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Spain: University at Albany at the International Institute, Madrid
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
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SUNY code: 810
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University at Albany at the International Institute, Madrid


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Program Information

The University at Albany has administered the program in Madrid since 1970, making it a well-established American university program. Students study at the Instituto Internacional, a prestigious educational institution that is also home to programs from several private U.S. universities, including Boston University and Syracuse Universtiy. The Instituto Internacional, established in 1892, is located near the center of Madrid and has classrooms, a library, an auditorium, and a small cafeteria. The Institute is not a Spanish university, but rather an institution that sponsors a variety of academic and cultural programs for Americans and Spaniards, including conversation groups, lectures, and dramatic and musical performances. Cultural excursions and field trips, along with planned activities with native speakers, serve to enhance your learning experience.

Visit the Instituto Internacional's website at:


Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least a 2.7 GPA are eligible to participate. No prior study of Spanish is required – absolute beginners are welcome! Applications are welcome from students in all majors.

Please note: upper-intermediate or advanced level Spanish language skills are required for SOME internship opportunities and recommended for the coursework that is taught in Spanish. 

In order to participate on this study abroad option, students are responsible for obtaining a Spanish student visa. Applicants/Accepted students should read the following instructions immediately!!

Visa Instructions for UAlbany Spain Semester Programs Spring 2017.pdf



This program offers options for students with little to no knowledge of Spanish including Spanish language courses, other courses taught in English, and some internship possibilities. Coursework and other opportunities are also available in Spanish for students with more advanced Spanish skills. Courses are taught by Spanish professors and class sizes are small, encouraging open discussion and providing ample opportunities for individual attention. 

Students with little or no background in Spanish can choose from:

  • 6 credit Spanish language courses, level to be determined by a placement test
  • two 3 credit courses taught in English: Spain & the European Union AND Spain's Economic & Political Systems
  • a variety of internship options (1-6 credits)
Students with upper-intermediate or advanced Spanish language skills can choose from any of the above options PLUS:
  • additional coursework taught in Spanish (usually 4 courses available each semester)
  • additional internship possibilities in Spanish


ALL students, regardless of language level, can also set up an independent study in a variety of subjects related to Spanish studies and/or cross-register on a space-available basis into a course offered through one
of the other U.S. universities in Madrid. Students with advanced Spanish language skills may be able to enroll in an independent study course in conjunction with a local university in Madrid. Please contact UAlbany for for details.

Part-time INTERNSHIPS in a wide variety of fields are also available. Click here to watch a webinar with more information about the internship option through EUSA in Madrid!!

Please click on the link below to view full-text descriptions of the courses available in Madrid and details about the internship opportunities

UAlbany Madrid Program Course Offerings

General Education Information for UAlbany students: credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement.  Courses on this program have also been approved for the Arts and Humanities requirements. No additional approval is required for you to earn these General Education credits.  You may file a request to have additional courses approved. 


Support Services

While in Madrid you will have the support of the UAlbany staff: a Program Director/Academic Adviser and a Program Assistant. Together they are responsible for all aspects of the program in Madrid, including educational curriculum, housing arrangements, and cultural excursions. They conduct an on-site orientation, and advise on courses, health care, and travel opportunities, and help with the adjustment to daily life in Spain. The staff in Madrid will help you with any academic or personal concerns that may arise while you are on our program. 



Participants are given the opportunity to live with host families and to experience Spanish culture first-hand. This is the perfect way to learn about Spanish families, customs, and cuisine. It is also a great way to practice and improve your Spanish skills. The host families provide a room and three meals a day, along with a variety of other services, including laundry. The Program Assistant in Madrid makes all the arrangements for your homestay. Students also have the option of making their own housing arrangements in local apartments in Madrid. UAlbany can help by explaining the general process, but we are not able to get involved in the search, rental decision, or contract process for the accommodations. You are fully responsible for making the final arrangements if you choose to find your own housing rather than live with a pre-arranged host family. 



Please download the most recent estimate of costs here: Spain_Madrid_16-17.pdf.

Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid




Many think of Spain as the country of flamenco dancers and bullfights, siestas and sangria, a slow-paced place filled with sun-kissed, smiling people. It is all this and much, much more. Spain has 17 distinct provinces, and its people speak 5 different languages. It is a country with a unique blend of old and new. Located in the center of Spain, Madrid is a capital city with much to offer. Ancient architecture, quaint cafés, the elegant Plaza Mayor, and the historic Royal Palace almost make you forget this city is a cosmopolitan center of economic and cultural development. In Madrid there is something for everyone - first-class museums, sporting events, concerts, films, and theater productions fill madrileños' days and nights. Yet they always find time to take a stroll down one of Madrid's beautiful tree-lined avenues or through the famous Retiro Park or to stop for a copita with friends and family.

For more information on Madrid and Spain, we suggest visiting the following website:

For more detailed information about daily life on this program, please read through the UAlbany Madrid Program student handbook: UAlbany Madrid Program Handbook

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Click here to watch a webinar with more information about the internship option through EUSA in Madrid!!

Group Flight Information: Spring 2017

An optional group flight will depart from John F. Kennedy airport (in New York City) on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 and arrive in Madrid on Thursday, January 12, 2017. A representative from the Valencia AIP program will meet the group flight and take students by bus to Valencia. The last day of the program is Thursday, May 11 and the group flight will leave Madrid on Saturday, May 13, 2017. More information about the Spring 2017 optional group flight is posted at the link below. Remember, you must be accepted into the program by UAlbany before you can buy a seat on this flight!!

All students should plan to be in Madrid on the date the group flight arrives (January 12). This is considered the beginning date of the program, and orientation will begin that day. If you are traveling beforehand, be sure to give yourself enough time to get to Madrid by the arrival date. The night in Madrid and the trip to Valencia with the group is part of your program charge, so plan to take advantage!

If you are making your own flight arrangements, be sure to contact UAlbany before you leave to let us know whether you plan to meet the group at the airport in Madrid, at the hostel in Madrid, or in Valencia. Students who do not take the group flight will NOT be met at the airport in Madrid and must make their own arrangements (at their own expense) to meet up with the group.

Link: Spain Group Flight Spring 2017.pdf


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 10/07/2016
10/12/2016 01/11/2017 05/13/2017
NOTE: Expected optional group flight dates for Spring 2017: Departure from NYC on January 11, arrive to Madrid on January 12. Return from Madrid on May 13. Please contact UAlbany prior to October 30 if you are interested in an optional internship through EUSA. Insurance dates: 1/1/17-6/1/17
Academic Year 2017-2018 04/01/2017 04/15/2017 TBA TBA
Fall 2017 04/01/2017 04/15/2017 TBA TBA

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