Spend three weeks this January learning about Spanish culture in a city on the beautiful Mediterranean coast, Alicante. Take a class in English, live with a Spanish family or in the residence hall, and participate in a variety of cultural activities and excursions that will provide you with a unique academic and intercultural experience abroad.
Study abroad in Spain and you will:
- Take a course about contemporary Spanish society
- Live with a Spanish family or in a residence hall
- Immerse yourself in Alicantino daily life
- Go on weekend trip to a different city in Spain
- Visit museums and galleries in Alicante
- Take a daytrip to explore the province
Scholarships & Grants
Scholarships & Grants
We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $5 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.
Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:
To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.
The CIEE Difference
The CIEE Difference
The program includes excursions, guided tours, and cultural activities that go along with your coursework. Enjoy faculty-led visits to fascinating locations in and around the city to get a taste of the real Spain. Spend a day exploring the village of Guadalest and the Canelobre Caves. Take a guided tour of the Santa Bárbara Castle, a fortification in the center of Alicante, the MARQ Archeological Museum, the Central Market, and the Old City District.
You’ll also take a weekend trip to explore another area of significant historic and cultural importance. You might go to Valencia, Granada, Madrid, or Barcelona.
Homestay or Residence Hall
Want a fully immersive experience? Live with a Spanish-speaking family located in the downtown Alicante area. You’ll have easy access to public transportation and a variety of cultural experiences! Looking for a more independent living environment? Stay with other international students in an on-campus residence hall near the CIEE Study Center. You’ll have a single en-suite room with a private bathroom.
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
Dates, Deadlines & Fees
We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.
- Tuition and housing
- Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
- Full-time program leadership and support
- Field trips and cultural activities
- CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the
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Students take one course.
About the City
About The City
With a population approaching 350,000, Alicante is a thriving Spanish city. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Alicante is an inviting place for study abroad students to begin their exploration of Spain or continue a previous journey. Students will see modern architecture alongside historic buildings and shopping malls next to centuries-old open-air markets. Although fast becoming a cosmopolitan and multicultural city, Alicante retains a distinct Spanish flavor.
Meet The Staff
Meet The Staff
Francisco Díez earned his M.A. in applied linguistics and Spanish language teaching from Michigan State University and is currently working on his Ph.D. in Gender Issues in Study Abroad. Originally from Alicante, he also studied at Sheffield Hallam University and taught Spanish for two years at Michigan State University. Francisco joined CIEE in 2000 as resident coordinator at the CIEE Study Center in Alicante, where he helped develop, produce, and run the socio-cultural and intercambios programs, and the Spanish language placement test. Now, in addition to being center director, he is also the resident director of the Liberal Arts study abroad program. He speaks Spanish, English, and Catalan.
Your study abroad experience is about to begin. Living and learning in a foreign country will allow you to grow as a student, while becoming a more global person. The city of Alicante, famous for its miles of soft sandy beaches, excellent weather, palm trees, and socio-cultural traditions, will be a magnificent starting point to many other aspects of your experience.
Upon arrival, you will discover that Alicante offers the lifestyle that includes everything you need. Over the years, the growth in population has injected a cosmopolitan feel to the city, while it retains much of its traditional culture. You will never be bored with so many fantastic places to visit – museums, historical buildings, miles of beaches, nearby charming towns, and evening entertainment – not to mention the fantastic weather all year-round. If you are ready to accept this challenge, then get ready to live, swim, and dream in Spanish! I am looking forward to sharing with you my city on the Mediterranean.
— Francisco Díez, Center Director“”
Jaime Ramírez, a native Sevillian, earned his bachelor's degree from the Universidad de Seville in business administration and MBA. at the Instituto Internacional San Telmo. Jaime participated in CIEE´s Internship USA, working for four months at the CIEE headquarters in Portland, Maine. He has also participated in several professional development staff exchanges with Georgetown University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jaime has been with CIEE since 2004 and is currently pursuing doctoral studies in work and organizational psychology.
Estudiar en España te permitirá disfrutar de una experiencia personal, profesional y cultural que nunca olvidarás. Al conocer España, su idioma y su cultura desarrollarás una nueva perspectiva y un nuevo punto de vista sobre tu propio país. Esta nueva perspectiva te beneficiará a lo largo de tu carrera profesional. Nosotros estamos aquí para facilitar tu integración e introducirte a conceptos de negocios y economía en España. No te será difícil integrarte ya que los sevillanos son amables y abiertos. Con el programa de Business & Society, podrás diseñar tu propia experiencia, mediante una combinación de cursos de empresariales de CIEE, cursos universitarios, programa de Intercambios y programa de prácticas en empresas.
— Jamie Ramírez, CIEE Seville Director “”
Manuel Sánchez received his B.A. in English Studies from the Universidad de Alicante. His professional and academic experience involves research on technology applied to literature and digital libraries, and teaching. Manuel also works as an assistant professor in the Universidad de Alicante’s Education Department. Manuel speaks several languages and has published articles on digital humanities and sociolinguistics. He began working for the CIEE Study Center in Alicante as its Resident Coordinator in 2005. In 2009, he was promoted to Resident Director of the summer study abroad program.
Where You'll Study
Where You'll Study
The Universidad de Alicante is one of Spain’s newest universities and is located three miles outside the city of Alicante. Established to serve the higher education needs of the province of Alicante, the Universidad de Alicante offers its 35,000 students the benefits of a modern campus with an international atmosphere. The CIEE Study Center is located next to the Faculty of Education and one of the residence halls on the northwest extension of the main campus in San Vicente. This location provides students direct access to university facilities.
Housing & Meals
Housing & Meals
Students live in Spanish-speaking homes where all meals are provided. In the homestay, each student is considered a member of the family and has the same rights and responsibilities as other family members. Homestays are located throughout the Alicante downtown metropolitan area – anywhere within a maximum 40-minute commute to the study center via public transport, with access to public transportation that students take to and from the university. Students should expect to use public transportation two to four times per day.
Students seeking a more independent environment should consider living in an off-campus residence hall with Spanish and other international students. This option is located near the Universidad de Alicante campus in San Vicente, approximately 40 minutes by bus from the city center of Alicante. Study abroad students who live in the residence hall will be able to walk to class, but should expect to use public transportation to get to and from the downtown area in Alicante. All meals are provided in the residence hall. The selection of vegetarian food at La Villa is not substantial so we recommend that vegetarian students choose the homestay option. All rooms are single en-suite rooms with a telephone (incoming calls only), TV cable, Internet access, and air conditioning. Students share a kitchenette with a small fridge and microwave.
During the mandatory orientation session, you'll be introduced to the country, culture, academic program, and practical information about living in Spain. The orientation will help you make a gradual transition to Spanish life. A range of topics, including housing and family life, cultural differences, health and safety, gender and race issues, academics, and academic policies are covered. At the end of the formal orientation, you'll meet your family and then move into their home in Alicante, or move into the residence hall. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program. You may consult with resident staff throughout the program about any cultural adjustment issues you may be experiencing.
You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You will have free wireless Internet access at the CIEE Study Center, the computer labs on the Universidad de Alicante campus, your homestay or the common areas of the residence hall, and at numerous Internet cafés throughout the city of Alicante.
Cultural Activities and Field Trips
The academic program is supplemented with excursions, guided tours, and cultural activities. These activities include city tours to emblematic sites such as Santa Bárbara Castle and MARQ (Archaeological Museum), or a historical tour of the Old Quarter of the city.
In addition, there is one overnight trip per session. Each trip will complement the student’s Alicante experience allowing exploration of other areas of significant historic and cultural importance. During Session I you'll travel to Valencia, located on the Mediterranean coast approximately 110 miles north of Alicante. You will participate in a city tour of the historic center, where you'll visit the Cathedral. In addition, you will visit the City of Arts and Sciences. During Session II you'll travel to the city of Granada where you'll visit the most emblematic monuments, such as the Alhambra, Cathedral, or Royal Chapel.
Alicante is historically and culturally bilingual, like many regions in Europe. Valenciano, related to Catalan, is the second language of the Alicante province. However, Castilian Spanish is the primary language of most residents in the city of Alicante, and you are unlikely to encounter Valencianoin everyday life. Approximately 10% of alicantinos speak Valencianoas well as Spanish, mostly at home. It has little presence in public or at the Universidad de Alicante. All homestay families are Spanish speaking, as are CIEE staff and Universidad de Alicante faculty.
CIEE courses are scheduled from Monday through Friday. Students can expect daily homework assignments. All CIEE professors have several years of teaching experience in Spain and abroad, and use a variety of teaching methods, combining lecture and interactive styles. Furthermore, they have worked with American, European, and other international students for many years and are familiar with their expectations. Each professor distributes a detailed syllabus indicating what material is covered, when exams are held, and what is expected from each student. Class attendance is mandatory and absences affect the final grade.
Nature of Classes
Participants take classes with other CIEE students only.
Grades are based on class participation, papers or projects, oral presentations, and a final exam. CIEE resident staff determines the exact breakdown of grades.
Language of Instruction
Courses are taught by Universidad de Alicante faculty and professionals in different fields.
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.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Contemporary Spanish Society
This course provides an introduction to the most important aspects of Spain and Contemporary Spanish Society. It is designed to offer structured information about issues related to Spanish society today as well as to provide a forum for discussion for students as they interact with the people and institutions of this country. At the end of the course, students are able to discuss relevant issues facing Spain today with a satisfactory level of understanding; identify and comment on the major social players in Spanish society, including individuals and institutions; and carry out an insightful comparative assessment of issues that affect both Spanish and U.S. societies.