The University at Albany has administered the program in Madrid since 1970, making it a well-established American university program. Students study Spain's cultural heritage and recent modernization through coursework at the Instituto Internacional, a prestigious educational institution that is also home to programs from several private U.S. universities, including Boston University and Syracuse Universtiy. The Instituto Internacional, established in 1892, is located near the center of Madrid and has classrooms, a library, an auditorium, and a small cafeteria. The Institute is not a Spanish university, but rather an institution that sponsors a variety of academic and cultural programs for Americans and Spaniards, including conversation groups, lectures, and dramatic and musical performances. Cultural excursions and field trips, along with planned activities with native speakers, serve to enhance your learning experience.