International Studies in Madrid: 90-day Program

General

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Program Description

The International Studies Program is an undergraduate program offered by the Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship (CTSS) in collaboration with Instituto Franklin-UAH.

The program’s aim is to promote knowledge and understanding of the historical, cultural, political, economic and social relations between both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It has a comprehensive international nature since it involves professors and students from different universities around the world. All courses explore specific topics from an international perspective. In addition, classes take place in Spain, so participants can have a unique experience of in-depth immersion into the country’s customs, traditions, language, and culture.

The program offers 3 courses per block, out of which the student chooses one of each block. All students will also be enrolled in an “Introduction to Spain” course. They are taught in English and the whole program has a duration of about three months. As it is a short term program that lasts less than 90 days, there generally is no need to obtain a student visa. However, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he/she does not need a student visa to participate in the program.

The Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship includes the following universities:

  • Ball State University (USA)
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania (USA)
  • Curry College (EE.UU.)
  • Durham College (Canada)
  • East China University of Political Science and Law (China)
  • Keuka College (USA)
  • Linnaeus University (Sweden)
  • Texas State University (USA)
  • The City College of New York (USA)
  • Tomsk University (Russia)
  • Universidad de Alcalá (Spain)
  • University of Central Missouri (USA)
  • University of Dubuque (USA)
  • University of South Wales (United Kingdom)
  • University of South Dakota (USA)
  • Western Carolina University (USA)
  • Whittier College (EE.UU.)

The mission of the CTSS is to promote specialized research and multidisciplinary discussion from a transatlantic perspective. The academic program is offered only in the spring. This is due to the research conducted by professors from the different institutions of the Consortium, which offers challenging and interesting perspectives on current international issues.

The CTSS, in collaboration with Instituto Franklin-UAH, organizes an annual international conference to promote research, dialogue, and debate in these areas, and to explore new trends and challenges in the area of Transatlantic Studies. The conference takes place in the fall.

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Courses

The International Studies program offers a diverse selection of comparative and interdisciplinary courses in the field of Social Sciences.

Students will be enrolled in a total of 4 courses taught in English. Each course is 45 hours and is worth 3 US credits. All courses offer a theoretical and practical component, including visits to local, national or international institutions, government offices or associations relevant to the specific topic of the study.

It is a short term program that lasts less than 90 days, there is, therefore, no need to obtain a student visa. However, it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he/she does not need a student visa to participate in the program. Students who wish to complete a full term may enroll in an additional course from the Study Abroad in Spain Program at Instituto Franklin-UAH. In this case, students will be required to apply for a student visa.

Academic Offer Spring 2021

Mandatory Course: January 11th - April 8th, 2021

This course is mandatory for all students.

Course: Introduction to Spain

Students will choose 1 course from each block:

First Block: January 13th - February 4th, 2021

  • Serial Murderers: A Global Perspective, Dr. Michael Hulderman, Missouri Southern State University
  • The Transatlantic African Diaspora & Spanish Nexus, Dr. Delia Gillis, University of Central Missouri
  • Luis Muñoz Marín and the Foundation of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 1952, Dr. Neysa Rodríguez Deynes, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerta Rico-Ponce

Second Block: February 8th – March 3rd, 2021

  • "Reacting" to Early America, Dr. Sara Sundberg, University of Central Missouri
  • Intercultural Communication, Dr. Christine Pease-Hernandez, Slippery Rock University

Third Block: March 8th – April 8th, 2021

  • Male Violence Against Women, Dr. Courtney Crittenden, University of Tennesse at Chattanooga
  • Crimes Against Humanity/Genocide, Dr. Benjamin Gibbs, Ball State University
  • Black Arts Movement, Dr. Jantae Spencer, Wilbur Wright College

Study Abroad in Spain Program: January 11th – April 29th, 2021

Students who wish to complete a full term may register for an additional course in the Study Abroad in Spain program at Instituto Franklin-UAH.

Students must obtain a student visa for this purpose and remain in the program until completion.

How to Apply

Admission requirements:

  • To be a university student.
  • It is highly recommended that students have a basic command of the Spanish Language.
  • Students must be in good academic standing.
  • Health insurance is required to participate in the program.

Important Information

  • In order to guarantee the transfer of academic credits to your home institution, it is required that students get their course load approved by their academic advisor prior to the beginning of the program.
  • Students who wish to complete a full term may register for an additional course in the Study Abroad in Spain program at Instituto Franklin-UAH.
  • A student visa may be required to be obtained depending on the country of origin or the duration of your stay. It is highly recommended that you check with your local Spanish Embassy or Consulate about the visa requirements, prior to applying to the program.

If you are a student registered at a university belonging to the CTSS, you can ask for information at the International Studies Office of your institution.

If you are a student at a university that is not associated with the CTSS, you can register directly at Instituto Franklin-UAH.

Cost of the Program

Cost: €5,280 – (4 courses, 12 US credits)

Students who wish to stay for the entire semester, please contact Priscilla Ramos (priscilla.ramos@institutofranklin.net).

The cost of the program includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing with families (including three meals a day and laundry)
  • Health insurance
  • Access to the facilities of the UAH
  • Academic transcript and certificate of participation
  • Cultural visits
  • Orientation Program
  • Airport pick-up (date set by Instituto Franklin-UAH)

Financial aid and scholarships:

Check with your university about the possibility of requesting aid for study abroad.

Student testimonials

"The International Studies Program is a beneficial experience. You get to learn from professors from all over the world. If I were back in Canada, I would be learning the material from only a Canadian perspective, whereas here you get an international perspective with American, Canadian, and Spanish professors. I really like being in Alcalá because I feel safe, ina welcoming community that has a lot of international students in the area." Kailey Thurgood, Durham College, 2019

"For my future career and law school, this program has given me the opportunity to develop skills-independence, knowledge of anew culture, and experiencing law from an international perspective. You are not just learning from books, you actually get to live it. You get to live with a host family, meet new international friends, have professors from different countries - and all of that you can put into use at law school." Natalie Aguilar, St. Mary’s University, 2019

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