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  • Locations: Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Subjects Available: Business, Cultural and Area Studies, History, Leadership, Political Science Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Open to Visiting Students: Yes! Credit Load: 3 to 6
Exchange Program: No Faculty-Led: Yes!
Language of Instruction: English SUNY code: 814
Partner University: UAlbany CIEGS Program Advisor: Huckleby, Carmeisha
(Internal Use) Host Housing Deadline_Spring: N/A (Internal) Pin this program to the top of the program list: Yes
COVID re-opening status: temporarily suspended
Program Description:
With a presence in Madrid for over 50 years, the UAlbany in Madrid program offers students the opportunity to study abroad in Spain!

You may 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 more! Spain is a country with a unique blend of old and new. A diverse country in both landscape and culture, Spain boasts seventeen distinct regions and its people speak five different languages. Madrid, Spain’s capital city, is an exciting international hub with plenty of activities to educate and entertain. The city is home to several famous museums – with one of the best painting collection of the world – and is one hour by bus from plenty of historical sites like Toledo, Segovia, and El Escorial.

Academic Program

No prior study of the Spanish language is required!
UAlbany in Madrid summer program offers upwards of six undergraduate courses to UAlbany and visiting study abroad students. The program is divided into sessions A and B, with several courses for students to choose from.
Each 3-credit course taught at UAlbany in Madrid combines classroom and experiential learning in which students engage in site visits and culturally relevant excursions to experience first-hand the subject as it manifests abroad. In addition, several full group activities and excursions are scheduled in Madrid as well as visits to the cities of Valencia and Salamanca.

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Courses are taught by UAlbany faculty, as well as local professors in Spain. Class sizes are small, encouraging open discussion and providing ample opportunities for individual attention.

You may elect to participate in one session or both, taking one course each session.

UAlbany courses* taught in English include:

Session A
Comparative Latin American Migration: Spain & the U.S.

(equivalent to RPOS 347 at UAlbany): 3 credits, taught by Prof. Jose Cruz

  • Click here for the course description. 
  • Click here for a tentative syllabus.
  • Course site visits may include: Cuatro Caminos, SOS Racismo, Congreso de Diputados, and more!
Leadership and Cultural Intelligence 

(equivalent to EEPL 450/550 at UAlbany): 3 credits, taught by Prof. Martha Asselin

  • Click here for the course description.  
  • Click here for a tentative syllabus.
  • Course site visits may include: Corporate and nonprofit company visits, and more!
Soccer Nation: Social, Historical, and Cultural Impact of Soccer in Spain

(equivalent to ASOC 299 or AHIS 030/European History at UAlbany): 3 credits, taught by Prof. Luis Cuesta

  • Click here for the course description.  
  • Click here for for a tentative syllabus.
  • Course site visits may include: the Real Madrid Museum, Atletico de Madrid Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, the Museum of the Spanish National Soccer Team, watching a local match, and more!
Session B
Comparative Urban Politics: Madrid & New York 

(equivalent to RPOS 348 at UAlbany): 3 credits, taught by Prof. Jose Cruz

  • Click here for the course description. 
  • Click here for a tentative syllabus.
  • Course site visits may include: Palacio de Cibeles, Museo Municipal, Matadero Cultural Center, La Eskalera Karakola, and more! 
Spanish Culture and Civilization through Literature & Visual Arts 

(equivalency forthcoming): 3 credits, taught by UAlbany in Madrid faculty

  • Click here for the course description. 
  • Click here for a tentative syllabus.
  • Course site visits may include: Prado Museum, Thyssen Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Lásaro Galdiano Museum
Doing Business in Europe 

(equivalency forthcoming): 3 credits, taught by UAlbany in Madrid faculty

  • Click here for the course description. 
  • Click here for a tentative syllabus.
  • Course site visits may include: Madrid Stock Exchange, European Union office in Madrid

*Course may change year to year and offerings are subject to minimum enrollment
Need help determining which courses are right for you? Schedule an advising appointment, or visit the office to speak with the UAlbany in Madrid Program Coordinator.

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. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 


Your Instructors

All courses are taught by UAlbany faculty based in New York or local faculty, hired in conjunction with the UAlbany in Madrid program.



With residences situated in vibrant areas throughout the city, you will be part of a diverse community of international students, as well as other students participating in the UAlbany in Madrid program. Bedrooms and common spaces are comfortably furnished, and community activities abound. 
You will be in a double occupancy room in Colegio Mayor El Faro, or a similar facility, depending on availability. 


Breakfasts are included on weekdays, as well as a welcome and goodbye meals. Lunch and Dinners are not provided.


Estimate of Costs

For reference, review the Summer 2019 Estimate of Costs.

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.


Academic Requirements

No prior study of Spanish is required – absolute beginners are welcome!
Rising Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with Good Academic Standing are eligible to participate. Applications are welcome from students in all majors. 
Certain courses may have specific eligibility, prerequisites, and/or language level requirements.


Experiential Learning

Experiential learning plays a critical role in your program experience. Both the overall program and individual courses include a number of cultural and historical excursions* to important and influential sites, so you will have the opportunity to experience the country and culture of Spain to its fullest. Recent course excursions and activities have included:

  • Prado museum
  • Reina Sofia Gallery
  • Walking tours to areas such as Barrio de Salamanca and Círculo de Bellas Artes
  • And more!

Recent group excursions have included visits to:

  • Segovia
  • Toledo
  • Overnight visits to Valencia and Salamanca

*Excursions are a mandatory part of the program and specific destinations vary by program and availability.
**Schedule is tentative and subject to change


Funding Opportunities

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.


In Their Own Words

“I have learned when working with others you must have patience to learn and receive information. There is a leader in everyone and if we listen effectively we can grow that more and more. I learned a lot from this programme and I have started to apply the new ways of thinking and learning experience to my current way and I believe there would be an immense growth sprout within myself from here. This programme is very effective. It is enjoyable and you tap into things you do not necessarily think of on a daily basis which makes you forget they exist.”
Lastyne Bonner, Sociology
“I feel like this experience has opened my eyes to other cultures as well as to issues that are occurring on national and worldwide levels and Common Purpose has helped me realize that when you come up with a good plan, you will be able to execute it. Working with students that are different than me and seeing Spain from a different perspective has allowed me to remove my biases and open my mind to all the possibilities of exploring.”
Kaela Hernandez, Human Biology
“I’ve noticed these excursions aren’t just about the tangible things. It’s not just about the leadership aspects like core and flex or learning how to work in a group with people from many different backgrounds, or about cultural intelligence. For me, it’s about the moments where you notice things about yourself that you wouldn’t at University or at home. A big thing I find myself continuously searching for is my purpose; my life purpose, my calling, myself. Being in an environment uncommon to us leaves us vulnerable. I have seen the world through a lens that guides my understanding of who (and why) I am.” 


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About the City

Madrid, located in the heart of Spain, 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 - from first-class museums to sporting events - concerts and films to theater productions - you will find yourself becoming a local Madrileño in no time. Yet, you will 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 café with friends. All that Madrid has to offer is only a few metro stops away!

Where will class take place?
Your class(es) will take place at the following location:
 UAlbany in Madrid – Ibercenter, Business Center, Calle Gran Vía, 6, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program.  If you are a permanent resident or international student, a visa may be required. U.S. citizens do not require a VISA for this program. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Flight Information

Independent Flight Arrangements

You will make your own flight arrangements. You will be given a time frame to arrive to Madrid in order to be picked up from the airport from the Madrid team. If you arrive outside of the time frame, you will have to find your own way to the programs destination. You should plan to be in Madrid on the first day of the program. 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. 


Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Summer programs: December

Program Dates

Option 1- Session A 
Two week session: May 16 – May 31, 2020, take 1 course worth 3 credits
Option 2- Session B
Two week session: May 30 - June 14, 2020, take 1 course worth 3 credits
Option 3- Sessions A & B
Four week session: May 16 – June 14, 2020: take 2 courses worth 6 total credits

Program Schedules*

Session A
Week Date Activity
Week 1 May 16 (Saturday) Depart U.S.
Week 1 May 17 (Sunday) Arrive in Madrid, Spain; On-site Orientation and walking tour
Week 1 May 18 - 21 Individual Courses*
Week 1 May 22 - 24 Site visit to Valencia (full group)
Week 2 May 25 - 29 Individual Courses*
Week 2 May 30 (Saturday) Free Day in Madrid (full group)
Week 2 May 31 (Sunday) Depart for U.S. (from Madrid)
Session B
Week Date Activity
Week 3 May 30 (Saturday) Depart U.S.
Week 3 May 31 (Sunday) Arrive in Madrid, Spain; On-site Orientation and walking tour
Week 3 June 1 - 4 Individual Courses*
Week 3 June 5 - 7  Site visit to Salamanca
Week 4 June 8 - 12 Individual Courses*
Week 4 June 13 (Saturday) Free Day in Madrid (full group)
Week 4 June 14 (Sunday) Depart for U.S. (from Madrid)

*Schedules are tentative and subject to change


UAlbany in Madrid Facilities

Located on Gran Via, near the Circulo de Bellas Artes, the UAlbany in Madrid program operates out of the Ibercenter. With modern facilities, the Ibercenter offers classroom, computer, and lounge space for students. 

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The summer pre-departure orientation will be conducted in late April.

Upon arrival in Madrid you will attend a multi-day, mandatory program orientation.  This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by the Program Director of the UAlbany in Madrid program. 
The information at these sessions includes:

  • A familiarization tour of Madrid with the Program Director
  • Information from the Program Director outlining life in Madrid, including cultural difference, safety information, and ways to get involved in community life, as well as an introduction to academic expectations

A welcome meal — this is a great opportunity to meet with other students on the program.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your  preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

On-Site Staff in Madrid

The UAlbany in Madrid program is supported by local staff: the Program Director and the Program Assistant. They are your first points of contact while you are abroad. Together they are responsible for all aspects of the program, including coordination of academic instruction, housing, and cultural excursions. In addition, they advise on health care and travel opportunities, as well as facilitate adjustment to daily life in Spain.

Program Director

Dr. Carlos Vela has been with the UAlbany in Madrid program since 1993. He holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from SUNY at Stony Brook, as well as an M.A. in Peninsular Literature from the same institution and a Licenciatura in Art History from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Dr. Vela’s research interests include Cultural Studies, multidisciplinary approaches to Spanish Culture, and Psychoanalysis applied to Humanities. He has published texts in various conferences and professional reviews and has written two books on Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel.

Program Assistant

Dr. Lilliana de la Luz has worked as an administrative assistant in the UAlbany in Madrid Program since 2015. She has a long history of supporting study abroad programs in Madrid, having worked as coordinator with students from Boston College, Syracuse, Tufts, and Skidmore College, as well as having served a Resident Director for the Marquette Program.  Dr. de la Luz holds a M.A .in Spanish and Literature from New York University and earned her doctorate degree at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.