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Program Overview

Program Overview

What better place to improve your Spanish language skills than in the beautiful Spanish coastal city of Alicante? Not only will you immerse yourself in the sounds of Spanish all day long by living with a host family and taking classes with native speakers, you’ll also live the Spanish life on the Mediterranean coast: having conversations on the beach, watching the palm trees sway, and exploring sea caves.

Study abroad in Alicante and you will:

  • Find the perfect level of Spanish instruction for your needs
  • Experience the unique Spanish Alicantino accent
  • Live with a Spanish family
  • Participate in extracurricular activities and excursions in the Alicante province and Spain including visits to museums, sporting events, theaters, etc.
  • Learn outside the classroom on CIEE class-based and extracurricular fieldtrips to cultural destinations, including a special overnight educational language study tour to one of the most emblematic cities in Spain.
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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 $5 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:

  • 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

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

Whether you’re just beginning your study of Spanish, or you’re already an advanced language student, we have four levels of instruction to suit your particular needs and abilities.


Weekend Study Tours, Day Fieldtrips, and Evening Excursions

Experience Alicante and surrounding areas during numerous daylong and extended excursions. Cultural activities are organized and conducted by language level to better support language learning and ensure small group experiences.


Immersion

Club de Español activities are the perfect way to make friends with Spanish students, perfect your Spanish language skills, and have fun at the same time. There is so much do to here, and you can do it all in Spanish! You can play sports, go on nature excursions, and take advantage of cultural events in the city. Also, you’ll improve your Spanish speaking by doing intercambios, an engaging language exchange program.


Volunteering

Volunteering is an important way to give back to the host community – and it provides the perfect venue for practicing your Spanish language skills with the locals. You might collaborate with a local NGO or help out at different socio-cultural organizations.


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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.

  • 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
Summer 2016 (8 wks)
04/15/2016
05/23/2016
07/18/2016
$7,350

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,992
Housing ***
$1,940
Insurance
$118

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,350
Local Transportation
$250
Books & Supplies
$150
Personal expenses
$1,050

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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Summer 2017 (8 wks)
04/15/2017
05/22/2017
07/17/2017

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 $500 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
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Credit for the program 10 semester / 15 quarter hours. Total program contact hours are 150 hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Study abroad students are required to enroll in three Spanish language classes at their level based on the results of a Spanish language placement exam.

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About the City

About The City

Alicante, with a population approaching 350,000, is an attractive town located on the Costa Blanca of Spain. The city boasts huge plazas, wonderful parks, stunning beaches, and a very rich culture. In recent times, Alicante has experienced a development boom and rapid population growth. Students will see modern architecture 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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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

You’ll study at the CIEE Study Center in Alicante and stay in one of the residence halls of the Universidad del Alicante, which is located on the northwest extension of the main campus in San Vicente. 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.

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 30 minutes by TRAM from the city center of 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. 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 students 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.


The mandatory three-day, on-site orientation will introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as 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. 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 find free wireless Internet access at the CIEE Study Center, at your homestay or residence hall, and at many other places 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 trip and two daylong trips. Previous overnight 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.

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.

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Academics

Academics

Academic Culture

Teaching methods in CIEE courses combine lecture and interactive styles, and daily homework is assigned. Each instructor 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 native Spanish instructors, and therefore students may notice differences in teaching styles. CIEE courses are scheduled Monday through Friday.

Attendance in class is mandatory and excessive 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 study abroad program or upon completion of the program. Travel plans should not be made before receiving the academic calendar on site.


Nature Of Classes

CIEE classes offered in Spanish are for CIEE study abroad students only.


Grading System

In language classes, students are normally graded on weekly quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments, oral presentations, and class participation. Grades in the content courses are generally based on class participation, a mid-term exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Each instructor 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 specialized in the field of teaching Spanish as a second language.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

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 canceled 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.

Students are placed into one of several language levels depending on the results of a placement test. Each level has three required classes.


Required Beginning Spanish Courses (0-1 semesters of Spanish)


Beginning Spanish Grammar and Syntax

In this course, students acquire the basic concepts of grammar, structure, and syntax to build a strong and broad foundation for further linguistic development. Students apply these skills to enhance comprehension of a variety of simple texts in Spanish. Courses are taught by experienced dynamic and energetic native instructors, and the teaching methodology draws from modern communicative approaches. Contact hours: 60.


Beginning Oral Communication in Spanish

This course emphasizes what students can do with the language, rather than what they know about the language. Specifically, students develop oral proficiency and listening comprehension skills through a variety of interactive and communicative approaches. Vocabulary development and pronunciation practice are important components of the course. Contact hours: 45.


Beginning Written Expression in Spanish

In this course, students acquire the basic concepts of written expression to build a strong and broad foundation for further linguistic development. Students apply this skill to reading and writing a variety of simple texts in Spanish. Contact hours: 45.


Required Intermediate Courses (2-3 semesters of Spanish)

Intermediate Spanish Grammar and Syntax

This language course covers the main grammatical aspects to give students the skills they need to activate the knowledge they have acquired in beginning language courses. The purpose of the course is to review the Spanish grammar and structures so that students are prepared for more advanced courses. 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. Contact hours: 60.


Intermediate Oral Communication in Spanish

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. Contact hours: 45 hours.


Intermediate Spanish Language: Reading and Writing Through Spanish Gastronomy

This reading and writing course presents an overview of the characteristics of the Mediterranean diet and its importance in Spanish lifestyle. Through a diverse set of readings students will learn about Spanish geography and topography and its effects on the Mediterranean gastronomy and the wine industry in Spain. Through written assignments and article productions students will also analyze important cultural aspects such as Spanish traditions, and festivities and their relation to specific Spanish foods and dishes. Contact hours: 45


Required Pre-Advanced Courses (3-4 semesters of Spanish)


Pre-Advanced Spanish Grammar

This is a course designed to move students beyond the intermediate level toward a more advanced command of the language with a focus on appropriate communication for carrying out academic and professional interactions. With those goals in mind, the course activities focus on helping students solidify and deepen interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational communication skills. Contact hours: 45.


Pre-Advanced Conversational Spanish

This course provides students with intensive practice in structured and spontaneous conversation in Spanish. Emphasis is placed on helping the student become more fluent in responding to spoken Spanish and in initiating conversations with Spanish speakers. Students also learn how to handle vocabulary deficits. Vocabulary targets student needs. Contact hours: 60.


Pre-Advanced Spanish Language: Reading and Writing through Spanish Cinema

In this reading and writing course students are asked to watch, analyze, and read critiques about some of contemporary Spanish cinema’s most emblematic films. Through reading assignments students acquire knowledge of the changes that Spanish society has recently experienced, contrasting them with classic stereotypes of the culture, and comparing to those portrayed in 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 to also have them produce written assignments where they explore and examine the intercultural and socio-historical background behind Spanish movies. Contact hours: 45.


Required Advanced Courses (5 or more semesters of Spanish)


Advanced Spanish Grammar

This course is designed to meet the needs of students who, having reached the advanced level of Spanish and 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 with 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.


Advanced Conversational Spanish

This course is specifically designed to help advanced students develop 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: 60.


Advanced Spanish Language: Reading and Writing Through Spanish Popular Culture

This reading and writing course is designed to gain a better knowledge of Spain through a deep analysis of its 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. A triple approach is followed: descriptive, analytic, and comparative with the U.S. All topics are illustrated with appropriate reading and audiovisual materials. Students in this class are required to produce a set of written articles based on their analysis and their participation in local excursions to social and cultural emblematic locations in Alicante. Contact hours: 45.

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