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USD Direct in Alcala, Spain
Alcala, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2015 03/15/2015 ** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment Minimum GPA: 3.0
Term: Fall, Spring City: Alcala
Country: Spain Service-Learning Programs: Yes
USD Scholarships: Coyote Commitment, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship Language Prerequiste: None
Course Area: History, International Studies, Law & Legal Studies, Political Science, Spanish Language & Culture Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:
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About Alcala, Spain

Alcala is a medieval city with a population of 200,000 located just outside of Madrid in the heart of Spain. Students can walk around through the winding, cobblestone streets and discover the historic Moorish, Jewish, and Christian quarters. While resting in the Parque Municipal O’Donnell, students can feed the local population of white storks, which call Alcala home for many months of the year.

Access to the rest of Madrid, from the beaches on the eastern shore, to the urban metropolis of Barcelona, to the mountains in the Basque Region, is very easy. Students can catch a soccer game between Real Madrid and F.C. Barcelona, walk through the historic Alhambra, or hike in the Pyrenees Mountains.

About Consortium for Transatlantic Studies & Scholarship

The CTSS program is based at the Franklin Institute, a part of the University of Alcala. CTSS offers USD students two options while studying abroad. The first option allows students interested in pursuing Spanish courses for major or minor requirements to take Spanish language courses during the morning and then CTSS specific courses in the afternoon. The second option allows students who want to focus more on the CTSS specific courses to pursue those alongside an “Introduction to Spain” course.

The CTSS specific courses change every semester and are taught by faculty members from the various schools participating in the consortium. The courses are typically, but not always, focused on topics within political science, criminal justice, and international studies.

The courses for the spring 2015 semester are pending. Please contact Global Learning at

Life at the University of Alcala

USD students will stay in self-catered townhomes with other participants in the program, who come from the University of Central Missouri, Western Carolina University, and University of Dubuque.  Students will have access to the student cafeterias which offer inexpensive lunches; this program does not offer a meal plan.
While on the CTSS program, USD students will have access to the full range of student organizations, the wellness center, and other student-oriented services. Students will receive a local student ID, which will allow them access to flamenco performances in the theater, courses in aikido or archery, and all 14 libraries located on the campus.
Information on previous CTSS programs


The Consortium for Transatlantic Studies and Scholarship program is a USD Direct program, which allows students to continue to pay USD tuition (USD fees are waived). Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of federal work/study) and most USD scholarships (Coyote Commitment, Mickelson, Presidential-Alumni, SD Opportunity, and Ullyot).

Upon arrival, students will pay a program fee to cover the cost of housing and faculty.

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Application Process

USD students must complete the Global Learning application as well as the required forms for the CTSS program. This program is only offered on a semester basis (although students may opt to go for bother semesters) and does not include any summer programs.

Academic Year

Fall Semester                     Early September to late November
Spring Semester                Early January to mid March