Summer Intensive Spanish Language
New for Summer 2024!
TAKE AN OVERNIGHT EDUCATIONAL LANGUAGE STUDY TOUR
to one of the most emblematic cities in Spain
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE CULTURE
by living with a Spanish family
FIND THE PERFECT LEVEL OF SPANISH
instruction for your needs
PEOPLE VISIT ALICANTE EACH YEAR
TONS OF RICE ARE PRODUCED LOCALLY EVERY YEAR
MARBLE TILES ARE IN THE EXPLANADA DE ESPANA PROMENADE
With a historic cultural heritage dating back thousands of years, Alicante is one of Spain’s booming port cities 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.
Like many regions in Europe, Alicante is bilingual. Castilian Spanish is the primary language, but you’re likely to encounter the second language, Valenciano.
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.
Excursions & Activities
- Visit Valencia, Madrid, or Granada on an overnight trip
- Take a day trip to the Alicante Province or the Valencian Autonomous Community
- Go on guided tours of monuments and museums in Alicante
- Play soccer and watch the local team (Hercules) win
- Try your hand at cooking tapas to partake in Alicante’s traditions with local peers
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Housing & Meals
CIEE Alicante offers diverse housing options to ensure you're comfortable in your home away from home. From homestays to residence halls, your accommodation preferences will be met. Additionally, all housing options are located in neighborhoods with convenient access to public transportation, shops, cafés, and eateries.
- Homestays: Students live with a Spanish-speaking family, with or without another CIEE student, and immerse themselves in the city’s language and culture. Each student has an individual room. Host families provide three meals a day.
- Residence Hall: Students live in an off-campus residence hall, typically near the CIEE center and the Universidad de Alicante campus in San Vicente, approximately 30 minutes by bus or TRAM from the city center. Students will be able to walk to campus but should expect to use public transportation to get to and from the downtown area in Alicante.
Homestay: Three meals per day are provided by the host family.
Residence Hall: Meals are not included.
This eight-week program is designed for students to take their Spanish language skills to the next level while getting a taste of Spanish life on the Mediterranean coast. Students take two Spanish language courses, based on their skill level, that focus on conversation and written Spanish in context. Courses are taught by CIEE faculty that specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offering. By living with carefully selected host families, and by participating in cultural activities, students become integrated into the local culture.
The CIEE Spanish Intensive Language Summer program in Alicante is geared to students with different levels of Spanish, who are willing to make significant gains in the command of the Spanish language in a short period of time. Specifically, the program offers intensive curriculums for the following levels:
CIEE Alicante is located on the campus of Universidad de Alicante.
Universidad de Alicante was founded in 1979 and offers more than 50 degrees. It is located just three miles north of the city in San Vincente and hosts more than 35,000 students.
Students are placed into one of the two language levels depending on the results of a language placement exam.
Summer 2024 CIEE Courses
(syllabi available soon)
- SPAN 3007 ALSP: Spanish Language - Advanced Conversation
- SPAN 2007 ALSP: Spanish Language - Intermediate Conversation
- SPAN 3008 ALSP: Spanish Language - Advanced Writing Workshop
- SPAN 2008 ALSP: Spanish Language - Intermediate Writing Workshop
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.
Scholarships & Grants
CIEE offers 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
- CIEE Stem Scholarship
- Trailblazer Grant
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application.
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.
Fees & Housing
|Program Summer 2024 8 weeks
|Fees & Housing $8,850
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.
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 = $5,753**
Housing = $2,600
Insurance = $197Total Fees = $8,850
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 = $84†††
Books & Supplies = $50
Personal expenses = $180††††Total Costs = $1,564
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.
**direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students
†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
†††Transportation card for 8 weeks.
††††$100 emergency fund + cell phone expense + toiletries
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Introduction to your program plus practical information about living in your host city
Full-time program leadership and support in your city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
CIEE iNext travel protection
24/7 emergency on-site support
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...