History and Cultural Tradition
University of Alcalá: Founded in 1499 by Cardinal Cisneros
as an innovative educational project and declared World
Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998 for its impressive
• 20.000 Undergraduate Students
• 10.000 Graduate Students.
• 2.200 Teaching and Research Staff
• 800 Administrative Staff
• 36 Undergraduate Degrees
• 50 Research Masters Programs
• 36 PhD Programs
• Student/Instructor Ratio: 9
• Near Madrid (28 Km; 18 miles): Largest
political, economic and cultural centre
• Well Connected: Bus lines, trains,
• Located in the “Henares Corridor”:
a dynamic and vigorous business area
Some reasons to study at the University of Alcalá
Tradition and innovation
Wide range of courses
A friendly university
International and cosmopolitan
Varied range of cultural and sports
High quality research
Professional attention and orientation
• Alcalingua is the centre of Alcalá
University in teaching Spanish
Language and Culture to
• Alcalingua takes in every year
over 1.500 students from over 50
• OLESAY has a common passion for Global
Education and International Learning.
• Headquartered in Madrid, Spain, they are
specialized in learning programs and
working experiences involving Spain and
• Iinternship placements for students
willing to gain international work
• Offers personalized attention to their
Directors of the Program:
Prof. Dr. Teresa del Val Núñez, Alcalingua
Carmen Flores, Olesay
Academic Matters: Gabino Boquete / Teresa del Val
Internships: Carmen Flores
Personal Matters: Ángel Álvarez
Accomodation: Gabino Boquete /Ana Zafra
Courses of the Program
• Business Spanish – 60 hours
• Internship Seminar – 25 hours
• Internship – 126 hours
• Cultural and Academic Activities
SPANISH FOR BUSINESS - B LEVEL
• Consolidate and increase the knowledge of the language in a determined
• Acquire the lexicon of the specific area of work.
• Get familiarized with different operational processes.
• Discover and use different texts, documents and communication patterns.
• Confront communication situations: activities (tasks), simulations, projects,
presentations and case studies.
• Apply the techniques and the resources used in teaching of foreign
languages to the professional training.
• Promote the capacities and strategies of the students.
SPANISH FOR BUSINESS - B LEVEL
• Development of the four skills
• Techniques of learning how to learn
• Application of the techniques and the lexicon to the context
• Use of the documents and instruments employed by the communication
• The company and its environment
• Organisation, Human Resources and Communication and Negotiation
• The bank
• The Stock Market
• Products and Services
• Marketing and Publicity
The aim of the “Internship Seminar” is to prepare the students for their
internship and to introduce them to the Spanish business culture.
Capacity for teamwork and ability for interpersonal relations
Capacity for information management and documentation selection
Communication and adaptation abilities
Capacity to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a
specialized, or not, public.
In this seminar students will examine issues related to work and its meaning in
individual and collective life.
Among the requirements will be the completion of 120 hours of field experience at
a site prearranged in consultation with the internship coordinator.
The seminar will provide the context to reflect on concrete experiences at the site
and link them to forces that shape our views on work and its meaning such as:
Internship program between Puget Sound students and local and multinational
companies in which students undertake various duties. The internships run for 7
weeks. The usual work schedule is 4,5 hours per day (Monday to Thursday)
accommodated in the morning.
• Gives an opportunity to explore various career possibilities
• Building on classroom knowledge, gives an opportunity to learn those
disciplines, skills and attitudes which can best or only be learned on the job,
especially self-discipline, teamwork, responsibility, and initiative
• Further develops practical skills in a real-world context
• Provides an opportunity to strengthen portfolio or resume with practical
experience and projects abroad.
• Provides a challenging experience for the student, and an opportunity to gain
• Intern will spend most of the time on the job at the internship location.
• Plan a work schedule with site supervisor.
• Write a final report at the end of the internship reflecting on what they
learned and gained (and perhaps what they expected to learn, but did not)
from the internship.
CULTURAL AND ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES (1 per week)
• Visit to Toledo
• Visit to Segovia
• 3 visits to companies (to be determined. Probably, Mahou,
Logistics Center of El Corte Inglés, Financial City of Santander
• Visit to the University and the City of Alcalá de Henares (World
• Visit to the Prado Museum or the Reina Sofia Museum
Alcalá de Henares City
Alcalá de Henares, a city with
195.000 inhabitants and only 25
km away from Madrid, offers
visitors a wonderful urban area.
It was declared World Heritage
Site in 1998 by UNESCO.
Alcalá de Henares City
Its proximity to Madrid, the
capital and political,
economic and cultural center
of Spain, make Alcalá an
exceptional place to live and
• Course, room and board (double room w. breakfast and dinner),
internship, cultural activities, health insurance, and
transportation card - $5,128
• Puget Sound administrative fee - $500
• Emergency and program maintenance fee - $500
• Faculty travel and living expenses for 5 weeks
• Projected total: $6669 (12 students) $6778 (10 students)
All fees given per student
Single rooms available at extra cost