Liberal Arts at UAM


Universidad Autónoma de Madrid  (UAM) is a public university that has become a landmark in the Spanish and international university communities. It is well known for excelling in research and entrepreneurship, teaching, 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. It 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 five semesters of Spanish or enrolled in SPA 302 (if there are concerns regarding the language level of the student, a personal interview will be held 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 out of the Syracuse Madrid Signature Seminar.
  • The UAM calendar differs from that of the Syracuse University Madrid program:
    • Therefore, the UAM 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 the longer semester.


Students are encouraged 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 heavier course load at UAM, this can be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Courses offered at UAM

  1. Syracuse Madrid Academic staff suggests courses at UAM based on several factors such as:
  • the level of specialization in the field required to take each course.
  • the size of the class. General courses are often large, and it might be difficult for students to connect with the professor.
  • the teaching style of the professors of the courses. The more dynamic, internationally 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 classes in Spanish, you are encouraged to take your required Spanish Language class at UAM through their “Servicio de Idiomas”. Typically, classes are catered to students with a B1 or B2 level.

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 for you.

Applicants will be assisted during the application process. You will not be alone in filling out required documents and will also be assisted in applying for the six-month visa.