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Program Overview

Program Overview

Spend your summer improving your language skills and immersing yourself in Spanish culture in a city on the beautiful Mediterranean coast.

Summer study abroad in Alicante offers you two tracks of study. Students interested in beginning their study of Spanish, or studying about an aspect of Spanish culture in English, can take one, two or three, four week sessions. In all cases, a wide selection of challenging courses, homestays, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions provide you with a unique academic and intercultural experience abroad.

Study abroad in Spain and you will:

  • Take content courses in Spanish art, literature, film, and culture in English and/or Spanish; enjoy the support of the experienced resident staff
  • Live with a Spanish family and immerse yourself in Alicantino daily life
  • Enjoy an overnight trip to a different city of Spain; participate in several day excursions, and visit museums, galleries, etc. as well as other places of interest in Alicante province
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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.

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

The CIEE Difference

Intercultural Comparative Experience

Travel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.

Expand your global perspective. Choose to spend your intercultural weekend in one of these European cities:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Berlin, Germany
  • London, England
  • Paris, France

Coursework

Whether you choose the four, eight or the twelve-week program, you’ll have your choice of courses in archeology, gastronomy, art, cinema, economics, and language – taught in both English and Spanish.

Excursions

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The academic study abroad program is supplemented with excursions, guided tours and cultural activities. These activities include city tours to emblematic sites such as the Santa Bárbara Castle and MARQ (Archaeological Museum), or a historical tour of the Old Quarter of the city.

In addition, there is one overnight trip per session, allowing for exploration of other areas of significant historic and cultural importance. During Session I you’ll travel to Valencia, located on the Mediterranean coast approximately 110 miles north of Alicante. During Session II you’ll travel to the city of Granada to visit the most emblematic monuments such as the Alhambra, Cathedral, or Royal Chapel.

Homestay

Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and improve your language skills by living with a local family. It’s the ideal environment for authentic, meaningful cultural exchange.

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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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End Date
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Summer 2015 Session I
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,467
Housing ***
$970
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

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

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 2015 Session II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,467
Housing ***
$970
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

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

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 2015 Session III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$3,850

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, field trips, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$2,467
Housing ***
$970
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

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$125
Books & Supplies
$75
Personal expenses
$525

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 2015 Session I, II
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$6,930

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 **
$4,577
Housing ***
$1,940
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

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,500
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 2015 Session II, III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$6,930

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 **
$4,577
Housing ***
$1,940
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

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,500
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 2015 Sessions I, II, III
04/01/2015
TBA
TBA
$10,010

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 **
$6,687
Housing ***
$2,910
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

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,500
Local Transportation
$375
Books & Supplies
$225
Personal expenses
$1,575

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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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students take one course per session.

Participants are placed in appropriate language courses or courses taught in Spanish based on a language examination given on site at the beginning of the program.

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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 study abroad 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 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, Center Director

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Manuel Sanchez

Manuel Sánchez received his B.A. in English Studies from the Universidad de Alicante. His professional and academic experience involves research on technology applied to literature and digital libraries, and teaching. Manuel also works as an assistant professor in the Universidad de Alicante’s Education Department. Manuel speaks several languages and has published articles on digital humanities and sociolinguistics. He began working for the CIEE Study Center in Alicante as its Resident Coordinator in 2005. In 2009, he was promoted to Resident Director of the summer study abroad program.

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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

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Housing and all meals are included in the program fee. Study abroad students live in Spanish-speaking homes where all meals are provided. Each home accommodates only 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 CIEE 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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Orientations

Orientations

During the mandatory orientation session, you'll be introduced to the country, culture, and academic program, and given practical information about living in Spain. The orientation will help you make a gradual transition to Spanish life. A range of topics, including housing and family life, cultural differences, health and safety, gender and race issues, academics, and academic policies are covered. The orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing. At the end of the formal orientation, you'll meet your family and then move into their home in Alicante. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program. You may consult with resident staff throughout the program about any cultural adjustment issues you may be experiencing.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You will 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, and at numerous Internet cafés throughout the city of Alicante.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

The academic program is supplemented with excursions, guided tours, and cultural activities. These activities include city tours to emblematic sites such as Santa Bárbara Castle and MARQ (Archaeological Museum), or a historical tour of the Old Quarter of the city.

In addition, there is one overnight trip per session. Each trip will complement the student’s Alicante experience allowing exploration of other areas of significant historic and cultural importance. During Session I you'll travel to Valencia, located on the Mediterranean coast approximately 110 miles north of Alicante. You will participate in a city tour of the historic center, where you'll visit the Cathedral. In addition, you will visit the City of Arts and Sciences. During Session II you'll travel to the city of Granada where you'll visit the most emblematic monuments, such as the Alhambra, Cathedral, or Royal Chapel.

Language

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 Valencianoin everyday life. Approximately 10% of alicantinos speak Valencianoas 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

Academic Culture

CIEE courses are scheduled from Monday through Friday. Students can expect daily homework assignments. Teaching methods in CIEE courses combine lecture and interactive styles. Program professors are familiar with second-language teaching methodology. They also have several years teaching experience in Spain and abroad, and use a variety of teaching methods. Furthermore, they have worked with American, European, and other international students for many years and are familiar with their expectations. Each professor distributes a detailed syllabus indicating what material is covered, when exams are held, and what is expected from each student. Class attendance is mandatory and absences affect the final grade.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.

Grading System

In the language classes, grades are based on quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments, oral presentations, and class participation. Grades in the content courses are generally based on class participation, papers or projects, oral presentations, and a final exam. CIEE resident staff determine the exact breakdown of grades.

Language of Instruction

English
Spanish

Faculty

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

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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.

CIEE Spanish Language Courses

Offered in Session I, Session II, Session III.

SPAN 1010 ALSU

Beginning Spanish Language
This course is designed for students with no or one semester of college-level Spanish and focuses on providing students with survival skills in Spanish. Emphasis is on speaking and listening comprehension, but the course integrates reading comprehension and written expression as well. Students use a packet of materials designed by CIEE faculty. CIEE language courses include practical information on Spanish society and culture through fieldwork in the local community.

SPAN 2010 ALSU

Intermediate Spanish Language
This course is designed for students who have two-to-three semesters of university-level Spanish. This course builds upon previous work in the four communicative skills: oral expression, listening comprehension, written expression, and reading comprehension. Students use a packet of materials designed by CIEE faculty. CIEE language courses include practical information on Spanish society and culture through fieldwork in the local community.

SPAN 3010 ALSU

Advanced Spanish Language
This course is designed for students with at least four semesters of college-level Spanish and provides advanced speakers with an intensive review of Spanish grammar and syntax. Through practical exercises and fieldwork, students also develop oral and listening skills. Students use a packet of materials designed by CIEE faculty specifically for advanced English-speaking learners.

Session I

HISP 3007 ALSU/Food studies FSCI 3001 ALSU

Mediterranean Gastronomy and Wine Industry in Spanish Culture
(in English) This course covers a complete analysis of the importance of the Mediterranean diet in Spanish life. Upon completion of this course, students will understand Spanish topography and its effects on Mediterranean gastronomy and the wine industry in Spain. Students will 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.

LITT 3007 ALSU

Spanish Literature: Women in Contemporary Spain
(in Spanish) In this course, students explore contemporary themes in Spanish literature. 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, relationships, sexuality, women and nature, women and politics, women and creativity, and myths of femaleness.

FILM 3002 ALSU

Spanish Cinema
(in Spanish) In this course, students analyze some of the most well-known and representative films produced by the Spanish film industry from the transition to democracy to the present day. Students critique the films shown in class, with the goal of increasing their knowledge of contemporary Spanish culture and Spain’s recent history. The viewing of films in conjunction with subsequent in-class discussion serves as the framework for students to acquire further knowledge of the specific changes that Spanish society has undergone in recent times, contrasting these with the classic stereotypes of Spanish culture. Topics such as machismo, eroticism, gender roles, and religion are discussed in depth while learning about new movements in contemporary Spanish cinema. The aim of this course is not only to teach students how to analyze a film and give them the tools to do it, but also to show them how cinema can be enjoyable and didactic at the same time. Taking the cinema as a means of communication, not only of the author but also of the society where it is born, is the focus of this class. The course also includes visits to television studios as well other media and filming centers.

Session II

AHIS 3001 ALSU

The Spanish Tradition in Art
(in English) This survey course covers Spain’s major contributions to the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. The emphasis rests primarily on painting and architecture, especially on the fundamental Spanish masters. Students learn how to analyze a painting from different practical approaches (i.e. 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 different museums in order to get a better understanding of the arts in Spain and the Comunidad Valenciana in particular.

SOCI 3001 ALSU

Contemporary Spanish Society
(in English) This course provides an introduction to the most important aspects of Spain and Contemporary Spanish Society. It is designed to offer structured information about issues related to Spanish society today as well as to provide a forum for discussion for students as they interact with the people and institutions of this country. At the end of the course, students are able to discuss relevant issues facing Spain today with a satisfactory level of understanding; identify and comment on the major social players in Spanish society, including individuals and institutions; and carry out an insightful comparative assessment of issues that affect both Spanish and U.S. societies.

FILM 3002 ALSU

Spanish Cinema
(in Spanish) In this course, students analyze some of the most well-known and representative films produced by the Spanish film industry from the transition to democracy to the present day. Students critique the films shown in class, with the goal of increasing their knowledge of contemporary Spanish culture and Spain’s recent history. The viewing of films in conjunction with subsequent in-class discussion serves as the framework for students to acquire further knowledge of the specific changes that Spanish society has undergone in recent times, contrasting these with the classic stereotypes of Spanish culture. Topics such as machismo, eroticism, gender roles, and religion are discussed in depth while learning about new movements in contemporary Spanish cinema. The aim of this course is not only to teach students how to analyze a film and give them the tools to do it, but also to show them how cinema can be enjoyable and didactic at the same time. Taking the cinema as a means of communication, not only of the author but also of the society where it is born, is the focus of this class. The course also includes visits to television studios as well other media and filming centers.

Session III

HISP 3008 ALSU / SOCI 3003 ALSU

Spain Through its Popular Culture
(in English)
The aim of this course is to allow students 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.

COMM 3001 ALSU

Spain in the Media: Communication and Society
(in English)
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.

HISP 3007 ALSU/Food studies FSCI 3001 ALSU

Mediterranean Gastronomy and Wine Industry in Spanish Culture
(in English) This course covers a complete analysis of the importance of the Mediterranean diet in Spanish life. Upon completion of this course, students will understand Spanish topography and its effects on Mediterranean gastronomy and the wine industry in Spain. Students will 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.

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