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Universidad de Alcala, Benjamin Franklin Institute (Criminal Justice & Criminology)
Alcala, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring
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Spring 2023 10/01/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
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Language of Instruction:
English Program Type: Direct Enroll
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Language Courses Offered: None
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Academic Subject:
Criminal Justice and Criminology
Additional Requirements: Criminal Justice & Criminology Major/Minor ONLY
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Program Description:
Program Description:
Criminal Justice and Criminology in Spain with the Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship (CTSS) in the International Studies Program at the Franklin Institute at the Universidad de Alcala, Madrid, Spain
What is the program about?
This program provides an opportunity to Ball State CJC students to spend a semester (approximately 88 days) in Spain and study at the Franklin Institute on the campus of the Universidad de Alcala. The program has a comprehensive international nature, involving professors and students from different universities around the world.

Where does the program take place?
Alcala de Henares, Spain
Known for its rich archeology and history, Alcalá de Henares is located just  20 miles outside Madrid. Its historical center is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. This city of 200,000 is the home of the University of Alcalá, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which hosts the Franklin Institute.
Though it traces its history back centuries, The Universidad de Alcala is a modern and efficient university located in the historic center of the city. The Universidad de Alcala currently enrolls  28528students.
The Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Instituto Franklin-UAH:
The mission of the Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship is to encourage and promote specialized research and multicultural discussion from a transatlantic perspective. It provides faculty and students with a unique multicultural environment in order to aid their personal, professional, and academic development. CTSS offers an International Studies academic program every spring that takes place at the Instituto Franklin-UAH in Alcalá.

When does this program take place?
Spring Semester: Mid-January to Early April

What is the program content?
All courses are taught in English.
Students and faculty from Ball State University and other U.S. and European universities study one course at a time in three 4-week blocks along with a 12-week Introduction to Spain. Courses are provided in a variety of disciplines including Criminal Justice, Political Science, History, and International Relations among others.
The program is divided in three separate blocks that last approximately one month. Each of the blocks offers several options for classes.  There is one 12-week long class on “Introduction to Spain” that is required for all students.  Students from Ball State University and other U.S. and European universities select one course from each of the blocks as well as the semester long Introduction to Spain course.
This link includes a specific description of the blocks and courses offered in each period:

What is the student accommodation?
Host Family
All students stay with families living in the town of Alcalá de Henares. Host families are carefully vetted, selected and supervised. A large number of the families selected have extensive experience hosting students. While living with a host family students are given access to three meals a day, laundry, and weekly cleaning. Host families are also required to provide internet access and desks for all students within their home.
What is included?
  • Course Tuition (do not pay BSU tuition) for 12 credits
  • Universidad de Alcala Student Fee
  • Airport Pick Up at the airport on scheduled date and times
  • Student Housing & Meals*
  • Required Spanish Medical Insurance
  • Housing Coordination
  • Cultural activities and site visits
  • Orientation sessions,
  •  Walking tour of Alcalá and Madrid
  • Onsite support throughout the program 
Round-trip airfare, meals and living expenses are paid out of pocket by the student but can be factored into the cost of attendance sheet for financial aid purposes.
*Subject to change. Due to the limited number of host families who can accommodate students with special diets, it is recommended that those students who need them stay at the dorms.
Dorm extra fee: 500-800€ based on the type of room. Includes three meals per day, special diets, and gym.
Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for scholarships through the Rinker Center for Global Affairs. Information about these scholarships as well as the online scholarship application can be found on the Study Abroad website here.
In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.
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What are the eligibility requirements?
Criminal Justice and Criminology Major/Minor ONLY (we can also accept students from other disciplines)
Sophomore standing minimum at time of participation
Full-time student status at time of participation
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
Are passports and visas required?  
Passports are required.
A passport is an official document issued by your government, certifying the holder's identity and citizenship. All participants MUST have a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.
Currently, visas are not required as the program lasts less than 90 days. Students will not be able to stay more than the 90-day period. This condition applies only to US citizens.  If students are non US citizens, they should check with their own Embassy or Consulate for particular requirements. A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several months, so start early. It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are a BSU international student, also visit the Rinker Center to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States.
How do I apply?
Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU
Step 3 – The Study Abroad Office will direct you to complete the host institution online application.
Application deadline:            
Spring: October 1
Who can I contact for more information?
Dr. Benjamin Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Phone: (765) 285-5102

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