Dear students,

Living in another country for a semester can be a variety of things: exciting, interesting, scary, and emotional. However, it’s important to remember that not every experience in a different country and culture needs to make you feel completely outside of your comfort zone. With the help of the people around you, the places that at first seem scary or intimidating might become the very places you come to call a second home. Getting to know your host family or the people in your residence hall can be an extremely unique, fun, and educational experience that will help you in your cultural and emotional transition to Madrid.

You will go through multiple stages of cultural transition as you adapt to new cultures and customs, which means you may feel that you are outside of your comfort zone from time to time. It may seem difficult to acclimate to new routines either with a host family or at the residence hall, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! However, remember that you’re here to experience the Spanish lifestyle. Interacting with the people you live with and the area around you will only help you gain the most out of this experience.

Without a doubt, and regardless of the option you choose, the housing experience is one of the most enriching parts of your time abroad, and you will always cherish the memories you make. I wish you the very best!

Susana Sacristán

Energy Crisis in Europe – How will temperature regulations affect my time abroad?

The current energy crisis in Europe has produced vast increases in energy prices. In turn, new heating and air conditioning temperature restrictions have been issued by local authorities. We would like to provide information regarding these restrictions so that your expectations are clear.

It is recommended that you limit the total amount of time that you keep the heating turned on in your home, dorm, or TSH, with a recommended temperature range of 19-21ºC (66,2 – 69,8ºF). As for air conditioning, temperatures should remain between 24-27ºC (75-77ºF). This being said, please keep in mind that homestays, dorms, and TSH will each have their own rules based on Spanish government recommendations.

These temperature regulations are stricter than those previously enforced due to the ongoing international conflicts. This is not within our control both locally and at the university level. We understand it may be cooler during winter months than what you are accustomed to, and for this reason, we strongly encourage you to plan accordingly and dress in layers while in the home, dorm, or TSH.

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