This small city in the heart of Spain oozes history and culture, from the 16th century buildings that house noted Universidad de Alcalá to the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, who penned Don Quixote. With small classes, a local family host, and plenty of peer interaction, your already strong Spanish skills will further progress as the weeks fly by. Though there's much to explore right here, the capitol city of Madrid is 35-minutes away by train.
Students take two courses across a range of academic areas, including art, film, gastronomy, government, history, literature, Spanish for healthcare professionals, translations, and more. Courses are taught in Spanish by faculty from the Universidad de Alcalá and other teaching professionals. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering.
Before the start of the program, students must complete four semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) and have a 3.0 GPA in the most recently completed Spanish class.
- Put your coursework in context with visits to museums, cathedrals, and cultural sites.
- Explore beyond the city with one-day trips to provincial highlights.
- Discover the diversity of Spanish cities, with overnight visits to Madrid, Asturias-Cantabria or Valencia.
- Take your pick of nonstop activities offered each week – guided tours, cooking classes, tapas tastings, and more.
- By taking the Community Language Commitment to speak Spanish at all times, you'll grow fluent more quickly than you would've thought possible.
- Chat with Spanish students in Spanish (and some English), helping you both practice.
- Meals with your host family are an ideal time to try new vocabulary.
- With all classes in Spanish, you'll benefit from full immersion, every day
Program Fee Includes:
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- Health and liability insurance