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Academic Year (or Semester) in Spain

HAMILTON COLLEGE ACADEMIC YEAR IN SPAIN
TENTATIVE CALENDAR 2012-2013

FALL 2012*

August
30 Thu, Arrival in Madrid (first day with Spanish family)
31 Fri, Mandatory orientation session

September  
01 Sat - 3 Mon, Language & culture orientation classes at the HCAYS Center
04 Tue - 08 Sat, Orientation excursion to Galicia
10 Mon, Regular classes begin

October
05 Fri - 7 Sun, Weekend trip to Barcelona
12 Fri, HOLIDAY (Spain’s National Day) - The HCAYS Center will be closed

November
01 Thu, HOLIDAY (All Saints’ Day) - The HCAYS Center will be closed
02 Fri, Puente - The HCAYS Center will be closed
09 Fri, HOLIDAY (Ntra. Sra. de la Almudena) - The HCAYS Center will be closed
16 Fri - 18 Sun, Weekend trip to Salamanca

December
04 Tue, Last day of Tue/Thu classes
05 Wed, Last day of Mon/Wed classes
06 Thu, HOLIDAY (Constitution Day) - The HCAYS Center will be closed
10 Mon – 13 Thu, Final exams
13 Thu, Farewell Dinner
14 Fri, Winter break begins
15 Sat, Students must leave their Spanish home

*HCAYS reserves the right to change these dates as well as trip destinations should the need arise

SPRING 2013**

January
10 Thu, Arrival in Madrid (first day with Spanish family)
11 Fri, Mandatory orientation session
12 Sat - 14 Mon, Language & culture orientation classes at the HCAYS Center 
15 Tue - 19 Sat, Orientation excursion to Andalucía
21 Mon, Regular classes begin

February
22 Fri - 24 Sun, Weekend trip to Valencia

March 
15 Fri, Spring break begins

April

01 Mon, Spring break ends

02 Tue, Classes resume

19 Fri - 21 Sun, Weekend trip to the Basque Country
29 Mon, Last day of classes Mon/Wed

30 Tue, Last day of classes Tue/Thu

May 
01 Wed, HOLIDAY (Labor Day) - The HCAYS Center will be closed
02 Thu, HOLIDAY (Community of Madrid Day) - The HCAYS Center will be closed
06 Mon - 09 Thu, Final exams
09 Thu, Farewell dinner
11 Sat, Students must leave their Spanish home

**Dates are subject to change (The Spanish Ministry of Labor publishes the calendar of official holidays a few months ahead of the relevant year).
There will possibly be two weekend trips (dates and destinations to be determined)

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