Información Académica

New StudentsLife in Madrid

Prepare yourself for greater living in Madrid: Continue living your intense experience after your Spanish Language Course or University Programme at the Center for Hispanic Studies

Information on visas, passports, money, weather, banks, postal services, Spanish customs, culture shock, safety tips and useful phone numbers in Madrid.


In Madrid winter it is not very cold

With minimum temperatures about 2 ° C (35, 6º F) and maximum 10 ° C (50 ° F). Spring and autumn are very pleasant, with a minimum temperature of 7.5 ° C (45, 5º F) and a maximum of 20,5º C (68, 9º F). Summer in Madrid is normally hot, reaching 40 ° C (104 ° F) maximum.


It is common to go to bed at 11:00 PM / 12:00 PM

Or even later. This does not prevent you should get up early: 7:00 AM/ 8: 00 AM.

The shops normally close from 2:00 until 5:00. Banks are open in the mornings and some open one afternoon a week. Shopping malls are open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.


The Mediterranean diet is rich and varied

Includes all kinds of meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. As condiments olive oil, vinegar and garlic are used. It is usual to serve bread with meals.

The main meal or lunch is between 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM. It is very common to take fruit for dessert. It is unusual take sweets except on special occasions. About 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM is a snack, a small snack (sweet or savory) that satiates hunger until dinner.

Dinner is usually light and fast. The dinner time is between 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

Holidays in Spain
Enero January Día 1, Viernes
Día 6, Lunes
Friday, 1st
Monday, 6th
Año nuevo
Día de Reyes
New Year
Three Kings Day
Marzo March Día 19, Viernes Friday, 19th San José
Abril April

Día 1, jueves Thursday, 1th

Día 2, viernes Friday, 2th

Jueves Santo Holy Thursday

Viernes Santo Good Friday

Mayo May

Día 1, sábado Saturday, 1st

Día 2, domingo Sunday, 2nd

Día 15, sábado Saturday 15th

Día del Trabajo Work Holiday

Traslado día de la Comunidad de Madrid Madrid´s Day

San Isidro (Madrid) Saint Isidro (Madrid)

Octubre October

Día 12, martes Tuesday, 12th

Fiesta Nacional de España National Holiday of Spain

Noviembre November

Día 1, Lunes Monday, 1st

Día 9, Martes Tuesday, 9th

Día de Todos los Santos All Saints Day

Nuestra Señora de la Almudena (Madrid) Almudena´s Day (Madrid)

Diciembre December

Día 6, lunes Monday, 6th

Día 8, miércoles Wednesday, 8th

Día 25, sábado Saturday, 25th

Día de la Constitución Española Spanish Constitution Day

Día de la Inmaculada Concepción The Inmaculada Concepcion Day

Natividad del Señor Natividad del Señor

Semana Santa Easter Desde el lunes 29 de marzo al viernes 2 de abril de 2021(ambos inclusive) From Monday March 29th, to Friday, April 2nd, 2021 (both inclusive)
Navidad Christmas Del jueves 23 de diciembre de 2021 al viernes 7 de enero de 2022 (ambos inclusive) From Thursday, December 23, 2021 to Friday, January 7, 2022 (both inclusive)

Sudent's behavior

The Centro de Estudios Hispánicos understands the use of alcohol and drugs is a serious risk to the health and safety of their students. The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs can cause problems in the nervous, respiratory, reproductive, circulatory system, among others.

The Centro de Estudios Hispánicos reserves the right to expel those students – after having committed the SECOND INFRACTION - whose behavior is inappropriate or whose abuse of drugs and alcohol jeopardize their own safety and well-being, as well as the safety and well-being of their classmates and/or host families

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