Program Information-Study Abroad Spring 2017

Link for Franklin Institute Application for spring 2017:  FRANKLIN INSTITUTE (UAH) APPLICATION FORM

Application Due Date:  October 15, 2016.  Contact your college’s International Office to start the application process by this date.

The theme for the CTSS program of study is International Studies. Courses from a variety of academic disciplines are offered that relate to this theme.

Information on application procedures, courses, and the calendar for the CTSS program of study for spring 2017 is available now.

If you have any questions, please contact the Study Abroad office at your institution. Because this program is less than 90 days, U.S. students are not required to obtain a Spanish Student Visa. If students decide to stay beyond 90 days, however, students will need to apply–prior to departure–for a Student Visa through their regional Spanish Consulate.



2017 Calendar CTSS Academic Session

  • January 10: Arrival & Airport Pickup
  • January 11: Mandatory Orientation
  • January 12: Classes Begin (First Block & 12-week Introduction to Spain)
  • January 13: tour of Madrid
    • There are no classes on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays


–> Click on links below to tentative course syllabi

All students participate in the (Jan. 12-Mar. 17) course: Introduction to Spain


First Block (Jan. 12-Feb. 8) Students choose one of the following 3 courses (about 2.5 hours/day Mon-Thurs):

  • Transatlantic Security Relations After The End Of The Cold War (International Relations) Instructor: Andrzej Podraza, Catholic University of Lublin (Poland)
  • Cross Cultural Psychology (Psychology) Instructor: Michael Havey, Eastern Illinois University (USA)
  • Creative Thinking for a Better World (Career and Technology Education) Instructor: Michelle Micheal, University of Central Missouri (USA)

Second Block (Feb. 9-March 8) Students choose one of the following 3 courses (about 2.5 hours/day Mon-Thurs):

  • Democracy & Democratization in the 21st Century: Progress & Problems (Political Science) Instructor: Daniel Silander, Linnaeus University (Sweden)
  • Police Decision Making (Criminal Justice) Instructor: Michael Hulderman, Missouri Southern State University (USA)
  • In Search of the Duende: The American Writer in Spain Instructor: Jenny Molberg, University of Central Missouri (USA)

Third Block (March 9-April 5) Students choose one of the following 3 courses (about 2.5 hours/day Mon-Thurs):

  • Comparative Law (Political Science) Instructor: James Staab, University of Central Missouri (USA)
  • Social Theory (Sociology) Instructor: Alice Oleson, University of Dubuque (USA)
  • Cultural Literacy: A Transformative Approach (Educational Foundations & Literacy) Instructors: Dawna Lisa Butterfield and Ann Powell-Brown, University of Central Missouri (USA)


  • Depart April 6



Service Learning Project: Students may also participate in a for-credit Service Learning project as part of the CTSS Alcala Study Abroad program. International Center staff at the Instituto Franklin (Universidad de Alcala) will work to find a project that meets your personal and academic interests and goals. There is an additional cost for participating in the Service Learning component. (See   below.)

Full Term-Spanish Language Courses: Students interested in taking Spanish language courses or other elective courses at the University of Alcala (taught in Spanish) may do so as well. If you wish to enroll in any of these courses, you will be required to stay for the full semester and obtain a Spanish Student Visa. Spanish language courses are available at the Beginning through Advanced Levels. Please visit with your campus’s Study Abroad Adviser to see list of available courses, dates, and times.



Each Consortium Member institution has its own Study Abroad office and application process and criteria. So, please meet with the Study Abroad staff on your home campus to learn more about this program and application deadlines. After you apply through your home institution, you will need to submit additional materials—medical information, flight itinerary and passport information, a housing questionnaire, and a program registration form—to the Universidad de Alcala. You may get these documents from the Study Abroad Office on your home university.

Students from Non-Member Institutions: If your university is not a member of the CTSS, please contact Prof. Don Wallace at the University of Central Missouri for information on how to apply.



Some program costs may vary, and each university may have its own policies and provisions for internal application fees, home university tuition, other associated fees and inclusions, and application of financial aid. The costs below reflect only those program costs in Alcalá.

  • Program Fee:4,753€  (about $5,300)
  • Should a student choose to stay for only one block or for only two continuous blocks, the fee for each block is 1,989€.

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airport pickup (if you arrive on published date)
  • Accommodations (meals & lodging & laundry) with host family/ 2 students per family
  • On-site support from Institute
  • International Center Staff Orientation (from your university)
  • Field trips
  • Insurance
  • Administrative costs
  • Spanish Culture course tuition
  • Access to library and computer lab facilities on campus
  • Onsite orientation
  • Medical Insurance

Additional Costs: 

  • Bus transportation in Alcalá: 150€ (about $180)
  • Extra-curricular travel (if you wish to travel around Spain or other destinations)
  • Airfare between USA and Madrid-Barajas airport: $1000-$1500 (approx)
  • Books and class supplies: 120€ (about $144)
  • Passport
  • Tuition through the student’s university (Policies of individual universities on tuition requirements for study abroad programs do vary considerably.)

Financial Aid & Scholarships:

  • CTSS does not provide scholarship assistance.
  • Please visit with your home institution’s Study Abroad Office advisor to discuss scholarships and whether your current financial aid packet may apply to this program.

*Students wishing to stay in Alcalá after the end of the Third Block are not guaranteed housing and may be subject to additional charges and fees for services beyond that date.

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