Liberal Arts at UAM (Advanced Spanish Cluster)


Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) is a public university that has become a landmark in the Spanish and international university community. It is well-known for excelling in research and entrepreneurship, teaching excellence, and social commitment.

Its international presence is supported through numerous exchange and training programs with universities throughout the world. UAM offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses. UAM is located on the outskirts of Madrid but is well-connected to the Syracuse Madrid Center.

The Syracuse Abroad Madrid & Liberal Arts in Spanish at UAM program option is designed for students with advanced Spanish language proficiency who want to take some of their liberal arts courses in Spanish at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM).


  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum of 5 semesters of Spanish or enrolled in SPA 302 (If there is some concern about the level of the student a personal interview will be hold with the Madrid team).
  • Some courses require a European official language certificate. For more information, please see below.

Things to consider:

  • Depending on UAM course start dates, students may choose to opt of the Syracuse Madrid signature seminar.
  • The UAM calendar differs from Syracuse University Madrid program:
    • Therefore, this program is available for the Spring semester or year-long programs only. In both cases, it ends in early June. No single-term enrollment is available for the Fall semester, as it ends in late January.
  • There are extra housing expenses due to longer program dates.


Students are suggested to take one to three classes at UAM (including the Spanish language course) and the rest of the credits at the Syracuse Madrid Center. If a student requires a higher load at UAM it can be defined on a case-by-case basis.

Courses offered at UAM

  1. Syracuse Madrid Academic staff suggests courses at UAM based on several items such as:
  • The level of specialization in the field required to take each course.
  • The size of the class, general courses are often big, and it might be difficult for students to connect with the professor.
  • The teaching style of the professors of the courses, the more dynamic, international experienced, and interactive, the better.

Spanish language level required:

Course offerings at the UAM are subject to change. Syracuse Abroad cannot guarantee the courses that will be offered, and not all courses will be available each semester. Students in recent semesters have taken some of the following courses:

  • Historia de la Expansión Europea.
  • Génesis en la Edad Media Peninsular.
  • El género en los movimientos sociales e intelectuales contemporáneos.
  • Historia Contemporánea II.
  • Historia Moderna II: siglo XVII
  • In addition to content classes in Spanish, you are encouraged to take your required Spanish Language class at UAM through their “Servicio de Idiomas”. Typical classes for B1 or B2.

These and other courses may be available on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Syracuse Madrid IPA to express your field of interest and we´ll work on a list of potential courses.

Applicants will be assisted during the application process. They will not be alone in filling out documents necessary and will  also get assistance in applying for a six-month visa.