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*Universidad de Alcala (MSU Exchange)
Alcalá de Henares, Spain; Madrid, Spain (Outgoing Program)
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Type: Exchange Areas of Study: Accounting, Architectural History, Architecture, Business, Business Administration, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Economics, Education, English, Finance, Health Biology, Hispanic Studies, History, Humanities, Information Systems, International Business, Law, Management, Medicine, Modern Languages, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy
Minimum Class Standing: Freshman GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Housing Options: Apartment, Home Stay, Hotel / Hostel, University Housing
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Location:  Alcala, Spain; 18 miles from Madrid
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Student Enrollment:
30,000 students

The origins of Alcalá go back to the foundation of the Roman town Complutum. Over the four centuries of its existence, Complutum attained a splendour and importance which it would retain throughout the period of the Visigoths. It was under the rule of the Moors that a city was built which in time came to be known as Al-kla-Nahar ("The castle of the Henares"), a name which survives in the modern form, Alcalá de Henares. Unfortunately, there are few remains from this period, and those that do survive are in a very poor state of preservation.

The Christian Reconquest brought with it another rebuilding on what was to be thenceforth the city's definitive site in the environs of what is today the Magistral Cathedral. Nevertheless, it wasn't until the end of the fifteenth century that the city would enter another period of splendour. In 1499 Cardinal Cisneros founded the University, an event which gave rise to a process of urban renewal that transformed Alcalá into a university city built in accordance with the canons of classical architecture.

Another event that marked Alcalá's history was the birth of Miguel de Cervantes, writer of El Quijote. But Cervantes is not the only illustrious son of Alcalá. Other major figures in the fields of culture or politics were Juan Ruiz, Arcipreste de Hita, Catherine of Aragon, Ferdinand I of Bohemia, the architect Pedro Gumiel, and Manuel Azaña.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the city fell into decline as it watched how its university was removed to Madrid in 1836 and how the successive sales of church land led to the closure of several convents, thus submerging Alcalá further into cultural decadence.
Today, after the reopening of the University in 1977, the industrial growth of the last few decades, and UNESCO's recognition of Alcalá as a World Heritage Site, the city is enjoying a period of growth in terms of its economy, tourism and culture. It may thus Face the future with optimism while remaining in touch with its unique past.

Eligible Students:  Sophomore standing or greater with a GPA of 2.5; graduate student

Language of Instruction:  Spanish and English

Courses Taught in English:  Courses may be subject to change and are not necessarily offered every semester.

Courses Taught in Spanish: Students who wish to take courses in Spanish must have a certain level of Spanish Proficiency. Proficiency levels vary according to each department's requirements.
Duration of Program:  Academic year, Fall, Spring, Summer semesters
Semester Dates:
Fall: Mid-September through end of January
Spring: End of January through end of May
Academic Credit:  Transfer Credit
Grades:  Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Courses taken at the host institution will be counted as credit hours and apply to the student's degree and graduation; however, the courses will not affect the student's GPA.
Tuition:  MSU Tuition
Program Fees/Student Activity Fees:  Students will be subject to the payment of course fees or student activity fees levied by the host university.

Courses for Graduate/Master's Level: yes

As a rough guide, the monthly cost of living for a student in Alcalá is as follows:
Accommodation: between about 150 and 250 euros
Transport: about 60 euros
Other: 200 euros

This table shows the approximate average prices for some everyday items:
A loaf of bread: 0.40 euros
One liter of milk: 0.80 euros
Cup of coffee in a café: 1 euro
Can of soft drink in a supermarket: 0.37 euros
Half kilogram of spaghetti: 0.60 euros
A restaurant set-menu: 9 euros
A hamburger at McDonalds: 2 euros
A spirit or liquor in a night-club: 5 euros
A cinema ticket: 5 euros
A ticket for the Prado Museum: 3.10 euros
Admissions and Registration Information

Contact the Office of Study Abroad to begin the application process.
Phone: 662-325-8251

Nomination Deadline
Full Academic Year and Fall Semester: April 30th
Spring Semester: October 15th

Application Deadline

Full Academic Year and Fall Semester: June 30th
Spring Semester: November 15th


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