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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

General description

The Study Abroad in Spain program was established in 1987 in order to promote academic collaboration between Spain and the US through specialized educational programs.

The Study Abroad in Spain program is specifically designed for international students 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 the event of participating in a one-month program, students may take 2 subjects (6 US credits), and if 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 Arizona
The University of Oklahoma
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
University of Calgary (CAN)
University of Central Florida
University of Central Missouri
University of North Florida
University of Pittsburgh
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Villanova University

Why study at Instituto Franklin-UAH

  • More than 28 years’ experience teaching international students.
  • The academic excellence of our academic offering.
  • Comprehensive immersion experience for our students to maximize their personal and intercultural 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.
  • It is conveniently located near Madrid, one of the great capitals of Europe.
  • Our privileged location (15 miles from Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport) allows easy travel both within Spain and around Europe

Instituto Franklin-UAH offers an Orientation Session before the program begins, in order to provide students with practical, cultural and academic information to make their experience of studying abroad more enjoyable.

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

Students are also required to take an online Language Placement Test before the beginning of the program.

The orientation includes two guided tours; one that covers the city of Alcalá and the University and other one offers a walking tour around the historical center of Madrid.

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

– Undergraduate Students Advisor
Direct Enrollment Students can seek the assistance of our local Undergraduate Students Advisor, Antonio Fernández.  He is responsible for providing support, assistance and advice to students at all times.

– Airport pick-up
Instituto Franklin-UAH offers an airport pick-up service for the students on the dates and times scheduled. Further information here

Most of our students live in family homes in Alcalá de Henares. Families are carefully selected and supervised: most of them have extensive experience hosting our students.  Students have three meals a day, laundry and weekly cleaning.   All students have internet access at home.

It is compulsory to have health insurance in order to participate in the program. Instituto Franklin-UAH will provide medical insurance to those institutions or students who request this.

In order to facilitate the stay of students with specific health condition, we recommend students with special medical conditions to contact the Undergraduate Students Advisor directly.

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

With more than 20 years’ experience from designing specific programs we can offer a broad diversity of study tours, in addition to 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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