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08/22/2014 - 12/19/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
15 - 16 semester / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/10/2014 - 05/10/2014
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10/01/2013
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15 - 16 semester / 22.5 - 24 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Advance your Spanish language skills and immerse yourself in local culture in the beautiful Mediterranean coastal city of Alicante.

Through intensive language coursework and content courses in Spanish, a conversation exchange program, excursions, and homestays, studying abroad in Alicante offers you an academically challenging and truly immersive intercultural experience.

Study abroad in Spain and you will:

  • Take a variety of courses including women’s issues, art history, cinema, international relations, and literature
  • Become a member of a Spanish family or live in the dorms with Spanish or international students
  • Participate in day excursions and field trips related to academic coursework; visit museums, theaters, cultural sites, and other important Spanish cities
  • Join the Club COOLtural and attend cultural events
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

In addition to language learning classes in grammar, comprehension, and oral communication, CIEE gives you access to various electives – taught in Spanish – ranging in subject from art, cinema, and theater to media, gastronomy, history, business, and literature. Study abroad students with higher levels of Spanish can also directly enroll in classes with their Spanish peers at Universidad de Alicante.

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Excursions

Weekend, overnight, and day trips to different Spanish cities, landmarks in the province of Alicante, and to the region of Valencia add a highly relevant cultural component to the academic curriculum. The program fee includes one weekend and overnight trip, and two-day trips. Previous weekend trips have included visits to Seville, Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada. There are also several local day trips in the Alicante Province or the Valencian Autonomous Community.

Immersion

Take part in the conversation exchange program, Intercambios, with native Universidad de Alicante Spanish students. It gives you real-world opportunities to apply what you’ve learned in your language courses and helps you integrate into Spanish student life.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (17 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/22/2014
12/19/2014
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,423
Housing ***
$4,025
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,600
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,700

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (17 wks)
10/01/2013
01/10/2014
05/10/2014
$15,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,423
Housing ***
$4,025
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,600
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,700

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
10/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 3-4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–16 semester/22.5–24 quarter hours.

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take an intensive language course during their first few weeks on site. For the remainder of the study abroad program students enroll in two Spanish language courses and two area studies courses in Spanish, chosen from CIEE or Universidad de Alicante Culture Department courses. A full course load is considered five courses.

Placement in the intensive course is based upon a diagnostic language exam given upon arrival in Alicante. Results of the intensive course determine the student’s language level for semester language classes. Orientation to cultural, social, and academic issues complements language study during the intensive session. Students can also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in addition to the requirements above.

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About the City

About The City

With a population approaching 350,000, Alicante is a thriving Spanish city. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Alicante is an inviting place for students to begin their exploration of Spain or continue a previous journey. In recent times, Alicante has experienced a development boom and rapid population growth. Students will see modern architecture and Internet cafés alongside historic buildings, and shopping malls next to centuries-old open-air markets. Although fast becoming a cosmopolitan and multicultural city, Alicante retains a distinct Spanish flavor.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Carla Botella

Carla Botella earned a Ph.D. in Translation and Interpreting from the Universidad de Alicante. She also holds an M.A. in New Technologies Applied to Education. Originally from Alicante, her professional and academic experience involves teaching, researching, and translating. She has both studied and worked in other European universities in the UK and in The Netherlands, and she is currently an Associate Professor at the Univerity of Alicante. Carla speaks several languages and has published articles on languages and translation. She joined CIEE in 2005 and became the Language and Culture study abroad program Resident Director in 2008.

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Alicante es una ciudad cosmopolita, fruto del encuentro de diversas culturas que supieron mezclarse poco a poco para convivir en armonía y aportar así cada una su granito de arena en la formación de su identidad. Sin embargo Alicante es una ciudad moderna pese al profundo peso de su historia, una ciudad alegre y viva en la que la magia de luz mediterránea cobra su máxima expresión, una ciudad de tamaño modesto en la que es muy difícil sentirse extranjero. Las palmeras, el mar, las playas y sus dos castillos dan la bienvenida a los visitantes. Por todo ello, y gracias al contacto con vuestras familias, vuestros amigos y profesores, en poco tiempo os sentiréis parte de ella y no turistas. Sin duda, será una experiencia personal y académica que nunca olvidaréis.

¡Bienvenidos y bienvenidas a Alicante! ¡Esperamos que la disfrutéis de todo corazón!

— Carla Botella, Resident Director

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Francisco Diez

Francisco Díez, Center Director and Resident Director of the Liberal Arts study abroad program, earned his M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Spanish Language Teaching from Michigan State University and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics. Originally from Alicante, he also studied at Sheffield Hallam University and taught Spanish for two years at Michigan State University. Francisco joined CIEE in 2000 as Resident Coordinator at the CIEE Study Center in Alicante, where he helped develop, produce, and run the socio-cultural and Intercambios programs, and the Spanish language placement test. He speaks Spanish, English, and Catalan.

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Beatriz Perez

Beatriz Ortín Pérez earned her undergraduate degree in English Studies from the Universidad de Murcia. Upon finishing her degree she spent one year in Ireland working at the high school level as a Spanish Assistant Teacher. In 2008 she earned her M.A.in English and Spanish Used in Specific Fields and Business from the Universidad de Alicante. In August of 2010, she was promoted to Student Services Director. In June of 2011, she earned a second M.A. in Secondary Education, also from the Universidad de Alicante.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The Universidad de Alicante is one of Spain’s newest universities and is located three miles outside the city of Alicante. Established to serve the higher education needs of the province of Alicante, the Universidad de Alicante offers its 35,000 students the benefits of a modern campus with an international atmosphere. The CIEE Study Center is located next to the Faculty of Education and one of the residence halls on the northwest extension of the main campus in San Vicente; this location provides students direct access to University facilities.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing and all meals are included in the study abroad program fee. CIEE students have two housing options: a Spanish homestay or an off-campus residence hall with other international and Spanish students.

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Homestays—Students live in Spanish-speaking homes where all meals are provided. Each home accommodates one student. Homestays are the optimal housing arrangement because of their contribution to the program’s goals of language and cultural immersion. In the homestay, each student is considered a member of the family and has the same rights and responsibilities as other family members. Homestays are located throughout the Alicante downtown metropolitan area-anywhere within a maximum 30 minute commute to the study center via public transport-with access to public transportation that students take to and from the University.Students should expect to use public transportation two to four times per day.

Residence Hall—Students seeking an independent environment should consider living in an off-campus residence hall with Spanish and other international students. The off-campus residence halls are located near the Universidad de Alicante campus in San Vicente, approximately 40 minutes by bus from the city center of Alicante. Study abroad students who live in the residence hall will be able to walk to campus, but should expect to use public transportation to get to and from the downtown area in Alicante. All meals are provided in the residence hall. The selection of vegetarian food at La Villa is not substantial so we recommend that vegetarian students choose the homestay option. All rooms are single en-suite rooms with a telephone (incoming calls only), TV cable, Internet access, and air conditioning. Students share a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Alicante even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions before leaving home. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. The CIEE goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help students understand more about the program and site, as well as their goals for the program, so that they arrive to the program well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards those goals.

During the mandatory, three-day, on-site orientation, you'll be introduced to the country, culture, and academic program, and are provided with practical information about living in Alicante. The orientation seeks to inform students of issues relevant to their experience and help them make a gradual transition to Spanish life. A range of topics including housing and family life, cultural differences, health and safety, academic and social goals, gender and race issues, academics, and academic policies are covered. The orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You'll have free wireless Internet access at the CIEE Study Centre, on the Universidad de Alicante campus, where you can also use the many computer labs, at your homestay or residence hall, and at numerous Internet cafés throughout the city of Alicante.

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Culture

Culture

Weekend, overnight, and day trips to different Spanish cities, landmarks in the province of Alicante, and to the region of Valencia add a highly relevant cultural component to the academic curriculum. The study abroad program fee includes one weekend and overnight trip, and two-day trips. Previous weekend trips have included visits to Seville, Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada. There are also several local day trips in the Alicante Province or the Valencian Autonomous Community. An optional trip to participate on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route is organized each semester for an additional fee paid on site.

You'll have access to a wide variety of weekly activities organized by CIEE, as well as to those offered through the International Club, which is run by the Universidad de Alicante Language Center. These socio-cultural and sporting activities include guided tours to monuments and museums in Alicante, intramural activities, nature and hiking activities, cooking and dance classes, cinema, and theater.

Immersion

Conversation Exchange Program

A conversation exchange program, Intercambios, with native Universidad de Alicante Spanish students is an integral part of the program. Intercambios will provide you the real-world opportunity to practice what you've learned in the language courses and help you integrate into Spanish student life.

International Club

For those students who want to make an extra effort in their Spanish language skills, the International Club offers the opportunity to practice Spanish, meet Spanish students, and learn more about Alicante and Spain. Club members hold regular meetings and sessions to explore the language, the culture, and the city in a fun and interactive way. They will have Spanish exchange partners and enjoy linguistic and cultural activities outside of class. Students in the club use Spanish only when communicating with other members and CIEE staff and faculty

Club COOLtural

Club COOLtural (CC) is a organization for study abroad students who want to get more out their time in Alicante. Basically, members meet every two weeks and they take part in cultural activities with other Spanish students and some of their teachers. The main aim of this club is for its members to speak Spanish all the time while learning and enjoying the culture. Also, all CC members should have a Spanish intercambio, and are responsible for the CIEE blog. By the end of the semester, students who are part of this club can really see some very good results in their language skills.

Cultural Events, Activities, and Cultural Week

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CIEE will provide you opportunities to interact with University students through different cultural events and activities. In the past, these sessions have been related to sport activities, flamenco shows, Spanish-English theater productions about life in Alicante, tours, and excursions. These interactive and interdisciplinary sessions overlap with course content and are an integral part of the program. You will also partake in other cultural activities throughout the semester. Cultural Week is an important part of the Language and Culture Program. For one week, all classes open their doors to students in the study abroad program and offer workshops and activities so that students can meet other professors and learn about different topics.

CIEE Spanish Helpers

CIEE Spanish Helpers are Universidad de Alicante students who guide CIEE students through orientation, organize and lead CIEE cultural activities, and participate in CIEE weekend fieldtrips, day excursions, and other local events to help them make friends at the University and adapt to Alicante life.

Volunteering

In collaboration with public schools and other non-profit organizations, the CIEE Alicante Study Center has created several volunteer opportunities working with senior citizens, children, and the disabled for students within the communities of Alicante and San Vicente. The Student Services Department will share more information with you about volunteer opportunities during the on-site orientation.

Language

As you gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourages you to use your language skills in everyday settings. The more you participate, the more a community that contributes to Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society develops.

Valenciano

Alicante is historically and culturally bilingual, like many regions in Europe. Valenciano, related to Catalan, is the second language of the Alicante province. However, Castilian Spanish is the primary language of most residents in the city of Alicante and you are unlikely to encounter Valenciano in everyday life. Approximately 10% of Alicantinos speak Valenciano as well as Spanish, mostly at home. It has little presence in public or at the Universidad de Alicante. All homestay families are Spanish speaking, as are CIEE staff and Universidad de Alicante faculty.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 1985, the Language and Culture study abroad program gives students the opportunity to take electives in Spanish, which are carefully designed to progressively advance their ability to understand and communicate concepts and ideas related to university-level academic work in such areas as art history, cinema, and literature.

The program is designed for students who have completed three to four semesters of university-level language instruction in Spanish and have achieved a low-intermediate level of proficiency prior to participation. Students who successfully complete the program can advance approximately two semesters to a level equivalent to high-intermediate or low-advanced, depending on their level upon entry, their effort and attitude, and the elective courses they choose.

Academic Culture

Students should expect to have classes Monday through Friday during the Intensive Cycle and Monday through Thursday during the regular semester. They can also expect daily homework assignments. Teaching methods combine lecture and interactive styles. Each professor distributes a detailed syllabus indicating what material is covered, when exams are held, and what is expected from each student. It is important to understand that the program takes place at a Spanish university with Spanish professors, and therefore students may notice differences in teaching styles.

Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall European experience, attendance in class is mandatory and absences affect final grades. Early departure for or late return from vacations is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the program, during the semester break, or upon completion of the study abroad program. Travel plans should not be made before receiving the academic calendar on site.

Universidad de Alicante courses are lecture-style. Teaching methods in the Spanish university system are different from those in the United States. Professors provide students with an extensive bibliography in the course syllabus, and it is expected that students make reference to these readings in their exams. It is the students’ responsibility to demonstrate that they can intelligently analyze and discuss themes mentioned in class lectures, in addition to citing secondary sources and outside readings recommended by the professor.

The fall study abroad program begins in late-August, while Universidad de Alicante classes beginning in early September. CIEE exams take place in late-December. The CIEE spring program begins in mid-January with final exams for CIEE courses and International Business Program courses given in mid-May. The official Universidad de Alicante spring semester begins in early February and runs through late May or early June.

Nature of Classes

Participants take CIEE classes in Spanish with other CIEE study abroad students only. There is a possibility to take one business course at the Universidad de Alicante with Spanish students and other international students. Finally, pre-advanced students with a higher level of Spanish have the chance to take regular direct enrollment courses at the Universidad de Alicante. A personal interview with the CIEE resident director and the direct enrollment coordinator to examine their level is necessary.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society develops.

Grading System

In the language classes, students are graded on the basis of quizzes, exams, homework assignments, and class participation. Grades in the content courses are generally based on class participation, a mid-term exam, research papers, and a final exam. Each individual professor determines the exact breakdown of grades. Attendance is mandatory and absences affect final grades. Some courses include compulsory field trips with special assignments as part of class work.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Alicante, professionals in different fields, and instructors specialized in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Intensive Language Courses

SPAN 2503 ALLC

Intensive Intermediate Spanish II
The intensive language course consists of 45 hours of integrated language instruction covering the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The purpose of the course is to give students the skills they need to activate the knowledge they have acquired in their previous Spanish classes. Cultural fieldwork and practice with the homestay family are also integral components of the course and complement language learning. Some interactive activities and simulations take place in the local community.

SPAN 3501 ALLC

Intensive Preparation for Advanced Spanish
The Intensive Preparation for Advanced Spanish course consists of 45 hours of integrated language instruction integrating the four language skills. The purpose of the course is to review the Spanish grammar and structures, as well as their pronunciation and oral production, so that students are prepared for more advanced courses.

Required CIEE Semester Language Courses

Language classes combine the grammar, written, and oral aspects of language with cultural and social issues. Every week students attend a language and culture workshop in which they experience different approaches and share their experiences with other students and teachers. Linguistic exchange with Spanish students is also organized as social and cultural integration is a primary goal.

The semester language courses are divided into several groups of no more than 12 students to accommodate different levels of language proficiency. Tutorials may be required for students who need more individualized attention. Students take two of the following courses.

SPAN 2004 ALLC

Grammar and Written Expression
The goal of this course is to build upon the foundation students have acquired in moods, tenses, syntax, and vocabulary and to introduce students to the nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the language. Emphasis is placed on written proficiency and reading comprehension through the study of applied structure.

SPAN 2005 ALLC

Oral Communication and Listening Comprehension
This course is designed to help students achieve proficiency in listening comprehension and oral communication. Students become capable of communicating in a variety of registers appropriate for different social settings and understand the cultural rules of conversation in Spain. The goals of this course also include correcting the phonological and intonation errors frequently committed by English speakers who are learning Spanish.

SPAN 3003 ALLC

Preparation for Advanced Spanish Grammar
The goal of this course is to further develop the foundation students have previously acquired in moods, tenses, syntax, and vocabulary and to improve their perception of nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the language. Emphasis is placed on written proficiency through the study of applied structures and real texts.

SPAN 3004 ALLC

Preparation for Advanced Oral Communication in Spanish
This course is designed to further develop listening comprehension and oral communication through the study of real situations. Students should be capable of communicating in a variety of registers appropriate for different social settings, and understand the cultural rules of conversation in Spain to become fluent.

CIEE Elective Course

CLST 3001 ALLC

Seminar on Living and Learning in Alicante
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Alicante is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Spaniards are different from and similar to themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Spain. Contact hours: 25. Recommended credit: 2 semester/3 quarter hours.

CIEE Content Courses—in Spanish

AHIS 3002 ALLC

Spanish Art and the Process of Painting
This survey course covers Spain’s major contributions to the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis rests primarily on painting and architecture, especially on the Spanish masters. Students learn how to analyze a painting from different practical approaches (for example, formal/thematic) and apply these methods to masterpieces of Spanish art. Students receive visual materials to complement the course instruction, as well as optional and mandatory guided visits to museums in order for them to gain get a better understanding of the arts in Spain and in the Comunidad Valenciana in particular. The theoretical component of this course is completed by an equally important hands-on art portion. The practical section consists of creating a piece of art.

CINE 3001 ALLC

Spanish Cinema
Students are asked to analyze and critique some of contemporary Spanish cinema’s most emblematic films. Through class discussion, students acquire knowledge of the changes that Spanish society has recently experienced, contrasting it with classic stereotypes of the culture, and comparing it with other U.S. films. Topics such as machismo, eroticism, gender roles, religion, terrorism, and violence are discussed while students learn about new movements in contemporary Spanish cinema. The aim of this course is to not only teach students how to analyze a film, but also to show them how cinema can be enjoyable and didactic at the same time. On a more practical level, students are asked to produce their own short film during the semester, and therefore cinematographic language, script writing, camera use, and editing notions are introduced in this course.

COMM 3002 ALLC

Spain in the Media: Understanding Spanish News and Advertisements
In this course, students study all aspects of Spanish society by reviewing and analyzing pieces taken from the different Spanish media resources: TV, radio, press, and advertisements. Each unit of this course consists of both a theoretical and practical component. By profoundly examining real materials, students gain a deeper understanding of present-day Spanish society. Students may visit the headquarters of a local newspaper and a radio station, and also an advertising agency. They learn about the Spanish media getting involved in Spanish society and culture. Blogging and creating their own newspaper and radio talk show, students are the real protagonists in the class.

EDUC 4001 ALLC

Second Language Acquisition and its Didactics
This course explores the process of second language acquisition and helps students understand different methodologies to be able to teach a second language by having both lectures and practical sessions, and by experiencing the role. Students who are considering the education field would benefit from this course.

HISP 3003 ALLC

The Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage: Religion, History, and Culture
The Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route that runs from the Pyrenees to the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, in the Northwest corner of Spain, is a fundamental part of Spanish culture and history. Originally a spiritual journey for devout Catholics, the pilgrimage now attracts people from many cultures and religions and has developed international significance. The approach to this course is interdisciplinary, encompassing the role of the Camino in Spanish history, art, architecture, and literature. The course emphasizes different aspects of popular culture such as gastronomy, music, legends, and traditions, helping students acquire a deeper knowledge of Spanish culture. Students are evaluated on interactive travel journal, a seminar-length paper, and two short tests covering the major themes of the seminar. Students may choose to participate on a five to seven day optional trip for an additional fee paid on site.

HISP 3004 ALLC

Culture, Festivities, and Traditions through Spanish Gastronomy and Wine
This survey course is an overview of the importance of the Mediterranean diet in Spanish life. Upon completion of this course, students are able to understand Spanish topography and its effects on Mediterranean gastronomy and the wine industry in Spain. Students cover important aspects such as the culture, traditions, and festivities and their relation to Spanish gastronomy. They also study the history of food and wine and its importance in the Mediterranean area, and an overview of Spanish gastronomy and wine production.

THEA 3001 ALLC

Experiencing the Art of Theatre in Spain
This performance-oriented course is designed for students who want to learn and explore the basic principles of acting and performance skills. Classes will focus on strengthening the voice, body movement and listening skills, observation, relaxation, concentration, and use of imagination through improvisation, theater games, scene study and drama exercises. Students will become familiar with the basic terms and concepts of process work for the actor through rehearsal and performance of selected scenes and monologues in Spanish. Acting styles and contemporary approaches will be introduced and studied through the use of texts, video and live performance.

HIST 3006 ALLC

A Journey through Time: Present-Day Spain’s Historic Past
The historic events that took place in Spain during the 20th century have greatly marked the personality of present-day Spain. Historic milestones, such as the Civil War, the Franco Dictatorship, the transition to democracy, and Spain’s acceptance into the European Union, have sculpted Spain’s identity; and a profound understanding of these concepts is essential in order to fully understand Spain in the 21st century. It is impossible to grasp a complete understanding of Spain without also taking into account the international scene. In this course, we propose an historical investigation of the past and the present, which helps us discern the future. We analyze the political, economic, social, and ideological keys to these diverse historic moments, and establish a relationship between the equivalent aspects we find in present-day Spain—all from a global and cosmopolitan perspective.

INRE 3001 ALLC

Spain in the European Union
This course explores the complex relationship of Spain in the European Union. It begins with a deconstruction of the European Union (EU) through analysis of its symbols, institutional structures and history. We also analyze a new way of understanding political power at the trans-national level and discuss the Europeanization of the continent through the euro and the construction of a European Identity. The role of Spain as a political actor is interwoven throughout our exploration of these European processes. Finally, Spain´s role as a stakeholder in the EU project and the positive and negative effects of its membership to Spanish society at large will be explored.

LITT 3008 ALLC

Spanish and Latin American Literature: Two Worlds in the 20th Century
This course explores and compares literature written in Spanish from both sides of the Atlantic during the 20th century. Students discover the different aspects, as well as the mutual influences and common characteristics of both. The course focuses on the most representative literary schools and authors who have most influenced present-day culture and literature. Students explore these two worlds by reading and studying pieces of important and popular works.

SOCI 3001 ALLC/GEND 3002 ALLC

Spanish Society: Gender, Violence, Immigration Issues, the Youth, Traditions, and Leisure Time
This course explores the present social situation in modern Spain. Students examine gender issues while exploring the role of women in Spanish society throughout the 20th century, including the political transition from dictatorship to democracy and the new role of women in Spain today. Students are also exposed to current social events in terms of violence against women and how the Spanish government is taking steps to improve and solve this situation. In addition, Spain is the closest and most immediate point for immigration into Europe. Finally, they also examine the culture of young people in Spain, and the different traditions and leisure possibilities in the country. Social films, documentaries, press articles, and other current materials are explored in class.

Universidad de Alicante Business Courses – In English

Language and Culture students also have the possibility to take one course from the International Business Program. These courses are offered by the School of Economics at the Universidad de Alicante, and its population consists of Universidad de Alicante economics majors and international students. Approximately there are ten course offered every semester.

Please, check the Universidad de Alicante website for more detailed information at economicas.ua.es/es/vri/international-business-programme/international-business-programme.html

Cross-Cultural Business Behavior: Doing Business in Spain
This course focuses on the importance of culture in the business environment. Business culture is different in every country and it has become the key to success. The main objectives of this course are to introduce the student to what has influenced Spanish culture and its effects on Spanish corporate culture; to highlight aspects such as cultural differences and cross-cultural communication; and to analyze both business etiquette and the way to carry out business negotiations in Spain.

Comparative Economic System
This course examines the major economic systems of the world in theory and practice: how economic systems work and how economic theory interacts with government policies, history, and culture to explain economic performance. Comparative analysis of the economic institutions of contemporary economic systems will be also carried out.

Economies examined will comprise some of the advanced market-oriented capitalist countries such as US, Japan, Sweden or Germany, the former socialist economies of Eastern Europe that have experienced long transitional periods, the socialist market economy of China, the economies of the developing countries and some examples of distinctive economic systems such as Iran’s Islamic-based economy, India’s model of integration in the global economy or Latin American models.

Strategic Decision Making
Our goals in this course are threefold:(1)to teach you some strategic considerations to take into account when making your choices. (2) to predict how other people or organizations behave when they are in strategic settings. We will see that these aims are closely related. Game theory provides us the tools needed to enhance our understanding of these strategic situations. We will learn new concepts, methods and terminology; (3) to apply these tools to settings from business and economics and elsewhere. The course will emphasize examples, and cases. Finally, we will also play several games in class.

The Economy of the European Union: Characteristics, Economic Structure, and Institutions
This course aims to analyze the past, present, and future of European integration on the basis of historic and economic reasoning. This process and its effects are assessed, taking into account differences in European Member States economies, as well as considering the EU as a whole at the international level.

E-Management
This course aims to introduce students to the information society and the effects that it has on business management processes, strategies, and human resources management. They understand the impacts of ICT integration on a company from a managerial perspective and are given insights about possible routes for success or failure. The main learning objective is to understand how a manager could be prepared to face e-business opportunities and threats.

Entrepreneurial Initiative: Starting and Running a Business
The objective of the course is two-fold. In the first part of the course positive attitudes towards entrepreneurial initiative are developed. The students learn how to develop entrepreneurial ventures and how to transform an idea into a business. While thinking about running a new business, potential entrepreneurs are faced with many obstacles such as administrative requirements and lack of finance or skilled labor. To seize new opportunities in the changing markets, businesses should be encouraged to innovate and exploit new ideas. In the second part of the course, students learn and practice necessary skills and tools for running a firm. The main management processes (planning, organizing, and controlling) are developed, taking into account modern and classic problems like globalization, ethics, sustainability, change, stress, innovation, and technology.

Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy
We are in times that need changes and we need people to lead these changes. This is a practical course that is intended to develop the managerial skills of future Chief Executives Officers and for people who need to lead changes in organizations. The most distinctive feature of the course is that it combines concepts and explanations with practice in a computer lab. The students follow all the phases in the process of business strategy, assisted by the lecturer as a Business Consultant. The main objectives of this course are: stimulate the entrepreneur’s initiative; learn to plan and implement strategies; and help to find good sources of innovative business ideas and turn them into real business solutions. The assessment consists of developing a business plan working in groups and presenting it to the class at the end of the course.

Introduction to Environmental Economics
The objective of this class is to assist students in observing and approaching environmental problems, as well as issues, in an objective and analytical manner without employing sophisticated models or quantitative methods. The case study approach is emphasized in this course. In particular, students are encouraged to consider how environmental economics can be applied to major environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, the impact of trade, carbon and other footprints, and the environmental costs versus the benefits of projects.

Global Issues on Quality and Environmental Management
Quality management and environmental management are key practices that have positive impacts on business competitiveness. The main objectives of this course are: to analyze the evolution of quality and environmental topics; to know the concepts and main tools about quality and environmental management; to know how to manage processes in organizations to meet customer needs; to determine how companies impact on the natural environment examining how firms can reduce their environmental impacts; to learn how to implement quality and environmental management systems.

Human Resources Management
The main objectives of this course are: keep in mind that every manager of a firm is a Human Resources Manager (HRM), give a general guide about how to manage people; argue how a HRM can be a strategic partner of any firm; have a general overview about the knowledge, skills and abilities that a HRM must have; and describe the fundamental tools, methods, and techniques that are used in a Department of Human Resources.

The International Financial Crisis and the Scope of Monetary Policy
In this course we examine the recent collapse of the international financial market and the role that monetary policy has played in its solution. We pay special attention to understand the characteristics of the banking system that have played such a prominent role in the development of the financial crisis, as well as to the development of new credit derivatives that, in an attempt to create new sources of funds and of hedging risk, have increased the exposure of banks to this type of financial troubles. Finally, students focus on the developments of monetary policy, in particular the new channels through which central banks have acted as lenders of last resort.

Marketing Variables: Decision Making in a Competitive Environment
This course focuses on the tactical and strategic decisions on marketing variables (product, price, distribution and communication) that a company faces in a changing and competitive environment. This course has a mainly practical approach. Students will manage the marketing departments of different companies competing in the marketplace. To analyze the performance of these companies, a virtual environment will simulate the real market.

Marketing in the European Union
Upon completion of this course, students should have a global overview of European marketing and be able to formulate and recognize European marketing strategies; adapt marketing concepts to practical case studies; understand national differences among countries; and create marketing plans and evaluate the implication of an enlarged European Union in global markets.

Retail Marketing
This course familiarizes students with the decisions and strategies involved in running a retail firm in national and international markets. Retailing is analyzed as one form of marketing. Attention is devoted to retail, merchandising, customer service, image, and positioning strategies. Methodology includes case study resolution in-class and presentations.

Tourism Economics
The main aim of this course is focused on providing an understanding of the basic concepts surrounding tourism as well as the fundamental role played by tourism in developed and developing countries. Different aspects of tourism are analyzed in the course such as sustainability, economic impacts, demand, supply, costs and benefits, social and environmental consequences, and tourism as a potential factor to develop destination areas.

Universidad de Alicante Direct Enrollment Courses – In Spanish

Pre-advanced students with a higher level of Spanish have the possibility to take one Universidad de Alicante Direct Enrollment course. Exams take place in mid-January for the fall semester and late may/early June for the spring. For some courses, exams can be arranged, but CIEE cannot guarantee this for all university courses. Students who are interested should talk to the Resident Director for permission to be granted and arrangements to be made. They will also meet with the Resident Director upon arrival to discuss and select University courses.

Following is a selection of subject areas. Students are advised that the Universidad de Alicante may cancel courses. Also, they can explore Universidad de Alicante course offerings at www.ua.es/es/estudios/index.html

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Health Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Law Studies
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