The Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain was conceived in recognition of the continuing need and importance of extended study abroad. Through personal contact with the culture, language, ideals and customs of another nation, American students may venture outside the familiarity and comforts of their own environment. During this experience, they may gain a new perspective on international affairs and a greater respect for and an understanding of another people. In a world where dialogue and open communication are more necessary than ever before, study abroad continues to be an essential stage in a student's education, as well as a base for a greater appreciation of one's own country.
The Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain is a hybrid program in that it offers small liberal arts-oriented classes as well as the opportunity to enroll directly in the Madrid University system. We also encourage students to participate in our professional internship program, which combines the Spanish immersion experience with opportunities to make a difference in the local community.