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 >
Spanish Migration to the United States, 1880-1940 The main objective of this project is to study the Spanish migration to the United States between 1880 and 1940 from the exploitation of the microdata from the United States censuses carried out between these dates. This data has recently been digitalized and harmonized by the University of Minnesota. Read More >
Francisco Sáez de Adana, nuevo director del Instituto Franklin-UAH En las elecciones celebradas el pasado jueves 25 de abril de 2019, el Consejo Académico del Instituto Franklin-UAH eligió por unanimidad al Dr. Francisco Sáez de Adana Herrero, catedrático del Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación de la Universidad de Alcalá, como nuevo director del Instituto Franklin-UAH. Leer más >

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

Course: Introduction to Multicultural Education in America & Spain

Description: The course is designed to broaden students’cultural and epistemological horizons in ways that foster understanding of themselves and others as well as question their perennial normative worldviews. Students are exposed to a variety of theoretical and historical literature that deconstructs racial privilege, savior mentality, deficit thinking, and different forms of isms affecting groups from historically marginalized cultural backgrounds inboth American and Spanish societies. Special emphasis will be placed on the understanding of schoolhouses asarenas where injustice and discrimination are (in)advertently created and perpetuated. The following themes, among others, are deconstructed in the course: race, ethnicity, linguistic diversity, gender, class, religion, (dis)abilities, and sexual orientation. Learning will be facilitated through student led discussions, hands on activities, and critical reflection. This course is appropriate for any student studying disciplines and careers that involve human interaction in a pluralistic society including but not limited to: education, marketing, business, the arts, and the humanities.

Instructor:  Dr. Camea Davis, Georgia State University.


Course: Nonverbal Communication with a Multicultural Perspective

Description: This course examines nonverbal communication with its universal aspects as well as multicultural uniqueness. Working from a cultural and social perspective, students will learn to describe and analyze the various concepts and formats of nonverbal communication, apply them to actual situations, and relate them to the entirety of the multicultural communication process.

Instructor: Dr. Naomi Bell O’Neil, Clarion University.

Course: Management of Organizations: Leadership & Teamwork

Description: An examination of the theory and practices of managing and leading organizations including planning, organizational structure, human behavior and performance measurement.

Instructor: Dr. Keith Province, University of Central Missouri.

Violencia contra las mujeres

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.


Course: Creative Thinking for a Better World

Description: This course introduces students to a study of formal techniques in creative/divergent thinking, critical/convergent thinking, and creative problem solving through the use of models. These techniques are applicable to any field of endeavor or interest and can be used for personal benefit or the benefit of society at large. The course is designed to enhance an individual’s creative and critical thinking and problem-solving skills in which the circumstances require unique and creative solutions. Students will be exposed to individual and team-based idea generation methods, along with a variety of formal problem-solving processes, which can be applied immediately to personal or professional challenges in the student’s life.

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Micheal, University of Central Missouri.

Course: Spanish-Language Media

Description: This course guides students through an examination of Spanish-language media by critically analyzing texts created by people who identify as members of the Latina/Latino/Latinx community, as well as media created by others about this community. The course provides a lens for understanding the highly varied needs and goals of various Spanish-language media markets around the United States, Spain and beyond.

Instructor: Dr. Kirstie Hettinga. California Lutheran University.

Course: Spain and its impact on World Literature

Description: Course work will allow students to learn more about Spain and its rich historyas reflected in its literary tradition. That tradition had a powerful impact onthe literature of Europe and the New World. Tours and conversations will enhance understanding of the strong influence of the history and literature ofthis fascinating country. The impact of reading short stories, a play and poetry will support discussions and writing as knowledge evolves. Class writings will include keeping individual journals regarding what we learn from our readings. Conversations, films, local and guest speakers and visits to literary sites in Alcála and Madrid will provide rich immersion in to the literary and historical culture, further enhancing our work. The course concludes with the construction of short stories written by the students and set in Spain. Spain has had an extremely long and dramatic impact on Latin America; however, as Latin America matured, a fruitful cross-pollination developed

Instructor: Dr. Dawna Butterfield & Dr. Ann Powell-Brown, University of Central Missouri.

Course: Experiencing Music: Crossing Continents with the Human Voice and Instruments

Description: This course explores classical and popular music in European and American societies from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. We will consider the contexts in which people typically experience music and ask how music functions in people’s lives and generates meaning. To do so, we will study how composers and musicians talk and think about music, expanding our musical vocabulary and developing close listening skills. Finally, we will explore how musical choices reflect and create individual, social, and cultural identities, including our own.

Instructor: Dr. Jacob Sentgeorge, 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