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''Hamilton College Year Abroad in Spain''
This program is based in Madrid and largely made up of from students from schools such as Williams, Amherst, Swarthmore, the Claremont colleges, and a few other small liberal arts institutions. The program is unique because it requires spanish to be spoken at all times during the semester/year and although at first this just leads to a lot of awkward conversations in hideous spanish ultimately it does make a difference. The key is to try to stay speaking spanish only as long as possible.
Classes take place in a converted mansion/building near one of Madrid's private (read: beautiful, rich, and less academically inclined spanish women) universities, SAN PABLO CEU. Students live with families that don't speak any english, the quality of your home life can either be a fun family that includes you all the time or a grandmother who lives alone in a private museum of antiques, it can really be hit or miss. Classes are all in Spanish but taken with the other americans, it is possible to take classes at the university next door.
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