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Program Overview

Program Overview

Exploring caves, visiting a white village known for its fishing, and more amazing life experiences are waiting for you in the beautiful Spanish city of Alicante. Advance your Spanish language skills while immersing yourself in the city and region’s diverse offerings. Intensive language coursework, conversation exchanges, homestays, and more offer an academically challenging and immersive intercultural experience.

Study abroad in Alicante and you'll:

  • Take a variety of courses on topics that include 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 to 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, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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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 abilities can also directly enroll in classes with their Spanish peers at Universidad de Alicante.

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Excursions

CIEE’s excursions bring your studies in Spanish history, culture, and the environment to life. Travel to other fascinating and beautiful Spanish cities like Granada, Madrid, Seville, or Barcelona. You’ll also visit places like the Algar Waterfalls, the Canalobre Caves, and Guadalest Castle. Your program fee includes one weekend and overnight trip, and two-day trips. You’ll also take part in several local day trips in the Alicante Province or the Valencian Autonomous Community.

Immersion

Make new friends, and practice your Spanish language skills at the same time by interacting with Spanish students through Club de Español activities. You’ll take part in a language exchange program, participate in sports activities, go on nature excursions, and take part in fun activities around the city – all while speaking Spanish!

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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 includes:

  • 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 **
$12,037
Housing ***
$3,895
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 **
$12,488
Housing ***
$3,895
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
04/15/2017
TBA
TBA
$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 **
$12,488
Housing ***
$3,895
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
  • 3-4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15–17 semester/22.5–25.5 quarter hours.

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Students enroll in five courses/semester: one intensive Spanish language course, one required intermediate or pre-advanced-level Spanish language course, and three additional area studies courses in Spanish, or additional language courses. Placement in the intensive course is based on a diagnostic language exam taken before students arrive in Alicante.

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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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Manuel Sanchez

Resident Coordinator

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.

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Alicante’s emblematic and imposing Santa Barbara Castle, situated atop the Benacantil Mountain and overlooking the Mediterranean coast, has been witness to more than 1,000 years of history. Today, Alicante is a medium-sized, modern cosmopolitan coastal city—the perfect place to spend your summer learning about the fascinating Spanish culture, while perfecting your Spanish language skills. Complete immersion with a Spanish host family, as well as daily interaction with Spanish professors, resident staff, and locals, will provide an experience filled with amazing memories that will last a lifetime.

— Manuel Sánchez, Resident Director

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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

The study abroad program fee includes one weekend, one overnight trip, and two-day trips. Students will see different Spanish cities, landmarks in the province of Alicante, and the region of Valencia, adding a highly relevant cultural component to the academic curriculum. 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.

Volunteering

Give back to your host community by volunteering. In collaboration with public schools and other non-profit organizations, the CIEE Study Center in Alicante has created several volunteer opportunities working with senior citizens, children, and the disabled for students within the communities of Alicante and San Vicente. The Student Services Department will share more information with you about volunteer opportunities during the on-site orientation.

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

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

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 you 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 and Culture study abroad program gives students the opportunity to take electives in Spanish, which are carefully designed to progressively advance their ability to understand and communicate concepts and ideas related to university-level academic work in such areas as art history, cinema, and literature.

The program is designed for students who have completed three to four semesters of university-level language instruction in Spanish and have achieved a low-intermediate level of proficiency prior to participation. Students who successfully complete the program can advance approximately two semesters to a level equivalent to high-intermediate or low-advanced, depending on their level upon entry, their effort and attitude, and the elective courses they choose.

Academic Culture

Students should expect to have classes Monday through Friday during the intensive cycle and Monday through Thursday during the regular semester. They can also expect daily homework assignments. Teaching methods combine lecture and interactive styles. Each professor 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 Spanish professors, and therefore students may notice differences in teaching styles.

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 program, during the semester break, or upon completion of the study abroad 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 fall study abroad program begins in late August, while Universidad de Alicante classes begin in early September. CIEE exams take place in late December. The CIEE spring program begins in mid-January with final exams for CIEE courses and Business Management courses given 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

Participants take CIEE classes in Spanish with other CIEE study abroad students only. There is a possibility to take one business course at the Universidad de Alicante with Spanish students and other international students. Finally, pre-advanced students with a higher level of Spanish have the chance to take regular direct enrollment courses at the Universidad de Alicante. A personal interview with the CIEE resident director and the direct enrollment coordinator to examine their level is necessary.

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 the language classes, students are graded on the basis of quizzes, exams, homework assignments, 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 individual professor 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

Spanish

Faculty

Courses are taught by faculty from the Universidad de Alicante, professionals in different fields, and instructors specialized in 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 choose 1 of these two courses according to their level: Intermediate students (3 semesters) will choose option 1 and Pre-Advanced students (4 semesters) will choose option 2.

OPTION 1:

SPAN 2503 ALLC

Intensive Intermediate Spanish II
The intensive language course consists of 45 hours of integrated language instruction covering the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The purpose of the course is to give students the skills they need to activate the knowledge they have acquired in their previous Spanish classes. Cultural fieldwork and practice with the homestay family are also integral components of the course and complement language learning. Some interactive activities and simulations take place in the local community. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

OPTION 2:

SPAN 3501 ALLC

Intensive Preparation for Advanced Spanish
The Intensive Preparation for Advanced Spanish course consists of 45 hours of integrated language instruction integrating the four language skills. The purpose of the course is to review the Spanish grammar and structures, as well as their pronunciation and oral production, so that students are prepared for more advanced courses. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Required CIEE Semester Language Courses

Language classes combine the grammar, written, and oral aspects of language with cultural and social issues. Linguistic exchange with Spanish students is also organized as social and cultural integration is a primary goal.

The semester language courses are divided into several groups of no more than 12 students to accommodate different levels of language proficiency. Tutorials may be required for students who need more individualized attention. Students take at least one of the following courses within one of the options according to their levels:

Intermediate students (3 semesters) will choose within option 1 and Pre-Advanced students (4 semesters) will choose within option 2.

OPTION 1:

SPAN 2004 ALLC

Grammar and Written Expression
The goal of this course is to build upon the foundation students have acquired in moods, tenses, syntax, and vocabulary and to introduce students to the nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the language. Emphasis is placed on written proficiency and reading comprehension through the study of applied structure. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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SPAN 2005 ALLC

Oral Communication and Listening Comprehension
This course is designed to help students achieve proficiency in listening comprehension and oral communication. Students become capable of communicating in a variety of registers appropriate for different social settings and understand the cultural rules of conversation in Spain. The goals of this course also include correcting the phonological and intonation errors frequently committed by English speakers who are learning Spanish. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

OPTION 2:

SPAN 3003 ALLC

Preparation for Advanced Spanish Grammar
The goal of this course is to further develop the foundation students have previously acquired in moods, tenses, syntax, and vocabulary and to improve their perception of nuances and complexities involved in a deeper understanding and use of the language. Emphasis is placed on written proficiency through the study of applied structures and real texts. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

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SPAN 3004 ALLC

Preparation for Advanced Oral Communication in Spanish
This course is designed to further develop listening comprehension and oral communication through the study of real situations. Students should be capable of communicating in a variety of registers appropriate for different social settings, and understand the cultural rules of conversation in Spain to become fluent. . Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE Elective Course

COMM 3001 ALSP (SPAN)

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 Content Courses—in Spanish

AHIS 3002 ALLC

Spanish Art and the Process of Painting
This survey course covers Spain’s major contributions to the history of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis rests primarily on painting and architecture, especially on the Spanish masters. Students learn how to analyze a painting from different practical approaches (for example, formal/thematic) and apply these methods to masterpieces of Spanish art. Students receive visual materials to complement the course instruction, as well as optional and mandatory guided visits to museums in order for them to gain get a better understanding of the arts in Spain and in the Comunidad Valenciana in particular. The theoretical component of this course is completed by an equally important hands-on art portion. The practical section consists of creating a piece of art. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CINE 3001 ALSP

Spanish Cinema
Students are asked to analyze and critique some of contemporary Spanish cinema’s most emblematic films. Through class discussion, students acquire knowledge of the changes that Spanish society has recently experienced, contrasting it with classic stereotypes of the culture, and comparing it with other U.S. films. Topics such as machismo, eroticism, gender roles, religion, terrorism, and violence are discussed while students learn about new movements in contemporary Spanish cinema. The aim of this course is to not only teach students how to analyze a film, but also to show them how cinema can be enjoyable and didactic at the same time. On a more practical level, students are asked to produce their own short film during the semester, and therefore cinematographic language, script writing, camera use, and editing notions are introduced in this course. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

COMM 3002 ALLC

Spain in the Media: Understanding Spanish News and Advertisements
In this course, students study all aspects of Spanish society by reviewing and analyzing pieces taken from the different Spanish media resources: TV, radio, press, and advertisements. Each unit of this course consists of both a theoretical and practical component. By profoundly examining real materials, students gain a deeper understanding of present-day Spanish society. Students may visit the headquarters of a local newspaper and a radio station, and also an advertising agency. They learn about the Spanish media getting involved in Spanish society and culture. Blogging and creating their own newspaper and radio talk show, students are the real protagonists in the class. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HISP 3001 ALSP (SPAN)

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 deeper knowledge of Spanish culture. Students are evaluated on 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 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HISP 3004 ALLC

Culture, Festivities, and Traditions through Spanish Gastronomy and Wine
This survey course is an overview of the importance of the Mediterranean diet in Spanish life. Upon completion of this course, students are able to understand Spanish topography and its effects on Mediterranean gastronomy and the wine industry in Spain. Students cover important aspects such as the culture, traditions, and festivities and their relation to Spanish gastronomy. They also study the history of food and wine and its importance in the Mediterranean area, and an overview of Spanish gastronomy and wine production. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

HIST 3006 ALSP

A Journey through Time: Present-Day Spain’s Historic Past
The historic events that took place in Spain during the 20th century have greatly marked the personality of present-day Spain. Historic milestones, such as the Civil War, the Franco Dictatorship, the transition to democracy, and Spain’s acceptance into the European Union, have sculpted Spain’s identity; and a profound understanding of these concepts is essential in order to fully understand Spain in the 21st century. It is impossible to grasp a complete understanding of Spain without also taking into account the international scene. In this course, we propose an historical investigation of the past and the present, which helps us discern the future. We analyze the political, economic, social, and ideological keys to these diverse historic moments, and establish a relationship between the equivalent aspects we find in present-day Spain—all from a global and cosmopolitan perspective. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

INRE 3001 ALLC

Spain in the European Union
This course explores the complex relationship of Spain in the European Union. It begins with a deconstruction of the European Union (EU) through analysis of its symbols, institutional structures and history. We also analyze a new way of understanding political power at the trans-national level and discuss the Europeanization of the continent through the euro and the construction of a European Identity. The role of Spain as a political actor is interwoven throughout our exploration of these European processes. Finally, Spain´s role as a stakeholder in the EU project and the positive and negative effects of its membership to Spanish society at large will be explored. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3008 ALLC

Spanish and Latin American Literature: Two Worlds in the 20th Century
This course explores and compares literature written in Spanish from both sides of the Atlantic during the 20th century. Students discover the different aspects, as well as the mutual influences and common characteristics of both. The course focuses on the most representative literary schools and authors who have most influenced present-day culture and literature. Students explore these two worlds by reading and studying pieces of important and popular works. Contact hours: 45 hours. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

LITT 3001 ALSP

Literature and Film: Two Genres in One
This course emphasizes the similarities between these two creative genres. The literary text, the script, and the visual text form a unity that, when well done, creates another piece of art. In this course, students view some of the most well-known and most representative films produced by the Spanish film industry in the last 20 years. They also read the literary texts on which some of these films are based and which are becoming classics in Spanish literary history. Students analyze and critique the films and literary texts with the goal of increasing their knowledge of contemporary Spanish culture and recent history. 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. This course also includes visits to La Ciudad de la Luz filming center as well as television studios and media centers. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

SOCI 3001 ALSP

Spain Through its Popular Culture
The aim of this course is to gain a better knowledge of Spain through Spanish popular culture, very well known by its native people, but sometimes difficult to understand by foreign students. The course explores present Spain by studying different aspects of the popular culture such as music, cinema, literature, comics, television, commercials, press, and entertainment. There is a triple approach: descriptive, analytic, and comparative with the U.S. All topics are illustrated with appropriate audiovisual materials.Students in this class must participate in local excursions to social and cultural emblematic locations in Alicante. Contact hours: 45. Recommended 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
The objective of the course is two-fold. 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 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: keep in mind that every manager of a firm is a Human Resources Manager (HRM), give a general guide about how to manage people; argue how a HRM can be a strategic partner of any firm; have a general overview about the knowledge, skills and abilities that a HRM must have; and 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 Spanish

Pre-advanced students with a higher level of Spanish have the possibility to take one Universidad de Alicante Direct Enrollment course. Exams take place in mid-January for the fall semester and late May/early June for the spring. For some courses, exams can be arranged, but CIEE cannot guarantee this for all university courses. Students who are interested should talk to the Resident Director for permission to be granted and arrangements to be made. They will also meet with the Resident Director upon arrival to discuss and select University courses. Following is a selection of subject areas. Students are advised that the Universidad de Alicante may cancel courses. Also, they can explore Universidad de Alicante course offerings at www.ua.es/es/estudios/index.html

  • Arts and Humanities
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