Pitt in Spain - July Session

The small, cobblestone streets of Alcala de Henares are only 30 minutes away from Madrid but will transport you back to a different time.  Pitt in Spain offers you the chance to live and study in this historic city while improving your Spanish skills.  The atmosphere of the small and manageable city combined with your Spanish host family will leave you feeling like a true Spaniard by the time your program is over.  
Courses are hosted at the Franklin Institute of the University of Alcala, one of the oldest universities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  With the option of participating in the June, July, or both sessions, you can earn up to 12 credits toward a Spanish major, minor, or European Studies certificate.
The Pre-Departure Meeting for this program will be on TBD. 

Along with the University of Alcala, the Old Town of Alcala de Henares is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its beautifully preserved buildings from the 15th to 18th century.  The town is also historically significant as the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes.
Wander the streets of this beautiful town or take a quick train ride to Madrid.  Either way, you will experience Spain in an intimate and meaningful way.

Where You'll Live

Spanish host families will offer the chance to not only learn about Spanish culture but to immerse yourself in the language and improve your skills.  All host families are in safe areas, include three meals per day, and weekly laundry service. You may share your room with another student. The Franklin Institute is responsible for conducting thorough background checks of all host family placements.
Keep in mind that living with host families can present challenges if you follow a special diet (vegetarian, vegan, Kosher, Halal, etc.).  Get in touch with Gisselle before applying to the program if you'd like to discuss this more in depth. 
If there are a large number of students participating in the Pitt in Alcala program with a few host families some students may need to live in the dormitories of the Universidad de Alcala. The dorms are a five-minute walk from the university. The dormitories include three meals per day, 24/7 security, bedding, laundry facilities, weekly cultural activities, and a gym which students have access to. Laundry services are an additional cost. For more information please contact Gisselle

What You'll Study


  • SPAN 0004: Espanol Avanzado
  • SPAN 1300: Fonetica y Espanol Oral
  • SPAN 1323 : Traducción médica (Medical Translation)



  • SPAN 0025: Tradiciones de Espana: Comunicacion Oral
  • SPAN 1306: Composicion Conversacion: España a Traves de los Medios
  • SPAN 1600: Literatura Española Contemporanea
  • SPAN 1603: Civilizacion y Cultura Espanola
  • SPAN 1323: Español Para Profesionales de la Salud
  • SPAN 1603: España en Imagenes: La Sociedad Española a Traves Del Cine

The selection of specific courses will be pending passing the language placement test administered at the Instituto Franklin at the University of Alcala.

Advanced Spanish (SPAN0004)
Spanish for Health Professionals (SPAN1323)
Fonética y Español Oral (SPAN1300)
Spain in Images: Spanish Culture through Cinema (SPAN1603)
Medical Translation (SPAN1323)
Tradiciones de España: Comunicación Oral (SPAN0025)
Composición Conversación: España a Través de los Medios (SPAN1306)
Literatura Española Contemporanea (SPAN1600)
Experiential Learning Description

SPAN 1323: Español Para Profesionales de Salud includes field placement in a local hospital. 

The Franklin Institute has an experienced staff of professionals that will serve as your on-the-ground guides and resources! 

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Gisselle Arce

Oi gente! I'm Gisselle Arce and I'm the Resource Area Advisor at the Study Abroad Office. While in undergrad at Ramapo College of New Jersey, I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain focusing on Spanish civilization and language. Shortly after graduating I worked in Chile as an Assistant English Teacher, came back for graduate school, and once again returned to Spain during graduate school for an internship. When I am not at work I enjoy cooking, kickboxing, and watching a soccer game. Feel free to contact me at gissellearce@pitt.edu or 412-648-7413 to find out more about our study abroad programs at Pitt.


  In-State Students Out-of-State Students

Total Estimated Cost of Program
(Includes items billed by Pitt and additional expenses)

$4,549 $4,749

Items Billed by Pitt

Tuition $ $
Program Fee $ $
Study Abroad Fee $300 $300
Total Billed by Pitt $4,549 $4,749

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,300
Optional Day/Overnight Excursions Price Varies
Personal Expenses $1,500 - $2,000
**Criminal Background Check $20 - $50


What's Included

As a part of your Pitt in Spain fee, the follow are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 6 credits (Single Session, 12 credit both sessions)
  • Housing with a host family
  • Three meals per day
  • Arrival and Departure Events
  • Travel Health Insurance
  • Excursions

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Airfare (~$1300)
  • Medical and **Criminial Background check (Price varies)
  • Optional day and overnight excursions (Price varies)
  • Personal expenses (~$1,500-$2,000)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.
** A criminal background check will be required for students who want to participate in the Español Para Profesionales de Salud field placement in a local hospital.

What Else You Need to Know
  • You must be enrolled in or have completed at least SPAN 0004 to participate in the program. 
  • You will take a language placement test upon your arrival. The results of the exam will determine if you are eligible to take the courses you have listed as your primary choice. 
  • **If you have registered for Español Para Profesionales de Salud you will need to submit a medical report and background check to the Instituto Franklin.