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The theme for the Fall 2014-Spring 2015 Study Abroad Program will be "Transatlantic Conversations, Cooperation, and Conflict." Below you will find information on classes, dates, and application procedures. If you have any questions, please contact the Study Abroad office at your institution. Because this program is less than 90 days, you do not have to get a Spanish Student Visa. If you decide to stay beyond 90 days, however, you will need to apply for a Student Visa through your regional Spanish Consulate.



September 2: Arrival & Airport Pickup

September 3-5: Mandatory Orientation

September 8: Classes Begin

September 8-25: First Block

October 1-23: Second Block

October 29-November 19: Third Block

September 8-November 19: Mandatory Spanish Culture Course

November 19: End of CTSS Program for Students on short, 90-day program (does not require student visa)


December 19: End of Regular Semester (for students doing Service Learning or taking other class at UAH)



Block 1:  8-25 September 2014

                Instructors:  Dr. Jeffrey Belnap, Long Island University

                Course Title:  "War, Revolution & Avant Garde Art in The North Atlantic World: 1900-1948"

Description: The objective of this course is to orient students to the dynamic relationship between politics and art in the North Atlantic World during the Age of High Modernism. Tracing the interface between aesthetic practice and political ideology from the late 19th Century to the advent of the Cold War, the course will place artistic movements in Europe, the United States and Mexico against the back drop of Imperialism, World Wars I and II, the Soviet and Mexican Revolutions, and the Spanish Civil War. The course will emphasize specifically the ways in which the utopian aspirations and social imaginations of Avant Garde artists on both sides of the Atlantic were fed by and entangled in the 20th Century’s great ideological conflicts.  While the course is Pan-European and Transatlantic in its scope, the syllabus will capitalize specifically on the resources available in the Madrid museums.  As students explore the interface between 20th Century art and politics, they will also experience the ways in which museums—particularly great metropolitan museums—are key institutions in the reproduction of historical memory. The course will also emphasize the role that Spanish and Spanish-speaking artists played in the Avant Guard movements as they circulated among Paris, New York, Mexico City, Moscow and Madrid. The syllabus will underscore the ways in which artists like Picasso, Gris, Rivera, Siqueiros, Bunuel and Dali played in the major movements.

Block 2:  1-23 October 2014

                Instructor:  Dr. Kathryn Nuernberger, University of Central Missouri

                Course Title:  "Writing Across Borders"

Description:  In this course you will read some of the most beloved and respected American literature written after the Civil War by writers who, like yourselves, embraced the challege of leaving the familiar comfort zone of their home country and cultures. These writers embraced the thrills and challenges of crossing borders because they found such experiences enriched their understanding of their own identities, the country they came from, and opened their minds to other possibilities for self-expression. Beyond developing familiarity with the major thinkers who have helped to shape American society, I hope you will find that the characters and ideas you encounter in this course will help you reflect on and make sense of your own experiences crossing borders.


Block 3:  29 October-19 November 2014

                Instructor:  Dr. Darlene Ciraulo, University of Central Missouri

                Course Title:  "Transatlantic Renaissance Communications"

Description:  The European Renaissance was a dynamic time of change, discovery, and innovation. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, global explorations of the "new world" encouraged artists and writers to reexamine and define their relationship to the earth and its peoples. Moreover, the rise of the moveable-print printing press in the fifteenth century allowed authors to disseminate their work widely, so that pioneering ideas--whether scientific, religious, or artistic--circulated relatively freely among the literate as well as the population at large. The new transmission of ideas and thought (much like the advent of the internet in our age) challenged old methods of communication and invited people to reconsider their global relationship to the world. Often referred to as the Age of Exploration, the European Renaissance embraced the concept of "exploration," but the concept extends beyond nautical journeys across the Atlantic and encompasses a new form of communication: book journeys or the transmission of printed texts across geographic boundaries. This course will examine the global interchange of ideas and books in the sixteeth century, looking at how activities such as "discovery" and "printing" helped to shape artistic endeavors, world communities, and a radically new mode of communication.


Full Term: "Introduction to Spain" - Professor Stephen James Mullan, Instituto Franklin-University of Alacá

Course Description: This course will provide a broad overview of Spanish civilization and culture, from its prehistory to the present day. Spain’s significance in the history of thought and deed will be examined in wider international contexts, particularly those pertaining to Western Europe and America. Students will survey Spanish culture in its many diverse representations, examining cultural expressions in terms of their perceived universality and authenticity.Topics will be linked to questions of politico-cultural identity in contemporary Spain.

Service Learning Project: Students may also participate in a for-credit Service Learning project as part of the CTSS Alacá Study Abroad program. International Center staff at the Instituto Franklin (University of Alacá) will work to find a project that meets your personal and academic interests and goals. There is an additional cost for participating in the Service Learning component. (See below.)

Spanish Language Courses: Students interested in taking Spanish language courses or other elective courses at the University of Alacá (taught in Spanish) may do so as well. If you wish to enroll in any of these courses, you will be required to stay for the full semester and obtain a Spanish Student Visa. Spanish lanuage courses are available at the Beginning through Advanced Levels. Please visit with your campus's Study Abroad Adviser to see list of available courses, dates, and times.



Each Consortium Member institution has its own Study Abroad office and application process and criteria. Please meet with the Study Abroad staff on your home campus to learn more about this program and application deadlines. After you apply through your home institution, you will need to submit additional materials--medical information, flight itinerary and passport information, a housing questionairre, and a program registration form--to the University of Alacá. You may get these documents from the Study Abroad Office on your home university campus.

Students from Non-Member Institutions: If your university is not a member of the CTSS, please contact Dr. Philip Hull at the University of Central Missouri for information on how to apply.


Some program costs may vary, and each university may have its own policies and provisions for internal application fees, home university tuition, other associated fees and inclusions, and application of financial aid. The costs below reflect only those program costs in Alacá.

Program Cost: 4000 Euros (approx. $5600 USD) - Non-Service Learning Option

Program Cost: 4600 Euros (approx. $6450 USD) - Service Learning & Spanish Language Course Options

Program Cost Includes:

  • Airport pickup (if you arrive on published date)
  • Accommodations in apartment-style housing
  • On-site support from Institute International Center staff
  • Orientation
  • Fieldtrips
  • Insurance
  • Administrative costs
  • Spanish Culture course
  • Access to library and computer lab facilities on campus

Additional Expenses:

  • Bus transportation in Alcala: 120€ (approx. four months)
  • Food: 800€ (approx. four months)
  • Extra-curricular travel (if you wish to travel around Spain or other destinations)
  • Airfare to Madrid-Barajas airport: $800-$1200 (approx)
  • Books and class supplies: 120€ (approx. four months)
  • Laundry: 10€ (approx. per week)

Financial Aid & Scholarships: CTSS does not provide scholarship assistance. Please visit with your home institution's Study Abroad advisor to discuss scholarships and whether your current aid packet may apply to this program.

*Students wishing to stay in Alacá after the end of the Third Block are not guaranteed housing and may be subject to additional charges and fees for services beyond that date.