Alicante, Spain

Summer Language + Culture

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Information for term Summer Language + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: May 18 – Jun 15, 2020 (4 weeks)
  • Credit: 3 - 4 per session semester hours / 4.5 - 6 per session quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA


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Explore coastal Alicante and the Mediterranean region for four weeks and gain insight into Spanish culture through the lens of Spanish cinema. Courses are taught in English at CIEE Alicante and complemented with immersive co-curricular activities designed to increase intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences


    and drink in the language of this festive city


    to historic sites and important landmarks


    with an overnight excursion beyond Alicante

  • hours of sun per year

  • tiles paving the promenade Explanada de España

  • neighborhoods


Location & Culture

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Home to 350,000 residents, 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, but you’re likely 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 to Valencia, Madrid, or Granada.

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.

    Residence Hall: 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.


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

    Residence Hall: Two meals per day 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, but the program sets up so many activities to learn the culture and have fun!

    McKenzie, Oakland University, summer '16
  • 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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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

All students take the required course: Intercultural Communication, Identity and Leadership in Alicante. Students can also enroll in an optional Communicative Spanish Language course taught in Spanish (1 credit). Classes are held at CIEE Alicante and taught by faculty from the Universidad de Alicante. The language course is 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 next to 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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    Students take classes only with other CIEE students. Courses are held Monday through Friday.


    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 of students.





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Course Information

Program Credit 
Total credit: 3-4 U.S. semester/4.5-6 quarter credits per session 

Course Credit 
CIEE courses: 1-3 U.S. semester/1.5-4.5 quarter credits; 15-45 contact hours 

Language of Instruction 
English and Spanish 


  • Students take one to two courses per session. 
  • Optional: Communicative Spanish course (1 credit) 

Course Notes 
Students studying with CIEE for multiple sessions may only take Communicative Spanish once.  

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
  • 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

Summer Session I 2020 4 weeks Apr 1, 2020 May 18, 2020 Jun 15, 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 = $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 = $1,200

Local Transportation = $150

Books & Supplies = $100

Personal expenses = $400

Total Estimated Costs = $1,850

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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