Camino Real Award The Camino Real Award was introduced in 2012, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Institute (1987), to recognize the professional work of Spaniards who prominently and exemplary project and enhance the positive image of Spain in the United States. Read more >
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International Studies

Mode of study On campus
From Monday to Thrusday
Duration and credits 9-10 weeks
12 US credits
Dates January-April
Location Alcalá de Henares, Madrid
Language of instruction English


The International Studies program offers a diverse selection of comparative and interdisciplinary courses in the field of Social Sciences.

Students will be enrolled in a total of 4 courses taught in English. Each course is 45 hours and is worth 3 US credits. All courses offer a theoretical and practical component, including visits to local, national or international institutions, government offices or associations relevant to the specific topic of the study.

It is a short term program that lasts less than 90 days, there is therefore no need to obtain a student visa. However, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he/she does not need a student visa to participate in the program. Students who wish to complete a full term may enroll in an additional course from the Study Abroad in Spain Program at Instituto Franklin-UAH. In this case students will be required to apply for a student visa.



This course is mandatory for all students.

Course: Introduction to Spain

Description: This course will provide a broad overview of Spanish civilization and culture, from its prehistory to the present day. Spain’s significance in the history of thought and deed will be examined in wider international contexts, particularly those pertaining to Western Europe and America. Students will review Spanish culture in its many diverse representations, examining cultural expressions in terms of their perceived universality and authenticity. Topics will be linked to questions of political-cultural identity in contemporary Spain.

Instructor: Professor TBA-Instituto Franklin, Universidad de Alcalá

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Course: African Diaspora; The TransAtlantic Spanish & African Nexus

Description: The course examines the global dispersal of Africans with particular emphasis on the rise and fall of the African Moorish Empire, establishment and abolition of the Trans-Saharan and Atlantic slave trades as well as Spanish colonialism in the Caribbean, especially Jamaica. When possible during the course, students will visit pertinent sites in Toledo, Seville, Cadiz, Granada or Córdoba.

Instructor:  Dr. Delia Gillis, University of Central Missouri


Course: International Public Relations in the Trump/Post-Trump Era

Description: This course examines the field of public relations as it is practiced by the governments of Spain and the United States in the Trump and post-Trump era of international relations. Working from historical, cultural, political, economic and social perspectives, it explores how the Trump administration’s people, policies, and actions have affected the success of the U.S. government’s public relations programs in Spain. It also examines the administration’s impact on the Spanish government’s public relations initiatives and its PR professionals working in a range of government ministries.

Instructor:  Dr. Andrew Lingwall, Clarion University of Pennsylvania


Course: Literacy &Language Diversity for Education

Description: This course addresses the importance of language in culture, learning, and identity.  Students will explore how to modify curriculum for ELL students in the classroom; and ways to respect and maintain the cultural identity of all students in the classroom. New theories and approaches to language and literacy instruction will be explored.  Students will compare and contrast structures used in various countries to integrate students who are non-native speakers to the classroom.  This course will integrate direct interaction with students in the classroom.

Instructor: Dr. Julie Phillips, University of Dubuque

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Course: The Global Issue of Violence Against Women: Assessment and Intervention Strategies

Description: This course is designed to include, respect and engage both male and female learners alike. In this course students examine the issue of violence against women, girls and children from a global perspective. Students will research and examine specific types of violence against women including sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, honour-based violence and femicide.
Existing international studies and initiatives on violence against women will be examined. Special attention is paid to field of violence risk assessment and management.
The student will create and present a recommendation for multisectoral response targeted to meet the needs of their own place of origin and the needs unique to that part of the world, with the ultimate goal being the reduction of violence against women everywhere.

Instructor: Dr. Tracey Marshall, Durham College


China 123

Course: Criminal Procedure Law of China

Description:The function and ideal of China’s Criminal Procedure Law is different from many of other countries’. It is developed from China’s unique cultural and political history. This course is designed to enable foreign students who wish to study and understand the Chinese Criminal Procedure Law to approach it from the point of view of Chinese cultural and political background, in addition to the aim of international comparison. The objectives of the course are:
A comprehensive knowledge on China’s Criminal Procedure Law
Capability to analyze the criminal procedure cases
Academic research ability in comparison method and the field of China’s criminal justice

Florida 123

Course: Patriots or Pirates: How the Florida War shaped current perceptions on Foreign Civil Wars

Description:This course will introduce three of the most challenging strains on contemporary international thought and affaires —civil wars, foreign enlistment and intervention in internal affairs— through a focus on the history of the Spanish-American crisis leading to the acquisition of the Floridas in 1819.
To that end, the course will cover three case studies embedded in the Florida crisis: the American response towards Spain and her revolted colonies in the period 1811-1817; the occupation of Amelia Island in 1817; and, finally, the first Seminole War in 1818. The case studies will contain an historical analysis of the legal formulations and justifications of political responses to foreign civil wars, and how they have influenced our current perceptions of these type of conflicts.


Instructor: Ignacio Rodriguez Álvarez, Universidad de Alcalá

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Course: Victimology Perspectives in an International Context

Description: Historically, there have been varying attempts to classify the field of victimology. On one side, the study of victims is an independent discipline with a focus on human rights; on the other side, victimology exists as a sub-discipline of Criminology concerned with victims of crime.
This course will explore both the human rights and criminological perspective of victimological thought. Students will examine the history of Victimology theory and practice, both in the context of human rights, and criminological avenues. The victim-offender relationship within the scope of international law and human rights will be explored and analyzed.
Students will have the opportunity to research, synthesize and develop working evidence based strategies intended to address the needs of victims within an international human rights and criminal justice scope.

Instructor:Dr. Joanne Spicer, Durham College



Course: Comparative Criminology

Description: This course is designed to provide students with an overview of criminological theories to understand crime and deviant behavior and to enhance their critical thinking. Additionally, this class will discuss how these criminological theories can be applied to account for crimes that happened in the countries around the world.

Instructor:Dr. Yeokil Cho, University of Central Missouri



Course: Addressing Refugee issues with Entrepreneurial Social Enterprise

Description: As defined by the Social Enterprise Institute, social enterprises are not traditional non-profit organizations that depend on charitable giving for sustainability, nor are they simply socially responsible for-profit companies. Rather, they are a new breed of organizations that create sustainable societal change by combining the passion of social mission and the efficiency of a market-based approach. Students will learn to include social change in their business visions, along with invention and innovation, creative processes, or new applications of existing processes and technologies that solve a societal need. Social enterprises are for ‘more-than-profit,’ using blended value business models that combine a revenue-generating business with a social-value-generating structure or component. This course is designed to prepare students to design and launch a sustainable social enterprise that benefits refugees.

Instructor:Dr. Mary McCord, University of Central Missouri


Students who wish to complete a full term may register for an additional course in the Study Abroad in Spain program at Instituto Franklin-UAH.

Students must obtain a student visa for this purpose and remain in the program until completion.

Click here for more information about the courses of the Study Abroad in Spain Program at Instituto Franklin-UAH


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