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Skidmore College
Skidmore in Spain

Skidmore in Madrid

Unique Characteristics of Skidmore in Madrid

  • Designed for advanced students
  • Enrollment in regular university classes
  • Internship opportunities for year-long participants
  • Housing with Spanish families
  • Superior on-site support at Program Center

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 through courses at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), the experience of a family stay, and an emphasis on involvement in the cultural and social life of Madrid. At the UAM, 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 Center.

Internships are available during the second semester for qualified full-year students. Skidmore interns have been placed in private businesses, museums, theaters, media organizations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

The Program Center

Madrid groupA home base for our students, the program center is situated in the cultural center of Madrid on Calle Recoletos, close to the Biblioteca Nacional, the Parque del Buen Retiro, and the Museo del Prado. The center houses Skidmore's administrative offices, classrooms for program courses, study rooms, computer and video facilities, and a small library to supplement the UAM facilities. Skidmore in Madrid is staffed by a director, an assistant director, and two coordinators, all of whom are there to assist our students in their adjustment and to offer our students support in their studies, including tutorial services.

Each semester, the center hosts a lecture series designed to acquaint students with Spain's leading cultural and political figures. Students can also take advantage of services offered by the UAM, including organized sports and the computer center.

Program Dates

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

  • Academic Year: early September through late May*
  • Spring Semester: late January through late May*
  • Fall Semester: early September through mid December

*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.