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TCNJ Spain – Alcalá de Henares


TCNJ Spain – Universidad de Alcalá de Henares

Spring 2016

TCNJ is proud to present a study abroad program at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares during the Spring 2016 semester.

Join us in the heart of Spain — the Autonomous Community of Madrid — at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (UAH). The program is hosted by the Instituto Franklin, an academic meeting place for Spaniards and Americans.

Required pre-requisites:

  • Spanish majors and minors: SPA 203 or 210 and SPA 211
  • Others: By oral proficiency interview. Please note that SPA 211 is highly recommended in order to be able to count more than one class towards a Spanish minor or major.

We will help place you in appropriate classes in Alcalá based on your Spanish-language ability. Several English-language courses are offered, but students must take at least two units of Spanish at the 200- and/or 300-levels.

The course schedule at the UAH Instituto Franklin offers a wide variety of options. Topics courses are offered in a variety of subjects including the arts, politics, international relations, business, film, medical Spanish, and literature.

Students interested in earning credit for community-engaged learning activities — SPA 223 Experiential Learning — may work together with faculty director Isabel Kentengian ( to organize that half-unit course. In addition, the course she will offer in Alcalá, Immigration in Spain, incorporates community engaged learning and can be taken at either the 200 or 300 level.

Where is Alcalá de Henares?


Students will immerse in Spanish culture in Alcalá, a medieval town with modern amenities, half an hour northeast of Madrid. (Trains depart every 15-30 minutes.)

With a population of over 200,000, but a small-town atmosphere, Alcalá offers a rich cultural and social life and ample opportunities to speak Spanish, enabling immersion in the daily life of this historic university city.

Homestays will provide a chance to learn about Spain and its people from a very personal perspective. These families will serve as an anchor for students as they explore the country and its culture.

Many excursions are built into TCNJ tuition and fees, including a four-day excursion that students will help plan as part of their pre-departure activities. UAH Instituto Franklin organizes multiple excursions to Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, and other towns in the capital region on Fridays. Using Madrid as a transportation hub, TCNJ students will be able to reach any destination in the country as well as Portugal, France, Morocco, and beyond. With no classes on Fridays, there is plenty of time for independent long weekend travel or other activities.

Why a semester in Spain with TCNJ?

In addition to the great location and travel opportunities, there are many benefits to choosing TCNJ Spain:

  • All financial aid and scholarships will follow students to TCNJ Spain (There are no financial aid restrictions.)! Students will earn four units compared to three in other programs.
  • The TCNJ faculty director, Isabel Kentengian (, will be present throughout the semester as your advocate, and to assist with community-engaged learning course opportunities.

Calle-Mayor-de-Alcala-de-Henares-a23634078Students will be enrolled as full-time students at TCNJ and will have one class – INTL 350 – in their PAWS accounts as evidence of full-time registration. Specific courses will be placed on the students’ accounts after the completion of the program.

Instituto Franklin

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The “Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Norteamericanos Benjamin Franklin” is a center of the Universidad de Alcalá (Instituto Franklin – UAH) founded in 1987 and focused upon research related to North America. The institute enjoys official recognition as a “University Research Institute” and was the first such research institute at UAH (and the only one in Spain) dedicated solely to North American Studies. As a research institute, Instituto Franklin has been authorized to teach official graduate courses at the master’s and doctoral levels as well as participate in research project calls and scholarship.

Since 1987, the Institute has focused on developing new approaches to institutional collaboration between Spain and North America through specific initiatives based mainly on sponsoring research projects, organizing international meetings and conferences, and developing academic programs for American students.

Learn more about the Instituto Franklin here!

Cultural Program

universidad_alcala_t2800981Students in the TCNJ Spain program will help plan a four-day excursion to locations of their choice as part of their pre-departure orientation activities, but the Instituto Franklin slate of excursions and field trips will not disappoint anyone.

Click here to access the Instituto Franklin’s list of excursions for students enrolled in semester-long programs!

Highlights include multiple trips to Madrid, excursions to Toledo, Segovia, and the Cervantes Route, and day-trips to many cultural, political, and commercial institutions in the greater Madrid area.

Program Dates

2016 Dates:

  • Departure from USA: January 10/Arrival and Pick Up in Spain: January 11
  • Departure from Spain: April 29
  • No Classes: January 26 (St. Thomas’ Day)
  • Easter Week March 21 to 28

Click here for more details about the program schedule (including information about the three-day program orientation schedule).

Program Costs

Student in the TCNJ Spain program will be billed for TCNJ tuition, room, and board at the current rates. Students in homestays will receive three meals per day plus weekly laundry service.

  • A note about housing: The housing questionnaire from the Instituto Franklin is quite extensive, which means that no stone is left unturned in the placement of students with appropriate families.  That said, homestays are often tricky…it’s good to have a strategy to make the most out of the homestay experience.  We suggest that students take a look at this article from for hints on how to make a homestay a great time in one’s life.

TCNJ students receiving financial aid and scholarships will continue to receive this assistance as if they were on campus.


Go to – the specific program page is where students begin their applications.


Contact the CGE at or 609-771-2596.