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Study Abroad in Spain

Mode of study On campus:
From Monday to Thrusday
Duration and credits Semester Program - 12 US credits
Summer Program - 6 to 12 US credits
Dates September-December
Intensive: June
Intensive: July
Location Alcalá de Henares, Madrid
Language of instruction Spanish and/or English


cabecera Study abroad

The Study Abroad in Spain program was established in 1987 with the mission of promoting academic collaboration between Spain and the US through specialized educational programs.

The Study Abroad in Spain program is specifically designed for international who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in Spain.  Our semester program, runs in fall and spring and students can take up top four courses completing a total of 12 US academic credits.

Our Summer Program runs in June and July and students can decide the length of their stay. In case of participating in a one month program, students may take 2 subjects (6 US credits) and in they decide to participate both periods they may complete up to 4 courses (12 US credits).

Some of the institutions that participate in our programs are:

Auburn University
Butler University
Colorado State University
Columbia College
Hampden-Sydney College
Illinois State University
Long Island University
Rider University
Slippery Rock University
Southern Illinois University
St. Mary’s University

Stony Brook University
The College of New Jersey
The University of Alabama
The University of Arizona
The University of Oklahoma
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Calgary
University of Central Florida
University of Central Missouri
University of North Florida
University of Pittsburgh

Why study at Instituto Franklin-UAH

  • More than 28 years of accumulated experience teaching international students.
  • The academic excellence of our academic offering.
  • We offer our students a comprehensive immersion experience in order to maximize their intercultural and personal development.
  • Universidad de Alcalá is one of the oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions in Spain, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.
  • Its proximity to Madrid, one of the great capitals of Europe.
  • Our privileged location allows easy travel both within Spain and around Europe

Prior to the beginning of each program the Instituto Franklin-UAH offers an Orientation Session with the purpose to provide students with practical, cultural and academic information in order to make their study abroad experience more enjoyable.

The Orientation session provides incoming students with useful and practical information about the Universidad de Alcalá in general and the Instituto Franklin-UAH in particular.  It also covers relevant features of the program including course registration, medical insurance, accommodation, public transportation and an intercultural workshop that introduce students to different aspects of Spanish culture.

Students also take a required Language Placement Test on the first day of the program.

The Program also includes two guided tours; the first one covers the city of Alcalá and the University and the second one offers a walking tour around the center of Madrid.

The Instituto Franklin-UAH offers a variety of support services in order to facilitate the stay of visiting students and Program Directors.

– Students’ Coordinator
Students who don´t have an onsite program Director are supervised by our local Student Coordinator, Antonio Fernandez.  He is responsible to support, assist and advice these students at all times.

– Airport pick-up
Instituto Franklin-UAH offers an airport pick-up service to students and groups at the start of each program.

The meeting point at the airport is in Terminal 1, near exit gate No. 1.

Most of our students live with families in Alcalá de Henares. Families are carefully selected and supervised, most of them have extensive experience hosting our students.  Students can choose between single or double room, they have three meals a day, laundry and weekly cleaning.   All students have internet access at home.

Our Housing Department offers constant support to students and families and there is an on call service that can be contacted in case of emergency.

In order to participate in the program, it is mandatory to have health insurance. Instituto Franklin-UAH provides medical insurance for those institutions or students who wish to request it.

If a student has a special medical condition that may affect him or her while in the program, we recommend that s/he contacts the program coordinators.

Instituto Franklin-UAH offers the possibility to design specific customized programs in order to suit their particular interest and academic requirements.

With more than 20 years of accumulated experience designing specific programs we can offer an ample diversity of study tours as well as specialized study programs. Some of the most popular programs are education (special education), international business, and intensive Spanish language and culture.

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