Alicante, Spain

Summer Language + Culture

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Information for term Summer Language + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2019
  • Dates: May 20 – Jun 17, 2019 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 per session semester hours / 4.5 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Coastal Alicante has a relaxed feel and a rich culture sure to inspire you to learn all that you can about Spanish heritage. This summer, explore the Mediterranean region for four or eight weeks, and choose courses in cinema and Spanish culture - all taught in English.


Unique Experiences

  • Live with a Spanish family

    and drink in the language as you live like a resident of this festive city.

  • Fast-forward your Spanish language skills

    or get a deep look into cinema or Spanish culture.

  • Broaden your perspective of Spain

    with an overnight excursion and day trips full of remarkable sites.

  • hours of sun per year

  • tiles paving the promenade Explanada de de España

  • neighborhoods


Location & Culture

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Home to 350,000, the 3,500-year-old port city sits midway 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 Explanda de España, Alicante is full of distinctive Spanish flavor, balanced with cosmopolitan flair and multicultural presence.

Like many regions in Europe, Alicante is bilingual. Castilian Spanish is the primary language of most residents in the city of Alicante, and you’re unlikely to encounter the second language, Valenciano.

The Culture


  • Tours and activities include visits to emblematic sites like like Santa Bárbara Castle, the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, and the Old Quarter.
  • See more of Spain for a broader cultural picture with one overnight trip per session:

    • Valencia, north of Alicante on the Mediterranean coast to explore the historic city center and cathedral.
    • ​Granada, explore monuments like the Arabic palace Alhambra, cathedral, and Royal Chapel.

Daily Life

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    Homestay: Live with a Spanish-speaking family and immerse yourself in the local language and culture. Host families live in the downtown metro area – no more than a 30-minute commute from campus. Students should expect to use public transportation two to four times per day.



    All meals are provided. 

Alicante, Spain

Where You'll Study

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    Next to the Faculty of Education on the northwest extension of the main campus of Universidad de Alicante in San Vicente

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    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 25-30-minute ride

What People are Saying

  • Not only is it educational, the program's sets up so many activities to learn the culture and have fun!

    McKenzie, Oakland University, Summer 16
  • The students and teachers. I loved all of the different events they had planned for us and not only did I gain amazing friendships with the students, I will forever be connected with the staff also.

    Danielle, University of Iowa, Summer 16

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What you need to know

The program details

This summer program is designed for students to learn about Spanish Cinema and Spanish culture with a choice of one, or two four-week sessions. Content courses are taught in English.  

Classes are held at CIEE Alicante, next to the Faculty of Education of the Universidad de Alicante. Courses are taught by professional faculty from the Universidad de Alicante and instructors that specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language.



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    Students take classes only with other CIEE students. Courses are held Monday through Friday.


    Language classes: Students are graded based on results of quizzes, exams, and homework assignments, oral presentations, participation, and attendance. Content courses: Grades are based on participation, papers or projects, oral presentations, and a final exam.


    Class attendance is mandatory and absences affect final grades. Students should expect daily homework assignments. Teaching combines lecture and interactive approaches. Professors are familiar with second-language teaching methodology, and have worked with American, European, and other international students. They provide detailed syllabi, indicating material to be covered, exam dates, and expectations student.





Program Credit

  • Total credit: 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session
  • Contact hours: 45; credit - 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per session

Students take one course per session, and can enroll in one and/or, two four-week sessions.


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

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.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • 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
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

No Hidden Fees


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer Session I 2019 4 weeks Apr 1, 2019 May 20, 2019 Jun 17, 2019
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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 = $2,713 **

Housing = $970 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $4,150

Estimated Costs

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

International Airfare = $1,350

Local Transportation = $125

Books & Supplies = $75

Personal expenses = $525

Total Estimated Costs = $2,075

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

*** includes all meals

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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