Instituto Franklin-UAH: Alcalá de Henares - Study Abroad in Spain

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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. It is specifically designed for international students who wish to pu... read more

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This program was absolutely worthwhile. I gained intercultural communication skills and improved my Spanish proficiency. Most importantly, I made local friends and became part of a beautiful Spanish family whom I have stayed in touch with. - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
This was my first time studying abroad and it really taught me how to adapt to a new country and culture and be open minded. - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
I learned how the rest of the world works as well as the culture, social interactions, and the food of different countries. - Universidad de Alcalá View Entire Review
February 20, 2015 Study Abroad Spain 2014
I learned so much about the Spanish culture and langugae, it was beyond worthwhile. - Rider University View Entire Review
I learned a ton of Spanish; I learned a lot about myself; I learned about relationships and cross-cultural lines of difference and sameness. - Auburn University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Universidad de Alcalá: Alcalá de Henares - Spanish Studies Abroad with Instituto Franklin
I learned how to speak Spanish, how to travel on my own, and gained tons of confidence. You get lost sometimes, but nothing compares to the feeling of finding your way back! It was completely worthwhile, and a great investment in my future. What I learned over there were things I don't think I would have learned staying in Ameri... - Universidad de Alcalá View Entire Review
February 11, 2015 Unforgettable Experience
Studying abroad was one of the best experiences I've had. I was able to learn about and live in a culture I have always wanted to know more about. Living in a country gives you a perspective that you do not necessarily get in a classroom. There is nothing like being in the center of it all. - College of Notre Dame of Maryland View Entire Review
February 09, 2015 Unforgettable
I learned how to travel and explore independently, and how to plan trips with other people as well. - Colorado State University View Entire Review
February 06, 2015 An Authentic Experience
Since Alcala is a smaller town outside of Madrid, I got a more authentic experience since my peers and I were seemingly the only Americans in the town. Compared to my college friends who went to study abroad hotspots like Sevilla and Barcelona, it made for more immersion into the Spanish lifestyle and making friends with locals.... - University of Oregon View Entire Review
Prior to study abroad, I had traveled in Latin America extensively so I had been exposed to other cultures. Most students learn to be more flexible to different social norms, tey learn to be adaptable to different cultural practices, they learn overcome fears and anxieties of trying new foods, meeting new friends. They open th... - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Universidad de Alcalá: Alcalá de Henares - Spanish Studies Abroad with Instituto Franklin
February 05, 2015 From Shy To Fluent
It was very much worthwhile! I made friends that have lasted until today. I am now able to translate for Asylum victims at the local Detainee Prison. I am so much more confident in my abilities. I could not recommend this program any more highly. - College of Notre Dame of Maryland View Entire Review
February 05, 2015 Best Experience Ever!
I learned how to make friends and keep in touch with them, I gained experiences of a lifetime that will be with me for the rest of my days, I got to know a different side of Spain that not a lot of people get to know. I got to travel across europe on a budget. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
February 05, 2015 A Life Changing Semester
Studying abroad in Alcala was the best experience of college, and one of the best decisions I have ever made. A small, charming Spanish town with a program that emphasizes language use. The directors and program staff were amazing and supportive, also very encouraging of us speaking in Spanish all the time. I met great friends, ... View Entire Review
May 21, 2015 Incredible
The language acquisition and the experience of being immersed in a different culture. Yes, it was worthwhile. - SUNY - Stony Brook View Entire Review
Living with a host family made me appreciate the real Spanish culture by living the daily routine, living in a small city forced me to speak the language which was my goal and the professors were some of the smartest people I have ever met, needless to say I learned so much from them. - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Universidad de Alcalá: Alcalá de Henares - Spanish Studies Abroad with Instituto Franklin
My study abroad experience was SO worthwhile! I LOVED the people I met, the classes I took, the food I ate, the travel I did, the laughter and memories and happiness is something that I can always look back on. I became more independent, I learned to go out of my comfort zone in speaking Spanish more, making new friends, and pus... - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
February 19, 2015 Amazing Alcalá
Actually, I learned a lot about myself during my time in Spain, as well as a lot about Spanish culture and language. I also learned a lot of valuable skills like navigating and trip-planning. It was an amazing experience that I often wish I could go back to. - University of Iowa View Entire Review
It was a really perfect experience, just too far outside the urban area. - Butler University View Entire Review
Better ability to speak/understand spanish, lifelong connection with host parent and roommate, how to pack for nearly anything, how to get around in a country you barely know, I learned more about myself and how I handle unexpected things. It was a wonderful experience I wouldn't trade it for anything. - St Mary's University View Entire Review
I learned that every culture has its own beliefs and values. being able to accept all of the different cultures and differences really changed me as a person because I have a more open mind about different things. Studying abroad was the best decision I ever made. - University of Central Missouri View Entire Review
February 07, 2015 A Great Few Months!
After studying abroad, I became a lot more comfortable being independent and more comfortable in my own company. I lost the shyness, I would feel to speak in Spanish because I was proud to be actually living and surviving in Spain. It was the best decision I made, after deciding to go to university. - Duquesne University View Entire Review
Studying abroad is most definitely worthwhile. It teaches one patience, perseverance, and gives a new perspective. - Albion College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Universidad de Alcalá: Alcalá de Henares - Spanish Studies Abroad with Instituto Franklin
The six months I spent in Alcalá de Henares were among the most formative of my college education. After learning Spanish for years in American public education systems, where I could learn to read and write but not to speak with confidence, staying with a host family unable to speak English transformed my Spanish. It also trans... - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
My Spanish improved immensely in such a short amount of time, and my subject classes were great as well. The film class in particular was an interesting insight into Spanish culture and 20th century history. Apart from the academic aspect, the program trips were a great way to see far-flung parts of Spain and meet locals. Finall... - Northwestern University View Entire Review
I learned so much culturally and within the language, and would definitely consider it worthwhile. - Miami University View Entire Review

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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. It is specifically designed for international students who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in Spain.  

The Study Abroad in Spain program offers an ample diversity of areas of study suited to every student. Our program includes courses in Hispanic Studies, International Relations, Business Administration and International Business, Translation, Education, Journalism and Communication and Health Sciences.In addition to all these disciplines students can participate in a unique Internship Program and spend a full semester working in a company of their choice.

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



Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • History
  • Business
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • International Relations
  • Social Sciences
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • International Business
  • Education
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1987
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