Alicante, Spain

Language + Culture

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Information for term Language + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

April 15, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 15, 2020
  • Dates: Aug 20 – Dec 11, 2020 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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The 3,500-year-old port city of Alicante sits on Spain’s dazzling Mediterranean coast and invites students of intermediate Spanish proficiency to come soak up the language and culture. Spend the semester immersed in language learning at CIEE Alicante and taking Spanish language courses and content courses in English at CIEE Alicante and our partner school, Universidad de Alicante. Make strides in your language learning by volunteering in the community or practicing with Spanish language buddies from the university. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • Travel to another amazing Spanish city,

    such as Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Murcia, or Granada.

  • Live with a Spanish family

    at their Alicante home – soak up the language and the culture as you live like a local in this vibrant city.

  • Learn alongside peers from Spain

    and other countries at Universidad de Alicante, one of the country’s newest universities with a modern campus and an international vibe.



  • students at Universidad de Alicante


Location & Culture

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Home to 350,000 residents, the 3,500-year-old port city sits centrally on Spain’s dazzling Mediterranean coast. From the emblematic medieval Castle of Santa Barbara high on Benacantil Mountain, to the lovely palm-lined marble tiled Explanada de España, Alicante is full of distinctive Spanish flavor, balanced with cosmopolitan flair, and multicultural presence.

Like other regions in Spain and Europe, Alicante is bilingual. Castilian Spanish is the primary language of most residents, but be on the lookout to encounter the second language, Valenciano.

The Culture


  • Put your coursework in context with visits to museums, theaters, and cultural sites.
  • Explore beyond the city with day trips to provincial highlights like the Algar Waterfalls, Canelobre Caves, Calpe, Altea, and Guadalest Castle, or to Valencian Autonomous Community.
  • Discover another beautiful Spanish city, such as Granada, Madrid, or Valencia.
  • Take your pick of nonstop activities offered weekly by both CIEE and the University Language Center – hiking, sports, cinema, cooking workshops, dance classes, theater, guided tours – boredom is not an option!


  • Make new friends as you practice your Spanish language skills with Spanish students during linguistic activities.
  • Join a language exchange program.
  • Play sports (soccer, basketball, etc.), go hiking, and take part in fun activities around the city – all while you speak Spanish!


  • Volunteer with senior citizens, children, or students with disabilities in Alicante or San Vicente. It is a great way to give back to your new home away from home – and interact even more with local citizens.

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  • Housing

    HOMESTAYS: Live with a Spanish-speaking family (with or without another CIEE student) and immerse yourself in the local language and culture. As a visiting student, you will be treated like a member of the family. Stay in the downtown metro area – no more than a 25-30-minute commute from the UA campus. Expect to use public transportation two times per day.
    RESIDENCE HALLS: If you choose an off-campus residence hall at Universidad de Alicante in San Vicente, you’ll live among Spanish and other international students. Plan on walking to campus, and taking a 25-30-minute bus ride to get in and out of Alicante.

  • Meals

    HOMESTAYS: Three meals per day are provided by your host.


    RESIDENCE HALLS: Two meals per day are provided.

Alicante, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE Alicante is next to the new Faculty of Education on the northwest extension of the main campus of Universidad de Alicante in San Vicente.

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    This modern campus hosts more than 32,000 students from all over the world, and is located three miles from the city of Alicante.

What People are Saying

  • I loved the homestay and my host mom is a gem. She is absolutely wonderful and made my experience truly a once in a lifetime experience.

    Elise, Babson College, Spring 17
  • I really loved this program and felt like the professors created an awesome environment that allowed the students to feel comfortable, but still challenged us.

    Margaret, Pennsylvania State University, Spring 17

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

The Language and Culture program is designed for students with 0-3 prior semesters of Spanish who seek to increase their language skills while taking courses in English across academic areas from both CIEE Alicante and Universidad de Alicante. The program begins with an intensive two-week Spanish course to facilitate cultural immersion. Courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Alicante that specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language.

Universidad de Alicante was founded in 1979 and offers more than fifty degrees. It is located just three miles north of the city in San Vincente and hosts more than 35,000 students. It offers a rich array of opportunities for students to get involved on campus.

CIEE Alicante is conveniently located next to the campus of Universidad de Alicante.


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    Students take CIEE language classes with other CIEE students, and electives either with other CIEE students at CIEE, or with Spanish and other international students at the Universidad de Alicante.


    In language classes, students are graded based on quizzes, exams, homework assignments, and class participation. In content courses, grades are based on class participation, a midterm exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Some include compulsory field trips with special assignments.


    Classes are held Monday through Friday during the intensive cycle, and Monday through Thursday during the regular semester. Attendance is mandatory. Teaching methods combine lecture and interactive styles. Spanish professors provide extensive bibliographies for students.



    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.5.


    0-3 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • CIEE courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • Universidad de Alicante courses: 4 U.S. semester/6 quarter credits; 60 contact hours, unless otherwise noted

Language of Instruction
Spanish and English

Students must take five courses, for a total of 15-18 semester credits, including:

  • One two-week intensive Spanish language course at CIEE
  • One semester Spanish language course at CIEE
  • Three elective courses
    • CIEE language or content courses
    • Universidad de Alicante courses  

Course Notes

  • Universidad de Alicante courses are taught in English, unless otherwise noted.
  • The Universidad de Alicante may change course offerings based on enrollment after students arrive. Students should have alternate courses approved in case of course cancellations.
  • Universidad de Alicante official final exams take place in early January (fall term) and June (spring term).  Language & Culture students can generally arrange their final exams for late December/May, respectively. However, CIEE can neither facilitate nor guarantee this for all university courses.  Students must remain on-site until all exams and coursework are completed.

Fall 2020 CIEE Courses

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Communication, Journalism, and Media

Semester Credit

History, Philosophy, Religion

Semester Credit

Languages and Cultural Studies

Semester Credit

Visual and Performing Arts

Semester Credit

Host Institution Courses

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Universidad de Alicante official final exams take place in early January (fall term) and June (spring term).  Language & Culture students can generally arrange their final exams for late December/May, respectively. However, CIEE can neither facilitate nor guarantee this for all university courses.  Students must remain on-site until all exams and coursework are completed.


Business Management Program courses offered by the School of Economics at the Universidad de Alicante are taught in English and taken by international students.

Approximately four courses are offered each semester. The Universidad de Alicante may change course offerings based on enrollment after students arrive. Students should have alternate courses approved in case of course cancellations.

  • International Marketing (fall semester)
  • Entrepreneurship Experience in the European Union (fall semester)
  • The Economy of the European Union: Characteristics, Economic Structure, and Institutions (spring semester)
  • Human Resources Management (spring semester)

Grades in the Universidad de Alicante business courses are based on a final exam, final project, or final presentation only. Attendance is taken and students who do not attend at least 80% of the classes will not receive a passing grade. 

Please check the Universidad de Alicante website at for more detailed information.


Language & Culture students may take Universidad de Alicante (UA)  courses in English. Students are advised that 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 alternate courses approved.

Students can look for specific courses in English at:

Below is a list of the most popular courses at Universidad de Alicante (UA):

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • MSI Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates & Fees

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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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Spanish culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 16 weeks Apr 15, 2020 Aug 20, 2020 Dec 11, 2020
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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 insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $12,588 **

Housing = $3,895 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,950

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 = $1,000

International Airfare = $1,000 ††

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,600 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,960

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.

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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

*** all meals are included

Students in residencia should budget $200 per month. All meals (and laundry) are included for students in homestays – 3 meals per day/7 days per week.

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

††† please note that this is a general approximation as some students may spend large quantities on personal travel, meals and purchases

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.

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