Students experience Madrid in ways that complement their academics. They may take on volunteer work, take trips led by an art history professor or socialize with their peers from Spain.
Academic Year in Spain
Hamilton College is requiring all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to arriving on campus in fall 2021, working on campus during summer 2021, or participating in study away programs including Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain (HCAYS). The College believes this policy is the best way to resume a full range of activities while protecting the health and safety of our students and the communities in which we operate. Some students may be eligible for -- and will need to show documentation of -- religious or medical exceptions, but HCAYS hopes to achieve 100 percent compliance with this vaccination requirement. Hamilton’s policy is notwithstanding further regulations that the European Union or Spain may impose later.
Students who opt for the program’s internship course are usually the most satisfied with their time abroad. They receive credit for working at least 60 hours a semester at a nongovernment organization of their choice. During a recent semester a Hispanic studies and education major taught a foreign language in a local school and several premed students did an internship in a local hospital.
A faculty member helps each student select their courses keeping their majors – and their intellectual curiosity – in mind.