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International Business Program in English
Spanish Studies Abroad, in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and Business at Universidad de Alicante (UA), offers business courses taught in English. Over 200 international students participate in this program each year and enjoy an intercultural experience involving people from all over the world.
In addition to a unique Spanish Studies Language and Culture component, students take the majority of their classes in English and attend these courses alongside other international students studying business at UA.
- Program dedication to academic excellence
- Fall, Spring, or Academic Year Terms
- Classes at Universidad de Alicante
- Language and culture courses to aid integration
- Local speaking partners
- 14-18 credits per semester
- Prerequisite: Two years of high school Spanish/one year of elementary college Spanish or the equivalent
- Minimum 3.0 overall GPA required; exceptions may be made with strong recommendations from faculty
- We highly recommend a 3-credit internship (INT 490) to all those advanced students participating in the International Business Program in ALC.
All students live with a local host family.
The semester begins with an Intensive Language Period. During this time you will study alongside other international students from both the European Union and the rest of the world. You will enter language courses designed to correspond with the Universidad de Alicante (UA) Centro Superior de Idiomas (CSI) language levels, which defines language and cultural competencies at the university.
PLUS Continuation Period
First 4 weeks
-1 Language Course
-1 Cultural Realities Course
-1 Optional Complementary Course
Remainder of semester
9-12 credit course load:
Students continue coursework in the International Business Program, taught in English. Students have the option to continue language study through a 4-credit language course.
*For a complete list of course syllabi, click here.
Dates and Costs
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. We recommend that you apply as early as possible to allow more time for pre-departure arrangements, such as applying for a student visa.
Program start dates reflect the date of arrival in Spain.
Helpful Reminder: Most flights from the U.S. are overnight flights, so you should plan to depart THE DAY BEFORE you are due to arrive in Spain.
Housing through Spanish Studies ends on the program end date. (Academic Year students please note: housing is not included between semesters. Contact us for details.)
All dates are subject to change. Dates and prices in italics are tentative. Please check this page for revisions or updates.
- Dates: Jan. 4 - April 12
- Cost: $10,600
- Application Deadline: Oct. 15
Academic Year 2014 - 2015
- Dates: Aug. - Nov.; TBD
- Cost: $21,100
- Application Deadline: May 15
- Dates: Sept. - Nov.
- Cost: $10,900
- Application Deadline: May 15
Double occupancy room & full board
Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities
Computer access & high-speed internet access
Spanish Studies Abroad transcript
Support of onsite Spanish Studies staff
Special Dietary Needs
Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact us for additional details.
All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.
To enhance your cultural experience in Alicante, Spanish Studies Abroad organizes various excursions, study visits and other activities throughout the summer. These activities are coordinated to enhance your class studies and designed to expand your vision Spanish arts and culture. Visits vary by program.
- Castle of Santa Bárbara
- Cathedral of San Nicolás and Basilica of Santa María
- Local museums, such as the Bonfires Museum, Museum of Fine Art, and the Museum of Archeology
- Local day trips to locations such as Valencia or Orihuela
Alicante, the jewel of the Costa Blanca beaches stretched along the Mediterranean, is a harbor city that is both rich in history and pleasantly relaxed. The city’s long promenades and endless white beaches have long been guarded by the Castle of Santa Barbara on top of the Benacantil Mountain. The culture, architecture, language, and people have all been shaped by the traders and conquerors – Phoenicians, Greeks, Roman and Arabs – who left their imprint on this axis of trading routes over the centuries.
Spanish Daily Routine
Breakfast (Desayuno) is not a major meal, consisting of small amount of food and is generally eaten early in the morning.
Lunch (Almuerzo) is the biggest and most important meal of the day and is generally eaten between 2:00 and 4:00PM.
Dinner (Cena) is a small meal, although more substantial than breakfast and is generally served between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.
Siesta is a time to rest. It starts around 1:30 PM when all the shops begin to close, and lasts until 5:00 PM. Almost all shops are closed during siesta while Spaniards may sleep or watch TV, leaving you no choice but to also relax.
Traditional Spanish Dishes
Paella is a rice dish commonly mixed with a variation of seafood, meat, vegetables, and beans.
Tortilla is a dense omelet full of fried potatoes (sometimes onions or another vegetable as well).
Jamón Serrano is a salted, cured ham that is sliced thin and is typically served either on its own or in a bocadillo (sandwich).
Spanish culture is not particularly vegetarian/vegan friendly due to the importance of ham and other pork products in their diet. While the salads may not be filling, Spain offers delicious breads, cheeses, and vegetables dishes.
How to Dress in Spain
Most Spanish people dress up more than the average American. Young men wear jeans and t-shirts or soccer jerseys, but you’ll also see men wearing nice pants and shoes. Women generally wear very feminine clothing.
To fit in with your surroundings, avoid wearing grubby jeans, sweatshirts, and sneakers. Nice, fitted clothing is what most people wear.
Life Outside the Classroom
Spanish people tend to be very friendly and open. However, you will need to make an effort to introduce yourself. Some of the best ways to do so are by signing up for a local speaking partner, attending cultural activities, or by going to the places Spanish students hang out.
Spanish Studies Abroad wants you to have fun while studying abroad; however, you are expected to meet all of your academic responsibilities. Spanish nightlife is probably unlike the social scene you have experienced in the U.S. The Spanish often plan to go out at midnight or later, which is just the start of the evening. Many friends you meet will stay out until six or seven in the morning, then go straight to breakfast, and rest during siesta.
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