Spanish In the Land of Don Quixote

IMPORTANT: If you are 14 years old or younger at the time of your GLA program, then you will be required to travel as an unaccompanied minor. Read about these specific airline policies here.

Flight Requirements:

  • Fly into and out of Madrid, Spain (Madrid Barajas International Airport, airport code: MAD)
  • Arrive between 08:00 (8am) and 15:00 (3pm) on the day your program begins
      • Please note that you will commonly depart 1 day prior to arrive on your program start date.
      • GLA students will be transported from the airport in three arrival transfers on the first day of the program. Students should expect longer than average wait times for this program, (up to 4 hours) as we may have to wait for other students to arrive. GLA students will remain supervised during this time.
  • Depart between 08:00 (8am) and 18:00 (6pm) on the day your program ends
      • GLA students will be transported to the airport in two departure transfers on the last day of the program. Students should expect longer than average wait times at the airport. GLA students will remain supervised during this time.

HELPFUL HINT: GLA recommends not booking a flight via Hong Kong or with Cathay Pacific Airways due to the recent city-wide strikes that have in the past, caused flights to be cancelled.

Suggested Route:

The suggested route - usually the most direct, least number of stops, and always leaving from a US gateway airport. Often times, multiple students from the same program will be on this flight, simply because it is a popular route to take. We cannot guarantee that other students will be on this flight, but very often, there are. You do not have to take the suggested route, it is just one option. You may take any flight you wish that falls within the flight parameters above.

Suggested Route

Option 1

    • American Airlines - New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD)
    • American Airlines - Madrid (MAD) to New York (JFK)

Option 2

    • Delta Airlines - Atlanta (ATL) to Madrid (MAD)
    • Delta Airlines - Madrid (MAD) to Atlanta (ATL)

Suggested Route for Unaccompanied Minors

Recommended Travel Agency Partner

If you are looking for some guidance in booking flights, GLA has partnered with StudentUniverse in order to simplify the process. Regardless of how you plan on booking your flights, we recommend you speak with our travel agency partner first to ensure that you are getting the best deal and that you are booking the correct itinerary per GLA requirements and airline policy.

StudentUniverse

    • CALL: 888-963-7087
    • EMAIL: GLA@STUDENTUNIVERSE.COM
    • ONLINE: Click Here ** If you are interested in a Delta, KLM or Air France flight, please call or email StudentUniverse.
    • HOURS: Monday to Friday 9:00 (9:00am) to 18:00 (6pm) EST **Closed on weekends.
    • SERVICE FEES: Online Bookings USD$7, Bookings made over the phone or via email USD$30


Please do NOT book your flight until your Travel Coordinator has given you the go ahead! This will come either in the email titled, "Welcome Aboard! Save this Email!" or in a subsequent email.