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Direct Enroll: Franklin Institute at University of Alcala in Spain
Alcala, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2022 03/01/2022 ** 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, Spanish Program Type: Direct Enroll
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Prior Language Study Required:
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Language Courses Offered: Spanish
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Academic Subject:
Business, Communications, Health Sciences, Journalism, Spanish
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Program Description:
Program Description:
BSU Direct Enroll with the Franklin Institute at the Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain
What is the program about?
This program provides an opportunity to Ball State students to spend Fall semester in Spain and study at the Franklin Institute on the historic campus of the Universidad de Alcala.
Where does the program take place?
Alcala de Henares, Madrid. Spain
Known for its rich archeology and architecture Alcalá de Henares is located just 20 miles outside Madrid. Its historical center remains essentially medieval, with many winding cobbled streets, and many historic building, and is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. This city of 200,000 is the home of the University of Alcalá, which hosts the Franklin Institute.
Universidad de Alcalá is one of the oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions in Spain, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998. Though it traces its history back centuries, The Universidad de Alcala is a modern and efficient university currently enrolling approximately 28,500 students.
When does this program take place?
Fall Semester Only: Early September to late December
What is the program content?
  • Courses in English and Spanish
  • Spanish StudiesEducation
  • International Relations
  • International Business
  • Health Studies
  • Translation & Interpretation
  • Journalism and Communication
  • Internships
  • Service Learning 
Table and schedule of courses:
Students study for fifteen weeks and generally take 12 credits (4 courses). More courses can be taken at an additional cost.
What is the student accommodation?
Residence Hall and Host Family
Residence Hall
Students have the opportunity to be placed in modern university residence halls (double and single placements). Unlike many other European Universities, all residence halls at Universidad de Alcala are on the historic, city center campus and house both international and local students. It is about a 5-minute walk from the institute. While living at the residence halls, students are given access to three meals a day, weekly cleaning by staff, internet access, and desks for all students. The residence halls also accommodate any dietary needs.
Host Family
All our students stay with families living in the town of Alcalá de Henares. Host families are carefully 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.
Due to the limited number of host families who can accommodate students with special diets, it is recommended that those students to stay at the dorms. There is an extra fee of 500-800€ for students who stay at the dorms based on the type of room. The dorms include special diets and a gym.
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
  • Cultural activities
  • Orientation sessions,
  •  Walking tour of Alcalá and Madrid
  • Onsite support throughout the program
Additional course: € 500 per course.
150€ Internship fee for students enrolled in “Spanish for Health Care Professionals”.  Students need to send a health report indicating their general health condition and that they don´t have any contagious diseases.

Round-trip airfare 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.
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.
As for Financial Opportunities directly from the Franklin Institute (they may not be combined)
  • Students who register in the Fall program before April 30 will receive a discount of 500€.
  • If students study at Instituto Franklin-UAH and want to bring a friend along, we can make it more affordable for both students by offering a 15% deduction in any semester. 
Number of placements available?
What are the eligibility requirements?
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.
A visa is required. 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:            
March 1
Who can I contact for more information?

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