Butler University Semester in Spain Program (Alcalá)
Butler University’s Semester in Spain program is offered each fall. Led by a Butler professor who serves as Resident Faculty Director, approximately 20 students spend the semester at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares.
In 1998 Alcalá de Henares was designated by UNESCO as a “World Heritage City” due to its historical and cultural significance. It is renowned for its remarkable Renaissance architecture as well as for being the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quijote de la Mancha. Located just 17 miles from Madrid, this medium-sized city (about 170,000 inhabitants) offers students the best of both worlds. You will live and study within Alcalá's warm small-town atmosphere, yet the vibrant cultural and social venues of downtown Madrid are just a short commuter train ride away.
Classes and Activities
This Butler program is offered in collaboration with the University of Alcalá's Instituto Franklin, which is located in a recently renovated 17th Century building in the heart of Alcalá de Henares' historical district. Instituto Franklin offers a wide array of language and culture courses, taught completely in Spanish but designed specifically for non-native speaking students. If you have particularly strong Spanish language skills already, you can petition to take some of your classes with regular University of Alcalá students. The courses you take—12 credits for the semester—can count toward your major, minor, or electives.
All students should consult with their academic advisor about the appropriate classes to take while abroad.
The Butler Resident Faculty Director will offer one course, at the 400 level, during the semester; all students in the program are required to take that course. This is the only 400-level course students are allowed to earn while studying abroad. The Resident Faculty Director also provides academic and student life advising and facilitates organized, guided tours to various cities and sites of interest. Although the excursions change from year to year, typical visits may include Toledo, Avila, Salamanca, Segovia, Granada, Córdoba, or Sevilla.
You will pay your regular tuition to Butler University and will be able to apply 100% of your institutional aid (i.e., tuition-related Butler scholarships) to your tuition costs. You will also be billed by Butler for mandatory health insurance (about $250), room and board (approximately $4,900), and a study abroad fee ($450). Other expenses include international travel to Spain (between $1,000 - $1,300) a passport if you do not already have one (about $110), a Spanish visa (about $105), and books and supplies. Optional expenses depend on how you spend your free time. Alcalá’s close proximity to Madrid offers many opportunities for travel both within Spain and to other countries. Reasonably priced train and bus fares ($20–$100) are available to most towns in Spain. Bargain-priced airfares ($100–$250) are also common between Madrid and other European cities such as Paris, Rome, London, Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Prague. Entertainment and recreation costs in Alcalá and Madrid are comparable to prices in Indianapolis.
Where Will I Live?
All students live with Spanish families a short walk (or a short bus ride) away from campus. Instituto Franklin arranges these Homestays, which offer a private bedroom and three meals a day. The Homestay allows you to take advantage of the cultural and linguistic interactions that such a living arrangement provides. Housing is an important part of the overall experience and past participants have enjoyed living with a Spanish family. All admitted students must complete a housing form on which they can list their preferences and special needs. Although the staff makes every effort to accommodate special requests, students are encouraged to be flexible, as such requests cannot be guaranteed.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for this program, a student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and have completed at least two 300-level Spanish courses, preferably one in literature or civilization.
How Do I Apply?
Click "Apply Now" on this page and follow the directions for our online application system. Completed applications are typically due on February 1.
For More Information
Dr. Terri Carney, Faculty Director (Fall '19) and Professor of Spanish, Jordan Hall, room 391A, 317-940-8438
Calie Florek, Study Abroad Advisor, Jordan Hall, room 133, 317-940-8312