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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Homepage: Click here
  • Restrictions: Grinnell applicants only
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Grinnell Approval Deadlines/Program Dates:
Term Year Grinnell Approval Deadline Grinnell Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Fall 2019 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Spring 2020 12/05/2018 02/18/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Subject Areas of Interest: Anthropology, Art History, Cultural Studies, Dance, Economics, European Union Studies, Film Studies, GWSS, History, Iberian Studies, International Relations, Literature, Political Science, Sociology, Studio Art Language of Study: Spanish
Campus Program Advisor: Mirzam Perez OCS Contact: Jonathan Larson
Language Prereq: 5 semesters Min. GPA: 3.0
Housing: Home Stay
Program Description:

Why study with Hamilton College in Madrid?

  • Immersion in the rich cultural, political and business environment of the Spanish capital
  • Small liberal-arts classes taught in Spanish and especially designed for program students
  • Option to take courses with Spanish students at the University of Madrid
  • Internships available in NGOs and cultural institutions
  • Language pledge: Spanish spoken at all times
  • Wide range of field trips to many parts of Spain
Open to all majors and may be of particular interest in these subject areas:

Art History
Cultural Studies
European Union Studies
Film Studies
Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies
Iberian Studies
International Relations
Political Science
Studio Art

Preparatory coursework recommended by Grinnell

Coursework in history, Iberian studies, art history and political science.

Program Overview

The Department of Hispanic Studies at Hamilton College, in cooperation with faculty members of Williams and Swarthmore Colleges, is pleased to announce the 41st session of the Academic Year in Spain Program (2014-15).

The Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain was conceived in recognition of the continuing need and importance of extended study abroad. Through personal contact with the culture, language, ideals and customs of another nation, American students may venture outside the familiarity and comforts of their own environment. During this experience, they may gain a new perspective on international affairs and a greater respect for and an understanding of another people. In a world where dialogue and open communication are more necessary than ever before, study abroad continues to be an essential stage in a student's education, as well as a base for a greater appreciation of one's own country.

The program is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

The Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain is a hybrid program in that it offers small liberal arts-oriented classes as well as the opportunity to enroll directly in the Madrid University system. We also encourage students to participate in our professional internship program, which combines the Spanish immersion experience with opportunities to make a difference in the local community.

HCAYS offers students the opportunity to develop true linguistic proficiency and in-depth knowledge of the many facets of Spanish life. Spanish must be spoken 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.


Courses comprising the regular terms have been organized especially for the Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain. They are taught by faculty of Spanish universities or by other authorities in literature, history and the arts. All classes at the Center are small (16 or fewer students). Students also have the opportunity to enroll directly in the Madrid University system. In addition, a number of business and social work internships are open to HCAYS participants. Students are encouraged to take courses that will complement and expand the current offerings at their home institutions.

Each course (with the exception of Advanced Spanish Language) meets three hours a week. All courses are taught entirely in Spanish. For full-year students there are two final examination periods, one at the end of the first term in December and one in May at the end of the academic year. In addition, shorter examinations, papers and reports may be scheduled during the year.


In order to give members of the group the best opportunity to come into close contact with Spanish life, each student lives with a Spanish host family. This arrangement is considered one of the most important features of the Hamilton College program. All homes have been visited and carefully inspected before being chosen, and every effort has been made to ensure that each family has a sincere interest in getting to know American students. Only those hosts receiving high recommendations from former students are retained from year to year.