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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

FAQ and contact

  • April 15th for the Summer Program
  • June 15th for the Fall Semester
  • November 15th for the Spring Semester

Yes, you need to have a valid passport throughout the study period to come and study in Spain. In addition, you will need to obtain a student visa for the fall and spring semesters. This requirement is not being necessary for the summer programs because they last less than 90 days.

In order to enroll in the program, you must submit a copy of your passport in the Application Form or send it to the Undergraduate Students Advisor before the application deadline (see paragraph above).  Once you have been accepted to the program, you will receive an Acceptance Letter with which you can process your student visa.

To enroll in courses with content in Spanish you need to have an intermediate level or have completed at least 3 semesters of Spanish at your home university. You do not need to comply with this requirement to study courses with content in English.

All our courses have a duration of 45 hours, equivalent to 3 US credits. It is very important that your academic counselor approves the courses you are going to take to ensure that your university accepts and transfers the credits you study in Spain.

All our students stay with families living in the town of Alcalá de Henares. Instituto Franklin-UAH does not provide any other type of accommodation.

University buildings have free Wi-Fi, but these are closed on weekends. It is also quite normal to have Wi.-Fi access in public places such as bars or restaurants. All our families have Internet in their homes. We recommend that you bring your own laptop or tablet.

You are responsible for your own accommodation for the days that are not included in the official program dates.

Instituto Franklin-UAH offers a pick-up service from the Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas Airport for students who come to Spain on the date set at the start of the program.

You can stay in Spain legally until the expiration date of your visa. Should you wish to extend your studies with us, you will have to return to the US and apply for a visa extension.

Students should always keep phone numbers, emails and addresses of host families and onsite Directors, as well as other numbers from the health insurance company and other emergency numbers given during orientation. The program includes private health insurance. Students will have access to certain private medical facilities in Spain. More information will be provided during the orientation at the beginning of the program in Alcalá.


Summer (June / July / August), temperatures are usually very high (around 40 °C) in Madrid, and in winter (December / January / February) temperatures can be very cold (about 5 degrees, or even 0 degrees, even reaching temperatures below 0 sometimes). In fall (September / October / November) and spring (March / April / May), temperatures are warm (around 15 °C).

Voltage in Spain is 220 watts and plugs are different from the United States, so the use of an adapter will be required. You can bring an adapter from the United States, or buy it once you are in Spain.



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