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Spanish Language and Culture in Alcalá de Henares

Summer B  2012


Program Full

Program Description:

Application Deadline Extended!

As a supplement to its Spanish Language curriculum, the College of Arts and Humanities has developed a study abroad program for Undergraduate students at UCF, who are interested in Spanish language and culture. 

This program offers students an excellent opportunity of full linguistic and cultural immersion to enhance Spanish language skills.  Students with all levels of Spanish language skills may participate.  Participants will be registering for 6 credit hours, which allow students spending time for interactions outside the classroom.

In addition:

1. The Spanish Study Abroad Program will provide learners with the unique opportunity to study at the University of Alcalá de Henares, located 45 minutes of Madrid and the hometown of Miguel de Cervantes, where several important writers of the Spanish masterpieces studied, such as Pedro Calderón de la Barca and Tirso de Molina to name a few. The encounter of the past with the present will enhance their understanding of the contemporary Spanish society through a well-designed core curriculum and academic activities in one of the oldest and most prestigious universities of Spain.

2. The Spanish Study Abroad Program is an intensive immersion experience, which will prepare learners—of a large number of disciplines—with the integration of the Spanish academic curriculum (language, literature, and culture) to succeed in the twenty first century where internalization and globalization becomes an integral component of job market industry.

3. The Spanish Study Abroad Program will provide to the learners the opportunity to immerse themselves into an intensive academic environment and be part of the Spanish language and culture that is studied in the traditional classroom. In addition, the learners will gain exposure to a diversity of social values and intellectual atmospheres that will foster the development of new language and social skills to interact and function outside of their known environment. These components apply to both, Spanish speaking students and learners of a target language.

4. The Spanish Study Abroad Program will guide students to exam the differences in Spanish idiomatic expressions, accents, and cultural traits in order to avoid generalizations or universal interpretations about the Spanish language studied in the traditional classroom setup. In addition, they will able to exam--first hand--and recognize the differences within the Spanish culture, social values, religious views, and politics present in each society.

5. The Spanish Study Abroad Program offers the option of living with families and being part of their homely environment so both parties involved will learn from each other and will appreciate the cultural exchange.

The program will be hosted by the Instituto Franklin at the Universidad de Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Spain.  All classes will be held in a traditional classroom setting for approximately 3-4 hours each day.  Students will be evaluated through regular examinations and class participation.

Students will travel to Alcalá de Henares, Spain for one month of classes.  Excursions include a trip to Madrid, as well as visits to sites in and around the Castilla-León area.  While in Spain, students are expected to speak in Spanish, remain engaged in the program’s opportunities, and try new cultural experiences. 

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Madrid, Spain by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel.  Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking.  To arrive by noon on the starting day of this program, fights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program.  Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.

Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $1475
Payment 4:  $1475

Learning Outcomes:
  • Improve upon Spanish language comprehension in conversation, reading and writing in a setting created specifically for second language acquisition
  • Identify and discuss meanings in relationship to the context of the conversation or text, including non-verbal clues
  • Communicate with local, native speakers inside and outside of the classroom
  • Gain insight into what it means to live in a global world
  • Recognize appropriate use of language in different cultural contexts (formal, casual, generational)
  • Compare and contrast college life in USA and Spain
  • Explore cultural differences and similarities between Spain and USA
  • Describe non-verbal cues for Spain
  • Enhance knowledge of Spanish history, music, and art
  • Recognize and describe cultural norms for the country
  • Gain exposure to diverse social values and intellectual atmospheres
  • Experience cultural immersion with excursions throughout Spain
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: Spanish
Proficiency Level Required: Spanish
Other Prerequisites: 
  • Instructor consent
Courses[click to expand]:
Academic Institution:
Credit Hours:

SPW-3101 Survey of Spanish Literature SPW 3101
Academic Institution: University of Alcalá de Henares
Credit Hours: 3.00

Academic Institution:
Credit Hours:

SPN-2200 Intermediate Spanish Language and Civilization I SPN 2200
Academic Institution: University of Alcalá de Henares
Credit Hours: 3.00

Academic Institution:
Credit Hours:

Academic Institution:
Credit Hours:

SPN-4510 Spanish Civilization and Culture
Academic Institution: University of Alcalá de Henares
Credit Hours: 3.00

Academic Institution:
Credit Hours:

SPW-3370 Spanish Short Story
Academic Institution: University of Alcalá de Henares
Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Homestays, including full board and weekly laundry service
  • Airport transfers
  • Language instruction at the University of Alcalá de Henares
  • Guided tour of Alcalá and Madrid
  • Medical insurance including repatriation
  • Administrative fee

The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • UCF Tuition
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Round trip air between Orlando, Florida to Madrid, Spain
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Additional meals not listed above
  • Incidentals
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses
Price (in US Dollars): 4050.00
Requirement: Mandatory
1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Dr Lisa Nalbone
Email: lisa.nalbone@ucf.edu
Office: CNH 511F
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-06-28
Program Ends: 2012-07-27
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-03-01
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-03-03
Academic Institution:
University of Alcalá de Henares 
Additional information:
Program Map
Closest Domestic Consulate
Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu