Alcalá de Henares is a mid-sized city that belongs to the Region of Madrid. It is really close to the capital but still a calmer and handy place to stay and enjoy. Alcalá is part of the 15 Spanish cities included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage cities list, mainly because of its History and remains, which include the original medieval disposition: three different neigbourhoods, being those the Jewish, Christian and Moorish ones, fact that made our city be known as the “city of three cultures”. The city centre surrounds Cervantes Square, which takes its name from our main native figure, the writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. Plus, as one of the first universities in Spain, Alcalá has a long tradition of thinkers and Scholars, whose stories and adventures are a part of the tour when visiting the town.
You will be staying in a student flat or dormitory most of the times, but we might also consider the host family in special circumstances. You will be given a pocket money consisting on 60€ that you will manage as you will. In case you would stay in a host family, you will be given a meal per day and all the equipment needed for you to cook. Tap water in Madrid is absolutely drinkable, so you don’t have to buy it!
As we said, most of the times we will place you in a student flat with more of our IFMSA incomings as close as possible to the hospital you will have your internship in. They will be equipped with wifi connection, washing machine, microwave, fridge and anything you need for living. Sometimes you will be asked to leave a little deposit that will be given back to you at the end of the month. We encourage you to check that everything is in order when you arrive to your room or if not, tell your contact person as soon as possible. And, of course, if you have any doubts you can always contact you CP or us on the email.
What you cannot forget to bring is your white coat and stethoscope, ID card/passport and insurance policy if needed. In your CA you will be given a contact person, please contact him or her as soon as possible so he or she can help you with all your doubts. Also, there are some departments in the hospitals that do not accept student who doesn't speak spanish :(