Arizona in Alcalá de Henares - Semester

Arizona in Alcalá de Henares - Semester
Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SpringOctober 15early Januarylate AprilBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • Spanish
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Located only 35km northeast of Madrid, Alcalá de Henares has a student population of 17,000 and offers theaters, shopping, concerts, and an active nightlife. Study on this program and you will be in the same place that Spanish literary heroes Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Nebrija, Juan de la Cruz, and Quevedo studied and taught.

Please note this program requires a visa.  Due to visa application processing times, the deadline to submit an application to study abroad through Arizona in Alcalá during the Spring 2019 semester is October 15, 2018.


Tentative Spring 2019 dates: January 9 - April 26

Please do not buy your airline tickets until you have received instructions from UA Study Abroad.

Students can enroll for 12 units of direct UA credit in the following courses: 
*Completion of SPAN 251 is required for this program

SPAN 325: Intermediate Grammar and Writing
SPAN 330: Intermediate Conversation
SPAN 340: Phonetics
SPAN 350: Readings in the Literary Genres
SPAN 371A: Spanish for Business and Economics
SPAN 400: Survey of Spanish Literature
SPAN 401: Survey of Latin American Literature
SPAN 425: Advanced Grammar and Composition
SPAN 430: Spanish Civilization
SPAN 435: Cervantes
SPAN 449A: Topics in Hispanic Literature 
SPAN 450: Conversation and Writing Skills
SPAN 452: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics
SPAN 480: Service Learning
**Course offerings subject to enrollment


Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Alcalá de Henares is the birthplace of Cervantes, the epitome of Spanish and Modern Literature. Many other masters of Spanish Literature such as Lope de Vega, Nebrija, Juan de la Cruz and Quevedo studied and taught here. It is a historic city, dating back to the Roman city of Complutum. It was later named Alcalá, or "fortress", by the Arabs whose wall still stands. The 16th century churches have turned into restaurants, and the 17th century convents now house the Law School and College of Economics. 

With a population of 170,000 people, Alcalá is very comfortable, safe, and walkable city. Living in Alcalá’s pleasant surroundings, with the school just a short walk from your accommodations, allows for a relaxing daily schedule. The friendly and peaceful atmosphere of the city, its beautiful Spanish Renaissance architecture, and the hospitality of the local Alcalaínos create the perfect environment for immersing yourself in the Spanish language and culture.

Alacalá is located in the center of Spain, a short distance from the great metropolitan capital, Madrid. With easy access to bus, train and airplanes, the location offers the opportunity to travel and experience more of this great country.


Participating in the the Alcalá de Henares program provides a perfect opportunity to practice and expand on one's Spanish language skills. Living in with a local family, or homestay, provides not only language practice, but a true immersion into the life and culture of the Spanish people. Additionally, you can expect many of your meals to be prepared by la Señora de la casa. 

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