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  • Locations: Alcala de Henares, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Biochemistry, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Geological Sciences, Physics, Psychology, Sustainability
Housing Options: Residence Hall Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:
Global Climate Change - Environment, Health, and Behavior in Alcalá

"I really enjoyed the course, learning from the staff in Spain and working with students from different countries."
- Claire G. , Summer 2017

"The program emphasized the bonding relationships between the US students and the Spanish students. They recommended mixed groups for group project selections. They also provided field trips including both groups of students, allowing us to hangout and get to know one another quite well.
-Laura L., Summer 2016
Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Course Dates: 
Dates Abroad: TBA
Price: TBA


Summer 2018: Application Closed
Course Dates: 
May 17-July 18, 2018
Dates Abroad: June 3-16, 2018
Price: $1,910

NOTE: Program information below is from 2018. Subject to change in 2019. Updates coming soon.


Global climate variation has profoundly influenced humans from the dawn of civilization to the current day. However, only within the last 100 years or so, has human activity exerted a powerful influence that may drastically change the global climate. The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that "Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia and human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century."

This course will discuss the science and models used to understand climate change, population and energy use as they related to climate change, health-related consequences of global warming such as emerging infectious disease and spread of pathogens the psychological aspects of climate change, likely impacts on ecosystems, as well as policy options to counteract of adapt to these impacts.

The course will consist of lectures and discussions by faculty members from UAH and SDSU, directed readings, short essay exams, a research paper, and field trips to relevant sites. During the course, students will pair up in groups of two or three and work on a project culminating in a presentation to fellow students and instructors at the end of the course. These presentations will focus on comparisons between the two countries or regions on climate change-related subjects.


This program takes place in the beautiful, historic city of Alcalá, located in central Spain.  It is run in coordination with the Universidad de Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 
    • Students must be available to complete in-person/online work before/after the dates abroad.  
HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


Accommodations at the Residencia San Ildefonso Plaza San Diego in Alcalá. Meals include breakfast and lunch on weekdays, Mondays through Fridays. Participants purchase their own dinner Mondays through Friday and all meals on weekends. 

  • Walking tour of Alcala
  • Day trip to Laguna Grande
  • Day trip to wind turbine farm; visit to nearby medieval town of Sigüenza
  • Closing Ceremony


Payment Schedule:
$415      Deposit due to Extended Studies (CES) with application
$400      Second program payment due to CES by April 2, 2018
$1,095   Tuition due with course registration between  April 15-25
$1,910   Total Program Fee 2018
Included in the Program Fee:
  • SDSU tuition
  • Housing
  • Breakfast and lunch on weekdays, M-F 
  • Activities as listed above
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
Not Included in the Program Fee:
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Meals on weekends
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Personal expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after March 15, 2018*
  • For the second payment,  no refunds will be issued for withdrawals after April 2, 2018
Course Tuition Refund: 
*Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 

  • Open to all approved science majors and minors. For all other students, please email Maureen Crawford at in the College of Sciences with your name and SDSU RedID for approval.
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.


The application for summer 2019 is not yet available.  If you would like to receive email updates, please add your name to the inquiry list below.


  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • For course content, requirements, and specific information about the program contact Maureen Crawford in the College of Sciences at
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Philip Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.