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CIEE Liberal Arts in Alicante, Spain
Alicante, Spain
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 02/25/2018 03/15/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art History, Communication Studies, Economics, General Business, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Junior Language of Instruction: Spanish
Housing Options: Dorms, Host Family
Program Description:


Come develop your advanced-level Spanish language skills in a beautiful Mediterranean coastal city.

With intensive language training, Spanish-taught courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and direct enrolment opportunities at Universidad de Alicante, studying abroad in Alicante allows you to pursue your academic interests while greatly improving your foreign language skills. And with homestays, volunteering opportunities, a conversational exchange program and a variety of cultural activities and excursions, you’ll enjoy an unique and immersive, intercultural experience.

Study abroad in Spain and you will:

  • Become a member of a Spanish family or live in the dorms with peers
  • Join a customized Language Commitment Program (QUIJOTES), a Conversational Exchange program (Intercambios), and the Universidad de Alicante International Club
  • Enroll directly in Universidad de Alicante courses alongside local Spanish students
  • Participate in extracurricular activities and excursions in the Alicante province and Spain; visits to museums, sporting events, and theaters
The CIEE Difference


Choose from a wide selection of language and content electives, including Anthropology, History, Art, Business and Management, Communications, Gastronomy, and Spanish for future Health Professionals. You will also have access to the course selection at Universidad de Alicante, where you’ll study with local Spanish students. Internships – typically with local NGOs and NPOs – are available, as well.


Enjoy weekend, overnight, and day trips to different Spanish cities, to landmarks in the province of Alicante, and to the region of Valencia. Previous weekend trips have included visits to Seville, Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada. There are also several local day trips in the Alicante Province or the Valencian Autonomous Community. An optional 1 week trip to participate on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route is organized each semester for an additional fee paid on site.


A conversation exchange program, Intercambios, with native Universidad de Alicante students is an integral part of the language program. Intercambios meetings provides you with the real-world opportunity to practice what you’ve learned in the language courses while helping you integrate into Spanish student life. An International Club also organizes a range of activities to get you involved in the local community and meet Spanish peers.


Total recommended credit is 15–17 semester /22.5–25.5 quarter hours per semester and 30–31 semester/45–46.5 quarter hours for the academic year. A full course load is considered five courses each semester.

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

Program Requirements

Students take an intensive Spanish language course during their first two weeks on site. For the remainder of the study abroad program, students take one required advanced level Spanish language course and three electives chosen from CIEE Spanish language courses, CIEE content courses, and Universidad de Alicante courses. All Liberal Arts students are required to take one regular University course as one of these electives. Students can also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in addition to the requirements above.

Students moving to the spring semester Liberal Arts program from another program are required to take the intensive Spanish language course.

Academic year students must complete the Language Independent Study in place of the intensive language course during their second semester on site.

About Alicante

With a population approaching 400,000, 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. In recent times, 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.

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 new 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 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.

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—Study abroad 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 downtown city center of Alicante. Students who live in the residence hall will be able to walk to campus, but should expect to use public transportation, such as buses and taxis, to get to and from the downtown area in Alicante. All meals are provided in the residence hall. The variety/selection of vegetarian food at La Villa is not great 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, a small fridge, and a microwave.

Academic Program

The Liberal Arts study abroad program is designed for students who have completed a minimum of five semesters of university-level language instruction in Spanish and achieved an advanced level of proficiency prior to participation. Students take a combination of CIEE courses designed specifically for advanced language students and regular University courses at the Universidad de Alicante (UA).

Academic Culture

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 fall semester starts in late August and exams for CIEE courses take place the week before Christmas. The official Universidad de Alicante fall semester begins in early September and runs through mid-January with a two-week break for Christmas. The CIEE spring program begins in early January with final exams for CIEE courses given at the end of May. The official Universidad de Alicante pring semester begins in mid-January and runs through late May or early June. For fall and spring courses early exams may be arranged but CIEE can neither facilitate nor guarantee this for all UA courses. All Liberal Art study abroad students must take one regular University course.

CIEE courses are scheduled Monday through Thursday. Teaching methods in CIEE courses are a combination of lecture and interactive styles. Attendance is mandatory and absences affect final grades. 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. 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 program.