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TCNJ Spain - Alcalá de Henares (hosted by the Instituto Franklin at Universidad de Alcalá)
Alcala, Spain (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Spring
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Program Advisor: Jennifer Margherito Program Options: Academic Coursework
Areas of Study: Art History, History, Interactive Multimedia, Interdisciplinary Business, International Studies, Political Science, Spanish Program Type: Study Center
Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Minimum GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing Options: Homestay
Program Description:
Program Description:

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

TCNJ Spain – Spring Semester Only

The Spring 2018 program will focus on Spanish language acquisition and the perfecting of one’s spoken and written Spanish.  There are several courses in English available, but students will need to take at least two units of coursework in Spanish at the 200- and/or 300-levels. Applicants must meet TCNJ requirements for study abroad, and two faculty members must write letters of recommendation to support applications.

Required pre-requisites:
  • Spanish majors and minors: SPA 203 or 210 and SPA 211
  • Others: Mimimum of SPA 103. With this course, students are able to take two Spanish courses while in Alcalá: SPA 203 (Intermediate Oral Proficiency) and SPA 211 (Composition and Grammar Review).
Courses in Spanish, Business, Humanities (including Art History), and Social Sciences

Program Director: Dr. Deborah Compte, Ph.D., Professor of Spanish, Department of World Languages and Cultures (

Where is Alcalá de Henares?
Alcalá de Henares, “la ciudad del saber,” is a city of over 200,000 people in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, approximately twenty miles northeast of the Spanish capital.  ”Alcalá” is an Arabic word meaning “fortress” or “citadel,” and the Henares River differentiates this “Alcalá” from several others located throughout the country.

Higher education has been a major feature of the city since the late 13th century, when the Universidad Complutense was founded.  The medieval city center and the university campus take students to an entirely different historic era.  The Complutense moved to Madrid in the 19th century, and the Universidad de Alcalá is actually a very modern institution, founded in 1979.  Students benefit from cutting-edge language education (Alcalingua, a major publisher of language textbooks, is based in the city) and a charming architectural backdrop as they study castellano.

Academic Program
This is a TCNJ-sponsored Spring semester program, and we are offering TCNJ credit in Alcalá.  The Spring 2017 site director, Dr. Deborah Compte, will teach two classes, work together with the Universidad de Alcalá faculty and support students during their time in Spain.  All students will have their oral proficiency measured before departure to help place them in appropriate classes in Spain.

Students must take four courses, each worth one TCNJ unit (four credits). The Spring 2017 course schedule at the Instituto Franklin offers a wide variety of options – practically the entire TCNJ curriculum in Spanish is available, thus allowing students the opportunity to combine courses that might not be offered at TCNJ at the same time in a given semester.  Quite a few topics courses are also on offer, as is a course focusing on Spanish theatre – acting in Spanish as well as studying plays and playwrights!  We hope that students will find at least one course that opens up an entirely new learning opportunity – one that might not be open to them in New Jersey.  The list of courses in the academic program will be updated as frequently as possible to allow students to plan their study abroad semesters.  Students interested in earning credit for service-learning/volunteering activities – SPA 223 Experiential Learning.

Tentative List of Spring 2018 Courses:
The following courses are listed with a TCNJ course number.  The Department Chair still must approve of the relevant coursework even though it has a TCNJ course listing.  These classes are tentative and subject to change. Please see Instituto Franklin's course listings for further information.
  • SPA203 Intermediate Spanish
  • SPA203 Traditions of Spain: Oral Communication
  • SPA211 Writing Skills in Spanish
  • SPA270 Comp/Conv: Spain through the Media
  • SPA218 Business Spanish
  • SPA219 Spanish for Health Care Professionals
  • SPA223 Social Immersion Through Community Service (.5 unit)
  • SPA241 Introduction to Literary Analysis
  • SPA270 Analysis of the Econ Relations Spain/US
  • SPA270 Global Dimension of European Soccer
  • SPA270 Phonetics and Oral Spanish
  • SPA270 Contemporary Spain: 20th & 21st Cent
  • SPA270 Introduction to Spanish Literature
  • SPA 270 Topics:-TBA. Taught by Deborah Compte, TCNJ Professor of Spanish
  • *SPA270 Intl Business: Communication & Culture
  • *SPA270 Globalization & the Spanish Econ
  • *WLC270 Understanding Europe: Present & Future of European Union
  • SPA270/SPA370 The Andalusian Legacy
  • SPA370 Spanish Culture and Civilization
  • *SPA370 Spain in Images-Span Society on Film
  • SPA370 History of Spanish Painting: the Great Masters
  • SPA370 Translation in a Bilingual Context
  • SPA 302 Advanced Oral Proficiency – Taught by Deborah Compte, TCNJ Professor of Spanish
  • SPA370 Cervantes-Adventures of Don Quixote
  • SPA370 The Cervantes Award in Literature

Taught in English:
WLC270 Introduction to Spain
*Principles of Management
*Principles of Marketing
*Business Finance
*Health Communication
*Intercultural Communication
*Non-Verbal Communication

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