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, Lunes
Día 6, Sábado
Monday, 1st
Saturday, 6th
Año nuevo
Día de Reyes
New Year
Three Kings Day
Semana Santa Easter Desde el lunes 25 de marzo al viernes 28 de Marzo de 2024(ambos inclusive) From Monday March 25th, to Friday, March 28nd, 2024 (both inclusive)
Abril April

Día 1, Lunes Monday, 1th

Lunes de Pascua Holy Monday

Mayo May

Día 1, Miércoles Wednesday, 1st

Día 2, Jueves Thursday, 2nd

Día 3, Viernes Friday, 2nd

Día 15, Miércoles Wednesday 15th

Día del Trabajo Work Holiday

Día de la Comunidad de Madrid Madrid´s Day

Día Libre Free Day

San Isidro (Madrid) Saint Isidro (Madrid)

Julio July Día 25, Jueves Thursday, 25th Santiago Apostol Santiago Apostol
Octubre October

Día 12, Sábado Saturday, 12th

Fiesta Nacional de España National Holiday of Spain

Noviembre November

Día 1, Viernes Friday, 1st

Día 9, Sábado Saturday, 9th

Día de Todos los Santos All Saints Day

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

Diciembre December

Día 6, Viernes Friday, 6th

Día de la Constitución Española Spanish Constitution Day

Navidad Christmas Del Lunes 23 de diciembre de 2024 al Martes 7 de enero de 2025 (ambos inclusive) From Monday, December 23, 2024 to Friday, Thursday 7, 2025 (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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