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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:

The TCNJ Center for Global Engagement and the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, have established a Spring semester only-study abroad program for TCNJ students. 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.


Upcoming Information session

When: Thursday May 2, 2019; 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Bliss Hall 148 - GPC Annex (map)


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

The Spring 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.

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 SPA 203 (Intermediate Oral Proficiency).

This is a TCNJ-sponsored Spring semester program, and we are offering TCNJ credit in Alcalá.  The Spring 2020 site director, Dr. Agustin Otero, Associate Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures (, will teach some 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 course schedule (see the Spring 2019 schedule here) 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.

Spring 2020 TBD- Last Spring 2019 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.

Taught in Spanish Taught in English
SPA203 Intermediate Spanish WLC270 Introduction to Spain
SPA203 Traditions of Spain: Oral Communication *The Spanish Educ System: Immersion Experience
SPA218 Business Spanish *Analysis of the Econ Rels Bet Spain & the US
SPA219 Spanish for Health Care Professionals *International Marketing
SPA223 Social Immersion Through Community Service (.5 unit) *Business Finance
SPA241 Introduction to Literary Analysis *Intercultural Communication
SPA 270 Uncovering Spanish Culture & Navigating Cultural Differences- Taught by Isabel Kentengian, TCNJ Instructor of Spanish  
SPA 270 Composition & Conversation: Spain through the Media  
SPA270 Global Dimension of European Soccer  
SPA 270 Introduction to Tourism: Destination Spain  
SPA270 Phonetics and Oral Spanish  
SPA270 Introduction to Spanish Literature: The Masterpieces  
*SPA 270 Understanding Europe: Present and Future of the European Union  
* SPA 270 Health & Society: A Global Perspective  
*SPA270 Globalization & the Spanish Econ  
*WLC270 Understanding Europe: Present & Future of European Union  
*SPA270/SPA370 The Andalusian Legacy  
SPA 370 A Field Methods Approach to Uncovering Cultural Patterns- Taught by Isabel Kentengian, TCNJ Instructor of Spanish    
SPA370 Spanish Culture and Civilization  
*SPA370 Contemporary Spain Through Films  
SPA370 History of Spanish Painting: the Great Masters  
SPA370 Translation in a Bilingual Context  
SPA370 Cervantes-Adventures of Don Quixote

Courses indicated with an asterisk (*) may earn TCNJ equivalency in other departments. 


Student Life

Home-stays 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 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.

Want more information? Have questions? Interested in applying?

Set up an advising appointment with this program's advisor or contact CGE at or 609-771-2596.

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