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Program Description:
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Madrid Center & Liberal Arts in Spanish at UAM

Available for year-long or spring semester programs only, this option is designed for students with advanced Spanish language proficiency who want to take some of their liberal arts courses in Spanish at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM). Students will take one to two classes at UAM and two to four other classes at the Syracuse Madrid Center.

Program Details
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Open to visiting students
  • Credit hours: 12-19
  • Language prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in their fifth semester of Spanish language (or the equivalent)
Academics

Students must demonstrate upper-intermediate or advanced language proficiency upon arrival in Madrid by passing the Syracuse Madrid Spanish language proficiency test. All lectures, readings, papers and exams are in Spanish.

Study at the UAM is for academic year or spring semester students only. The terms generally run from September into January and from January into May. Early exams are not available.

Course change each semester, but the most up-to-date list of UAM courses is available on the Syracuse Abroad website.

Your Campus in Madrid: The Instituto & UAM

Located in the vibrant heart of the city, the Instituto Internacional is the home of Syracuse Madrid. A former private palacio, the Instituto also houses other U.S. study abroad institutions. The Instituto organizes cultural activities for its students, such as lectures, concerts, seminars, and more. Its main aim is to develop links between Americans and Spaniards, and it offers a conversation exchange program between American and Spanish students.

The UAM, a public university, is consistently ranked among Spain's top universities. You will travel by train to campus, which is approximately 10 miles north of the Syracuse Madrid Center.

Program Features

If the UAM calendar allows, students are required to enroll in the Spanish Identities Signature Seminar, which occurs before the start of the semester. However, UAM students are not always able to take classes at UAM and participate in the Signature Seminar due to the academic calendar. During their study at UAM, students will have access to UAM services and facilities, such as libraries, computer labs, sports, and to tutoring services subsidized by the SU Madrid program.

Housing

In Madrid, students can choose between two options for housing: a homestay with a Spanish family or placement in a residence hall with a roommate from the Syracuse Madrid program.

In the homestay option, you will live with hosts in Madrid (usually two students to a household, though occasionally, you may live singly). This experience allows you to assimilate quickly and to immerse into a Spanish lifestyle, taking breakfasts and dinners with your Spanish hosts and participating in la sobremesa (discussion around the table), and other Spanish customs.

The residence hall, Colegio Mayor El Faro, is situated in the Moncloa neighborhood of downtown Madrid and is a 25-minute walk to the Syracuse Madrid Center. The rooms are furnished, including a small kitchen with a sink, mini-fridge, and microwave. Bed linens and bath towels are provided and laundered weekly by the cleaning staff. Three meals a day in the El Faro cafeteria are included in this option.

Program Cost

The cost of the Syracuse Madrid program includes Syracuse tuition and a program fee. Financial aid is available. The academic calendars at foreign universities may differ from the Syracuse Center academic calendar and may require additional housing days. This billing may occur after the program has begun. For a complete breakdown of costs, we have prepared a budget sheet (Madrid Planning Budget 2017-18.pdf) for students and their families.

Hear from Syracuse Madrid Alumni!

Talk to our Syracuse Madrid global ambassadors if you have any questions about the program - they are students who have just recently returned from a semester in Madrid. You can also check out our program reviews on GoOverseas.com.

Contact

Callie Rogemoser, Syracuse Madrid Admissions Counselor: clbest@syr.edu

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/08/2018 06/01/2018
NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change pending release of local university's calendar.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.