Alcala de Henares, Spain

Summer Language + Culture

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Information for term Summer Language + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 3 – 28, 2019 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 semester hours / 9 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 1 – 30, 2019 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 semester hours / 9 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 3 – Jul 30, 2019 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 semester hours / 9 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Bring your advanced Spanish language skills to the small city of Alcalá, located in the heart of Spain. From 16th century buildings that house Universidad de Alcalá, to the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes who penned Don Quixote, Alcalá oozes with history and culture - making it a wonderful place to advance your academics. Take courses in Spanish, across a range of academic areas, at our partner school, Universidad de Alcalá. Small class-sizes combined with co-curricular activities and a local homestay will advance your Spanish skills and give you in-depth insight into the region’s history and culture.

Unique Experiences

  • Explore historical treasures

    in nearby Cuenca, Segovia, and Toledo

  • Stay with a Spanish family

    at their Alcalá home – and soak up the language as you live like a local.

  • Take an overnight trip to Asturias-Cantabria

    or Valencia to get a sense of Spain’s fabulous geographical and cultural diversity.

  • white storks return to nest annually on the city’s rooftops

    180
  • date Universidad de Alcalá was founded

    1499
  • miles from Madrid

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Location & Culture

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Like the city’s famous white storks, you’ll be tempted to return every year. The University’s two campuses influence much of the city and draws many international students to its centuries-old buildings. Medieval at its core, the well-preserved city center includes Moorish, Jewish, and Christian quarters, and is dotted with historical significance. Small wonder the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rail and bus lines give easy access to other regions, and of course, nearby Madrid.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Put your coursework in context with visits to museums and cultural sites.
  • Explore beyond the city with one-day trips to provincial highlights.
  • Discover the diversity of Spanish cities, with overnight visits to Cuenca or Valencia.

LANGUAGE IMMERSION

  • By agreeing to speak Spanish at all times, your language proficiency will progress rapidly.
  • Meals with your homestay are an ideal time to practice new vocabulary.
  • With all classes in Spanish, you’ll benefit from full immersion, every day.

Daily Life

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  • Homestays

    Live with a Spanish-speaking family and immerse yourself in the local language and culture. Homestay families are nearby the Instituto Benjamin Franklin at Universidad de Alcalá where CIEE students take classes.

  • MEALS

    All meals are provided at your homestay.

    Getting Around - Students use the public bus or train to visit Madrid, about a 35-minute ride.

Alcala de Henares, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    INSTITUTO BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AT THE UNIVERSIDAD DE ALACALA

    The Institute’s home is a renovated 17th century convent that’s both modern and beautiful.

What People are Saying

  • I was very fortunate to be paired up with a wonderful host family. I'm so grateful for all their generosity and patience with me during this experience.

    Caeli, Indiana University, Summer 16

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

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.

Universidad de Alcalá is one of the longest standing European universities, dating back to 1293, and is located minutes away from the heart of the city. Courses are held in Instituto Benjamin Franklin, a renovated 17th century convent that’s both modern and beautiful.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Small classes of five to 25 students from U.S. colleges and universities allow for personal attention and interaction.

  • GRADING

    Students are graded based on results of quizzes, exams, oral presentations, homework assignments, and class participation, much like in the U.S.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Classes are held Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, students participate in class activities, excursions, and field trips to supplement what they learn in class. Attendance is required.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA - 2.5

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    • 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent
    • 3.0 GPA in most recently completed Spanish class

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Per session: 6 semester/9 quarter hours
  • Course Credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, 45 contact hours each

Students enroll in two classes per session at the Instituto Benjamin Franklin at the Universidad de Alcala; courses are offered in Spanish with a broad selection that includes government, film, history, literature, Spanish for healthcare professionals, and more.   

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Summer 2019

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LOCAL UNIVERSITY COURSES:

A final list of Institute courses is available a few months prior to the start of the program. Students should refer to the course registration form in their acceptance materials for a final list of courses.

SESSION I

Advanced Spanish
The course is aimed at students who wish to broaden their communication skills in Spanish. To achieve this goal, new grammatical structures will be introduced and others already acquired by the student will be strengthened. This course requires students to have passed level B (intermediate level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in order for them to be able to learn without difficulty the contents explained in class. The contents of the course will include four skills: speaking, writing, listening, and reading comprehension. Thus, students will acquire greater confidence and independence enabling them to express themselves in Spanish fluently. Cultural and social aspects will also be integrated into the communication process.

Business Spanish
This course is aimed at students who are interested in improving their language skills in a business scenario. The course, its activities, assignments, and assessments have a communicative approach, and real-life and business situations are proposed. It focuses mainly on the acquisition of company-specific terminology, oral expression and communication, written expression in letters, resumes, and other specialized documents, without forgetting the essential elements involved for a correct cultural and linguistic expression.

Cervantes: The Adventures of Don Quixote
This course examines the literary masterpiece of Miguel de Cervantes, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha. It explores the novel’s place in Spanish and world literature, its importance as a model for the novel, and the use of language and the realities it portrays. A previous class in Golden Age Literature is recommended.

Contemporary Spain through Films
Cinema is one of the most popular artistic representations due to its expressive power and narrative ability. Films allow us to gain knowledge of and come closer to the Spanish reality from two perspectives: as a historical document and as an aesthetic expression. In this course, students will learn about the Spanish by filming speech, taking as reference important directors and films in the history of Spanish cinema, including the history of Spain from the Civil War until today.

History of Spanish Painting: The Great Painters
The course provides an overview of Spanish art history from the early days (Cave of Altamira) to the avant-garde of the twentieth century. While the course offers a general panoramic overview, more emphasis is placed on the great masters of painting such as El Greco, Velázquez, Goya and Picasso, whose skills and abilities set the course of pictorial art by turning Spanish painting into the soul of modern art.

Masterpieces of the Spanish Literature through Film
The course is aimed at students who wish to have a comprehensive knowledge of Spanish literature and, more specifically, the Spanish works that have passed from books onto the big screen due to their literary quality and universality. The course uses texts within a literary, historical and sociocultural context and evaluates the aesthetic representation of the work adapted to a modern audience. Students learn to reinterpret and integrate texts of the past while also considering methods of technology and interpretation of the present. Students will identify the essential stylistic features of each author, situate them within a particular period or movement, read excerpts from their most important works and view the film representation of some of them.

Spain and its Gastronomy
Gastronomy reflects the cultural identity of a country. This course evaluates a cultural and gastronomic map of Spain, in order to know and understand its culinary characteristics and variety, and the special role of gastronomy in the Spanish culture and society. Through gastronomy, students will learn historical, cultural and social aspects of Spain. The instructor asks the students to read, discuss, and write about Spanish gastronomy and its cultural impact. They will point out the cultural diversity of the main Spanish communities, the main products of each region, its most outstanding dishes, its history, its regional characteristics and recipes.

Spanish Culture and Civilization
Students gain an ample understanding of Spain’s past and present by understanding contemporary Spain in its geographic and political context. Participants analyze the nation’s intellectual, artistic, social, and human development as manifested in contemporary literature, art, music, folklore, national and regional celebrations, and group and individual activities. The final objective is to help students identify a Spanish cultural spirit in a broad sense.

Spanish for Health Care Professionals
This course is designed for future health professionals (doctors, nurses, medical assists, paramedics’ EMT, administrators, etc.) who need to use Spanish at their workplace. The course has an especially practical approach that includes learning medical terminology, understanding the most commonly used grammatical structures, and learning culture aspects that every health care professional should know. The objectives of this course are to:

Improve students’ ability to communicate in a medical context
Understand the differences between medical terminology in Latin American and Spain
Understand the principle cultural differences between the United States and Spain
Guide the student through the health field in Spain

Traditions of Spain: Oral Communication
This course aims to think about students’ linguistic and cultural needs. The course provides both linguistic and cultural knowledge. To this effect, units follow a linguistic progress that goes from the verb to be; ser / estar / haber; prepositions; reflexive verbs; direct and indirect pronouns; irregular verbs; past perfect / imperfect / indefinite; simple future; the conditional tense and the present subjunctive. These grammar points are studied in a context related to cultural aspects in Spain. Thus, we will see topics such as the parts of the house, giving directions, using public transportation, food, fashion, a doctor’s visit, cultural festivals: Fallas, bulls, Christmas, and Easter among others.

Translations and Interpretation in a Bilingual Context
This course is aimed at students with level B (intermediate CEFR). It is basically a practical course whose main objective is for students to develop and acquire a translation methodology and improve their language skills in Spanish. It is a dynamic and interactive course in which students will translate texts with general and specific subjects using different methods and strategies. Furthermore, we will also start in many aspects of the field of interpretation, from how to speak in public, to consecutive interpreting with note-taking and simultaneous interpretation.

Understanding Europe: Present and Future of the European Union
This course offers students an overview of the European Union, its structure and functioning, analyzing the rights and freedoms of its citizens. The European Union is one of the most important players in the international arena, so special emphasis will be placed on the analysis of current issues, problems and challenges they are faced with as an institution. The first part of the course will consist of an introduction to the study of the European Union from its inception to the present, with particular attention to the entry of Spain and the transformations that occurred at an economic, political, social and legal level. We will also examine the challenges currently facing the European Union, particularly the severe economic and institutional crisis that it is faced within the 21st century.

SESSION II

Advanced Spanish
The course is aimed at students who wish to broaden their communication skills in Spanish. To achieve this goal, new grammatical structures will be introduced and others already acquired by the student will be strengthened. This course requires students to have passed level B (intermediate level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) in order for them to be able to learn without difficulty the contents explained in class. The contents of the course will include four skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension. Thus, students will acquire greater confidence and independence enabling them to express themselves in Spanish fluently. Cultural and social aspects will also be discussed.

Contemporary Spain through Films
Cinema is one of the most popular artistic representations due to its expressive power and narrative ability. Films allow us to gain knowledge of and come closer to the Spanish reality from two perspectives: as a historical document and as an aesthetic expression. In this course, students will learn about the Spanish by filming speech, taking as reference important directors and films in the history of Spanish cinema, including the history of Spain from the Civil War until today.

Contemporary Spanish Literature
This course follows the development of Spanish literature during the 20th century and relates the works to the literary currents that influenced contemporary literature. Students study the essential stylistic features of each Spanish author and situates them in a particular period or movement. The aim is to integrate different art forms into the most recent historical development, in order for students to identify them in the literary texts of each period.

Composition and Conversation: Spain in the Media
The aim of this course is to help students develop communicative competence through grammatical, cultural, and social-linguistic means, as well as through discourse. Class lectures are supplemented with multimedia communication from present-day Spain, including publicity, radio, television, press, and the cinema.

Introduction to Latin American Literature
The course introduces a panoramic overview of the Latin American literature up to the latest trends of the 21st century. It explores the most significant literary movements, contextualizing the life and work of different authors. The readings integrate the different world views of their history and culture of that geographical region, showing the diversity of voices that make up the Latin American Literature.

Introduction to Literary Analysis
Based on analysis of and commentary on major texts of Spanish and Latin American literature, this course emphasizes the practical issues of textual commentary as opposed to the study of critical theory alone. Students work with a literary text and all conclusions must be based on solid references to the text.

Medical Translations
This course is intended for students with an advanced level of Spanish who have specific knowledge of medicine given that medical translation, like any specialized translation, requires specific definitions and terminology. The course will have a theoretical and practical approach. On the one hand, students will approach the figure of the medical translator, they will analyze specific English and Spanish medical texts and they will translate from Spanish into English and from English into Spanish. Moreover, students will be introduced to interpretation and intercultural mediation in a medical context through different exercises.

Spanish Art: Theory and Practice
The course provides an overview of the history of Spanish pictorial art developed from prehistory (Cave of Altamira) to the avant-garde of the 20th century relating it to the cultural coordinates that created it. Students must acquire general knowledge of art styles, their features, and the most representative works. Although the outlook offered tries to have a generalist approach of the three major arts: architecture, sculpture and painting, it places more emphasis on the great artists (such as Velázquez, Goya, Picasso, Dali and Gaudi among others) given that their works influenced the course of art history of Spanish art turning it into one of the most original and richest in Europe.

Spanish Culture and Civilization
Students gain an ample understanding of Spain’s past and present by understanding contemporary Spain in its geographic and political context. Participants analyze the nation’s intellectual, artistic, social, and human development as manifested in contemporary literature, art, music, folklore, national and regional celebrations, and group and individual activities. The final objective is to help students identify a Spanish cultural spirit in a broad sense.

Spanish for Health Care Professionals
This course is designed for future health professionals (doctors, nurses, medical assists, paramedics’ EMT, administrators, etc.) who need to use Spanish at their workplace. The course has an especially practical approach that includes learning medical terminology, understanding the most commonly used grammatical structures, and learning culture aspects that every health care professional should know. The objectives of this course are to:

Improve students’ ability to communicate in a medical context
Understand the differences between medical terminology in Latin American and Spain
Understand the principle cultural differences between the United States and Spain
Guide the student through the health field in Spain

Traditions of Spain: Oral Communication
This course aims to think about students’ linguistic and cultural needs. The course provides both linguistic and cultural knowledge. To this effect, units follow a linguistic progress that goes from the verb to be; ser / estar / haber; prepositions; reflexive verbs; direct and indirect pronouns; irregular verbs; past perfect / imperfect / indefinite; simple future; the conditional tense and the present subjunctive. These grammar points are studied in a context related to cultural aspects in Spain. Students focus on topics such as the parts of the house, giving directions, using public transportation, food, fashion, a doctor’s visit, cultural festivals: Fallas, bull tradition, Christmas, and Easter among others.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Spanish culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees

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Fees & Housing

Summer Session I 2019 4 weeks Jun 3, 2019 Jun 28, 2019
$4,150
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $2,613 **

Housing = $1,070 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,150

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,400

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $565

Total Estimated Costs = $2,165

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Summer Session I and II 2019 8 weeks Jun 3, 2019 Jul 30, 2019
$7,470
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $4,863 **

Housing = $2,140 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,470

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,400

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $1,130

Total Estimated Costs = $2,930

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Summer Session II 2019 4 weeks Jul 1, 2019 Jul 30, 2019
$4,150
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $2,613 **

Housing = $1,070 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,150

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,400

Local Transportation = $100

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $565

Total Estimated Costs = $2,165

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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