Comillas is a small township and municipality on the northern coast of Spain in the autonomous community of Cantabria. The Marquisate of Comillas, a fiefdom of Spanish nobility, holds ceremonial office in the seat of power at a small castle which overlooks the town. Visitors to the city are often captivated by its stunning beaches, secluded coves and beautiful landscape.
Madrid is the capital of Spain and the third-most populous city by urban area in the European Union, after Paris and London. Located on the river Manzanares in the center of the country, Madrid is one of the major financial centers of Southern Europe, and plays an important role in the politics, education, environment, media, science and culture of Spain as well as the rest of Europe.
While Madrid possesses a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighborhoods. Its landmarks include the huge Royal Palace of Madrid, the Royal Theatre with its restored 1850 Opera House, the Buen Retiro Park, the Prado Museum, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.
Housing and Meals
In Comillas, you will live in a homestay with a Spanish family and will be provided with three meals each day. In Madrid, you will stay at a hostel in the city center and be provided with all meals and a gastronomical orientation at a local family-style restaurant near the hostel.
|Please note that accommodations are subject to change.|
A comprehensive orientation will be provided both on the UC Berkeley campus as well as on-site. Orientation will cover various topics, including academics, local culture, health and safety, transportation, and more.