Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain offers students the opportunity to develop true linguistic proficiency and to experience the many facets of Spanish life.
The program, now in its 43rd session, offers small liberal arts–oriented classes and the opportunity to enroll directly in the Madrid University system. Participants must speak only Spanish at all times, both in and outside of class; all students are required to sign a pledge to this effect before their arrival in Madrid. The Hamilton College Academic Year In Spain is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Through personal contact with the culture, language, ideals and customs of another nation, participants step beyond the familiarity and comforts of their own environment to gain a new perspective on international affairs and a greater respect for and understanding of another people.
In a world where dialogue and open communication are more necessary than ever, study abroad continues to be an essential stage in a student's education and a base for students to develop a greater appreciation of their own country.
Madrid, a vibrant and energetic city of some three million inhabitants, is not only at the center of the country geographically, but it is also an important economic, cultural, industrial, educational and technological hub on the European continent. Truly accessible to the rest of the country, it is but a short distance away from other historically renowned cities.
El Centro, the program headquarters, is nestled in one of the most exclusive, safe and sought after neighborhoods in Madrid, El Viso. It has all the convenience of being near the heart of the city center, but our Centro is on a quiet, tree-lined street, and has excellent transportation options, with four different metros nearby.
It is surrounded by many cafes and restaurants, and by local Spanish students, and is steps away from various museums.