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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 instructed 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, based on the country of origin of the student, 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 semester 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: Intercultural Communication

Description: This course is designed to create a greater understanding of communication patterns and breakdowns which occur as members of one culture group interact with those of another culture group. This course will also foster an increased awareness of particular skills and knowledge that can foster more effective intercultural communication.

The teaching approach is student-centered and competency-based. This allows communication with students on what is taught, how it will be done, what should be learned, what activities are completed, what resources are used and how to evaluate learning

Instructor: Christine Pease-Hernandez. Slippery Rock University.

Course: The Transatlantic African Diaspora & Spanish Nexus

Description: The course will survey the African Diaspora in general with a focus on the African Moors in Spain, the transatlantic and trans-Saharan slave trade, and colonialization in the western hemisphere.  Spain, Portugal, and Jamaica will be a particular focus.

Students should leave this course with improved skills in critical thinking, analytical writing, as well as a greater appreciation of the historical background of contemporary issues.

Instructor: Delia Cook Gillis. University of Central Missouri.

Course: Male Violence Against Women

Description:  This course will examine a variety of forms of victimization that are often perpetrated by men against women. These forms of violence include intimate partner violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, online harassment, and nonconsensual pornography. Students explore how male violence against women has often been minimized in society, the historical lack of response, and more current responses from the criminal justice system.

Instructor: Courtney Crittenden. University of Tennesse at Chattanooga.

Course: Crimes Against Humanity/Genocide

Description:  The purpose of this course is to highlight the mass atrocities that have occurred since the onset of the 20th century.  Acts of genocide and crimes against humanity have been long embedded throughout history, despite only relatively recently having been recognized by the international community.  This course will examine specific cases of genocide and crimes against humanity, including the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, and the atrocities committed during the 1990’s in Yugoslavia and Rwanda.  In addition, students will be exposed to the psychology of such events, examining the mindset of perpetrators, bystanders, and victims.  Lastly, this course covers international criminal justice processes as a judicial and criminal response to these events.

Instructor: Benjamin Gibbs. Ball State University.

Course: Luis Muñoz Marín and the Foundation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1952.

Description: A study and analysis of the life, personality, and work of Luis Muñoz Marín as the founder of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1952. The focus will be on the political, social, and cultural processes of Puerto Rico throughout the first half of the 20th century.

Instructor: Carmen Neysa Rodríguez. Universidad Pontificia Católica de Puerto Rico.

Students who wish to complete a full  semester 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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