Spanish Immersion: Alcalá de Henares, SPAIN

Alcala de Henares Skyline:  Ana Saiz García, David Fernández Vaamonde

Credits: 6
Dates: May 24 – June 25, 2022
Estimated Cost: Announced in October
Applications will open online Dec 1.
Funding:  Please see the Global Ed Funding page for application link; applications are due January 15.

This page was updated 10/13/21.

Prof. Salinas
Prof. Afatsawo

Students will earn 6 credits by taking either two intermediate OR two upper-level courses in Spanish. 
Class sessions are 8:30-12:30 and 4:00-6:00.


  • SPAN 201-202 Intermediate Spanish I and II (Prof. Salinas & Instituto Franklin Instructor)


  • Two upper-level courses will be taught by Prof. Afatsawo & Instituto Franklin Instructor; courses will be determined based on the applicants' course history.

ITINERARY (subject to change)
May 24 -- Group flight to Madrid
May 25 -- Arrival in Madrid, meet host families in Alcalá de Henares
May 26 -- Orientation and tour of Alcalá de Henares
May 27 -- Classes begin
June 1 -- Group trip to La Mancha-Don Quijote Route
June 3 -- Group tour of Madrid
June 7 -- Group trip to Toledo
June 14 -- Group trip to Segovia
June 22 -- Group trip to Escorial y Valle de los Caidos
June 24 -- Final Exams
June 25 -- Depart for U.S.

Students will live with a Spanish family in an Alcalá de Henares family home.  Three meals a day and laundry service once a week are provided as part of the homestay.

Flights are not included in the estimated cost, but will be included in the final cost of those who opt in.  Once the size of the group has been determined, the Office of Global Ed will organize a group flight for the program. All students are encouraged to join the group flight and must work with Global Ed to confirm any alternative arrangements.  Faculty will accompany students on the group flight to and from Spain.

Students will need a valid passport to leave the U.S; the passport must also be valid for at least three months after the program return date.  Apply now and expedite your application if you do not have a valid passport; processing times are longer than usual due to the pandemic. For application information, please review the State Department's website:

U.S. citizens do not need a Spanish visa for stays of 90 days or less:

Additional entry and return requirements for U.S. citizens related to Covid-19 are updated here:

All students are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and receive any required booster shots.  Students will be enrolled in the college-required GeoBlue medical insurance for the duration of the program. 

Students are advised to schedule an appointment with their primary care physician or health provider several weeks before departure to obtain any recommended and/or required vaccines or immunizations.  Students are responsible for ensuring that all routine travel and immunizations are up-to-date. 

Not all medications, whether over-the-counter or prescribed, are legal in every country. Students are advised to plan accordingly with their health care provider well in advance of departure.

Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers:

Please see the information on the Summer Programs page, under H-SC Faculty-Led Programs.


The estimated cost (based on 15 students and not including airfare) will be announced in October.  The cost will cover two courses, travel medical insurance, housing in a Alcalá de Henares family home with three meals a day, and group excursions. The final program cost will be determined based upon the number of students enrolled and will also include airfare for those on the group flight. Textbooks and personal expenditures are not covered in the program fees.

Questions? For more information, contact the Global Education Office.