The situation and the policies outlined here are subject to change, so please return to this page for updates as we approach the start of the semester. Students will be given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in Spain.
The School in Spain is Running!
We are pleased to announce that our programs in Spain are running this fall 2021 semester, and we plan to run our programs in spring 2022 as well. We are so excited to have students back!
Current Situation in Spain
For up-to-date information, please see the U.S. Embassy site.
The state of emergency has ended in Spain and the “new normal” has been adopted. The primary measures in place are face coverings and limited capacities in indoor and outdoor spaces.
- All sites are running: Madrid, Getafe, Córdoba, and Logroño.
- Spanish regulations now call for social distancing of 1.2 meters in classrooms, which means our classroom capacity in Madrid has decreased; therefore, class sizes will limited to 9-10 students.
- Our partner universities in Madrid, Getafe, Córdoba, and Logroño have adopted protocols to promote student welfare. Currently, courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid have a hybrid format. The vast majority of courses at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid are taught in-person. In Córdoba, some courses follow a hybrid model while others are offered fully in-person. At the Universidad de La Rioja all courses meet fully in person.
- At this time, students traveling to Spain must show proof of vaccination, a negative diagnostic test (NAAT or RAT) performed within 72h (NAAT)/48h (RAT) of arrival, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19.
- In order to travel to Spain by air or see, all travelers must complete the Spanish Health Form no sooner than 48 hours prior to travel. https://www.spth.gob.es/
- The School in Spain staff will be available to support students (remotely) if students must quarantine.
- Program orientation will begin remotely with some in person activities, conditions permitting.
- We have limited student housing options. Students studying in Madrid/Getafe may live with either host families or in a single or double room in a residence hall. This will limit exposure to roommates over whom the program has no control and allow for strict adherence to COVID-preventative measures (limiting room capacity and visitors, higher cleaning standards, etc.).
- Host families and residence hall options are limited in Córdoba/Logroño. For this reason, students studying in Córdoba/Logroño may choose to live in shared apartments, residence halls and host families (limited).
- We will ask our collaborating families to agree to a minimum protocol by means of which, if a family member falls sick (or has been in contact with a sick person), they should self-isolate in a room and quarantine for 10-14 days.
- All students should have their own cleaning products for their individual use to wipe down their frequently touched surfaces daily (ex. doorknobs, light switches, phones, desk, night stand, etc.)
- If the student has their own bathroom, they will be responsible for cleaning their space.
- If a student shares a bathroom, each person should clean/disinfect after each use.
- If a student lives in a dorm style residence hall with a common bathroom for a group of rooms, the residence hall will clean. However, we recommend students wipe down services before and after use.
- The Middlebury Center in Madrid, the Sede Prim, will be reconfigured to allow for social distancing. Space capacity has been reduced to avoid unintentional crowding.
- Class schedules have been organized to limit the amount of time undergraduate and graduate students coincide at the Sede Prim.
- Undergraduate students may study in the Sede Prim during the morning hours and graduate students may study in the Sede Prim in the afternoon hours.
- While staff will be cleaning throughout the day, students should also wipe down spaces and items they use.
- Students should always have their “COVID Kit” with them when they leave their homes: a bag/small case with at least 1 or 2 extra face coverings (most should be changed every 4 hours), tissues, hand sanitizer and a water bottle.
- Establishments (bars, restaurants, museums, shops, etc.) have limited their capacity and hours they may open. For example, restaurants must limit the number of people per table.
- In some regions in Spain there are still establishments (bars, restaurants and night life) that must close early.
- When there are high numbers of contagion, the city or neighborhoods may “close down” and be residents may be confined to a specific geographic area if they do not have a compelling argument for leaving.
- International travel is strongly discouraged and may be prohibited by the local government depending on the destination. There are requirements and restrictions regarding arrival in other EU countries as well as returning to Spain. Students must inform program staff if they intend to travel overnight and students will be required to complete a detailed questionnaire to register all travel.
- Students will be required to follow travel advisories. If Spain/Comunidad de Madrid has recommended to limit travel, students may not travel.
- Perimeter restrictions have been in place, limiting travel outside one’s neighborhood, city, and region.
- Any tickets should be purchased shortly before the expected travel day with a refund or exchange policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
The public health system is in charge of contact tracing. When a person receives a positive test result, it is communicated to the public health authorities.
If a whole class of Middlebury participants needs to be quarantined, the professor will teach remotely. If it’s a single student, the professor will hold virtual office hours with the student and update them about class contents and assignments. If the student is too sick to do homework or take an exam, an extension may be given, so they can complete homework/exam after recovery.
If students have to return home during the semester, the courses of the Sede Prim (Madrid) will turn immediately to a remote format. If the program is suspended shortly before or during the exam period, the Sede Prim will have a one week break to allow for travel and rest, and exams will be administered a week later.
The host universities have their own contingency plans in case they have to suspend in-person classes.
Conditions permitting, both volunteer and internship opportunities will likely be conducted in a hybrid format, combining in-person with remote work.
While we do not plan for students to self-isolate at a hotel upon arrival, students should be aware of the cost of quarantining at hotel, in the case they need to during the semester. Students should budget 100€ per day for the quarantine in a hotel (this includes hotel + 3 meals per day). We recommend budgeting 1.540€ (14 days of room and board + PCR).
- Surgical face masks (may be used for up to 4 hours): 10-packs may be purchased for approx. 1.50 €
- FFP2 face masks (may be used for up to 8 hours): approx. 1 €/mask
- Hand sanitizer: approx. 3€/500 ml (17 fl. oz)
Students in dorms will be able to quarantine there. We expect that students in homestays will be able to quarantine at home too.
Recommendations for isolation/quarantine:
- Stay at home. Avoid leaving the
irroom and keep it well-ventilated with the door closed.
- Use own bathroom. If using
they havea shared bathroom, it must be disinfected before others can use it.
- Avoid coming within a distance of less than 2 meters from others
- Keep hand hygiene products in room
- Avoid receiving home visits.
- Keep a bin with a lid and pedal
- If a student needs to leave their room (to go to the bathroom, for instance) they should wear a surgical face mask.
If a student lives with a host family, tests positive and is not able to continue living with the family or someone in the family tests positive and the student does not feel comfortable staying at the house, the student will need to go to a hotel. The staff will help provide options, but payment and reservations will be the student’s responsibility (see cost of hotel in previous FAQ).
Q What will students do if they are experiencing symptoms or otherwise believe they may have contracted COVID-19?
- Remain home. Contact Sophia Iglesias, Student Affairs and Housing Coordinator, to let her know you are feeling unwell or have a close contact that has tested positive. Contact Unidad Médica to schedule an appointment (we will discuss how to request an appointment during orientation). Remain in quarantine until results are returned.
- If the student is quarantining because of a close contact, they may need to stay in quarantine until 10 days with no symptoms have passed since they were in contact with the person that tested positive (doctor will direct).
- If they were tested because of symptoms, depending on the symptoms exhibited, they may be free to end their quarantine, or may need to be retested.
Evenings and weekends
- If it is an emergency, contact Global Rescue or go to the hospital.
- If it is not an emergency, stay home and send an email to Sophia Iglesias.
- Evenings: Unidad Médica closes at 8pm. Can call before and request an appointment to get tested.
- Weekends: Contact Unidad Médica Monday morning to schedule an appointment.
All or nearly all faculty, staff and host families are fully vaccinated. Due to data protection laws in Europe, we cannot ask individuals to disclose their personal medical information. However, most have confirmed verbally in conversations. As of the end of the end of September 2021, nearly 80% of the Spanish population is fully vaccinated.