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08/22/2014 - 12/19/2014
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Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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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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01/09/2015 - 05/23/2015
Deadlines:
10/01/2014
Credit:
15 - 18 semester / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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10/01/2015
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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

What better place to pursue your academic interests and improve your Spanish language skills than in the beautiful Spanish coastal city of Alicante. A unique combination of intensive language training, Spanish-taught courses in the humanities and social sciences, and direct enrollment opportunities at the Universidad de Alicante will ensure you’re on your way to becoming fluent. Homestays, volunteering opportunities, internships for credit, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions will provide a truly immersive cultural experience.

Study abroad in Alicante and you’ll:

  • Become a member of a Spanish family or live in the dorms with peers
  • Join a customized Language Commitment Program (QUIJOTES), a Conversational Exchange program (intercambios), and the Universidad de Alicante International Club
  • Enroll directly in Universidad de Alicante courses alongside local Spanish students
  • Participate in extracurricular activities and excursions in the Alicante province and Spain including visits to museums, sporting events, and theaters
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants
  • Bailey Minority Serving Institution Grants

    For minority students from minority-serving institutions who demonstrate financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC)

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    For students with a GPA or 3.8 or higher who excel in academic pursuits devoted to socially important areas of study

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    For students who demonstrate financial need, CIEE provides direct support for travel.

    Awards: Up to $1,500 per student

  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship
  • Michael Stohl Research Scholarship

    The Michael Stohl Research Scholarship is awarded to students studying for a semester or year who are self-identified as a 1st generation college student, demonstrate financial need, are a non-traditionally aged student, have a non-traditional background, and/or are planning to conduct research as part of the study abroad program. Preference is given to students from public higher education institutions. Awards range from $1000-$5000, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant
  • CIEE Global Ambassadors Merit Grant

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    Awarded to motivated students who are eager to share the many transformative benefits of studying abroad when they return to campus. Awards are based on personal statements from student applicants that demonstrate motivation and financial need based on estimated family contribution (EFC).

    CIEE Alumni Ambassador Grant awardees are required to either:

    Maintain an official CIEE blog during their semester abroad OR

    Act as a CIEE Alumni Ambassador on their campus after returning from studying abroad

  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships
  • Language Intensive-Focus Track (LIFT) Merit Scholarships

    For students who want to pursue an intensive language program for one academic year in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Senegal, Spain, or Taiwan

  • CIEE International Academic Internship Merit Scholarships
  • CIEE International Academic Internship Merit Scholarships

    For high-achieving students who want to combine an academic internship and study abroad

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

You’ll choose from a wide selection of language and content electives including anthropology, history, art, business and management, communications, gastronomy, and Spanish for future health professionals. Plus, you’ll take courses from the wide range of available options at the Universidad de Alicante, where you’ll study with local Spanish students. Internships – typically with local NGOs and NPOs – are available as well.

Excursions

Enjoy weekend trips to emblematic Spanish cities. Visit important cultural and historical landmarks in Seville, Barcelona, Madrid, or Granada. Take day trips to explore Alicante Province or the Valencian Autonomous Community. Explore sites like Guadalest Castle, the Canalobre Caves, the Algar Waterfalls, and Altea on the Mediterranean coast. An optional one-week trip following the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route is organized each semester for an additional fee.

Immersion

Make new friends, and perfect your Spanish language skills at the same time by interacting with Spanish students through Club de Español activities. You’ll take part in an engaging language exchange program, intercambios; participate in sports activities; go on nature excursions to see the Spanish landscape up close; and take part in fun activities around the city – all while speaking Spanish.

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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.

Program fees include:

  • 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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Fall 2014 (17 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/22/2014
12/19/2014

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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Fall 2015
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$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 **
$10,987
Housing ***
$4,450
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,250
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 (19 wks)
10/01/2014
01/09/2015
05/23/2015
$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 **
$10,987
Housing ***
$4,450
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,250
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 2016
10/01/2015
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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Academic year 2014-2015 (39 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/22/2014
05/23/2015

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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Academic year 2015-2016
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$30,100

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 **
$20,787
Housing ***
$8,900
Insurance
$113

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 *
$1,250
Local Transportation
$800
Books & Supplies
$600
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$5,400

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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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

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

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit is 15–18 semester /22.5–27 quarter hours per semester and 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours for the academic year. A full course load is considered five courses each semester.

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 Spanish language course during their first two weeks on site. For the remainder of the study abroad program, students take one required advanced level Spanish language course and three electives chosen from CIEE Spanish language courses, CIEE content courses, and Universidad de Alicante courses. All Liberal Arts students are required to take one regular University course as one of these electives. Students can also take the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership course as one of their electives.

Students moving to the spring semester Liberal Arts program from another program are required to take the intensive Spanish language course.

Academic year students must complete the Language Independent Study in place of the intensive language course during their second semester on site.

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About the City

About The City

Alicante is a historic Mediterranean port, inhabited for more than 3,500 years and favored by tourists for its gorgeous coastline. The medieval Castle of Santa Barbara keeps watch over the town from its perch atop Benacantil Mountain. After climbing high to see its beautiful views, people appreciate the easy strolling along the marina on the Explanada de España, a palm tree-lined walkway paved with 6.5 million marble floor tiles.

With a population approaching 350,000, Alicante is a thriving Spanish city. Alicante is an inviting place for students to begin their exploration of Spain or continue a previous journey. 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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Francisco Diez

Francisco Díez 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. Now, in addition to being center director, he is also the resident director of the Liberal Arts study abroad program. He speaks Spanish, English, and Catalan.

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Your study abroad experience is about to begin. Living and learning in a foreign country will allow you to grow as a student, while becoming a more global person. The city of Alicante, famous for its miles of soft sandy beaches, excellent weather, palm trees, and socio-cultural traditions, will be a magnificent starting point to many other aspects of your experience.

Upon arrival, you will discover that Alicante offers the lifestyle that includes everything you need. Over the years, the growth in population has injected a cosmopolitan feel to the city, while it retains much of its traditional culture. You will never be bored with so many fantastic places to visit—museums, historical buildings, miles of beaches, nearby charming towns, and evening entertainment—not to mention the fantastic weather all year-round.

If you are ready to accept this challenge, then get ready to live, swim, and dream in Spanish! I am looking forward to sharing with you my city on the Mediterranean.

— Francisco Díez, Resident Director and Center

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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.

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.

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Residence Hall—Study abroad 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. 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 options 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 a microwave.

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Orientations

Orientations

Students begin their study abroad experience in Alicante even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. 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. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

During the mandatory, three-day, on-site orientation, you'll be introduced to the country, culture, and academic program, and provided practical information about living in Alicante. The orientation seeks to inform you of issues relevant to your experience and help you 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 Center 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

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Weekend, overnight, and day trips to different Spanish cities, landmarks in the province of Alicante, and the region of Valencia add a highly relevant cultural component to the academic curriculum. The study abroad program fee includes one weekend trip, and three daytrips. Previous weekend trips have included visits to Seville, Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada. There are also several local daytrips in the Alicante Province or the Valencian Autonomous Community. An optional one-week trip to participate on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route is organized each semester for an additional fee paid on site. This additional trip takes places during fall and spring breaks. 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 Language Center at the Universidad de Alicante. 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 students is an integral part of the language program. Intercambios meetings will provide you the real-world opportunity to practice what you’ve learned in the language courses and will help you integrate into Spanish student life. The Intercambio sessions are organized with the collaboration of the School of Education at the Universidad de Alicante.

International Club

The Universidad de Alicante sponsors an International Club which organizes a range of activities, including optional excursions at affordable rates, to help study abroad students get involved in the local community and meet Spanish peers. You will also be able to enroll in such non-credit workshops such as cooking, horseback riding, sailing, hiking, flamenco, salsa, and theater.

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 day excursions and other local events. Spanish Helpers introduce CIEE students to the local culture, help them make friends at the University, and adapt to Alicante life.

Non-credit Internship

Interning abroad will prepare you for the challenges of a complex and integrated world. Internship projects provide not only a deeper involvement in local society but also a deeper knowledge of yourself – breaking the traditional borders between academic learning and personal growth. CIEE has designed specific placement projects with nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations.

Language

You'll take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society. Through the Liberal Arts program in Alicante, you can also opt to be part of the QUIJOTES language commitment project by which you agree both to speak in Spanish at all times as well as to participate in all project activities and meetings. QUIJOTES students have additional benefits (excursions, activities, and extra credit for the language courses) in order to foster the language commitment.

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 every-day life. Approximately 10% of Alicantinos speak Valenciano as well as Spanish, mostly at home. It has very 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

The Liberal Arts study abroad program is designed for students who have completed a minimum of five semesters of university-level language instruction in Spanish and achieved an advanced level of proficiency prior to participation. Students take a combination of CIEE courses designed specifically for advanced language students and regular university courses at the Universidad de Alicante (UA).

Academic Culture

Universidad de Alicante courses are lecture style. Teaching methods in the Spanish university system are different from those in the U.S. 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 CIEE fall semester starts in late August and exams for CIEE courses take place the week before Christmas. The official Universidad de Alicante fall semester begins in early September and runs through mid-January with a two-week break for Christmas. The CIEE spring program begins in early January with final exams for CIEE courses given at the end of May. The official Universidad de Alicante spring semester begins in mid-January and runs through late May or early June. For fall and spring courses early exams may be arranged, but CIEE can neither facilitate nor guarantee this for all UA courses. All Liberal Art study abroad students must take one regular university course.

CIEE courses are scheduled Monday through Thursday. Teaching methods in CIEE courses are a combination of lecture and interactive styles. It is important to understand that the program takes place at a Spanish University with native Spanish instructors, 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 program.

Nature of Classes

Students attend CIEE classes with other CIEE study abroad students only. Participants directly enrolling in Universidad de Alicante courses share classes with Spanish and possibly other international students. Students may also take additional independent workshops with Spanish students, in Spanish, through the Culture Department of the Universidad de Alicante (Talleres de Cultura). For additional information about these workshops, please check the Culture Department website: http://www.veu.ua.es/es/talleres/.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Spanish at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Through the Liberal Arts study abroad program in Alicante, students can also opt to be part of the QUIJOTES language commitment project by which they agree to speak in Spanish at all times. QUIJOTES students have additional benefits (excursions, activities, and extra credit for the language courses) in order to foster the language commitment.

Grading System

In language classes, students are graded on quizzes, exams, homework assignments, oral presentations, and class participation. Grades in the content courses are based on class participation, a mid-term exam, research papers, an oral presentation, and a final exam. Each individual professor determines the exact breakdown of grades. Most of the courses include compulsory field trips, excursions, and site visits with special assignments as part of class work. Attendance is mandatory for all CIEE courses and absences affect final grades.

Language of Instruction

Spanish

Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Alicante, professionals in the 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

Semester students take Comprehensive Advanced Spanish Review during the intensive session. Academic year students take the Language Independent Study during their second semester.

INDE 3003 ALLA

Language Independent Study
Students in the Liberal Arts program for a full academic year are required to take an Independent Study course during their second semester. In the past, topics have been related to such language areas as Spanish Phonetics and Phonology. Students meet with the CIEE Resident Director to discuss their area of study. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3502 ALLA

Comprehensive Advanced Spanish Review
This course consists of 45 hours of intensive language review in which students analyze different aspects of the more common language structures in order to achieve a solid foundation. This review is intended to be a good starting point before regular classes begin. Students also develop culturally appropriate skills for real, everyday life situations in Spain. Some activities take place in the local communities. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Required CIEE Semester Language Course

Students must choose one of the two offered courses according to their language level and in conjunction with their home school Spanish advisor.

SPAN 3014 ALLA

Advanced Spanish II: Proficiency in Spanish
This course is designed to meet the needs of students who, having reached the advanced level of Spanish, need to further their skills in all four competences: listening comprehension, oral production, reading comprehension, and writing production. The course makes use of a variety of contemporary registers, from the very colloquial to the more stylish ones. Special attention is given to the more complex structures used in everyday life in real Spanish. The purpose of this course is to provide students the necessary tools to produce statements in any of the varieties of language that a native speaker uses in particular social contexts. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3010 ALLA

Advanced Spanish Composition and Creative Writing
(This course is recommended for students with six semesters of College-level Spanish or equivalent.) Students achieve creative and innovative writing skills through the study of analytical, literary, and critical texts. Coursework focuses on stylistic variations while concentrating on other essential and interrelated writing elements, such as content, intention, and metaphors. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Semester Language Electives

Students may choose to take additional language courses as electives. Language courses should be chosen in conjunction with their home school Spanish advisor.

SPAN 3008 ALLA

Applied Spanish Linguistics and Principles of Teaching
This course is specially designed for education majors, Spanish majors, and those planning to pursue graduate study. Students explore the basic psychological processes of second language acquisition and how they inform best teaching practices. Students apply their skills to the teaching of Spanish in a variety of contexts. This course includes visits to different Spanish teaching classes as well as practical teaching sessions in public schools in Alicante. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3011 ALLA

Advanced Conversational Spanish: Registers and Colloquial Uses
This course is specifically designed to provide advanced students broader oral communicative competence. Students focus on the different language registers in order to understand and produce statements in any of the varieties of language that a speaker uses in particular social contexts. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 3012 ALLA

Spanish for the Health Professional
This course is designed to provide students with specific vocabulary, expressions, communicative strategies, and special constructions on health issues. Students learn the necessary tools to interact with Spanish speakers in health-related areas. To accomplish this, some grammar topics are reviewed so that health professionals and patients can make themselves understood in health-related situations. Their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills are improved as well. Also discussed are the cultural differences in the health profession between Spain and the U.S. in terms of labor and social situations. Texts at the student’s level, DVDs with subtitles in Spanish, and a guided visit to the Hospital General Universitario de Alicante provide students a deeper insight into the health profession in Spain. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Content Courses—in Spanish

AHIS 3001 ALLA

The Spanish Tradition in Art
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 fundamental Spanish masters. Students learn how to analyze a painting from the formal and thematic approach and apply these methods to masterpieces of Spanish art. The course includes visits to the cities of Murcia and Orihuela as well as different museums in order for students to gain a better understanding of the arts in Spain and in the Comunidad Valenciana in particular. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

ANTH 3002 ALLA

Social Anthropology of Spain and its People
The aim of this course is for students to analyze the different social and cultural diversity components within Spanish society. Students are exposed to the most important components related to the Iberian Peninsula as well as to the different cultural groups and their ways of social life. In this course, students not only understand the complexity, diversity, and most recent socio-cultural reality from a global perspective, but also from a regional and local perspective. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

BUSI 3002 ALLA

Human Resources, E-market, and Marketing inside Spanish Business and Management
In this course students will acquire a global perspective of Spanish e-market/marketing as well as recognize Spanish marketing/e-market strategies. Students will adapt marketing concepts to practical cases studies by identifying national differences among countries and create marketing plans taking into account the importance of cultural awareness in the Spanish/European market and the relationship between local and global markets. Moreover students will understand the impacts of integration on a company from a managerial and business perspective. Managers have to learn to “e-manage,” as opposed to simply “manage,” in order to survive in this digital environment. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

COMM 3301 ALLA

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Alicante as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 42. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

COMM 3001 ALLA

Communication and Society: Comparative Analysis of the Media
This course introduces a comparative analysis of the media both in Spain and the United States. Students study the history, structure, and characteristics of the media, gaining an understanding of the differences and similarities of the media between Spain and the U.S and a better knowledge of their societies. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HISP 3005 ALLA

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 further knowledge of Spanish culture. Students are evaluated on an 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HISP 3006 ALLA

Mediterranean Gastronomy and Wine Industry in Spanish Culture
This survey course covers an overview of the importance of the Mediterranean diet in Spanish life. Upon completion of this course, students understand Spanish topography and its effects on Mediterranean gastronomy and the wine industry in Spain. Students cover important aspects such as industry breakdown, the integration of Spain in the EU and its repercussions on agriculture and fisheries, the history of food and wine and its importance in the Mediterranean area, an overview of Spanish gastronomy, and wine production. Students in this class must participate in local excursions to different emblematic locations such as the Mercado Central and wineries in the province of Alicante, and to participate in gastronomic workshops. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HISP 3007 ALLA/SOCI 3002 ALLA

Spain through its Popular Culture
The aim of this course is to gain a better knowledge of Spain through Spanish popular culture, very well known by its native people, but sometimes difficult to understand by foreign students. The course explores present Spain by studying different aspects of the popular culture such as music, cinema, literature, comics, television, commercials, press, and entertainment. There is a triple approach: descriptive, analytic, and comparative with the U.S. All topics are illustrated with appropriate audiovisual materials.Students in this class must participate in local excursions to social and cultural emblematic locations in Alicante. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HIST 3005 ALLA

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. A profound understanding of these concepts is essential in order to fully understand Spain in the 21st century. In this course, we propose a historical investigation of the past and the present, which in turn 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. Students in this class must participate in local excursions to the historical emblematic locations in Alicante. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HIST 3006 ALLA

Three Cultures in Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims
This course studies the racial, cultural, and religious relations between Christians, Jews, and Muslims up to the unification of Spain to then focus on learning and understanding the current Spain as a modern nation. Students will analyse Spanish culture by exploring the Arab World and Islam, the European western Christianity, and the Jewish Diaspora. Present time vs. tradition, geopolitics and Euro Mediterranean relations, the role played by Spain as a joining bridge within these three major religions, as well as cultural and politic communities in Modern Society. Class lectures are complemented with visits to cultural and historical sites around the ancient town of Alicante and its province. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INRE 3004 ALLA/HISP 3008 ALLA

The Political Construction of the European Union
This course examines the key historical events leading to the founding and development of the European Union. It also examines and analyzes how the European Union developed with a special emphasis on institutions and relations with Spain. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3005 ALLA/CINE 3001 ALLA

Literature and Film: Two Genres in One
This course emphasizes the similarities between these two creative genres. The literary text, the script, and the visual text form a unity that, when well done, creates another piece of art. In this course, students view some of the most well-known and most representative films produced by the Spanish film industry in the last 20 years. They also read the literary texts on which some of these films are based and which are becoming classics in Spanish literary history. Students analyze and critique the films and literary texts with the goal of increasing their knowledge of contemporary Spanish culture and recent history. The aim of this course is not only to teach students how to analyze a film, but to show them how cinema can be enjoyable and didactic at the same time. This course also includes visits to La Ciudad de la Luz filming center as well as television studios and media centers. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3007 ALLA

Spanish Literature: Women in Contemporary Spain
In this course students explore contemporary themes in Spanish literature with professors who are experts in the field. Through reading critical and literary texts, students explore the theme of women in Spanish literature and as writers of texts. The course examines selected prose, novels, short stories, and memoirs by important Spanish women writers since the mid-19th century. Students explore themes of gender, such as relationships, sexuality, women and nature, women and politics, women and creativity, and myths of femaleness. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INSH 3003 ALLA

Internship
Academic year students may apply for an internship for credit while in Alicante. Internships are typically with non-governmental and non-profit organizations. Students meet regularly with an academic advisor, maintain a journal, and present a final project and presentation addressing the outcomes of their work experience and relevance to current issues in the field. Contact hours: 135-160. Recommended credit: 3 semester hours / 4.5 quarter hours.

POLI 3004 ALLA

Legal and Political Structure of Modern Spain
This course examines the evolution of Spanish politics during the 20th century. Students are introduced to the Spanish political system, the Constitutional Monarchy (the Spanish constitution, the three levels of power, the operational Justice Courts, and the relations between the Spanish Government and the Autonomous Regions), the political parties, political campaigning, the electoral system, the role of communications and politics, and Spain’s role in Europe. Students in this class must participate in local excursions to the City Hall, Court House, and other emblematic locations in Alicante. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

POLI 3005 ALLA/INRE 3003 ALLA

International Relations in the 21st Century
The aim of this course is to analyze the geo-political landscape of the world and take a contemporary pulse of the world as it is today. It focuses on the multi-polar world that is being constructed since the end of the Cold War and the beginning of the new century. This course attempts to interpret and construct a basic framework of the contemporary world order. It also covers the enduring problems of globalization, regionalism, nationalism and statehood, international migration, development and inequality environmental degradation, natural resource depletion, and war and global security. Finally, students learn to analyze and understand core issues and concepts in the contemporary international system. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

PSYC 3001 ALLA

Fundamentals of Personality
This course studies and analyzes personality, with its features and characteristics, and behavior and temper, which are all subject to psychological studies. This knowledge gives us tools to understand both our own, and other individual’s behavior, and it increases our emotional intelligence and social skills. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Universidad de Alicante Courses

All Liberal Arts students must take at least one Universidad de Alicante (UA) course. Although UA official final exams take place in mid-January for the fall semester and early June for the spring, Liberal Arts students’ final exams can generally be arranged for mid-December for the fall semester and late May for the spring semester. However, CIEE can neither facilitate nor guarantee this for all university courses. In order to choose from the widest range of university courses, students must plan to stay until the official end of the university semester. CIEE students meet with resident staff upon arrival to discuss and select University of Alicante courses.

Students are advised that the Universidad de Alicante may cancel courses due to limited enrollment and that some other courses may overlap. For this reason students should have at least two or three alternate courses approved. Students can explore Universidad de Alicante course offerings at www.ua.es . Please note that the Universidad de Alicante offers semester and yearlong courses. Students interested in beginning or continuing their study of a foreign language are eligible to participate and are placed based on the results of a Universidad de Alicante placement exam.

The following is a selection of subject areas.

  • Arts and Humanities: Arabic and Islamic Studies, English, French, History, Humanities, Spanish, Translation/Interpretation
  • Engineering and Architecture: Architecture, Building Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Multimedia Engineering, Sound and Image Engineering
  • Health Sciences: Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Optics and Optometry
  • Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Marine Studies, Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Law Studies: Business Administration and Management, Criminology, Economics, Geography and Territory Organization, Labour Relations and Human Resources, Law, Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Pre-school Specialty, Primary School Specialty, Public Management and Administration, Publicity and Public Relations, Social Work, Sociology, Tourism

Universidad de Alicante Courses taken by former students

Following is a selection of Universidad de Alicante courses, taught in Spanish, which former CIEE participants have taken. Please check with resident staff for availability. Updated class lists and website information may be found on the Universidad de Alicante website at www.ua.es.

Fall
Business Communication Marketing
Colloquial Spanish
Communication and Written Media
Elementary Psychology
European Union Countries
Foreign Trade: European Union
Fundamentals of Psychology for Social Work
History of the United States
Immunology
International Economics
Introduction to Latin American Literature
Introduction to Public Relations
Linguistics applied to Translation
Marketing for Commercial Communication
Modern History of Spain
Modern History of Spain II: Bourbouns
Professional Spanish
Psychology of Women
Sociology of the Art
Social Politics
Spanish Medieval History
Spanish Medieval Literature
Spanish Economy in the European Union
Women Psychology

Spring
Audiovisual Communication Techniques
Business Spanish
Contemporary Latin American Literature II
Developmental Psychology for Social Work
Educational Psychology
Environmental Law
History of America in the Modern World
History of Arts
History of Contemporary Europe
History of Contemporary Spain
History of Spanish Theatre: 20th Century
Individual Sports II
Internationalization Strategies
International Marketing
Introduction to Latin-American Literature
Introduction to International Relations
Islamic Material Civilization
The Human Body as a Mean of Expression and Communication
Nutrition, Health, and Sports
Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis
Principles of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Principles of Sport
Philosophy of Law and the State
Principles of Nutrition and Food Science
Psychology, Health, and Sport Activities
Relaxation and Emotional Self-Control
Sexual Behavior and Emotional Self-Control
Social Anthropology of Spanish Villages
Social Change Processes
Social Psychology
Sociology of Arts
Sociology of Contemporary Culture and the Arts
Sociology of Education
Spanish and the World Economy
Systems of Cities and Regional Areas in Spain
Teaching Spanish Language and Literature in Pre-School Education
Theory and Sociology of Law
Vocal and Auditory Training

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