Teach & Learn in Spain, Instituto Franklin-UAH

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The Teach & Learn in Spain Program was established to provide English speakers the opportunity to earn a master’s degree while living in Spain. Our program allows students the flexibility to study, teach, and travel without breaking the bank. This innovative program grants students a hands-on experience in the classroom, earn a master’s degree, and receive a monthly stipend and health insurance. This is a yearlong accredited (60ECTS credits) academic program from the University of Alcala. We even offer a tuition remission program, in which the university funds your studies and you do not have to pay tuition!
The cost of the program is: €0 for Option A (tuition remission), €3.800 for Option B* and €4.200 for Option C. All students will receive health insurance.
Masters offered: MA in Learning and Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language; MA in International Education; MA in Teaching; MA in Bilingual and Multicultural Education; MA in Special Education.

Highlights
  • 1 year program with blended Instruction: Online and Onsite
  • Hands on teaching experience at a school in the region of Madrid
  • Monthly stipend for assistanship and free health insurance
  • Quality education at an affordable price
  • In the heart of the city of Miguel de Cervantes (Don Quijote)

Questions & Answers

Hi Caroline! Great question. For the Teach & Learn in Spain Program, we recommend that students live near the school where they will be completing their assistantship. Many students live in Madrid capital or in Alcalá, it's based on their person preference. Some people like the busy city life and others prefer university cities like Alcalá. The great part of this program is that you will be in the...
Hi, yes we may accept candidates who reside in Asia, but we require native English speakers in the program. Please email us at [email protected] and we scheduole a meeting to chat :)

Reviews

85%
based on 20 reviews
  • Benefits 8.1
  • Support 9
  • Fun 8.6
  • Facilities 8.2
  • Safety 9.4
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Mark
9/10

Great experience

For me, the teach and learn program, and specifically the bilingual and multicultural education master, was an overall great experience. The year is certainly very intense and requires balancing many different things (teaching full time in a new city while studying and working with the masters program), but I would say it’s well worth it all in the end. I appreciate having been able to participate, and I learned and lot and had fun doing it. :)
To speak to more specific points, I found it useful to be able to have a well rounded approach to bilingual education as this is where my future work seems to be oriented now, but I would imagine that for most people, even those not necessarily interested in language or teaching, the program of study could be approached in a way that’s not overwhelmingly deep or outside of the common person’s interest. Personally, I found that the classes sparked an even greater interest in the field of language and will probably serve as the starting off point to a deeper dive into the field, but again, I imagine anyone could find interest and useful material in this masters program. It’s well balanced and IMPORTANTLY, the professors and faculty were there to answer questions and provide support at all steps along the way.

How can this program be improved?
I would personally like to see (even more) linguistic classes added to the study program, although I realize there is a limit to the time available. Also, more integration of the materials learned in the masters program with the school would be nice, meaning perhaps more coordination between the schools and university. But again, all good in rhetrospect!
Yes, I recommend this program
Patrick
9/10

Great Program

Extremely helpful and supportive staff, will answer any and all of your questions. The pay is great relative to the full time teachers in the community based on our weekly schedule, and it gives you a lot of time to plan other activities like intercambios, private lessons and trips to different cities and countries. It is a busy year but you will be provided be the time and support you need as long as you ask for it. If you are confused about something regarding the portfolio or thesis, ask about it. Proactivity is a must in order to optimize efficiency and enjoyment. The process of writing your thesis can be stressful so be sure to initiate communication between your thesis advisor early and often. If not, you may feel behind and unsupported. But remember it is your assignment, not your advisor’s, they can only help once you have put in the effort.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jake
9/10

Excellent long-term benefits

Hi! I completed the Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education program in 2014, and it was undoubtedly THE most worthwhile and beneficial decision that I have made in my professional life. While the content was strong and instructors were knowledgeable during my time, the real benefits came after returning to the US; after some wrangling, I was able to get the degree fully recognized as equivalent to a US-accredited MA, and (after even more wrangling!) I was able to use the degree to obtain a Level I teaching certification in my home state. I'd be more than happy to help guide anyone through this process - just ask Iulia for my contact information! :)

I'm no longer teaching, but simply holding a US-recognized master's degree and having demonstrable language skills has given me a serious leg up in all walks of my professional life, and has brought me some really unique opportunities in the nearly five years since completing the program. You will absolutely get out of this program what you put into it, and it will be worth your time, effort, and dedication!

How can this program be improved?
I know my cohort would have found some benefit in having alumni presentations/Q&A sessions on how to best navigate the homologación process once they return to the US, and maybe some insight on the benefits that the degree has even beyond the education realm. We were largely on our own after graduating, but that was in 2014!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anonymous
3/10

Not worth moving overseas for

This Masters program was a huge let down for many people. In the end, many concluded that the only true purpose it served was providing legal authorization to live in Spain if you're looking for a way to do that.
The Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language Masters can be improved by actually doing what the name implies--very few of us felt at the end like the Masters did a good job of teaching you how to teach the language (teachers with previous years of experience teaching Spanish and new teachers alike concluded this). We took deep, theoretical classes about the structure of the Spanish language but in terms of actual pedagogy, very little was applicable to the teaching job on the ground--maybe 20-30% of the coursework was.
Also, the thesis adviser told us all he would provide feedback on our theses (which had to be a curriculum design) and just never did! All we got was a number grade. We emailed several times and he just didn't respond. Very unfortunate since that feedback could have been used in our teaching jobs. I would not tell anyone to go out of their way to go to Spain for this program. Only worth it if you're needing a way to stay in Spain legally. And this is to say nothing of the hassle that is dealing with housing there. If you do it, make sure to set up your own job teaching English and pay your tuition yourself--the university takes a big cut if you go through them.

How can this program be improved?
The Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language Masters can be improved by actually doing what the name implies--very few of us felt at the end like the Masters did a good job of teaching you how to teach the language. We took deep, theoretical classes about the structure of the Spanish language but in terms of actual pedagogy, very little was applicable to the teaching job on the ground. Also, the thesis adviser told us all he would provide feedback on our theses (which had to be a curriculum design) and just never did! We emailed several times and he just didn't respond. Very unfortunate since that feedback could have been used in our teaching jobs. I would not tell anyone to go out of their way to go to Spain for this program. Only worth it if you're needing a way to stay in Spain legally.
No, I don't recommend this program
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Matt
10/10

Teach & Learn: Unique opportunity for rewarding graduate school experiences at an unbeatable value

I participated in the Teach & Learn program at Universidad de Alcala's Instituto Franklin during the 2017-18 academic year. Since graduation, I have come to regard the experience as one of the most important pillars of my personal and professional trajectory.

This program is ideal for new or experienced teachers and anyone who wants to work within the educational field. I chose to pursue a Master of International Education, but there are a total of six different degrees that match the skills and interests of prospective applicants. Plus the transferrable skills gained during the program will be valuable to anyone, regardless of their career path.

Being able to work in an ESL classroom alongside experienced teachers was the most significant aspect of the program for me. This practical experience, coupled with the theoretical and academic exploration of education in my Master's classes, has significantly enhanced my skills as a teacher, but also in the areas of public speaking, workplace etiquette, professional networking, academic writing, and others.

The three different funding options allow for a great deal of flexibility when it comes to financing your degree. A similarly positioned Master's program in the United States would cost at least $35-40 thousand dollars, but since I chose to teach in a local school as part of my degree practicum, I never received a tuition bill as my labor helped offset the cost of tuition.

This program also offers a high degree of work-life balance. Between my commitments as an ESL teacher and my coursework at Instituto Franklin, I estimate that my time "on the clock" did not exceed 40 hours per week (except when wrapping up my thesis project in the final weeks). Pursuing a Master's degree while also working part-time originally seemed daunting, but I found that with enough foresight and time management I was able to juggle many competing priorities with a healthy level of stress. I appreciate this very much since I was really able to take advantage of living in a foreign country and didn't feel so overwhelmed from working all the time.

Lastly, the administrators and staff that operate the Teach & Learn program are very helpful, always friendly, and genuinely seem to care about their students' success and wellbeing. For example, many of my professors have offered career advice and expressed their willingness to serve as a reference for their students. I hope to always stay connected to the Instituto Franklin staff, and I will consider them to be lifelong friends and mentors. I also made great friends with my fellow students and still keep in touch with them on a regular basis even though several of us are thousands of miles away from each other.

In conclusion, the Teach & Learn program at Instituto Franklin is a unique opportunity that many people only wish they had the opportunity to pursue. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Bryan
10/10

University of Alcalá - MA in Bilingual Education

I graduate from U of Alcalá's Instituto Franklin seven years ago now, and my experience there is still reaping benefits. For those who are looking to expand your academic, social, and global experiences, you really can't do better than Instituto Franklin. The faculty and staff were incredibly supportive and knowledgable. I taught in with great teachers in an excellent concertado in downtown Madrid -- teachers who tutored me well in the field of education and launched me on a new professional path (I'm a teacher now thanks to this program). The colleagues I met in classes were excellent: fun, engaged, and helpful. And the opportunity to travel while in Madrid is outstanding (visit Morocco, France, Britain, Italy, etc. via Ryan Air). This program, if you want it to, will stretch you, in soul and mind, in both comfortable and uncomfortable ways, which is to say in the very best of ways. I have recommended this program to many of my friends and will continue to do so.

Yes, I recommend this program
Chap
7/10

Phenomenal Staff and Post Graduation Support

I had the absolute pleasure of working with the amazing people during my time at the instituto. She guided me through the post graduation process of obtaining documents for my career after IF. She was kind, compassionate and navigated the challenging waters of Spanish bureaucracy with effortless grace and composition. A true star in the administrative staff of an efficient management.

She was able to help me obtain my diploma from the Universidad de Alcala. As well as have it apostilled by the Hague. A step critical in achieving the level of employment I so desired. If it were not for her continued commitment to alumnus there is no doubt I would not be writing this review right now.

For anyone considering this program, you will find a truly inspiring staff of persons ready to be your advocates and bring success to your aspirations.

Bravo!

Muchas Gracias por todos.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Steven
9/10

The Most Authentic Way to Experience Spain

The Teach & Learn program is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to expand his or her perspective on what it is like to live in a foreign country. Many students have the opportunity to study abroad in a foreign country and tend to return to their home country with the cliched phrase "life-changing experience" on the tips of their tongues. The T&L program allows for a deeper and arguably more "life-changing" experience. I have come to realize that one doesn't really understand what it is like to live in another country until one works in that country. The process of gather paperwork for the visa, finding a place to live, worrying about finances, feeling stressed at times, and meeting Spaniards is all part of what makes the program so transformative.

Part of what makes this experience possible is the support of the Instituto Franklin staff. One feels at home here. Staff work to ensure that your time in Spain is as good as it can possibly be and that you feel supported. Any issue that I ever had was either resolved proactively or taken care of with a simple meeting with Instituto Franklin staff.

Yes, I recommend this program
Lillian
9/10

Master In Teaching at Instituto Franklin-UAH

The Master in Teaching program at Instituto Franklin-UAH provided practical and theoretical knowledge for teaching in an ESL classroom. The classes were insightful, and the professors were very knowledgable in their fields of bilingual and international education. I especially enjoyed learning about comparative education systems. Developing communicative lessons for the classroom was another highlight of this program. The feedback from the professors and my classmates helped me to develop and improve my teaching skills. The Master in Teaching program helped me to reach my professional goals once back in the United States. This experience impressed employers, and it helped me to land my dream career of working with adult English Language Learners in Chicago.

How can this program be improved?
The process of obtaining the official paperwork after graduation was a bit tedious. I would recommend starting the paperwork as soon as it is available for request. The faculty is helpful in clarifying what must be done to obtain the paperwork, though.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kathy
8/10

Masters in Teaching

I completed my masters in Teaching in Institute De Franklin, in June 2016. I really enjoyed my time in Spain and was placed in a secondary bilingual school along side completing my masters. It was a challenge and I met some amazing people on the course. The lecturers were very helpful and encouraging. I continued to work another year in the school in IES Complutense as a teaching assistant. I returned to Ireland to work for 6 months and now I am starting work in Naples Italy in a school.
The masters was challenging at times but I found myself enjoying and rising to the challenge. We were given the tools to help us teach. We received great support from the staff of the university and have made some wonderful friends who also completed the course. I highley recommend doing this Masters in Teaching and loved my time in Spain.

How can this program be improved?
I have not received my transcript but I believe its very complicated to do this. This should be part of our graduation and its expensive and complicated to complete.
Yes, I recommend this program
Sam
9/10

Great Experience

In general I had a great experience. The program itself was well set up and the staff was very helpful. I found that most of my classes were applicable to the things I was teaching at my school. I learned a great deal, and all of my classes helped me to better serve my students in the Spanish education system. Although there was a lot of work to be done, I feel that the amount of schoolwork/ homework was compatible with the amount of hours I had to work during the week. It was a lot of work but definitely doable.
Something I loved was, the trouble free way that they go about helping you obtain your short-term visa. The Spanish bureaucracy can be difficult to navigate and their help with this process made things much easier.
As an alumna I keep in touch with the Instituto Franklin and find that it is a great networking tool.
Overall, the program served me well, I enjoyed my time there and I would definitely recommend this program for anyone who is passionate about the education system and who would like to learn about a different education system while getting hands-on experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Beri
7/10

Great Place to Get Your Masters and Stay Another Year in Spain!

I graduated class of 2017 and got my degree in Bilingual Education. There is a lot of support from staff members and they are very helpful. Although the classes are helpful and give you insight on how to prepare, plan, and manage classes, it is 5 hours every Friday. Which can be exhausting after working a four hour day and then later commuting to Alcala. Luckily many of the teachers are flexible and understanding to our situation and are always willing to help. This program can open up many opportunities for ESL teaching, at the moment I'm teaching and working in Vietnam because of it. There are also guidelines to getting the degree accredited in the states. I would recommend this program and especially to people who want to stay another year in Madrid and further their education.

How can this program be improved?
Finding ways to get the degree automatically accredited in the states instead of going through a third party.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Julianne
8/10

Masters of Bilingual Education

I went to Alcala University to get a Masters of Bilingual and Multicultural Education in 2016/2017. I had a positive experience, where the tuition (in comparison with the US) was very low, and the benefits were high. The program coordinators go out of their way to help you and you study with the same group of people for every class so you become quite close. This particular masters that I studied is really aiming towards teaching ESL. Be ready to work a full time schedule in a school and take classes on Friday for 5 hours, as well as completing homework. As this is a masters overseas, make sure that the accreditation is valid in your home state. If you are planning to do a Phd after completing this masters, make sure to research that this masters will help you on your road there, as this is a one year masters called a masters propio in Spain. I moved to Vietnam after completing this Masters and with a recommendation from my program coordinator, I was hired in an International School here (I am also a certified teacher in the States). I highly recommend this program if you are interested in a career in Education.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Claire
7/10

Depends on What You're Looking for...

Some of the instructors we had were excellent. I was really academically challenged in several of my classes, and intrigued with the material. I have used and will continue to use a lot of what I learned in some of my classes. Although I would have rather had a separate year for a teaching practicum, doing the masters and teaching concurrently assured that I could directly apply what I learned in the program into the classrooms I was working it.

I knew I was going to be busy, but I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into. This program necessitates constant time management, and I was ALWAYS working, planning, or studying. This is definitely not the program for you if you're looking to spend a lot of time traveling throughout the duration of the program, and it's a very experience from a study abroad.

That being said, I am glad I pushed myself through the program. I grew as a student and also as an educator. I continue to stay in touch with many of my classmates, who were perhaps the best resource I had during the program.

How can this program be improved?
This program was laughably understaffed. I'm glad to see it growing, but they need to make sure they are expanding with enough support and resources for students.
Yes, I recommend this program
Sam
8/10

Great Experience

I had a great experience with the Teach and Learn program. A majority of the classes were useful and very applicable to my teaching experience. I was able to learn a great deal about the Spanish education system. I also made great friendships from my cohort. Learning about this system helped me with my teaching experience in Spain. I felt that the workload from the classes was doable and compatible with the amount of teaching. It wasn't easy, but it was doable.
I know from others in my cohort that each experience is different. That's something that should be expected since there are so many different schools who are partnered with the program.
Overall my experience was a positive one, and I highly recommend the Teach and Learn program.

How can this program be improved?
I think official academic advisors with periodic mandatory meetings would be beneficial for the students in the teach and learn program. I think I could have benefited more and had better direction for my end of year project if I had more meetings with my academic advisor.
Yes, I recommend this program

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