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Program Overview

Program Overview

On a mission to learn Spanish quickly? CIEE’s Language in Context program is your perfect study abroad match. Build a strong foundation in the Spanish language, and experience Spanish culture firsthand in the historic and relaxing Mediterranean city of Alicante. A combination of intensive language study, English-taught electives, and a conversation exchange program ensure you improve your language skills in no time. Plus, volunteering opportunities and cultural activities throughout the country help you become one of the locals.

Study abroad in Alicante and you’ll:

  • Take a variety of courses in subjects such as women’s issues, art history, cinema, international relations, and literature
  • Become a member of a Spanish family or live in the dorms with Spanish or international students
  • Participate in day excursions and field trips related to academic coursework, such as visits to museums, theaters, cultural sites, and other important Spanish cities
  • Join the Club COOLtural and attend cultural events
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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:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence

    $2,500 toward program costs. To recognize high academic achievement, CIEE offers a limited number of merit scholarships to our strongest students. These awards are based on students’ academic records, and on the submission of a personal essay describing to us how their CIEE program will impact their college experience and future career plans.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants

    The GAIN Grant helps cover airfare costs to and from CIEE program locations for students who demonstrate high financial need. GAIN Grants are available for short-term (January and summer), semester and year-long CIEE programs.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-grants/

  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

    Applicants for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can apply for the CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant, which provides both program cost support and support for airfare. Students will have to provide proof of having applied to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, upon request.

    https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/scholarships-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.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

In addition to language learning classes in grammar, comprehension, and oral communication, CIEE gives you access to various electives – taught in Spanish – ranging in subject from art, cinema, and theater to media, gastronomy, history, business, and literature. Study abroad students with higher levels of Spanish language ability can also directly enroll in classes with their Spanish peers at Universidad de Alicante.

Excursions

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Enjoy weekend, overnight, and day trips to fascinating Spanish cities such as Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Madrid, or Granada. You’ll visit important monuments and landmarks, and discover wonders like the Canalobre Caves, Algar Waterfalls, and the coastal village of Altea. You’ll also participate in fun activities like outdoor markets, museums, and sporting events to get a feel for Spanish culture at its best. An optional trip to participate on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route is organized each semester for an additional fee paid on site.

Immersion

Take part in the conversation exchange program, intercambios, with native Universidad de Alicante Spanish students. It gives you real-world opportunities to apply what you’ve learned in your language courses and helps you integrate into Spanish student life.

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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.

The program fee includse:

  • 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 button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
Program
Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Fall 2016 (17 wks)
04/15/2016
08/22/2016
12/16/2016
$16,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$11,957
Housing ***
$3,975
Insurance
$118

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

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,000
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,700

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2017 (18 wks)
10/01/2016
01/09/2017
05/12/2017
$16,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,408
Housing ***
$3,975
Insurance
$167

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

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,000
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,700

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Fall 2017 (16 wks)
04/15/2017
08/24/2017
12/15/2017
$16,850

Program Date Notes

Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,408
Housing ***
$3,975
Insurance
$167

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

*** all meals are included

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,000
Local Transportation
$400
Books & Supplies
$300
Visa Fees
$160
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,700

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.5 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.5
  • 0-2 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total credit for the semester is 15-18 semester/22.5–27 quarter hours.

Recommended credit per course is as follows:

  • Required intensive language course and area studies courses: 45 contact hours, 3 semester/ 4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Required semester language and content courses: 45 contact hours, 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.
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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students enroll in five courses/semester: an intensive Spanish language course, one required intermediate or pre-advanced level Spanish language course and three elective courses (CIEE Spanish language courses, CIEE content courses, and UA courses) in English.

Placement in the intensive course is based on a diagnostic language exam taken before students arrive in Alicante. Results of the intensive course determine the student’s language level for semester language classes. Orientation to cultural, social, and academic issues complements language study during the intensive session.

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About the City

About The City

Alicante is a historic Mediterranean port, inhabited for more than 3,500 years and favored by tourists for its gorgeous coastline. The medieval Castle of Santa Barbara keeps watch over the town from its perch atop Benacantil Mountain. After climbing high to see its beautiful views, people appreciate the easy strolling along the marina on the Explanada de España, a palm tree-lined walkway paved with 6.5 million marble floor tiles.

With a population approaching 350,000, Alicante is a thriving Spanish city. Alicante is an inviting place for students to begin their exploration of Spain or continue a previous journey. Alicante has experienced a development boom and rapid population growth. Students will see modern architecture and Internet cafés 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.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Francisco Diez

Center Director

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.

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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

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Rafael Valor

Resident Coordinator

Rafael obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in international trade at the University of Alicante, and he spent a semester abroad at the National University of Ireland. Rafael then taught high school in the United States through a Spanish government program. He started his career at CIEE in 2008, when he has taught several levels of Spanish language courses. In addition to directing this program, Rafael works as the Language and Internship Coordinator at CIEE Alicante. He served twice on the visiting professors program at Wofford College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Spanish School at Middlebury College.

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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.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing and all meals are included in the study abroad program fee. CIEE students have two housing options: a Spanish homestay or an off-campus residence hall with other international and Spanish students.

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Homestays—Students live in Spanish-speaking homes where all meals are provided. Each home accommodates one student. Homestays are the optimal housing arrangement because of their contribution to the program’s goals of language and cultural immersion. 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 30-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.

Residence Hall—Students seeking an independent environment should consider living in an off-campus residence hall with Spanish and other international students. The off-campus residence halls are 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 campus, 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.

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Orientations

Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Alicante even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

During the mandatory three-day, on-site orientation, you'll be introduced to the country, culture, and academic program, and are provided with practical information about living in Alicante. The orientation seeks to inform students of issues relevant to their experience and help them make a gradual transition to Spanish life. A range of topics including housing and family life, cultural differences, health and safety, academic and social goals, gender and race issues, academics, and academic policies are covered. The orientation includes both structured cultural activities and independent sightseeing. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You'll have free wireless Internet access at the CIEE Study Centre, on the Universidad de Alicante campus, where you can also use the many computer labs, at your homestay or residence hall, and at numerous Internet cafés throughout the city of Alicante.

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Culture

Culture

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Weekend, overnight, and day trips to different Spanish cities, landmarks in the province of Alicante, and to the region of Valencia add a highly relevant cultural component to the academic curriculum. The study abroad program fee includes one weekend and overnight trip, and two-day trips. Previous weekend trips have included visits to Seville, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, and Granada. There are also several local day trips in the Alicante Province or the Valencian Autonomous Community. An optional trip to participate on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route is organized each semester for an additional fee paid on site.

You'll have access to a wide variety of weekly activities organized by CIEE, as well as to those offered through the International Club, which is run by the Universidad de Alicante Language Center. These socio-cultural and sporting activities include guided tours to monuments and museums in Alicante, intramural activities, nature and hiking activities, cooking and dance classes, cinema, and theater.

Immersion

Conversation Exchange Program

A conversation exchange program, intercambios, with native Universidad de Alicante Spanish students is an integral part of the program. Intercambios will provide you the real-world opportunity to practice what you've learned in the language courses and help you integrate into Spanish student life.

With a growing population approaching 350,000, Alicante has experienced a development boom and rapid population growth. Students see modern architecture and Internet cafés 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.

Volunteering

While in Alicante, you can give back to your host community by volunteering. In collaboration with public schools and other nonprofit organizations, the CIEE Study Center in Alicante has created several volunteer opportunities with senior citizens, children, and the disabled for students within the communities of Alicante and San Vicente. The Student Services Department will give more detailed information to all students on the following options during the onsite orientation:

Cultural Workshops and Language Cafés

During the semester language courses, study abroad students participate in one Culture Workshop and one Language Café each month. The Culture Workshops incorporate such topics as colloquial language, flamenco, and current Spanish pop music into the curriculum. The Language Café is an activity designed to promote language production and oral interaction outside of the classroom. Students have class with their language professors in a café where they come prepared to debate and exchange ideas on previously proposed topics.

CLUB DE ESPAÑOL

Make new friends, and perfect your Spanish language skills at the same time by interacting with Spanish students through Club de Español activities. You’ll take part in an engaging language exchange program, intercambios; participate in sports activities; go on nature excursions to see the Spanish landscape up close; and take part in fun activities around the city – all while speaking Spanish.

Language

Valenciano

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 students are unlikely to encounter Valenciano in everyday life. Approximately 10% of Alicantinos speak Valenciano as 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.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 1985, the Language in Context study abroad program is designed for students who are beginning their Spanish language study or have completed up to two semesters of university-level Spanish, and wish to complete a full semester of academic work by combining language study with English language electives. The program consists of a combination of language courses that focus on basic concepts of grammar, structure, and syntax to build a strong and broad foundation for further linguistic development while emphasizing what students can do with the language rather than what they know about the language. Although students work to develop the four language acquisition skills – l listening, reading, speaking, and writing – the ultimate objective is to help students become communicative as quickly as possible and to develop survival skills in Spanish while also learning about cultural norms and the Spanish lifestyle.

Academic Culture

Teaching methods in CIEE courses combine lecture and interactive styles, and daily homework is assigned. Each instructor distributes a detailed syllabus indicating what material is covered, when exams are held, and what is expected from each student. It is important to understand that the program takes place at a Spanish University with native Spanish instructors, and therefore students may notice differences in teaching styles. CIEE courses are scheduled Monday through Friday.

Although extracurricular activities and personal travel contribute to the student’s overall European experience, attendance in class is mandatory and absences affect final grades. Early departure for, or late return from, vacations is not allowed. Any extended travel should take place prior to the start of the study abroad program, during the semester break, or upon completion of the program. Travel plans should not be made before receiving the academic calendar on site.

Universidad de Alicante courses are lecture-style. Teaching methods in the Spanish university system are different from those in the United States. Professors provide students with an extensive bibliography in the course syllabus, and it is expected that students make reference to these readings in their exams. It is the students’ responsibility to demonstrate that they can intelligently analyze and discuss themes mentioned in class lectures, in addition to citing secondary sources and outside readings recommended by the professor.

The CIEE spring program begins in mid-January with final exams for CIEE courses and Business Management Program courses in mid-May. The official Universidad de Alicante spring semester begins in early February and runs through late May or early June.

Nature of Classes

CIEE classes offered in either English or Spanish are for CIEE study abroad students only. Students who enroll in the Universidad de AlicanteBusiness Management Program or Direct Enrollment courses offered in English take classes with Spanish and/or other international students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society develops.

Grading System

In language classes, students are normally graded on weekly quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments, oral presentations, and class participation. Grades in the content courses are generally based on class participation, a mid-term exam, research papers, oral presentations, and a final exam. Each instructor determines the exact breakdown of grades. Attendance is mandatory and absences affect final grades. Some courses include compulsory field trips with special assignments as part of class work.

Language of Instruction

English
Spanish

Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Alicante, professionals in different fields, and instructors specialized in the field of Teaching Spanish as a Second Language.

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

All Courses

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

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required CIEE Intensive Language Courses

Students will have to choose 1 one these language courses according to their level: Beginning students (0-1 semesters) will chose option 1 and Intermediate I students (1-2 semesters) will choose option 2:

OPTION 1:

SPAN 1501 ALIC

Intensive Beginning Spanish
In this course, students develop survival skills in Spanish while also learning about cultural norms and the Spanish lifestyle. An introduction to the basic rules of pronunciation and grammatical structures forms the core of the course. Fieldwork and practice with the homestay family are integral components of the course and complement language learning. Some interactive activities and simulations take place in the local community. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

OPTION 2:

SPAN 2501 ALIC

Intensive Intermediate Spanish I
In this course, students work on basic skills in Spanish while also learning about Spanish cultural differences. The basic rules of pronunciation and main grammatical structures are revisited. Fieldwork and practice with the homestay family are integral components of the course and complement language learning. Some interactive activities and simulations take place in the local community. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Required CIEE Semester Language Courses

Beginning students will enroll in SPAN 1001 ALIC (Option 1) and Intermediate I students will enroll in SPAN 2001 ALIC (Option 2). They will also have the chance to enroll in SPAN 1002 ALIC or SPAN 2002 ALIC as elective courses to get a deeper knowledge of the Spanish language.

OPTION 1:

SPAN 1001 ALIC

Spanish Grammar and Syntax
In this course, students acquire the basic concepts of grammar, structure, and syntax to build a strong and broad foundation for further linguistic development. Students apply these skills to reading and writing a variety of simple texts in Spanish. Courses are taught by experienced dynamic and energetic native instructors, and the teaching methodology draws from modern communicative approaches. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

OPTION 2:

SPAN 2001 ALIC

Intermediate Spanish Grammar I
In this course, students work on the main concepts of grammar to keep building a strong foundation of the language. Students apply their grammatical knowledge to reading and writing a variety of texts in Spanish. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Elective Course

COMM 3301 ALSP (ENG)

Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this class, participants will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help them communicate and engage more appropriately and effectively in Alicante as well as in other intercultural contexts. Students will explore various topics in intercultural communication in the context of their experience abroad, and will practice intercultural learning processes that they can apply when working across difference in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will increase their own cultural self-awareness and develop personal leadership skills to help them become more effective in an interdependent world. Learning will involve in-class exercises, active reflection, discussion, readings, field reports, short lectures, and out-of-class activities that engage students in the local culture on a deeper level. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE OPTIONAL LANGUAGE COURSES

SPAN 1002 ALIC

Oral Communication in Spanish
This course emphasizes what students can do with the language, rather than what they know about the language. To that end, the instructors draw upon the skills students acquire in the companion course, SPAN 1001 ALIC, to help them become more communicative and active with the language as quickly as possible. Specifically, students develop oral proficiency and listening comprehension skills through a variety of interactive and communicative approaches. Vocabulary development and pronunciation practice are important components of the course. Students also take part in the Intercambios program by meeting with Spanish university students in order to complete assignments and projects. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SPAN 2002 ALIC

Intermediate Oral Communication in Spanish I
This course helps students to further develop their oral and listening comprehension skills through a variety of interactive and communicative approaches. Vocabulary development and pronunciation practice are key components in the course. Students also take part in the Intercambios program by meeting with Spanish university students in order to complete assignments and projects. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Area Studies Courses—in English

AHIS 3003 ALIC

Spanish Art and the Process of Painting
This course offers an overview of modern and contemporary visual arts in Spain. Emphasis is placed on painting. Students learn to analyze a painting from different practical approaches (for example, formal/thematic) and apply these methods to masterpieces of Spanish Art. The theoretical component of this course is completed by an equally important hands-on art portion. The practical section is based on practicing the painting methods presented in the theoretical section by creating works of art. Visits to different museums are scheduled, helping students understand the arts in Spain and the Valencian Community in particular. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CINE 3001 ALSP (ENG)

Spanish Cinema
Students are asked to analyze and critique some of the contemporary Spanish film industry’s most renowned and representative films. In conjunction with class discussions, students acquire further knowledge of the changes that Spanish society has experienced recently, contrasting it with classic stereotypes. Topics such as machismo, eroticism, gender roles, religion, terrorism, and violence are discussed in depth, while learning about new movements in contemporary Spanish cinema. The aim of this course is not only to teach students how to analyze a film, but to show them how cinema can be enjoyable and didactic at the same time. Cinema as a means of communication, not only of the author, but also of the society in which it is made, is the focus of this class. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HISP 3001 ALSP (ENG)

The Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage: Religion, History, and Culture
The Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage route that runs from the Pyrenees to the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago de Compostela in the Northwest corner of Spain, is a fundamental part of Spanish culture and history. Originally a spiritual journey for devout Catholics, the pilgrimage now attracts people from many cultures and religions and has developed international significance. The approach to this course is interdisciplinary, encompassing the role of the Camino in Spanish history, art, architecture, and literature. The course emphasizes different aspects of popular culture such as gastronomy, music, legends, and traditions, helping students acquire a further knowledge of Spanish culture. Students are evaluated on an interactive travel journal, a seminar-length paper, and two short tests covering the major themes of the seminar. Students may choose to participate on a five to seven day optional trip for an additional fee paid on site. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HISP 3002 ALSP

Contemporary Spanish Society: Politics, Culture, and Economy
This course provides an introduction to the most important aspects of Spain and contemporary Spanish society. It is designed to offer structured information about Spanish society today and to provide a forum for discussion as students interact with the people and institutions of the country. At the end of the course, students are able to discuss relevant issues facing Spain today with a satisfactory level of understanding, to identify and comment on the major social players in Spanish society including individuals and institutions, and to carry out an insightful comparative assessment of issues that affect both Spanish and U.S. societies. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HIST 3003 ALIC
Modern and Contemporary Spanish History (1492 – present)

This course is designed to give students a detailed understanding of Spain’s tumultuous history over the last 500 years. In order to fully understand the developments that have led up to Spain’s contemporary history, one must begin by studying Spain’s modern history from the rise of the Catholic Monarchs to its transformation into a first world Empire, the impact of the Peninsular War, and the rise of political strife in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The course places special emphasis on the Second Republic, the Spanish Civil War, the Franco Dictatorship, and Spain’s exemplary transition to democracy. These events and others are contrasted in relation to the historic events taking place in Europe. By the end of this course, students have not only become familiar with the important events in Spain’s history, but also have a clear understanding of the multiplicity of political, economic, and social factors that affect the historic process. Finally, students learn to assess history and the historic process as an integral part of Spain’s past. Contact hours: 45. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Universidad de Alicante Business Courses—in English

The following courses, taught in English, are Business Management Program courses offered by the School of Economics at the Universidad de Alicante. The student population in these courses consists of Universidad de Alicante economics majors and international students. Approximately 4 courses are offered each semester. The Universidad de Alicante may change course offerings based on enrollment after students arrive. Students should have alternate courses approved in case of course cancellations. Grades in the University of Alicante business courses taught in English are based on a final exam, final project, or final presentation only. Attendance is taken and students who do not attend at least 80% of the classes will not receive a passing grade.

Please check the Universidad de Alicante website at http://www.doeua.es/business-management-program/ for more detailed information.

The Economy of the European Union: Characteristics, Economic Structure, and Institutions
This course aims to analyze the past, present, and future of European integration on the basis of historic and economic reasoning. This process and its effects are assessed, taking into account differences in European Member States economies, as well as considering the EU as a whole at the international level.

Entrepreneurial Initiative: Starting and Running a Business
In the first part of the course positive attitudes towards entrepreneurial initiative are developed. The students learn how to develop entrepreneurial ventures and how to transform an idea into a business. While thinking about running a new business, potential entrepreneurs are faced with many obstacles such as administrative requirements and the lack of finance or skilled labor. To seize new opportunities in the changing markets, businesses should be encouraged to innovate and exploit new ideas. In the second part of the course students learn and practice necessary skills and tools for running a firm. The main management processes (planning, organizing, and controlling) are developed, taking into account modern and classic problems like globalization, ethics, sustainability, change, stress, innovation, and technology.

Human Resources Management
The main objectives of this course are to keep in mind that every manager of a firm is a Human Resources Manager (HRM); to give a general guide about how to manage people; to argue how a HRM can be a strategic partner of any firm; to have a general overview about the knowledge, skills, and abilities that a HRM must have; and to describe the fundamental tools, methods, and techniques that are used in a Department of Human Resources.

International Marketing
On completion of this course the student should be able to demonstrate the skills needed for successful career in Marketing in an international context in terms of international theory. They will also acquire a global overview of International Marketing. This course will give students a fundamental understanding of the importance of an international market and its management implications for marketing strategies.
Students will learn the importance of cultural awareness in the international market and the relationship between local and global markets, as well as branding strategies in the international market and ways to penetrate international markets.

Universidad de Alicante Direct Enrollment Courses—in English

Language in Context (LIC) students may take a Universidad de Alicante Direct Enrollment course in English. Although UA official final exams take place in early January/June, LIC students’ final exams can generally be arranged for late December/May. However, CIEE can neither facilitate nor guarantee this for all University courses.

Students are advised that the Universidad de Alicante may cancel courses due to limited enrollment and that some other courses may overlap. For this reason students should have at least two alternate courses approved. A complete listing of available courses for the spring semester will be found in the Online Course Registration Form in the CIEE acceptance materials.

Students can look for specific courses in English at: http://web.ua.es/es/vr-ric/cursos-en-ingles.html These courses will be in:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Social Sciences and Law
  • Health Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Education
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