities.
If you require any further information that you do not find online, feel free to get in touch with us and we will help you.
The cost of the reading list is included in the price for our summer study abroad programs. This is not the case for our semester study abroad programs.
Usually Spanish universities do not mandate the purchase of excessively expensive study materials, such as for example students of American academic institutions may be used to.
The staffing of our semester and summer study abroad programs is the responsibility of the host university.
For our customized programs, we at Centro MundoLengua have a team of educators with extensive experience in the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language. All are university graduates with a majority having a master’s and/or doctor’s degree, and have completed specific training in the teaching of Spanish as a second language. All are native Spanish speakers and conduct their classes in Spanish even though the majority also speak English and/or another language.
Information concerning the exact dates of the school holidays will be made available in the final information packet provided to students during their period of orientation.
Centro MundoLengua cannot determine the way in which the students home university integrates the courses studied abroad into the student’s degree. The home university must ultimately decide the level of, ability for integration into the degree of and the corresponding amount of credits earned during the courses studied abroad by the student.
Because of this, it is important that each student consults an academic advisor or a study abroad officer to discuss the matter of which courses and modules they would like to study and which can be successfully integrated into their degree. Centro MundoLengua will be happy to provide full course descriptions and any essential information to assist in this process.
For students in our semester study abroad programs, certificates from the Spanish universities are generally processed 8-10 weeks after the completion of the study abroad program.
Certificates for summer study abroad programs are processed sooner, sometimes immediately after the completion of the program or at the latest one week later.
Our semester study abroad programs in Sevilla include two weekend excursions. In the past, this has included Morocco, Barcelona, and Lisbon.
Our summer study abroad programs in Cadiz include one day excursion. In the past, this has included Sevilla and Morocco.
Students can use the rest of their weekends and free time to study and explore on their own.
Our activities and excursions are all chosen with our students in mind. The majority of the activities form part of our programs. However, there may be a few that are not automatically included in your program that need an additional payment if you wish to participate in them. Excursions are also not always included. Please get in touch for more details.
If you are going to study in a semester program and you would like to know the exact dates of the excursions, get in touch with us and we will share this information with you around 4 weeks prior to your arrival. In the case of summer programs, we will provide a detailed timetable upon your arrival at the school. The planning of the activities is subject to change, meaning we are unable to share an accurate itinerary with you prior to your arrival. Generally speaking, they will take place on Fridays for students in our semester programs, but for students in our summer programs they can take place on any weekday from Monday to Friday.
Centro MundoLengua collaborates with a large number of partners in many different fields; social exclusion, the environment, infancy, disabilities, the elderly, etc.
You must dedicate the full allocation of time that you agree to spend volunteering to the work. Once you have committed to follow a schedule, you must respect this commitment and fulfil your obligations.
The most common for students is to volunteer 2 or 3 hours per day from Monday to Friday.
If you work with minors, you must request a criminal background check certificate from the corresponding authorities in your country that confirms you have no criminal record of sex offences.
If you choose this program, we only ask one thing of you; commitment! We can adapt to your specific needs, but once you have agreed to collaborate with a local organization, you should honor your agreement and fulfil your duties.
While native-level Spanish is not required, it is imperative that you speak an intermediate level of Spanish so that you can communicate with your colleagues and with the individuals you will be helping.
We are very lucky here at Centro MundoLengua. We work with a range of carefully-selected Spanish host families, and we have considerable experience when it comes to hosting students; we have being doing this consistently since 2005! Our housing director personally visits every house and interviews each family member, while also developing a dossier of the feedback of students that have already stayed with the host family on previous college / university study abroad programs.
Prospective new Spanish host families get in touch with the housing director for an initial interview. After this first stage, our housing director visits the property to assess the living conditions and to take photographs, as well as meeting and speaking to the entire family that resides at the property. If our quality standards are met, the family will be invited for a final interview. If both parties are satisfied at this stage, the family will sign an agreement that stipulates the host family guidelines so that the homestay is satisfactory for both students and for Centro MundoLengua.
The homes of our Spanish host families are visited every two years from the day of our first visit in order to ensure that our standards are continuously being met.
Furthermore, we constantly evaluate our Spanish host families and respond to the feedback that we receive from students who stay with them, removing host families from our homestay system when necessary on a case-by-case basis. For more information about the selection process, visit our family homestay section.
The first time you meet your Spanish host family can be an odd moment sometimes. Students are often nervous when meeting people who will form a big part of their life for several weeks. At Centro MundoLengua, our advice is always the same; stay calm, stay calm and furthermore stay calm.
If you are coming to Spain for one of our college / university study abroad programs in a group, the Spanish host families will be waiting for you with a Centro MundoLengua coordinator at a central, designated meeting point in the city. The coordinator will introduce you to your Spanish host family. Please remember that it is custom in Spain to kiss somebody twice (once on each cheek) when you meet them– so don’t be alarmed if this happens! Afterwards you will walk with your Spanish host family to the place that will be your home during your stay in Spain. Once there, you will have time to unpack, familiarize yourself with your new surroundings and relax.
If you are travelling alone, a member of the Centro MundoLengua team will meet you in the airport arrival hall or the train/ bus station where you arrive, before giving you a lift directly to the house of your Spanish host family, who will be waiting for you there.
As in any new situation, it can sometimes take a bit of time to get used to your new home. Be patient and remain open-minded. Sooner than you imagine, you will feel at home.
This might seem a bit strange to begin with, but in Spain practically everybody lives in apartments. It is highly likely that your bedroom will be smaller than what you are used to.
The homes of all our families are clean, comfortable, equipped with all home-comforts you will expect (as the vast majority of our host families belong to the middle-income bracket) and are within walking distance from our school. You will receive either full-board (with three meals a day) or half-board (breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner), and you will have a weekly laundry service at your disposal.
But staying with a host family means so much more; your hosts will provide companionship, conversation and support. Absolutely every single person that we have the pleasure of working with in our homestay system really loves receiving international students and introducing them to Spanish hospitality.
The most likely answer is yes, but this is a good thing. The objective of your college / university study abroad program is to totally immerse yourself in the language and culture of Spain. The host family may include children or teenagers who have learned a bit of English at school, but don’t expect them to be able to say too much. Obviously, this means that you can find yourself in funny or awkward situations of misinterpretation; the important thing is to simply take them in stride and with good humor.
Trust us and our experience when we tell you that it is completely possible and surprisingly easy to communicate your needs with your host family with even only a basic knowledge of Spanish. In fact, our program director began his studies in Spain with a homestay with a host family without being able to speak a single word of Spanish.
Our host families are very diverse. For example, you could be staying with a middle-aged divorced woman with a child, with a married couple with two children, with a couple whose children have left home etc. Whatever the case, spending time in a homestay with individuals with whom we are sure you will learn a lot is a very enriching experience. And you will always be able to get to know other students in the same program or though organized language exchanges.
In any case, the extremely warm and friendly character of the Spanish will allow you to feel part of the family very quickly. Don’t be surprised if they invite you to their own family events and meals.
It depends, some do and some don’t. Those that do often live with small dogs or birds. If you are allergic to any specific animal, we urge you to let us know when you register online.
If you ask us to, we can place you with a non-smoking family. If an individual within the family smokes, they usually respect those who do not and ensure they are not affected by it by choosing to smoke outside or in designated smoking areas, such as a balcony. If this becomes a concern for you, let us know; we will contact the family as quickly as possible to raise the matter with them and to find an appropriate solution for both parties.
It can be the case that your host family simultaneously hosts students from other programs. This isn’t unusual and actually works really well.
We will never place more than four students together with the same host family, and we will always place students of the same sex together.
The vast majority of students living in the same homestay will also be of a comparable age.
Centro MundoLengua regularly monitors the homestay situation over the course of the program to ensure that everything runs smoothly, also when there are multiple students staying in one home. If you do not feel comfortable with the amount of students that are living in the homestay at the same time, get in touch with us immediately. We will resolve the situation directly with the host families.
Generally, bedrooms are shared with one other student. Your roommates will be of the same sex and age as you.
Of course! If you are travelling to Spain with a friend and both of you want to share a host family, please let us know during your online registration and ask your friend to do so too.
It is almost certain that you will be sharing a room if you travel alone. It is highly likely that they will be in the same program as you and that they are of a similar age (approximately one or two years of difference at most).
You will almost definitely be sharing a bathroom, not just with other students, but also with members of the host family. The lack of space in Spanish cities and the rising costs of living in Spain mean that Spanish apartments have to make do with what they have.
Remember that you will be a member of the family and therefore you should respect the amount of time you spend in the bathroom. This is another part of an authentic experience of life with a Spanish family!
In Spain, not only is the food different, but the mealtimes are as well.
• Breakfast: usually eaten around 8 o’clock in the morning and consists generally of toasted bread (with olive oil, butter, jam….), coffee, tea or juice. It can also include fresh fruit or pastries.
• Lunch: usually eaten at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. It is the most important meal of the day and can consist of one or two dishes, depending on the family. Don’t be afraid to ask for more of a dish if you think the quantity is too low or if you don’t like one of the dishes.
• Dinner: eaten very late in the evening, very rarely before 9 o’clock and quite similar to lunch in terms of food.
Meals are often accompanied by tap water. Tap water is absolutely safe to drink in Spain.
Food quality in Spain is extremely high. It is normal to find fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, bread, cheese etc. in Spanish pantries. A good number of Spanish families purchase food daily in order to always have fresh food available.
A tip: come with an open mind and try as many new things as possible. This will be a fundamental part of your Spanish experience.
You will receive two or three daily meals, depending on whether full-board or half-board has been agreed in your contract.
The optimal would be for you to eat all meals together with your host family; it is the best way to sample Spanish gastronomy and to integrate yourself in Spanish home life. The more time you spend with your host family, the more effective the learning process of the Spanish language and culture will be.
That said, Spanish restaurants are generally reasonably priced and it is normal to find open-air markets with high quality food stuffs. As your stay in Spain goes on, you will make new friends and possibly consider eating together outside of your homestay. And that’s perfect! We only ask you to inform your host family long enough in advance so that they can prepare their day around your plans instead of wasting food (something which is frowned upon in Spain). A day in advance is our recommendation.
This should be communicated to us during your online registration. We will communicate your requirements to your host family prior to your arrival so that they are able to accommodate your needs.
For all the time we have been organizing college / university study abroad programs, we at Centro MundoLengua have accommodated for countless dietary requirements and specific circumstances of our students. It is absolutely not a problem. That being, we still advise you to remind your host family what food you can and cannot eat. Don’t worry; you won’t hurt their feelings, rather sharing a valuable piece of information for the homestay.
The homestay system includes a laundry service; one cycle per week for your clothing.
Yes, you will be given a set of keys so that you can come and go from the homestay at your own leisure.
It is imperative that you do not lose them. If you do and the family deems it necessary to change the locks in their home, you will be responsible for covering the costs, and changing a lock is not exactly a cheap and easy process in Spain. Please remain vigilant over your possessions in order to avoid any easily-avoidable problems.
On the final day of your stay you must return the keys. If you don’t, you must send them back to the family and you will be responsible for covering the cost of doing so.
Your Spanish host family will provide you with towels and bed linen.
If you normally use a hand towel, you should bring one as Spanish bathrooms normally do not have them. You should also pack a beach towel in your suitcase.
It is a good idea to bring a small gift for your host family at the beginning of your stay. This could be some sort of small icon or reminder from your country or city.
Centro MundoLengua will provide you with the information and contact details of your Spanish host family three weeks before the beginning of your college / university study abroad program. Please remember that if you want to get in touch with them, you should do so in Spanish, given that they may not be able to speak any other language.
The housing of our host families is always at a reasonable distance from the location where you will study.
If you are studying in a summer study abroad program in Cadiz, it will take you around 20 minutes to get to class on foot.
In the semester study abroad programs in Sevilla, your accommodation will be located close to a metro stop that will transport you right to the doors of the university.
In our personalized study abroad programs, you will spend a maximum of 30 minutes walking to class from your house, though this commute normally lasts no longer than 15 minutes one way.
If you are studying at the Pablo de Olavide University for a semester, we will provide you with a travel card for the metro so you can get to class. This card will allow you to travel with the metro the number of times needed for you to attend class during the semester. If you use it for other purposes, you will be responsible for any additional travel costs you incur.
The remaining students in our programs will stay close enough to the educational center to be able to walk to and from class.
If your desire to change your homestay is justified, yes. Once your intention has been communicated and once we ensure that it is not just a case of misunderstanding, our housing director will look for a new host family that matches your needs.
As soon as we can find one, the housing director will inform you and organize the change, together with a representative of Centro MundoLengua to assist you. You will pack your suitcase, return the house keys to the host family and move to your new homestay accompanied by a member of our team. You will not be left alone for any moment during this process.
You should follow the house rules, look after the house keys (don’t lose them!), not damage the property, respect the family and their timetables and use electricity, gas, and water responsibly.
The main thing is that you come with an open mind. Make an effort to speak Spanish and enjoy the good home cooked Spanish food. Be inquisitive and don’t be afraid to ask questions; your host family will thank you for showing interest in their lives.
If you would like a different type of accommodation during your stay, we can supply any information required and help you with the process.
You must be prepared to change your lifestyle for a few weeks.
In truth, this is the really interesting part of an experience of life abroad. In certain situations you will perhaps feel a bit frustrated by not being able to do things exactly the way you would in your home country, but we assure you that you will end up feeling proud of your ability to adapt. Your world view will be much richer and you will be better prepared to face any and every eventuality in your life. The more you embrace the Spanish lifestyle, the better you will understand it and the easier it will be for you to adapt to it and, of course, the more you will enjoy your experience.
So before you go pulling your hair out in frustration on your first few days, stop, relax, observe and ask any question that comes to mind.
International calls are not a problem. As you probably know, you can use telephone applications to contact your family using a wifi connection at no extra cost. No matter what, remember not to use your phone’s data and instead connect to a local wifi network.
The vast majority do. Homes in Spain that do not have wireless internet access are rare.
For small amounts and purchases made in small businesses, yes. In your country of origin you can exchange your local currency for Euros perhaps at a better rate than you will be able to get in Spain, even though the entity you use may take a couple days to process the exchange. Think ahead and consider how much money you will need to bring to Spain. Between 100 and 200 Euros per week is normally more than enough. In any case, the majority of goods and services can be purchased with a credit or debit card in Spain.
Bear in mind that your bank may charge a commission for activity conducted abroad.
In Sevilla you will have access to the bus, metro, train and tram networks.
Currently in Cadiz there are only bus and rail networks. In both cities, you can use taxis at a price that is generally cheaper than is the case in many other developed countries. The apps Uber and Cabify work in Sevilla. In Cadiz, you can use Uber.
All travellers should familiarise themselves with the entry rules for Spain before travel.
From 21 October 2022, all COVID-19 travel restrictions for travellers to Spain have been lifted. The rules that previously applied to travellers coming to Spain no longer apply:
- you are no longer required to show proof of being fully vaccinated
- you are no longer required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test
- you are no longer required to show proof of having recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months.
- you are no longer required to complete a health control form prior to travel.
You will be given the number of an emergency contact from Centro MundoLengua that will be reachable 24 hours a day.
In Spain you can call the number 112 without charge in the case of medical emergencies or immediate security concerns when there is a legitimate and immediate danger to your state of wellbeing.
Our college / university study abroad programs are delivered in safe cities. We have hosted many students and not once has anything truly serious happened.
The cities in which we operate are tourist-friendly and the local authorities do a great job of guaranteeing a safe environment for everybody. Late in the evening when the temperatures cool during the hottest times of the year, everybody goes out into the streets to socialize, to go to the cinema, to share some food and drink with friends…. Because of this, you can always count on there being a large number of people walking around the peaceful streets until the small hours of the early morning, families with small children included.
The only thing that we advise is that you take care of your belongings in areas filled with people in order to avoid theft and pickpocketing. This is not common and you shouldn’t worry, but please remain alert and vigilant.
If you become ill, it is very important that you let us know as soon as possible. We will help you decide how to proceed with the next steps, and if necessary, we will accompany you to a doctor. A member of the Centro MundoLengua team will always accompany you if you need to see a specialist, without exception.
Although it isn’t obligatory, it is advisable that you undergo a medical review prior to travelling to Spain.
If you use glasses or contact lenses, bring an extra pair at the right prescription level.
If you regularly take medication, pack sufficient amounts in your luggage to last you the entirety of your stay. You should always have on hand any medical records and prescriptions for any chronic conditions, such as insulin or syringes for example. Make sure all your medication is correctly labelled to avoid problems in customs and pack any absolutely essential medication you have in your hand luggage in case your suitcase goes missing.
Generally speaking, our college / university study abroad programs do not include medical insurance. Students have the responsibility to let us know if they would like to purchase insurance for the duration of their stay; Centro MundoLengua offers the possibility to take out insurance with our partner entity. If this is the case, it will be invoiced and included in the contract. It covers hospital fees, medical treatment and transport for up to 60,000 euros per illness or injury during your program in Spain. Likewise it also covers transport, food and accommodation for up to and including 10 days for one of your relatives in case you contract an illness that puts your life at risk or in case you suffer an injury that requires hospitalization. Get in touch for more information.
The process of obtaining a new passport can be very cumbersome. Generally speaking, you must complete the process in person at the embassy of your home country in Madrid, meaning you must get to Madrid if you are not there already. All associated costs must be covered by yourself and you will be obligated to excuse yourself from the program for a specified time period. Remember all safety advice to avoid finding yourself in this situation at all cost.
Yes. Spain has an extensive network of reputable public medical centers. Furthermore, if you purchase our medical insurance you will have access to certain clinics (public and private) across the cities in which we operate. Contact us for more information.
Ask someone for help! Don’t hesitate to do so. The Spanish are often very friendly; if you have your emergency contact number with you, you will definitely be able to find somebody who can help you get in contact with us.
If your stay is long enough, you may suffer what some specialists refer to as “reverse culture shock”, a process of readjustment after living within a different culture for a significant amount of time. After getting over the initial emotion of returning home, it is possible that you find returning to your day-to-day life difficult. Experts remind us that an experience of life abroad provides us with new resources and skills that can prove to be useful in any situation.
Of course. In addition to those taken by yourself and your friends, we have a photographer in our school that will accompany you to take photos during your activities. Normally we will send you all images taken of your group approximately a week after you finish your program. If you have any special interest in a specific photograph, simply get in touch with our marketing department.
Get in touch and we will let you know of all benefits and advantages that we offer especially to our most loyal students.
At Centro MundoLengua we work with former students who share their experiences with us with other people who are interested in improving their Spanish. If you would like to work with us to encourage more students to experience a study abroad program with Centro MundoLengua after you have completed your own, let us know and we will inform you of the benefits and rewards you could potentially obtain.
Get in touch with our director of university programs. She is in charge of everything related to your program and can get it to you in the shortest time possible.