The Host Family Experience

Students generally feel that the homestay is one of the most enriching parts of their study abroad experience. With the help of locals, students make a much smoother transition when trying to adapt to a new environment. If you come to Madrid with an open mind and a willingness to learn a new culture, you’ll have an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

At Syracuse Madrid, we believe that living with a host family is one of the most important aspects of the study abroad experience. In the homestay, you’ll learn customs that are different from your own, and you’ll experience new emotions as you are integrated into the daily life of a Spanish household.

Spanish families are usually affable and hospitable, and their objective is to create a welcoming environment where you can feel at home during your stay.

The experience of each student is unique, as there is no such thing as a typical family. You may live with a traditional family with children, a married couple, or a single person who may be an older widow or a younger professional.

El Faro Residence Hall

Syracuse Abroad offers a residence hall housing option for students participating in the Syracuse Madrid program.  Syracuse Madrid will reserve a block of rooms with two occupants per room. You will be assigned to rooms based on information provided on the Housing Request form (among the post-acceptance forms in your application). If there is more demand than space, we will conduct a lottery to assign spots.

The residence hall, Colegio Mayor El Faro, is situated in the Moncloa neighborhood of downtown Madrid and is a 25-minute walk to the Syracuse Madrid Center. The rooms are furnished, including a small kitchen with a sink, mini-fridge, and microwave. Bed linens and bath towels are provided and laundered weekly by the cleaning staff. Three meals a day in the El Faro cafeteria are included in this option.

This option is especially interesting for students looking for a different kind of cultural experience.  Here, students will have the opportunity to interact with Spanish university students and participate in sports and activities organized by the residence hall staff.

Interested students are encouraged to submit their applications to Syracuse Abroad for housing at Colegio Mayor El Faro as soon as possible due to the limited availability of space. Although unlikely, if this arrangement does not work out, Syracuse Abroad will provide a homestay for all students in the program.

All students who are placed in the residence hall will need to pay a $300 deposit and sign a housing agreement form to confirm their placement in El Faro.