Office of International Studies

Study Abroad Exchange Programs

photo of Universidad de AlcalaSpain: Center for Transatlantic Studies


Transatlantic Studies Center is located in Spain at the historical center of Alcalá de Henares, built in the first half of the 17th century as a convent and University College for the Trinitarios Descalzos religious order. Today it is completely renovated and surrounded by gardens and patios conserving its original medieval charm.


Universidad de Alcalá is more than 500 years old.  Founded in 1499 by Cardinal Cisneros, thanks to its five centuries of history it ranks as one of the oldest universities in Europe. Due to the beauty and wealth of its buildings, it was the first university in the world to be declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on December 2nd, 1998. The city of Alcalá de Henares, in which the university lies, is well-known as the birthplace of Cervantes, author of the masterpiece Don Quixote. It combines the best of a medieval and modern town. Additionally, the town is located just 30 km from the center of Madrid.


Academic Year

Fall Semester: September-December
Spring Semester: January-April


Courses range from the social sciences, humanities, fine arts and business and include a comparative, transatlantic approach.  Students will have four mandatory courses (12 credits) each term taught in English by visiting faculty.  They will also be offered the opportunity of choosing a fifth course from the Spanish Studies Program at the Instituto Franklin, taught in Spanish or a regular course from the Universidad de Alcalá. A service learning/volunteering course will also be available.


Students live in houses with single and double rooms, kitchen, living room, TV, and solarium (according to type of residence). The student university residence also includes, mail, fax and message service reception, sports facilities, study room, laundry service, wifi, garbage collection, phone calls within the residential city, water, electricity and gas usage.

The student residence is about 15 minutes by bus from I. Franklin.


Tuition is 4,600 Euros per semester.  Additional, registration fees may apply.  Additional costs for school supply supplies are estimated at around 200 Euros.  Meals are also, paid for by the student with an estimated 800 Euros per semester.


A Spanish Visa is not required unless the student wants to take a language course from Universidad de Alcalá.  The VISA process starts asap, and costs about $100 for actual application, plus the cost of a Bozeman faculty courier of VISA.  Estimated cost is around $250.00.

Health Insurance

Students may bring their own, but are asked to sign a letter which exempts the University of Alcalá and Instituto Franklin from any liabilities and responsibilities derived from their insurance policy as well as any medical costs. If they take the CTS health insurance, it will include health care, travel insurance and third party damages. The cost per month/per student is 45€.

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