Study Abroad

Exchange Program

Exchange Program fees are set based on UW-L tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan charges.  Fee inclusion varies by program.  Please refer to the Fees link on this website for more information.
Cardenal Cisneros

Escuela Universitaria Cardenal Cisneros
Universidad de Alcal


The Department of Modern Languages requires

SPA 303 and SPA 304

be taken at UW-L prior to studying abroad.

A student pursuing a major or a minor in Spanish at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse may earn up to 66% of the credit hours for the major/minor requirement in a foreign country. Thirty-four percent (34%) of the credit hours must be earned at UW-L. The student is required to take at least one three-credit course in Spanish at UW-L after returning from the country of study. 

The CARDENAL CISNEROS UNIVERSITY COLLEGE (CCUC) is a higher education institution which belongs to the MARIST BROTHERS but is administratively linked to the UNIVERSITY OF ALCALÁ. Created in 1973, more than 4,000 graduates in Teaching and Social Education have studied in its classrooms and are now practicing their professions in national and international circles.

The CCUC's mission statement has university education at its core--both initial and in-service--of educational agents, as well as research in the educational and social fields. These pursuits are imbued with the philosophy of life and culture inspired by Christian humanism.

The downtown of Alcalá de Henares is one of the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. It is 30 kilometers from Madrid. Alcalá de Henares is famous for being the place where Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, was born. Alcalá is a perfect city for students as it has all kind of services (cinemas, malls, etc.), places of high cultural interest (Museum-House of Miguel Cervantes, Churches, etc.) and also because it is closed to other major cities like Madrid.

The EUCC is proud of its Spanish as a Foreign Language Department. We offer a wide range of programs throughout the year. Our Spanish Language and Culture courses aim to offer exchange students the possibility of getting to know the Spanish Culture, at the same time; they are developing their communicative skills and their Spanish language skills. In order to further enhance our students' language learning experience we take several day trips to exciting cities such as; Toledo, Segovia and Madrid.

We are well aware of difficult it can be to live and study in a foreign country and have staff readily available to help whenever needed. We are dedicated to help students make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Examples of Courses Offered:

  • Grammar and Conversation (All levels)
  • Writing and Reading (All levels)
  • Spanish Vocabulary (All levels)
  • Speaking (Advance)
  • Writing (All levels)
  • Spanish through Literature
  • Morphosyntax and Semantics
  • Spanish for Specific Purposes (Business, Tourism, Medical Spanish, etc.)
  • Introduction to SFL Teaching
  • Teacher Training Courses
  • Preparation Courses for the Diploma de Español Lengua Extranjera (DELE)
  • Course of Methodology and Teaching Spanish
  • History of Spain
  • Culture and Civilization of Spain
  • Discover Spanish Food and Culture
  • Spanish Literature
  • Spanish Art
  • Spanish Cinema
  • History and Music of Spain
  • History of the Music of Spain
  • Spanish for Specific Purposes
  • European Union

For more information and course descriptions, click here.

Intensive Teacher Training Courses
CCUC is a specialist in training future experts in the field of teaching Spanish as a foreign language. We have offered these kind of courses to teachers all around the world and how to create a variety of materials, evaluate students' progress using different techniques, and how to ensure their students' success.

Excursions and Activities
The program includes many activities so that our students improve their Spanish Skills while they are in contact with other students. Small trips and excursions to historic places such as Toledo, Segovia, Aranjuez are arranged for students.

Spanish Club: a meeting point where foreign students cannot only meet people from different nationalities, while practicing their Spanish, but also students can partake in a wide range of activities (movies, debates, study groups, discussions groups, seminars, etc.).

Please contact the Modern Languages Advisor(s) identified for your program.

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms. They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse. You may notice that some classes satisfied several UW-L options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of meeting with your advisor for final approval! They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

Students will have the option of selecting between two types of accommodations-a Residencia Universitaria or a Host Family:

  • Residencia Universitaria: The residence is located on the campus of the EUCC. Our students can learn not only from other Spanish students but also they can meet international students. Living at the residence hall is a good way to become more familiar with and enjoy Spanish university life.
  • Host Family: Students can live with Spanish host families, close to school, so they are immersed in the Spanish language. It is extremely important to mention that families are selected directly by the EUCC and closely monitors the students' home life situation at home.

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

Fall: September-December
Spring: January-May
For more precise dates refer to the Program Dates.

2.75 GPA minimum, 3.00 GPA preferred
Second-semester sophomore standing (45 credits minimum)
6 semesters of university level Spanish (completion through SPA 304)
Open to students from other universities (preference given to UW-L students)

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (15 credits) and Administrative Fees
  • Orientation to Study Abroad Class
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (required by UW System)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare is not included in the program price. Transportation from the Madrid airport will be provided on the program arrival date.

Financial Aid is applicable to program fees.

Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

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