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Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain
Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Restrictions: Princeton applicants only
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: Spanish Language Prerequisite: YES
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Homestay
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:
SAP_Hamilton_Spain Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:
  • Hamilton application deadline: October 9, 2020
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020

Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain is a great fit for those students at an intermediate level of Spanish who are looking to advance their language skills and take a pledge to speak Spanish at all times on the program. Students will take one course directly enrolled at one of two top universities in Madrid along with two other electives taught through Hamilton College. Hamilton College provides an intimate academic setting in Spain's exciting capital of Madrid.

The University

Founded in 1968, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM) is widely considered to be one of the premier universities in Spain with an undergraduate student population of roughly 21,000. Some of its faculties include Philosophy and Liberal Arts, Law, Economics, Political Science, and many more. Students will commute via public transportation to the Cantoblanco campus, located roughly 15 km from central Madrid, a strategic location during the Franco dictatorship to keep anti-Franco activity out of the capital. 

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija is a private, liberal arts institution founded in 1995 and located in the center of Madrid. With a total enrollment of roughly 5,100 students, Nebrija offers courses in the areas of Social Sciences, Languages, Arts, and more. 



Students enroll in one advanced Spanish language, two Hamilton-taught electives, and one direct enroll course, either at UAM or Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. Students are required to take all courses in Spanish, and Hamilton requires that students take a Spanish-only pledge in order to ensure full-language immersion during the program. More information about course offerings can be found on the Hamilton website.


This program has a language pre-requisite of SPA 107 or equivalent. For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.     

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: late August to mid-December 
Spring Semester: mid-January to early May

Please refer to Hamilton's website for updated program dates


Students will be placed with in local family homes to have a full-immersion experience, both linguistically and culturally. Families are carefully vetted and students will complete a confidential housing questionnaire to try to ensure a good match. All meals are provided, and each home is equipped with wireless internet. All homes are located within walking distance of public transportation. 

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

For estimated program costs, please click on the budget sheet at the top of this brochure.

Passport and Visa

Students must have a passport valid for at least six months after the end of their study abroad program.  For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport, please consult the US State Department Passport Website

Spain requires a student visa for anyone studying in country for more than 90 days. Hamilton College will provide admitted students with detailed steps on how to apply for a visa, but students can also visit the New York Consulate's website for detailed instructions and a list of application materials.

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  • Apply directly to the program. Visit the program website directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  • Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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What would you say to a student considering this study abroad program or study abroad in general?
Do it!!! Study abroad is a great break from Princeton and opens up your mind to completely different and fascinating cultures. Don't let anyone convince you that it's worth staying at Princeton all 8 semesters just so you can fully experience Princeton. Studying abroad taught me how I can better enjoy my remaining time at Princeton and I'm so glad I did it.
     — Alice Wistar, Spring Semester 2019
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 01/18/2021 05/15/2021
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