Student life

Cultural Activities

Language in Action

You have studied the language…and now you get to experience the culture!!

JHU Madrid offers a variety of cultural activities designed to enhance each student’s experience with Spanish culture. For Fall and Spring semester students, Salamanca and Cuenca serve as an introduction to what students will discover elsewhere. The Hopkins Programs will take you for a tour of local architecture; students will visit extant examples of Medieval and Renaissance civil, residential and ecclesiastical constructions.


Day Trips

JHU Madrid organizes several day trips to different important cities around Madrid. 

Previous trips have included: 

  • Toledo: The City of Three Cultures
  • Segovia: Roman Aqueduct
  • El Escorial:


We encourage students to continue exploring Spain beyond our organized day trips. Check out this website for more ideas!

Weekend Trips

All programs include one weekend where we explore a unique region of Spain. You will experience its rich history, gastronomy and urban planning. 


Previous trips have included: 

  • Córdoba and Granada (Andalucía)
  • Santiago de Compostela (Galicia)


Vivir con Madrid...

In Madrid, we will have a walking tour of the Old City. We will spend an evening at the theatre, and another at a flamenco show. Students have several opportunities to sample tapas, and to share a Thanksgiving dinner. You will be notified about concerts, exhibits, festivals, and other cultural events that might interest you on the program’s Instagram page and Facebook page.


Throughout the year, The Universidad Carlos III provides the opportunity for a language exchange with Spanish students enrolled in regular courses. If you want to meet Spaniards and become involved in campus organisations, sport teams and clubs, we recommend that you visit the Erasmus office or Espacio Estudiantes.