Alicante, Spain

Summer Intensive Spanish Language

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Information for term Summer Intensive Spanish Language

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: May 18 – Jul 13, 2020 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 10 semester hours / 15 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Spend eight weeks improving your intermediate or advanced Spanish language skills in the beautiful coastal city of Alicante. Immerse yourself in the sounds of Spanish all day long and get an authentic taste of Spanish life. Courses are taught at CIEE Alicante, in Spanish, and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • 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 fly into Alicante every year

  • tons of rice produced each year

  • marble tiles make up the Explanada de Espana promenade


Location & Culture

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A picturesque town on the Costa Blanca of Spain, Alicante boasts huge plazas, wonderful parks, stunning beaches, and a rich culture. It’s also experienced a development boom recently — along with rapid population growth. Mingle with the locals as you explore modern architecture, historic buildings, and shopping malls next to centuries-old open-air markets, all with a distinct Spanish flavor.

The Culture


  • 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.
  • Participate in intramural activities, nature and hiking activities, cooking and dance classes, cinema, and theater.


  • Extracurricular Activities:  are the perfect way to make friends with Spanish students, perfect your Spanish language skills, and have fun. Play sports, go on nature excursions, and take advantage of cultural events in the city. They will help you improve your language skills.

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Daily Life

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    Homestays: Students live in Spanish-speaking homes, where they are considered a member of the family with 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 CIEE via public transport. 


    All meals are included.

Alicante, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    A maximum of 30 minutes away from homestays, via public transportation.

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    Three miles from the city center.

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    Getting Around

    Public transportation options make it easy to get around the city.

What People are Saying

  • Everything was great, but for sure one of the most memorable and important experiences I have would be my relationship with my host mother. She has given me the opportunity to have the most memorable times in Spain, and I know that I will definitely be back in Spain just to visit her and her family if for nothing else!

    Magda, Temple University, Summer 16

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

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 three Spanish language courses – based on their skill level – focused on grammar and syntax, oral communication and conversation, and reading and writing. 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.

CIEE Alicante is conveniently 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. It offers a rich array of opportunities for students to get involved on campus.


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    Classes are for CIEE students only.


    In language classes, grades are based on quizzes, exams, homework assignments, oral presentations, and class participation. Content courses are graded based on class participation, a midterm exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam.



    Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.5.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 10 U.S. semester/15 quarter credits

Course Credit
CIEE courses: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits; 45-60 contact hours

Language of Instruction

Students are required to enroll in three Spanish language classes.

Course Notes
Students are placed into one of several language levels depending on their number of semesters of Spanish. Each level has three required classes and 10 credits.

Summer 2020 CIEE Courses

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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.


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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
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Alicante culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • 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


Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2020 8 weeks Apr 1, 2020 May 18, 2020 Jul 13, 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 = $5,943 **

Housing = $1,940 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $8,350

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $1,200

Local Transportation = $300

Books & Supplies = $200

Personal expenses = $750

Total Estimated Costs = $2,450

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

*** includes all meals

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

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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