Alicante, Spain

Spanish Foodie Culture

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Information for term Spanish Foodie Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 9 – 29, 2019 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 7 – 27, 2019 (3 weeks)


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Explore the culinary arts in one of the most popular spots on Spain’s Mediterranean coast.

Tour an olive oil museum and learn about the heart and soul of Mediterranean cooking. Visit tapas restaurants and chat with local chefs. Go behind the scenes in a traditional bakery to see how pastries are crafted out of dough. Witness a fish auction, tour a chocolate factory, and get a sneak peek to see how Alicante’s mouth-watering ice cream is made (some say it’s better than gelato in Italy). Take Spanish cooking classes and learn how to make dishes like paella.

As a “cultural explorer” in this program, you’ll discover foods unique to this region and learn about their historical and geographical context. You’ll learn about Mediterranean cooking and the food that grows best in the fertile surroundings around you, trace the historical ties of different local foods to Moorish and other cultures, and compare different foods from different regions of Spain to see what makes them unique. With each new dish you try, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the region’s different cultures, from past to present, and appreciate their influence on the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle.

Along with studying food as an art form, you’ll explore other cultural elements around you — fine arts, fashion, music, cinema, comic books and other popular entertainment — and then analyze and reflect on these in wider historical and cultural contexts. All of your experiences will culminate in your final project: a video of a gastronomic or artistic element found in Alicante, set in context with your own personal spin.

Spend your days fully immersed in the sights, sounds and tastes of Alicante. Catch live music at a local concert venue; join street dance classes or a rap workshop; get a taste for football culture, contemporary art and churros con chocolate on a trip to Madrid; and still have time to hang out drinking horchata de chufa (a sweet milkshake made with tiger nuts) on the Alicante beach.



    A broader understanding of the historical and cultural influences of gastronomy in Spain


    Round out your knowledge of Spanish art, music, cinema and popular culture


    Video project of a gastronomic or artistic element found in Alicante contextualized in terms of historical and cultural influences

Location & Culture

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This city on the beautiful Costa Blanca is known for its food, culture, and castle overlooking the beach.

Alicante’s relatively small size and perfect seaside location make it an ideal community for exploring the food products that abound along its coast and fertile valleys. Combine that with sunny weather, seasonal festivals (seemingly nonstop), and lively arts, culture and nightlife, and you’ll understand why so many visitors end up coming back.

Landmarks include the Castillo de Santa Bárbara, the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, and many historic churches that open their doors to visitors. Walk around the old quarter and the long waterfront to see the sites and stunning scenery at your own pace. 

Of course food will be a major focal point of your stay. Spain is famous for its paella and the best ones are made with rice grown in the Costa Blanca and Valencia areas. Alicante’s cuisine is typically Mediterranean, with lots of rice, olive oil, fresh produce, and fresh-off-the-boat seafood. If you’re not wild about seafood, there’s usually chicken on the menu and you’ll be hard pressed to find a restaurant or tapas bar that does not serve jamon and bread spread with tomato. Due to the climate and fertile soil, the oranges, cherries and other local fruit are especially juicy and delicious.

Daily Life

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Daily Life

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Activities & Excursions

Sample Activities

  • Get an inside, behind-the-scenes look at the “real” elements of Spanish identity.
  • Tour an olive oil museum, ice cream factory and chocolate factory.
  • Gaze in amazement at the displays of fruit, meat and more in the central market.
  • Tour the colorful street art and outdoor sculptures of Alicante.
  • Check out the latest creations from local comic book writers.
  • Trace the fingerprints of the Spanish Civil War on a tour of local shelters.
  • Visit a traditional flea market and bargain with the locals.
  • Drink in the tradition of coffee and cafés and their importance in Spanish culture.
  • Teach, learn and interact with Spanish students at a summer camp.

Sample Excursions

  • Experience both tapas culture and football culture on a two-night trip to Madrid. Visit the famous Real Madrid Stadium, the Reina Sofía contemporary art museum, and both music and cinema at a sing-along show.

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2019 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 9, 2019 Jun 29, 2019


Summer Session II 2019 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 7, 2019 Jul 27, 2019


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