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

Credits: 6
Dates: May 30 – June 30, 2021
Estimated Cost: $7,585
Applications will open online Dec 1.
Funding:  Please see the Global Ed Funding page for application link; applications are due January 15.

Prof. Palmer
Prof. Martin-Santo

Students will earn 6 credits by taking either two intermediate OR two upper-level courses in Spanish. 
Class sessions are 9:00-11:30 and noon-2:30.


  • SPAN 201-202 Intermediate Spanish I and II (Dr. Palmer & IF Faculty)

Upper-level students must take at least one-H-SC faculty taught course and should consult with their Modern Languages advisor before selecting their courses.

One or both of the following:

  • SPAN 314: Civilization and Culture of Spain (9 AM, Dr. Martin-Santo)
  • SPAN 485: Sociolinguistics through Film (noon, Dr. Palmer & Instituto Staff)

Students who enroll in only one of the above must also choose one of the following courses taught by Instituto Franklin faculty.  The Instituto taught courses are eligible for transfer credit (as given below), if the student earns a C or higher and submits a completed Global Ed Course Approval Form to the Global Ed office.

  • SPAN 385: Advanced Spanish (9 AM)
  • SPAN 385: History of Spanish Painting: The Great Painters (9 AM)
  • SPAN 385: Cervantes: the Adventures of Don Quixote (9 AM)
  • SPAN 385: Contemporary Spain through Film (noon)
  • SPAN 385: Spain and Its Gastronomy (noon)
  • SPAN 385: Masterpieces of Spanish Literature through Films (noon)
  • SPAN 385: Traditions of Spain: Oral Communication (noon)
  • SPAN 485: Translation and Interpretation (noon)
  • SPAN 485: Spanish for Health Professionals (noon)

ITINERARY (subject to change)
May 31 -- Group flight to Madrid
June 1 -- Arrival in Madrid, meet host families in Alcalá de Henares
June 2 -- Orientation and tour of Alcalá de Henares
June 3 -- Classes begin
June 4 – Tour of Madrid
June 12 -- Group trip to Segovia
June 25 – Group trip to Toledo
June 29 – Final exams
June 30 -- Group flight to 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 Dr. Widdows to confirm any alternative arrangements.  Faculty will accompany students on the group flight to and from Spain.

Please note that it can take eight weeks or more to receive a new/renewed passport.  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.    For more information, please review the State Department's website:

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

All students are 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 require immunizations for travelers:

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


The estimated cost (based on 15 students and not including airfare) is $7,595 and 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.