Welcome to Alcalá!
If you only picture sunshine and siestas, bullfighting and flamenco dancers, smiling crowds relaxing at sidewalk cafés on narrow, winding streets, you will only see the surface of Spain. Instead, add to this vision renowned universities and research centers, internationally acclaimed museums, modern, cosmopolitan cities with bustling commercial centers, international ports humming with activity, and you will begin to understand the true heart of Spain.
A country of incredible diversity and contrasts, Spain has 17 provinces, and its people speak five different languages. It offers a unique blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the contemporary -- an exceptional setting for the student looking for a truly extraordinary experience.
Alcalá, located 30 kilometers outside of Madrid on the banks of the Henares river, is a beautiful, historic town with more than 150,000 inhabitants. This quaint city houses the oldest university in Spain and is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, author of the classic Spanish masterpiece Don Quixote, and Golden Age authors Quevedo and Lope de Vega. Students are surrounded by exceptional Renaissance architecture, giving Alcalá a charm all its own. Alcalá's proximity to Madrid gives students studying there a wonderful combination of the intimate setting of a small town and the exciting life of a big city.