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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 Spain's cultural heritage and recent modernization through coursework 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. Upper-intermediate or advanced level Spanish language skills are required; completion of at least one Spanish course above the college intermediate level is recommended. Equivalent language skills accepted. Applications are welcome from students in all majors.

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 Fall 2016.pdf


This program features a selection of upper division undergraduate courses in Spanish language, literature, art, cinema, history, and social sciences. Courses are taught in Spanish by Spanish professors, however full fluency in Spanish is not required. Classes are small, encouraging open discussion and providing ample opportunities for individual attention. You must have an intermediate or advanced level of Spanish language skills in order to participate in this program; at least one Spanish course above the intermediate level is recommended. Students with sufficient 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: Cost Estimate for Spain Madrid Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.

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: Fall 2016

An optional group flight to Spain will depart from John F. Kennedy airport (in New York City) on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 and arrive in Madrid on Thursday, September 8, 2016. A representative from the UAlbany Madrid Program will meet the group flight and take you to meet your host families. The last day of the program is Thursday, December 15 and the group flight will leave Madrid on Saturday, December 17, 2016. 

More information about the Spring Fall 2016 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 (September 8). 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.

If you are making your own flight arrangements, be sure to contact UAlbany before departure to let us know whether you plan to meet the group at the airport in Madrid, at the Instituto Internacional in Madrid, or if you are going directly to your host family on your own. 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 and/or host family.

Link: Spain Group Flight Fall 2016.pdf


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2016-2017 04/22/2016
Rolling Admission 09/07/2016 05/13/2017
NOTE: These dates are approximate; based on expected optional group flight dates. Insurance dates: 9/1/2016-6/1/2017
Fall 2016 04/22/2016
Rolling Admission 09/07/2016 12/17/2016
NOTE: Please contact UAlbany prior to April 30 if you are interested in an optional internship through EUSA. Expected optional group flight dates for Fall 2016: Departure from NYC on September 7, arrive to Madrid on September 8. Return from Madrid on December 17, 2016. Insurance dates: 9/1/2016-1/1/2017
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 10/15/2016 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

** 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.

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