This is NOT an intensive language study program or combination of Spanish language courses and subject courses in English. The SDSU Exchange program at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid is only available to upper-intermediate/advanced Spanish speakers looking for regular studies in Spanish. Independent (non-SDSU) Programs are available in Madrid and elsewhere in Spain to accommodate other needs.
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) is a public institution focused on academic excellence and internationally renowned for both teaching and research. The education at UAM promotes critical thinking in all of its fields with high capacity for internalization. Students who chose UAM will have the opportunity to conduct research with world renowned faculty in diverse departments such as the social sciences, humanities, and law. Lastly, UAM encourages innovation and academic excellence by assigning an academic tutor to all students to make sure they achieve their full academic potential throughout their time at UAM.
All academic faculties/departments
are open to exchange students who possess adequate Spanish language skills.
Courses mainly taught in Spanish with a limited number of courses in English.
Students must have completed the intermediate level of Spanish (through SPAN 212) or equivalent (not including courses taken in high school). However, some upper-division Spanish (300+) is highly recommended. All applicants must meet the language prerequisites by the end of the semester prior to departure.
Heritage speakers of Spanish can have a Language Proficiency Recommendation Report completed by the Spanish department in the Aztecs Abroad application to verify language ability.
SDSU students recommended to go either the entire academic year or spring term only due to the overlapping fall term.
Semester 1: Late August to Late January
Semester 2: Early February to June
Hints for Researching Program and Available Courses
View the appropriate degree map in the UAM Degrees Available
Look closely to determine if courses are generally taught during Fall (semester 1) or Spring (semester 2).
2 ECTS (European credits) equal 1 SDSU unit, so SDSU students must enroll in a minimum of 24 ECTS per semester, however students can take up to 30 ECTS.
Students generally only enroll in courses from one academic faculty or department to create a smooth course schedule. Courses cannot be guaranteed until after arrival due to possible limitations around timetable constraints and/or unexpected course cancellations.
Most students take courses in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters (Filosofia y Letras) for history, literature and other humanities subjects. Hispanic Studies and Literature are most common for Spanish majors and minors.
Business students (with advanced Spanish proficiency) should review the information on the CBA Study Abroad
website concerning course articulation.
See the UAM International Office
website for more information.
Housing and Meals
On and Off campus housing options described on the UAM Finding Housing
and UAM accommodations
website. Most students live in an apartment (flat) with other students, mainly international students in one of the more central Madrid neighborhoods. It is important to consider mass transit options such as metro trains and buses when considering accommodation in Madrid.
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate CSU foreign international travel insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.
All U.S. citizens studying in Spain are required to apply for a visa. Please see the Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles
website for more information. It is recommended students schedule an appointment at the Spanish Consulate
even before receiving their official nomination in October or March depending on term.
For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State