Instituto Franklin-UAH: Alcalá de Henares - Study Abroad in Spain
Come study at one of Spain’s oldest and prestigious public universities, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998. Enjoy the historic architecture, traditional tapas, the charming locals, and vibrant university-city life in Alcala de Henar... read more
It was a really perfect experience, just too far outside the urban area. A student - 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. A student - 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. Keli M - University of Central Missouri View Entire Review
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. kay.augustus.3 - Duquesne University View Entire Review
Studying abroad is most definitely worthwhile. It teaches one patience, perseverance, and gives a new perspective. Lauren S - Albion College View Entire Review
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... David B - 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... Matt V - Northwestern University View Entire Review
I learned so much culturally and within the language, and would definitely consider it worthwhile. Ashley H - Miami University View Entire Review
I learned so much from being abroad. I loved that Alcala de Henares had the components of a smaller city yet was so close to Madrid, making travel easy and giving you the big city atmosphere when you wanted it. It was 100% worthwhile, and I can't wait to be back. A student - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
Language and cultural skills, in addition to the experience of a lifetime Scott S - Williams College View Entire Review
I learned a much better level of Spanish. I learned to be more flexible and I experienced different cultures and different ways to look at the world. I actually live here now, so I also found job opportunities while I was here that allowed me to come back. I have been living here for 3 years after I graduated. A student - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
I gained an insight into Spanish language and culture. I learned many practical things that I still use today. I made great friends. A student - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
Going abroad is life changing. You will never regret your experiences there. The memories you make will last forever. I wouldnt take it back, but there are definitely some things that I would change. Drew D - University of Central Missouri View Entire Review
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... A student - Universidad de Alcalá View Entire Review
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. miya.kane.7 - College of Notre Dame of Maryland View Entire Review
I learned how to travel and explore independently, and how to plan trips with other people as well. Kate W - Colorado State University View Entire Review
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.... A student - 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... Federico M - University of Wisconsin - Madison View Entire Review
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. Michelle S - College of Notre Dame of Maryland View Entire Review
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. Patricio N - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
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, ... Julie M View Entire Review
I had already lived abroad several times but never in Spain. After leaving Alcalá, I was so comfortable with the language and people that I studied abroad again, this time in Madrid. After graduating I pursued a Masters in Madrid and have been living in Spain for 5 years. Had it not been for the program in Alcalá (and most impor... G P - Agnes Scott College View Entire Review
I made loads of international friends. Ana C - University of Central Florida View Entire Review
I learned so much from my study abroad experience! My Spanish speaking skills, and my writing improved greatly over the course of the semester. I also gained a lot of confidence in my knowledge of the language! I met people that I still keep in touch with 3 years later! I would go back and study abroad at Instituto Franklin in a... claiborne.fletcher.5 - Wofford College View Entire Review
Yes! Study abroad is so important. Catherine K - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
Come study at one of Spain’s oldest and prestigious public universities, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998. Enjoy the historic architecture, traditional tapas, the charming locals, and vibrant university-city life in Alcala de Henares, also known as the City of Cervantes!
The Study Abroad in Spain program was established in 1987. It is specifically designed for international students who wish to pursue undergraduate studies in Spain. We cater to around 500 students per year, with different areas of study and with different levels of Spanish, from beginner to advanced levels.
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.
Many of our courses include an experiential learning experience (practicums) and focus on developing intercultural and language skills in a professional setting.
Why study at Instituto Franklin-UAH :
- More than 30 years of accumulated experience teaching international students.
- We offer our students a comprehensive immersion experience in order to maximize their intercultural and personal development.
- Excellent public transportation system. It's 30min by train to Madrid and 20min to Adolfo Suarez-Barajas International Airport.
- All-inclusive (except for flights and personal expenses).
- Universidad de Alcalá credits.
- Homestays in families in Alcalá (three meals a day & once a week laundry service) or university dorms (meal plan).
- Orientation sessions.
- University services.
- Health insurance.
- Student card.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
- January Term
- Short Term
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Teaching Assistants
- Social Service Professions
- Health Professions
- Health/Medical Preparatory Programs
- Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Cultural Studies
- Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
- American Studies
- European Studies
- Spanish and Iberian Studies
- Legal Studies
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Social Sciences
- International Relations
- Art History, Criticism and Conservation
- International Business
- Spanish Language, Literature
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Direct Enrollment/Exchange Scholarships
For students who apply early for semester-long programs will receive a 500 euro discount.
When you apply with a friend for the semester-long programs, both you and your friend will receive 15% off tuition cost.
15% off tuition
Any returning student will receive a 15% discount in any semester program. Any returning student who stays in dorms will receive a 10% discount in the four-week July program. This award will also apply to Franklin alumni´s friends and family.
10-15% off tuition
Students attending institutions affiliated to HACU will receive a 15% discount in any semester program. Students attending institutions affiliated to HACU and stay in dorms will receive a 10% discount in the four week July program. To find out if your institution is an affiliate of HACU, please click here: https://www.hacu.net/assnfe/CompanyDirectory.asp?STYLE=2&COMPANY_TYPE=1%2C5.
10-15% off tuition