Study Abroad at Fundacion Jose Ortega y Gasset with Arcadia

Fundación José Ortega y Gasset
Housing Information

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Homestay

  • The Fundación will place one student per homestay. The housing staff in Toledo will select a homestay that seeks to meet your personal preferences, needs and expectations. As a result of this, it is absolutely essential to complete the housing and Personal Health forms on Passport in a thoughtful manner.

  • All students will receive housing assignments and meet their homestay families during the first few days of orientation once they have arrived in Toledo. For confidentiality reasons, no student will receive housing assignments with family names and addresses prior to orientation.

  • Home-stays provide three meals per day (*An additional fee is assessed for students electing for the homestay option – please see the Fees and Financial Aid information.

  • Arcadia cannot always guarantee that all special dietary requests can be met. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to include details in the Personal Health form and housing preference forms in Passport. The staff in Toledo will examine these forms carefully and work to provide reasonable accommodations to all students

  • An internet connection is not always to be expected in homestays, as it is entirely up to each individual family to have internet service at home or not. While the Arcadia cannot guarantee homestay internet availability, computers and internet access (including wireless) are also available at the Fundación. With this said, it is recommended that students bring laptops with wall adapters for Spanish electrical sockets. You can purchase these at electronics retailers in the US as well as in Spain.

  • Landline phones are not available for student use. Students can easily purchase pre-paid cell phones once in Toledo. Your Program Manager will send tips on how to do this during the pre-departure process and the Fundación staff is also a fantastic resource to approach regarding this topic during orientation.

  • Students are encouraged to participate in homestay activities and to engage in meal time discussions to improve Spanish language skills and increase their knowledge of Spanish culture. Homestays are ideal for students seeking a true immersion experience, so they are encouraged to get the most out of their stay by participating as much as possible.

  • Homestays are located all throughout the city of Toledo and the surroundings. Commute times to the Fundación can range from 5-35 minutes, walking or taking the bus. These conditions are to be expected, and all students receive instructions and guidance on how to navigate the locale by staff at orientation.

  • Students are encouraged to participate in home-stay activities and to engage in meal-time discussions to improve Spanish language skills and increase knowledge of Spanish culture.

  • Keep in mind that Arcadia cannot in any way guarantee the make-up or characteristics of your homestay family—some families have children and others do not; some families are older on average, while some may be younger. Just like in the United States, families in Spain come in all shapes and sizes, so to speak. What Arcadia can guarantee, however, is that you will be assigned a family that is experienced in hosting American and international university students in Toledo. Like most Spaniards, these families are dedicated, generous and passionate about sharing their home and culture with our students. Nevertheless, students who elect for homestays are expected to be curious, worldly and open-minded ambassadors of their home culture to their new families.
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Residence Hall

  • Students live with other American and international students within the Fundación building.

  • Single, double and triple rooms include end suite bathrooms. The bathroom has a separate toilet and sink in addition to a separate shower area.

  • The Fundación contains the residence hall, library, classrooms, cafeteria, computer labs, wireless internet, TV lounge, laundry facility and various administrative offices. (A gymnasium is a short walk away).

  • Students eat in the residence’s cafeteria. All meals are included in the housing fee.

  • The Fundación cannot always guarantee that all special dietary requests can be met. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to include details in the Personal Health form and housing preference forms in Passport. The staff in Toledo will examine these forms carefully and work to provide reasonable accommodations to all students.

  • Computers and wireless internet access are available at the Fundación facilities. With this said, it is recommended that students bring laptops with wall adapters for Spanish electrical sockets. You can purchase these at electronics retailers in the US as well as in Spain.

  • Landline phones are available for student use at the Fundación. Nevertheless, students can easily purchase pre-paid cell phones once in Toledo. Your Program Manager will send tips on how to do this during the pre-departure process and the Fundación staff is also a fantastic resource to approach regarding this topic during orientation.

  • Pillows, blankets, sheets and towels are all provided.

  • All students will receive final housing assignments during orientation in Spain.
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