Loyola University Maryland

International Programs

University of Alcalá de Henares–Alcalá, Spain

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The city of Alcalá de Henares is located 30 km northeast of Madrid on the Castilian Plateau. The city center remains predominately medieval with winding cobblestone streets and surrounding the city’s center square, Plaza de Cervantes. Alcala is best known as the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of the celebrated Don Quixote. The Universidad de Alcalá de Henares is considered one of the three best universities in Spain. Ignatius of Loyola studied at this university.. 

Choosing When to Study in Alcala

The fall and spring semesters offer very different opportunities for students to study in Alcalá. The fall semester program is open to Spanish majors and minors ONLY, while the spring semester program is available to non-Spanish majors/minors.

Fall Program

  • This program is designed to accommodate Spanish majors and minors. All courses are offered in Spanish. Please keep in mind that all Spanish majors and minors will need to take at least one additional Spanish course upon their return.
  • A major objective of this program is to drastically improve students’ Spanish. The month of September, students will primarily focus on the Spanish Intensive Course. Once that concludes, students will then begin the semester with five classes to design to improve all aspects of the Spanish language and culture.

Spring Program

  • This program is designed to accommodate mostly business students (however others may apply). Most courses are offered in English. Students must take at least one Spanish course.
  • Students are required to take at least one course in Spanish.

Criteria for Applying

Universidad de Alcalá requires that students have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA. ROTC candidates can apply as freshman to study abroad in the spring of their sophomore year. You should apply if you meet the following:

  • Attend an information session;
  • Attend registration sessions to determine if your degree program matches the courses offered abroad;
  • Students must declare a major before applying to the Alcalá program.
  • Students who are undeclared will not be considered for the Alcalá program.
  • Discuss with your major advisor the possible courses you could take abroad and see if there are any potential problems he/she sees with your plans to study in Alcala;
  • Academic interviews will be based on current course offerings;
  • Course offerings are limited in Alcalá, but they are guaranteed to be offered.
  • Discuss with your family if taking a summer course(s) is an option to help with any unexpected academic problems that could occur at Loyola or abroad.

Criteria for Acceptance

  •  Open to students with a cumulative average of 2.75 or above.
  • The fall program in Alcalá is designed specifically for Spanish majors and minors. Because of this, Spanish majors and minors must apply for the fall semester in Alcalá. All other majors/minors must apply for the spring semester.
  • Spanish majors and minors must have completed SN 201 (Spanish Conversation and Composition) prior to their semester abroad.
  • Students must be able to find courses which fit their Loyola program and allow full-time participation, and cannot be on disciplinary probation nor have a history of serious disciplinary problems.
  • Students must submit an online application AND a Course Planning form by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2015. (Wednesday after Thanksgiving break) of the sophomore year to study abroad in the fall or spring term of junior year.

Length of Stay

  • This program is offered for one-semester only: fall or spring
  • The one-semester term will be from September to December or from January until mid-May.


To assist students in their language and cultural development, students are required to live with a host family in Alcalá.

  • Students may choose if they want to live alone or with another Loyola student.
  • Families for the homestays are selected by the University of Alcalá, and Loyola has worked with the same families since the inception of the program.
  • Two meals per day are included as part of the homestay program.
  • Laundry once a week is provided as part of the homestay program.
  • Homestay arrangements will vary: single person, large or small families, etc.
  • Please keep in mind that overseas housing is very different than housing at Loyola. Rooms are much smaller and may not have all the modern amenities U.S. housing may have.


  • Students are eligible for consideration for all forms of federal, state, institutional and private sources of aid except the Federal Work Study Program. Students studying abroad for either a semester or full academic year will forfeit the value of a Federal Work-Study assignment.
  • The cost is equivalent to the tuition, room charge and a reduced comprehensive fee paid to Loyola, plus a program fee.
  • There is a homestay fee, which is subject to change.
  • Loyola financial aid applies.


This is a fully packaged program with:

  • Tuition and housing;
  • A full-time onsite program director;
  • University medical fees;
  • Cultural excursions and special meals in Spain;
  • Evacuation insurance coverage;
  • Home stays include 2 meals per day; and
  • Group service project in Spanish School for fall program.

Travel to and from Alcalá

  • Group flights are arranged for students traveling to Alcalá. Student departures are usually from Newark International Airport on United Airlines.
  • Students fly to Barajas International Airport in Madrid, where a motor coach with the director, Maria Jose Lopez Pozo, will pick up students and take them to meet their homestay families.
  • You may contact Alice Wilcox at alice.wilcox@frosch.com to make any changes on the return ticket only. No changes will be made if it will jeopardize the group flight arrangements or cost.

On-site Support

Students will be supported by our full-time director, Maria Jose Lopez Pozo. She is assisted by a part-time assistant, Marta Tejedor.  Both Maria Jose and Marta will help students get acclimated to their new surroundings and direct them to the appropriate personnel or office that can assist them with any questions they may have.

Disclaimer: In case of strikes or unexpected disruption to the academic semester Loyola University will work with the host university abroad to provide additional support or other academic arrangements to enable students to complete their coursework in agreement with the rules and regulations of the host university and the laws of the host country.  Loyola University Maryland will not makes any changes to its course, grade, or credit transfer policies following such circumstances.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form and Course planning form must be submitted by December 2, 2015 (Wednesday after Thanksgiving) of students’ sophomore year to study abroad the fall or spring of students’ junior year.
  • Please note: 20 students are accepted for the fall semester and 15 for the spring.

**Please keep in mind that study abroad information, dates, benefits, and fees are subject to change without notification. You are encouraged to contact the Office of International Programs directly for the most up-to-date information regarding any study abroad programs offered at Loyola.

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