2019 May Term Abroad
Alcalá de Henares, Spain

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

Credits: 6
Dates: May 15-June 15, 2019
Estimated Cost: $7210 before airfare. (See details below)
Applications are now closed.
Application and deposit due February 1, 2019
Scholarships: Hampden-Sydney students are eligible to apply for the H-SC Garlick and Blogging awards.  Please see the Abroad Scholarships page for application links; applications are due January 1.

Prof. Afatsawo
Prof. Salinas

Students will earn 6 credits by taking either two intermediate or two upper-level courses in Spanish.  

  • SPAN201-202 Intermediate Spanish I and II
  • Upper-level courses will be determined based on accepted students' course history.

May 14  -- Group flight to Madrid
May 15 -- Arrival in Madrid. Bus to Alcalá de Henares. Students meet their host families.
May 16 -- Orientation
May 17 & 19 -- Tours of Madrid
May 20 -- Classes Begin
May 30 -- Mid-term exams
May 31 -- No class
June 8 -- Trip to Toledo
June 13 -- Group flight to U.S.

Students will live with a Spanish family in an Alcalá family home with three meals a day and laundry service once a week.

Flights are not included in the estimated cost, but will be included in the final cost.  Once the size of the group has been determined, the Office of Global Education 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.

Students must submit a copy of their valid passport to the Office of Global Education no later than March 15, 2019 -- NO EXCEPTIONS.  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 of June 13, 2019.    For more information, please review the State Department's website: http://travel.state.gov
U.S. citizens do not need a visa for stays of 90 days or less: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Spain.html

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.

Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for information on recommended and require immunizations for travelers: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list

Please see the information on our May Term Abroad page


The cost (not including airfare) is $7210 and will cover two courses, medical insurance, housing in an Alcalá family home with three meals a day and laundry service once a week, and group excursions to Madrid, Toledo, Segovia and Castilla la Mancha. The fee does not include textbooks or personal expenditures. 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. 

Questions? For more information, including course descriptions and advice on course selection, contact Dr. Afatsawo, Department of Modern Languages, Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943; 434-223-6211; dafatsawo@hsc.edu.