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Frequently Asked Questions

The following are the questions most frequently asked by accepted students and their parents. 
 

When are spring/fall break and long weekends so that I can plan travel or to have visitors?​

​Depending on the university schedule, this can vary each year and by semester. Students will be given a semester calendar well in advance of the program start date so they plan accordingly.  Visitors are always welcome and if possible, may participate in any group activities.  Before making any plans to travel or host visitors, students should consult with the Trinity in Barcelona staff to ensure there are no scheduling conflicts.
 

I'm arriving early, or my family is planning to visit, are there recommended hotels?

 The program dates take into account that students will need some time to acclimate before the semester.  But if students do wish to arrive sooner, before the start of the program,  they are responsible for their transportation from the airport and all accommodations until the start of the semester.
 
There are many options for accommodations and students can contact the Barcelona staff for suggestions.
 

Do I need to bring pillows/blankets/linens/towels?

​Students are provided with bed linens in both the residence halls and the homestay families​, but often students prefer to bring their own anyway.  There is a department store chain called El Corte Ingles with locations all over the city where students can purchase anything they need. 
 

Do I need special health insurance?

Trinity provides, as part of the comprehensive fee for the program, excellent international medical insurance. Students should maintain whatever insurance they have in the U.S. so that there are no gaps in coverage, but they do not need to acquire additional insurance on their own. 
 

Do I need any additional immunizations?

There are no additional immunizations recommended for Spain. Students can consult the website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov for more information.
 

I am vegetarian/vegan or have other dietary restrictions. Will this be a problem?

 Spanish cuisine is very meat oriented but the concept of vegetarianism has come a long way over the years.  Often meat is used as a base for sauces and soups and organs are popular items on the menu so vegetarian students do need to be vigilant. 

For other dietary restrictions, it is highly recommended that students research the necessary vocabulary in Spanish needed to communicate their needs to their host family, friends and restaurants.  Be sure to discuss any such restrictions with the program staff.