Pitt in Spain - June 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 Friday, February 1, 2019. 

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 1323: Español de los Negocios (Business Spanish)
  • SPAN 1310: Traduccion en un contexto bilingue (Translation in a bilingual context)
  • SPAN 1603: Civilizacion y cultural español (Spanish Civilization and Culture)
  • SPAN 1601: Cervantes: Las Aventuras de Don Quijote



  • SPAN 1603: Espana en Imagenes: La Sociedad Espanola a Traves del Cine (Spain in Images: Spanish Culture through Cinema)
  • SPAN 0004: Espanol Avanzado (Advanced Spanish)
  • SPAN 1323: Espanol para Profesionales de la Salud (Spanish for Health Professionals)
  • SPAN 0025: Tradiciones de Espana: Comunicacion Oral
  • SPAN 1603: Grandes Obras de la Literatura Español a través del Cine (Spanish Literature Through Cinema)

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

Spain in Images: Spanish Culture through Cinema (SPAN1603)
Advanced Spanish (SPAN0004)
Español Para Profesionales de la Salud (SPAN1323)
Tradiciones de España: Comunicación Oral (SPAN0025)
Spanish Literature Through Cinema (SPAN1603)
Business Spanish (SPAN1321)
Translation in a Bilingual Context (SPAN1310)
Spanish Civilization and Culture (SPAN1603)
Cervantes: Las Aventuras de Don Quijote (SPAN1601)
Experiential Learning Description

SPAN 1323: Espanol Para Profesionales de Salud includes a 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 Student

Out of State Student

Study Abroad Admin Fee



Estimated Cost of Program 2019**
(Summer 2020 Coming Soon)



Estimated Additional Expenses


$ 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
  • Housing with a host family
    • In the event of limited host families students will be placed in single/double occupency dorms
  • 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)
  • Optional day and overnight excursions (Price varies)
  • Medical and Criminal Background check (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.

When You'll Go

Coming Soon

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.