Alicante, Spain

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Information for term Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 23 – Dec 14, 2018 (16 weeks)
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 9 – May 10, 2019 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Credit: 15 - 18 semester hours / 22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Awash in Mediterranean warmth, Alicante sparkles with beautiful beaches by day and festive energy by night. Here you’ll find endless opportunities to rapidly improve your Spanish and explore humanities and social sciences – taking classes at Universidad de Alicante with your peers, practicing with your host family, exploring open-air markets, and more.  And with outings to iconic monuments and nearby cities, plus cooking classes, hiking, and theatre, you’ll never run out of options.

Unique Experiences

  • Travel to another amazing Spanish city

    such as Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Murcia, or Granada for a weekend.

  • 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.

  • Communicate with Spanish students through Intercambios

    a conversation exchange program with Universidad de Alicante students that makes it easy to practice what you are learning and become a part of Spanish student life.

  • hours of sun per year

    3008
  • tiles paving the promenade Explanada de España.

    6.6M
  • students at Universidad de Alicante

    27,542

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.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • 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 and Guadalest Castle, Altea, Calpe, etc. or to Valencian Autonomous Community.
  • Discover another beautiful Spanish city, such as Granada, Madrid, or Valencia, as you participate in an overnight excursion.
  • 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!

LANGUAGE IMMERSION

  • Increase fluency faster with the CIEE Community Language Commitment – a promise that keeps you speaking nothing but Spanish in order to perfect your skills.
  • Take it a step further with new Spanish friends in linguistic activities,  where you’ll practice your Spanish language skills.

PROJECTS

  • Prepare for life after college with a for-credit internship at a national company, a nonprofit, or an NGO; learn more about the local lifestyle as you learn more about yourself.
  • ​Volunteer. Get to know the people of Alicante better - and say gracias for your stay by volunteering in one of many capacities, such helping disabled people.

Daily Life

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  • 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 40-minute bus ride to get in and out of Alicante.

  • MEALS

    All meals are provided. You will have meals with your host family.

Alicante, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE ALICANTE

    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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    Universidad de Alicante

    This modern campus hosts 28,000 students from all over the world, three miles from the city of Alicante.

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    Getting Around

    Students use the tram or the public bus system to get from campus to downtown Alicante, about a 20-30 minute ride.

What People are Saying

  • I loved the program in Alicante. Alicante was a great choice when deciding where to study abroad.

    Charlotte, Denison University, Fall 16

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What you need to know

The program details

By taking advanced Spanish language classes with CIEE and electives taught in Spanish at Universidad de Alicante, you’ll progressively tackle and conquer university-level concepts in a wide range of academic topics. Students need to have completed at least five semesters of university-level instruction in Spanish, with advanced proficiency.

Courses are taught by professional faculty from the Universidad de Alicante and instructors that specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take CIEE classes in advanced Spanish with other CIEE students at CIEE. Students enroll in additional liberal arts classes (taught in Spanish) at CIEE, or at the Universidad de Alicante with Spanish students and other international students. Students with six or more semesters of Spanish must take at least one course at Universidad de Alicante.

  • GRADING

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

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    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.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    2.5

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    5 or more semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent)

Curriculum

Recommended Credit

  • Total per semester: 15-18 semester/22.5 - 27 quarter hours
  • Total, academic year: 30–36 semester/45–54 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 45 credit - 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course

So many choices! Explore everything from audio visual communications to Mediterranean gastronomy to theory of law. Students enroll in five classes per semester:

  • One mandatory intensive Spanish language course at CIEE
  • Four elective courses chosen from CIEE courses and Universidad de Alicante direct enrollment courses
  • Students with 6+ semesters of Spanish are required to register in one direct enrollment (DE) course at the Universidad de Alicante

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.

Fall 2018 Courses

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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.

Students may choose to take language courses as electives.  Language courses should be chosen with assistance from their Spanish advisor on their home campus.

CIEE SEMESTER LANGUAGE ELECTIVES

CIEE CONTENT COURSES—IN SPANISH

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE COURSES

All Liberal Arts students with 6+ semesters of Spanish are required to take at least one Universidad de Alicante Regular Direct Enrollment (DE) course. Liberal Arts students with 5 semesters of Spanish may request enrolling in DE courses (upon discussion with the Director of the program). All DE courses are offered in Spanish for 4 credits (unless otherwise noted). CIEE students are expected to complete all work in DE courses as would a Spanish student.

Although UA official final exams take place in mid-January for the fall semester, Liberal Arts students’ final exams will either be arranged for mid-December or a proctor exam will be conducted in the student home institution. CIEE students meet with the Liberal Arts Director  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 center 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: Bourbons
Sociology of the Art
Social Politics
Spanish Medieval History
Spanish Medieval Literature
Spanish Economy in the European Union
Women Psychology

Spring 2018 Courses

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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.

Students may choose to take language courses as electives.  Language courses should be chosen with assistance from their Spanish advisor on their home campus.

CIEE REQUIRED INTENSIVE CYCLE LANGUAGE COURSE

CIEE SEMESTER LANGUAGE ELECTIVES

CIEE CONTENT COURSES—IN SPANISH

UNIVERSIDAD DE ALICANTE COURSES

All Liberal Arts students with 6+ semesters of Spanish are required to take at least one Universidad de Alicante Regular Direct Enrollment (DE) course. Liberal Arts students with 5 semesters of Spanish may request to enroll in DE courses (upon discussion with the Resident Director of the program). All DE courses are offered in Spanish for 4 credits (unless otherwise noted). CIEE students are expected to complete all work in DE courses as would a Spanish student.

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 will take place before the end of the semester. CIEE students meet with the Academic Director 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 year-long 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, Labor 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
  • 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
  • Marketing for Commercial Communication
  • Modern History of Spain
  • Psychology of Women
  • Sociology of the Art
  • Social Politics
  • Spanish Medieval History
  • Spanish Medieval Literature
  • Spanish Economy in the European Union


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
  • Internationalization Strategies
  • International Marketing
  • Introduction to Latin-American Literature
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Nutrition, Health, and Sports
  • Principles of Nutrition and Food Science
  • Psychology, Health, and Sport Activities
  • 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

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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

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, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & 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.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • 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
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions

Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

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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Fees & Housing

Fall 2018 16 weeks Aug 23, 2018 Dec 14, 2018
$15,850
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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 = $10,933 **

Housing = $4,450 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $15,850

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,700

Total Estimated Costs = $5,060

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching 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

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

Academic year 2018-2019 16 weeks Aug 23, 2018 TBD
$30,685
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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 = $21,318 **

Housing = $8,900 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $30,685

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $800

Books & Supplies = $600

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $5,400

Expenses during break = $900

Total Estimated Costs = $9,360

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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

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

Spring 2019 17 weeks Oct 1, 2018 Jan 9, 2019* May 10, 2019*
$16,450
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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 = $11,533 **

Housing = $4,450 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $16,450

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $1,000

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $160

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,700

Total Estimated Costs = $5,060

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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