Courses and Credits
All Skidmore in Madrid students take courses at both our Program Center and at the
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). All courses are taught entirely in Spanish. The courses offered at the Center are specifically designed for our students. The advanced language course is highly
recommended for most participants.
In addition to the courses offered at the Program Center, students choose one to four courses at the UAM. The UAM, or "Autónoma," is a large public university of over 30,000 students including undergraduates, graduates, and post-graduates. The UAM campus is situated just north of central Madrid, and the Skidmore Program Center is a short metro ride away. The Autónoma's campus has approximately 550 acres. Its academic structure consists of seven facultades, or "schools": Sciences, Law, Philosophy & Arts, Psychology, Medicine, Business & Economics, and Education.
In addition to courses offered at UAM there are a number of other courses in art, dance, and Italian language offered at private studios and academies of quality and solid professional standards.
Participants are expected to carry a full course load of 14 to 17 Skidmore credits per semester. All course work taken in Madrid is reported on a Skidmore College transcript. For Skidmore students, grades are computed in the cumulative GPA, and may use all 300-level credits taken in Madrid toward fulfilling Skidmore's "maturity-level" credit requirement. Non-Skidmore students should check with their home campus for credit transfer details before applying to the program.
Internships are available only for full-year participants, in the spring semester, in a variety of non-profit organizations, museums, schools, and business. Past students have interned at places such as the Museo del Prado, the Spanish Commission for the Aid of Refugees, the Red Cross, Hot English Magazine, Kaplan, the Fulbright Commission, and many others. Interested students should contact the OCSE Program Manager for Skidmore in Madrid.
Individual and Group Tutorials
All classes offered at the UAM are taught in Spanish and are part of the regular curriculum. In order to facilitate our students' comprehension and integration into the European academic system, individual and group help is offered by the program and can be used by students for up to three hours weekly per class for reviewing class notes, clarifying points in doubt, and preparing for exams and papers. Students can also use tutors for an additional three hours to assist with grammar and spelling review in their papers before turning them in to Spanish professors.