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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 Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Recommended Program: Yes
Program Advisor:
Søren Peterson
Program Description:

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Alcala, Spain

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.
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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.


Consortium for Transatlantic Studies & Scholarship

The CTSS program is based at the Franklin Institute, a part of the University of Alcala. 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 upcoming semester are pending. Please contact Global Learning at

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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.

Information on spring 2016 upcoming program.

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"Beyond my work experience at the US Embassy Madrid, I was able to use my weekends to travel both within Spain and internationally, as well. I visited Seville, Spain; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Valencia, Spain; Benidorm, Spain; and Frankfurt, Germany during my time.”  -Lucia Carlson 2014

"My experience abroad was the greatest experience of my life. Being suddenly dropped in a country where I didn't speak the language was thrilling. I loved every second of my semester, and I can't wait to go back soon... Why not gain the experience every employer looks for while having the greatest experience of your life!”  -Rachel Mihulka 2013

"Studying abroad and living with a host-family in a foreign country gives students an entirely new perspective and appreciation for other people and cultures around the world.” -Michael Doering 2014

"I tried to come up with a quote to accurately sum up my study abroad experience but established I couldn't. I realized that trying to pick just one excerpt out of the semester of a lifetime is like trying to count the stars. No matter how hard you try you will always get lost in its vast beauty and wonder.”  -Olivia Moede 2013

"Going abroad was everything I expected and much more. I did not expect this experience to affect me as positively as it did.”  -Erica Moore 2014


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.


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.

Explore our interactive budget calculator for this program:
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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 both semesters) and does not include any summer programs.

Academic Year

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

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