• Spain
    • Madrid
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Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
Associates Bachelors Masters
Dormitory Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
Fall or Spring: € 8,670
Summer Four-week (June / July): € 3,296
Summer Eight-week (June and July): € 5,613
J-Term Three weeks: € 2,050
You get:
Universidad de Alcalá credits
Homestays in families in Alcalá (three meals a day & once a week laundry service) or university dorms (meal plan)*
Orientation Sessions
University services
Health Insurance
Student card
Cultural trips and activities
Airport pickup (on scheduled dates).

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What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes Meals Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

Health Insurance
3 Meals per Day (7 days a week), Once a week laundry service
Excursions/Cultural Visits/Site Visits

What's Not Included
Airfare SIM cards Visa
Nov 07, 2023
Dec 06, 2022
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About Program

Come study at one of the most esteemed and historic public universities in Spain—a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998. Alcalá de Henares, also called the City of Cervantes (and Don Quijote), is a wonderful city with bustling university life, traditional tapas, and beautiful architecture.

Instituto Franklin-UAH, which was founded in 1987, collaborates with the Universidad de Alcalá to provide specialized educational programs. We provide a range of Spanish study options, from beginner to advanced. In addition to being surrounded by a vibrant Spanish culture, students are only 35 minutes from Madrid's downtown. We provide internships, student teaching, and Spanish content courses!

The program is reasonably priced for students and includes meals, lodging, health insurance, transportation from the airport, excursions, and more.

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Program Highlights

  • 30 years of a experience teaching international students.
  • Earn transferrable US College Credit
  • UAH is ranked 5th best university in Spain (U-Ranking) and top 200 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings).
  • Alcalá is a large city, but with a home town vibe. Tons of events in every season because we are a university city.
  • Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities.

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.5
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.95
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 4.85
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Instituto Franklin- UAH

This is by far the best study abroad program I could have chosen. Alcalá de Henares is the perfect location to study abroad. It is clean, safe, and has the feeling of a small town, but is also so close to Madrid which makes it so easy to explore and travel. There were many opportunities to travel around Spain through Instituto Franklin and Erasmus, which the Institute makes extremely easy to join. I felt supported at all times when it came to academics and living abroad in general. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to study abroad in Spain.

  • Easy to Travel
  • Great Support
  • Numerous Educational Activities
  • Not a ton of course options
  • Have to go out of your way to interact with students from here
  • Hard to know what your grades are in your classes
64 people found this review helpful.
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Semester in Alcalá de Henares

I absolutely loved my time studying at the university in Alcalá de Henares! The staff at the university and with Instituto Franklin are amazing and very supportive. The classes can be challenging at times, especially around midterms and finals, but the work load is light enough where you have plenty of time to travel. I stayed with a host family and had a great experience, but I have friends that stayed in the dorms and the facilities looked great. I highly recommend participating in ERASMUS, their events are a great way to meet people. Alcalá is also in a great location, only a 40 min train ride into Madrid. This made traveling really easy, and it was nice not to be in the city all the time. All around great experience, I would highly recommend this to college students who want to study Spanish in Spain!

  • Helpful staff
  • Great host family
  • Perfect location-Alcalá is a 40 min train ride into Madrid that made traveling very easy
  • Class grades are not released until the end of the semester, it would have been nice to be able to check them but it really wasn't much of a problem.
61 people found this review helpful.
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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!

99 people found this review helpful.
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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.
95 people found this review helpful.
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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.
98 people found this review helpful.
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Wonderful Experience

Studying abroad can seem extremely daunting at first glance. I had so many questions and concerns leading up to the trip. However, I am so happy that I picked this program. The location is absolutely beautiful. There is so much to see just within walking distance! I had the best host mom who made my house mate and I feel right at home. The faculty were incredibly supportive and kind! The classes I took were so engaging and fun. I left with way more confidence in speaking the language as well. I could not believe with how much more Spanish I picked up in just a month!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do everything! Speak to as many people as you can and do as many things as you can. Everything you do will enrich your experience. You will remember this experience for the rest of your life and you don't want to look back and regret anything!
111 people found this review helpful.
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A wonderful cultural experience

The Instituto was phenomenal with my semester abroad. All classes were taught in Spanish, and I lived with a host family. These two aspects were wonderful for my cultural immersion and growth in Spanish. I am truly appreciative of the staff who I have grown close with over the semester. They were always helpful, attentive, and supportive of me. One unique part about this program are the excursion, which I wish I had taken more advantage of. They went to Toledo, Segovia, La Valle de los Caidos, and more. With this program I not only made friends from around Spain, but also around the US. I also grown close to the professors and staff and got to know them outside of the classroom, like at futbol games and cooking classes. Without a doubt, living with a host family was one of my biggest stresses, but I have grown so close to them over the semester, and my understanding of the Spanish culture, language, and literature was truly enriched. Yes, having classes all in Spanish was a challenge, but that helped me so much with presenting, writing, and speaking in Spanish. All of these aspects helped me achieve my semester goals abroad, and it's an experience I will never forget.

110 people found this review helpful.
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A Fun Learning Experience!

My experience was unique in that I became almost fluent in Spanish during my stay. I minored in Spanish during undergrad, but I was completely unaware of my capabilities until I was immersed in the language in Spain. Staying in a host home had its pros and cons, but I took the opportunity to speak as much Spanish as I could with my host family (who did not speak any English), and I was very surprised at how much I learned at OU and was able to apply abroad! We traveled and saw beautiful cities and parts of Spain that I did not know existed. Ibiza was my favorite; a group of us traveled there on our long weekend. The food in Spain is different but delicious, and fútbol is a huge part of the culture I thoroughly enjoyed. Being in Madrid during the Champions league final was exhilarating!

What would you improve about this program?
I loved staying in the host home and being immersed in the Spanish language while getting to know my Spanish family. However, the 40 minute walk to and from class was a little far (we sometimes had to make the trek six times a day if we wanted to go home in between classes and activities). My roommate and I ended up buying a 20-trip bus pass around Alcalá, which helped, but being closer to the university would have been useful.
110 people found this review helpful.

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