Instituto Franklin-UAH

Instituto Franklin-Universidad de Alcala


Instituto Franklin-UAH's programs have over 30 years of experience working with international students and universities. We are a department within the Universidad de Alcala that specializes in providing programs that cater to over 500 international students per year.

Instituto Franklin- Universidad de Alcalá is the only University Institute for Research on North America in Spain. Founded in 1987, Instituto Franklin-UAH provides postgraduate research, scholarships, and grants, dissemination of publications, scientific events, and education-related investigation on American Studies and Bilingual Education. We are located in Colegio de Trinitarios, built in the XVII century, in the center of the historic city of Alcalá de Henares, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Instituto Franklin-UAH provides the following in Academics: Ph.D. in American Studies, MA in American Studies, Teach & Learn in Spain program, courses in International Studies, and Undergraduate Study Abroad programs.


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Unique and Valuable Opportunity

Teach and Learn offers the chance to earn an affordable Master’s degree in a cross cultural context. You can expect a supportive and dedicated cohort of peers and administrators. While the academic rigor is not as intense as I hoped, the value of the experience, which combines degree granting courses with teaching practicums, certainly advances career prospects while also offering personal enrichment. The Universidad de Alcalá is a well respected and historic university located just outside of Madrid city center.

  • Affordable
  • Enriching
  • Career advancing
  • Could be more academically rigorous
  • Placement quality varies
  • Lengthy evening classes
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Wonderful Masters in Teaching Program and Experience!

The Teach and Learn Program at University de Alcalá was such a wonderful experience for me, both personally and professionally. The program is committed to academic rigors, displays strong support towards its students, and provides the opportunity to explore and live abroad in Spain. I am an American educator who came into the program with 10 years of classroom experience and found the Masters in Teaching invaluable towards my professional development and skill set. I have and would strongly recommend this program to any current educators seeking a masters who also desire to study, work and travel abroad. Fantastic experience and yes, I would do it again!

  • Cultural Experience in Spain
  • Masters in Teaching (with instruction in English)
  • Very Supportive Professors and Coordinators to Guide Students
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Alcalá is a dream!

Alcalá de Henares is such a wonderful Spanish city. There is so much history and literature and life to experience there. I always felt safe, and I never felt like there wasn't something fun to do around the next corner. Try tinto de verano and patatas bravas in the Plaza de Cervantes, you will not regret it. Get a café con leche and visit the Universidad de Alcalá where classes about Don Quijote mesmerize students like me from around the world. I highly recommend you give this dreamy place a visit!

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Verano en Alcala

I really enjoyed my time studying abroad this summer. Being able to see many cities in Spain while studying Spanish in Alcala was a very memorable experience and I had loads of fun. Not only did my Spanish improve tremendously but I was also able to have an incredible time, meet lots of new people, and see new parts of Spain that I had previously never visited. Also the material that we learned in the classroom added a layer of depth to the entire experience as many of the things we learned were directly applicable to the experiences we were having.

What was your funniest moment?
Exploring Alcala and being able to take the train to Madrid on the weekends.
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Alcalá de Henares July 2021

Alcalá de Henares is a quaint, leisurely city with a family-friendly ambience. It is best for those who want to get away from the fast-paced environment of a big city, although it is only an hour train ride away from the lively downtown of Madrid. My study abroad program was amazing because of the beautiful city and because all of the program staff were welcoming, and had some great recommendations for places to visit! I stayed for a month and think it was a good amount of time to appreciate what the city had to offer. Visit if you have the chance!

What would you improve about this program?
It would be amazing if students could vote for which program excursions they would like to partake in or which cities they would like to visit. For example, many students had already seen the places pointed out during the walking tour of Madrid, but it would have been nice to go inside the Royal Palace.


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

Since I was young, I've always wanted to go to Spain, and being near or in a large city was important to me. The University of Alcalá partners with my school, and with this program, I was able to go with other students and a Butler professor, which made me a lot more comfortable about being abroad.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The University of Alcalá's staff assisted in housing, transportation from the airport, excursions, and of course classes and credits for my home institution. If I didn't participate in this program with my school, I would have had to organize my own flight and transportation to the airport to leave.

I organized my own personal expenses, such as public transportation and a phone plan.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Take advantage of every opportunity. This program had several free excursions that they went on throughout the semester. There were some I went to, and others that I did not. Later on, I wish I had taken advantage of the opportunity to go on excursions with this program because I gain more insight on monuments, churches, and landmarks in comparison to going alone or with friends.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Classes are from Monday to Thursday, and they start at 9:30 am and end by 2 pm. The class schedule was probably one of my favorite parts of this program. With all of my classes, I went to school by 10:30 am, and I left by 2 pm. I was at 12 credit hours.

There's the opportunity for job shadowing, volunteering, and even internships, which I took advantage of while abroad.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was living with a host family.

I was a little worried about my safety, acceptance, and living situation. I was worried that my living style would be too different than theirs, but none of those the case at all. I overcame it by not forcing a relationship with them, but and talking to them as friends.

This quickly built a great relationship with my host family, and while I still understand other student's fears of the unexpected regarding host families, talking with them and making an effort to not feel like a stranger is what makes the difference.

The education system of Spain (and what I was told, Europe) is very different in comparison to the United States. There are not many assignments and very few tests. The few tests (midterm, final, final essay, etc.) count for the majority of the student's grade.

This was difficult getting used to, knowing that a single test could hurt or help your grade significantly, but it allowed me to experience a different kind of successful educational system. With my program, there weren't many student organizations to join or school sports, but the university tried to supplement that with football games and different activities throughout the semester.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Rosa María García-Barroso

Job Title
Head of Study Abroad and Customized Programs
Has worked in international education for over 20 years as an administrator. She also teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level.

What is your favorite travel memory?

The first time I went outside of my country of origin (Spain), I visited Portugal and it was amazing to see other people, try other foods and learn about the customs and traditions. I liked everything, just taking a walk in Lisbon was amazing because everything was new, the sounds, the language, the people.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have grown a lot, because I have accummulated much experience, and have lived through different situations. These have changed my perspective and ideas of education and students. At first when I started working I did not not many of the details that are important for students and universities, and I have learned these overtime.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I have heard different stories, in general, they are related to the growth as a person. Students come with an idea of what Spain may be but after they have been in the country for a few weeks they start to feel more at home and they understand better the culture, the language, etc. Just that makes them change their perspective. Also taking courses with Spanish professors is something they like because the system is different.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would go on the International Studies Program because it allows me to be immersed in the culture, I can live with a host family, which gives me a true reality of the culture, the food, the language, the way of living, etc. Also, because I can enrol in courses related to different disciplines. Finally, because I can visit some historical cities, museums, etc. So the experience is a complete one.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are unique because we are part of a public university, but we can offer the same services as a private provider. Also, because we have different programs for different students.

I was especially proud of my team when there were difficulties and we all worked together for the best. Also, when we helped students and the students saw that we were there to help them.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe the most important thing is trust, without it universities and students would not want to come to our programs. Also, recognizing and accepting that there is always room for improvement and that we listen to our partners. Our objective is to provide students and partner institutions with the best possible academic and personal experience, and for that, we need to know how they see us and what they think about us.

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