alicante marina promenade
Alicante, Spain

January in Alicante

New for January 2025!

Study Program

Dates

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3 weeks

Costs

Credit

3 semester hours

4.5 quarter hours

Eligibility

Application Deadline

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Overview

Spend your winter break living and learning in one of Spain’s most beautiful port cities, Alicante! Designed for students from all academic backgrounds, this three-week January program invites you to discover some of Spain’s most characteristic cultural traits by the picturesque Mediterranean Sea.

Outside the classroom, you’ll have many opportunities to explore Alicante with classmates and faculty, including exciting day trips and one overnight excursion. You’ll also have free time to immerse yourself in the sounds, culture and community of Alicante, giving you an authentic taste of Spanish life! 
 

Unique Experiences

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BITE INTO ALICANTE AND SPAIN’S CULTURE

With small-group cooking lessons, foodie tours, flamenco dancing workshops, and wine tastings

MEET LOCALS

For a typical Alicante tardeo full of tapas and wine

EXPERIENCE THE MAGICAL SCENES

Of Spain's Christmas festivities, New Year's Eve celebrations, and the Three Wise Men Parade

3,008

HOURS OF SUN PER YEAR

115,000

TONS OF RICE ARE PRODUCED LOCALLY EVERY YEAR

1ST

MARINE RESERVE IN SPAIN: TABARCA ISLAND, BOASTING A WIDE RANGE OF FLORA AND FAUNA

Experience
  • Alicante harbor at night
  • Group of students hiking in the mountains of Alicante

Your Destination

With a historic cultural heritage dating back thousands of years, Alicante is a booming Spanish port city best known for its miles-long beaches, award-winning museums, and beautiful weather year-round. The city’s most iconic landmark, the medieval Castle of Santa Barbara, keeps watch over all of Alicante from its central location atop Mount Benacantil.

Considered one of the safest cities in Europe, Alicante is an excellent place to study. From its large student population to its reliable public transportation network, first-class educational opportunities, green parks, and café culture, this budget-friendly city is the perfect place to live and learn abroad. 

CIEE wants all our students to feel welcomed, supported, and empowered to succeed while studying abroad. Local CIEE staff have provided details about conditions and cultural attitudes that students with specific identities might encounter in Alicante.   

The Culture

seville flamenco class

Excursions & Activities

  • Tour Santa Bárbara Castle, the Old Quarter, and the Archaeological Museum of Alicante  
  • Visit important cultural and historical landmarks during an overnight trip to Valencia, Granada, or Madrid  
  • Go on walking tours of the different neighborhoods of Alicante and its surrounding villages and towns  
  • Play soccer and watch the local team (Hércules) win  
  • Engage in fun activities and workshops such as bike tours, wine tastings, cooking, flamenco or ceramics classes.
  • Become an alicantino; the local lifestyle will make you fall in love with Spanish traditions and customs 

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Housing
Academics

Academics

Students spend three weeks in January taking coursework complemented with co-curricular activities to immerse you in the culture and facilitate intercultural learning.  

GPA

2.5

Additional Requirements

Please refer to the detailed Program Essential Eligibility Criteria.

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Requirements

All students take one required course. 

Program Credit

Total credit: 3 U.S. semester/ 4.5 quarter credits 

Course Credit

CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Academic Culture

The program is made up of three weeks of classes with an intensive orientation beforehand. CIEE courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture. Class attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions.  

Class Format

Courses are for CIEE students only. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas. 

Grading

Assessment is based on the individual’s overall performance in the course, including essays, coursework, and final examinations or papers. The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. 

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Language of Instruction

English

Individual courses may have additional prerequisites; for CIEE courses, these are listed in the syllabi below. Students are responsible for having their own course approval conversations with their advisors.

Courses

Course Information

Languages and Cultural Studies

Course
Language
Semester Credit

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.
"(GI)" denotes courses that originated at CIEE's Global Institutes and that are offered at multiple CIEE sites.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Program January 2025 3 weeks Start Date End Date Fees & Housing $3,950

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel protection with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300*

Educational Costs = $2,820**

Housing = $750***

Insurance = $80

Total Fees = $3,950

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $0

International Airfare = $1,250††

Local Transportation = $50

Books & Supplies = $30

Personal expenses = $140†††

Total Costs = $1,470

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

See Scholarships

*non-refundable

**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

***includes all meals. Housing fees listed are for financial aid purposes only and should not be considered a basis for calculation of refunds.

For students in homestays, families provide all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). For students in residence halls/apartments, you should budget approx. $260 per month for groceries if you plan on making your own meals, and more if you plan on eating out regularly.

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

†††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries

What's Included

Tuition

Housing

Pre-departure Advising

Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions

Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet

Orientation

Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city

On-site Staff

Full-time program leadership and support in your city

Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities

Excursions and/or Study Tours

Travel Protection

CIEE iNext travel protection

24/7 emergency on-site support

Staff

Our Staff

Rocío Díez

Center Director

Rocío oversees all semester and summer programs. Rocio, who joined CIEE in 2015, has extensive working experience in the fields of communication and cultural management. She holds a B.A. in...

Vanesa Ruiz

Program Manager

Vanesa was born and raised in Alicante and earned her BA in English Studies from Universidad de Alicante and a MA in Teaching. She has been working in the field...

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