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Unique Characteristics of Skidmore in Spain

The Program

The Skidmore in Spain program, founded in 1985, is run in conjunction with Tufts University. This challenging program is designed for students with an advanced knowledge of Spanish and strives to integrate students into the life of Madrid and Alcalá through courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) or Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (UAH), the experience of a family stay, and an emphasis on involvement in the cultural and social life of Spain. At the partner universities, Skidmore program participants join native Spanish students in their courses, choosing from classes in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. Course work in natural sciences is available to advanced majors in the field. Students also take selected courses at the Skidmore Centers in Madrid and Alcalá.

Customized internships are available for semester or yearlong students. The internships can be non-credit or credit bearing internships. Skidmore interns have been placed in private businesses, museums, theaters, media organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

The Program Centers

Students love our program centers in Madrid and Alcalá and the resources available to them. Our Alcalá center is housed at the University of Alcalá, while our Madrid program center is located in downtown Madrid. In-house program classes are offered at both our campuses and students can take in-house classes at both centers. and all facilities at both centers are available to all students. Both centers have computers and printers for student use.

Madrid Center - Lounge        Madrid center library        Alcala center

On-Site Support

Each center has full-time staff, all of whom are there to offer our students academic and personal support. We also have an on-site psychotherapist that holds regular office hours at both centers, a health and wellness program, and ongoing intercultural mentoring and training.

Intercultural Development Workshop

The program offers weekly workshops on intercultural education throughout your semester/year, facilitated by a certified intercultural instructor and designed to enhance one’s ability to act competently and ethically in response to cultural difference. Students will receive a certificate at the end of the semester confirming their participation in these intercultural training workshops.

Program Dates

Skidmore in Spain has fall semester, spring semester and full-year options.  The following dates should be considered when making your plans.

*Most students can elect to finish the semester in May but some may stay on until mid June, in which case the program pays for their housing until the official exam date.

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