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  • Locations: Alcalá de Henares, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Homestay Minimum GPA: 2.5
Academic Area: Art & Design, English, Humanities & Social Science, Management & Sports Management, Other Class Eligibility: 2. Sophomore
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program Description:

Summer Language + Culture


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Program Overview

Say hello to Alcalá, a small Spanish city located in the heart of Spain. From its 16th-century buildings that house UNESCO World Heritage site Universidad de Alcalá to the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes (who penned "Don Quixote"), Alcalá oozes history and culture, making it a wonderful place to study abroad.

Bring your advanced Spanish language skills to Alcalá, where you'll take courses in literature, art history, phonetics, medical Spanish, history, and more - all delivered in fluent Spanish. Local instructors will teach your lessons in CIEE's partner school, Universidad de Alcalá, in intentionally small classes to polish your Spanish and give you in-depth insight into Spain's rich history and culture. Outside the classroom, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Magisterial Cathedral, eat your fill of tapas, and see Spain's largest urban colony of storks that live atop numerous classical buildings around Alcalá's main square.

Unique Experiences


in this UNESCO World Heritage City and birthplace of literary great Miguel de Cervantes


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


by taking courses taught in Spanish that include multiple co-curricular visits

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Featured Excursion

Venture into Madrid, Spain’s capital city, for a guided walking tour of the Moncloa district and West Park, where you learn about the history of the Spanish Civil War and the antifascist resistance under the Franco Dictatorship. Discover the war-torn building remnants still standing from the front lines of the Civil War in the 1930s, as well as the role of US citizens in the battles and the imperialist style of Francoist architecture from the postwar reconstruction era. Students enjoy a magnificent view of the city from the Madrid Faro tower and explore the nearby university campus area.


Language Immersion

  • By agreeing to speak Spanish during the program, 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.

What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • One-week orientation – an introduction to Chinese 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!

GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.

Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.

Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.

Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.

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  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included


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This program is currently not accepting applications.