The Virginia Military Institute, in partnership with Alcalingua-Universidad de Alcalá, is pleased to present a summer five-week language and cultural immersion program (nine credit-hours) in Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain..

Dates:  June 27 - July 29, 2016

Cost: $3510 plus airfare (This fee is subject to Board of Visitor approval)

Fees include tuition, insurance, excursions and field trips, accommodation with host families, and most meals. International airfare costs are not included.

Program Director

Dr. Sabrina Laroussi completed her doctorate in Spanish at Texas Tech University. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Virginia Military Institute. Her research is focused on literary representations of death and violence in contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Literature. Her studies have also included pedagogical methodologies of teaching Spanish as a second language and Francophone Studies. Dr. Laroussi was born and raised in Algeria, and lived and studied in Spain and Texas. Her study-abroad experiences have broadened the scope of her education and of her career as well.


Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply. VMI students need only submit an application. Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application. Applications must be received no later than 18 December 2015.

Room and Board

Students will be housed with families who speak little or no English. The home stay experience greatly enhances language acquisition and cultural understanding and is often a highlight of the program. The host family will provide three meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.

General Overview

This will be a language, culture, and art history program in which all participants will earn nine hours of Spanish credit at the 200, 300 and 400 level. Students will visit the most significant sites and museums in Spain and will be introduced to the history, traditions, and culture.  In addition to language studies, courses are combined with cultural activities such as visits to El Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum, Sorolla Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Royal Palace and Navy Museum. Students will be observing the cultural diversity of Madrid, Sevilla, Barcelona, among other cities.