Programs in Alicante, Spain

Spanish Studies Program

Upcoming Spanish Studies Programs in Alicante, Spain

2015 Alicante Spanish Studies Spring Semester

Jan 10, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015 View Program Calendar
Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.
$11,300

2015 Alicante Spanish Studies Fall Semester

August - November
May 15, 2015
$12,300

2015-2016 Alicante Spanish Studies Academic Year

August - April
May 15, 2015
$22,900

Students that opt for this course of study attend classes alongside other international students for whom Spanish is not their first language.

Designed as a language-intensive program at the intermediate to advanced Spanish levels, you will benefit from a rich language-focused curriculum, taught by professors at Universidad de Alicante (UA). Spanish Studies students in this program also benefit from a unique culture course taught by the Resident Director called Social & Cultural Realities of Spain. This course allows you to synthesize your immersion experience from understanding daily life in the home stay to the historic and sociological foundations of Spain's current social reality.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Fall, Spring, or Academic Year Terms
  • Classes at Universidad de Alicante
  • Local speaking partners
  • 12-18 credits per semester
  • Intermediate level prerequisite: Successful completion of one year of elementary college Spanish or the equivalent
  • Advanced level prerequisite: One year of intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent
  • Minimum 3.0 in Spanish coursework required; exceptions may be made with strong recommendations from faculty
  • Options for experiential learning:

Courses

All courses are taught in Spanish by highly qualified Spanish university professors with extensive experience in teaching American students.

Accommodation

All students live with a local host family.

Integrated Studies Program

Upcoming Integrated Studies Programs in Alicante, Spain

2015 Alicante Integrated Studies Spring Semester

Jan 10, 2015 - May 23, 2015 View Program Calendar
Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.
$12,100

2015 Alicante Integrated Studies Fall Semester

August - December
May 15, 2015
$13,100

2015-2016 Alicante Integrated Studies Academic Year

August - May
May 15, 2015
$24,100

Students that opt to take this course of study attend classes alongside native Spanish students at the University of Alicante (UA). The term of study follows the university’s academic year calendar and students can select courses from the university’s many disciplines, including humanities, science and technology, social sciences, health science, and education.

Designed as an immersion program at the advanced Spanish level, you will benefit from UA's wide variety of courses and rich cultural resources for international students, alongside Spanish Studies' commitment to aid your integration into the campus-community. Spanish Studies students in this program also benefit from a unique culture course taught by the Resident Director called Social & Cultural Realities of Spain. This course allows you to synthesize your immersion experience from understanding daily life in the home stay to the historic and sociological foundations of Spain's current social reality.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • Program dedication to academic excellence
  • Fall, Spring, or Academic Year Terms
  • Classes at Universidad de Alicante
  • Local speaking partners
  • 12-18 credits per semester; advanced students may take additional credits with prior approval from their advisor and the Resident Director
  • Prerequisite: Two semesters of advanced college Spanish or the equivalent, or native/near-native speakers of Spanish; and approval from Universidad de Alicante, based upon the performance on UA's online examination
  • Minimum 3.0 in Spanish coursework required; exceptions may be made with strong recommendations from faculty
  • Options for experiential learning:

Courses

All courses are taught in Spanish by highly qualified Spanish university professors with extensive experience in teaching American students. For more information on courses available at the Universitat de Alicante, please consult our Recommended Course Guide for the Integrated Program.

Accommodation

All students live with a local host family.

International Studies Program

Upcoming International Studies Programs in Alicante, Spain

2015 Alicante International Studies Spring Semester

Jan 10, 2015 - May 23, 2015 View Program Calendar
Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.
$12,100

2015 Alicante International Studies Fall Semester

August - December
May 15, 2015
$13,100

Experience Alicante, Spain with the International Studies Program in English. This program offers students with little or no previous background in Spanish, the opportunity to take courses in English and Spanish at a local Spanish university. With the support of a Resident Director, students enroll in a variety of content courses, specially designed for international students. The program includes numerous cultural activities, day trips and excursions.

Why choose this program?

  • Take classes at a local Spanish University
  • Semester or Academic Year
  • Opportunities to volunteer in local organizations
  • All students enroll in a mandatory Spanish language class and a 1-credit SPAN 343UA: Cultural Realities of Spain course
  • Classes generally meet Monday-Thursday, allowing for independent travel
  • Average class size: 10-12
  • 12-18 semester credits

Requirements:

  • 3.0 overall GPA
  • No previous Spanish coursework required

Courses

All courses are taught in English or Spanish by highly qualified and experienced professors. For more information on the courses offered in English at the Universitat de Alicante, please click here (for general Humanities and Social Science options) or here (for Business classes)

Accommodations:

Students may select to live with a local host family.

Internships and Service Learning Program

Upcoming Internships and Service Learning Programs in Alicante, Spain

2015 Alicante Service Learning Spring Semester

Jan 10, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015
Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.
$10,500

2015 Alicante Internship Spring Semester

Jan 10, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015
Application Deadline has passed. Please contact us to start an application.
$10,500

2015 Alicante Service Learning Summer Terms 1 & 2

June - End of July
Apr 15, 2015
$5,200

2015 Alicante Internship Summer Terms 1 & 2

June - End of July
Apr 15, 2015
$5,200

2015 Alicante Service Learning Fall Semester

August - November
May 15, 2015
$10,500

2015 Alicante Internship Fall Semester

August - November
May 15, 2015
$10,500

Semester and summer-long internships allow you to gain professional experience while improving your Spanish. Internships and service learning opportunities allow you access to the work culture and daily life of local citizens, often hidden to students studying abroad, and to more fully integrate into the local culture.

When applying for an internship or service learning project, you have the benefit of specifying what you would like your internship to look like. Spanish Studies will strive to match you with the best available placement to help you integrate into alicantino work culture.

Internships focus upon practical experience in a local business, while service learning projects focus on engagement in the local culture through community service in a local organization. The curricula of the Alicante Internship programs are centered around your individual work experience. Complementary courses help you to work through the linguistic and cultural challenges you may run into while in the field.

Fields of Placement:

Spanish Studies will work hard to match you with an appropriate placement to meet your interests. Students have completed placements in a variety of fields including legal offices, Greenpeace, television production, journalism, education, and more.

Some fields you may want to think of when applying:

  • Animal Science/Horses
  • Communications
  • Community Service
  • Education
  • Health Services
  • International Business
  • Information Technology/ Graphic Design
  • Museums and Cultural Centers/Fine Art
  • Physical Therapy
  • Political Science
  • Public Relations
  • Social Work
  • Tourism

Program Features:

  • Opportunity to gain professional experience abroad
  • Language courses and cultural guidance to support your placement
  • Homestays or student residencias
  • Local speaking partners
  • All inclusive day and overnight travel excursions
  • On-Site Resident Director, Housing Coordinator, Computer Technician, and Activities Coordinator

Eligibility:

  • Ability to understand normal, rapid Spanish; two semesters of advanced college Spanish or the equivalent
  • 3.0 GPA in Spanish coursework required. Exceptions may be made with strong recommendations from faculty
  • A written application for an internship or service learning must be approved by your home institution and received no later than the program application deadline.

To apply to the Internship/Service Learning program click here: apply online
For more information or if you have questions, please contact the Amherst Office: info@spanishstudies.org or (413) 256-0011.

Language and Internship Quarter Program

Upcoming Language and Internship Quarter Programs in Alicante, Spain

2015 Alicante Language and Internship Quarter Program Spring Semester

Jan 10, 2015 - Mar 31, 2015 View Program Calendar
Nov 15, 2014
$8,800

Spanish Studies Abroad offers program options in Alicante for those students that are on the quarter system. Students enroll in one intensive language course and gain valuable work experience pursuing an internship in the field of their choice. Internship opportunities allow you access to the work culture and daily life of local citizens, often hidden to students studying abroad, and to more fully integrate into the local culture. Language courses are taught at our center, and includes numerous cultural activities, day trips and excursions. In addition to living in an Spanish home, cultural events and social activities enhance the cultural element of your experience.

Why choose this program?

  • Ideal for students on the Quarter/Trimester system
  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Opportunity to gain professional experience abroad
  • Classes at Universidad de Alicante
  • Complete 4 credits of Spanish language
  • Internship in a variety of fields for 6 credits
  • Earn 10-11 credits total

Requirements:

  • Completion of two semesters of advanced college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • 3.0 GPA in Spanish coursework required

Courses

All courses are taught in Spanish by highly qualified Spanish university professors with extensive experience in teaching American students.

Internship Placement

Spanish Studies will work hard to match you with an appropriate placement to meet your interests. Students have completed placements in a variety of fields including legal offices, Greenpeace, television production, journalism, education, and more.

Accommodations:

Students live with a local host family.

Intensive Language Study Quarter Program

Upcoming Intensive Language Study Quarter Programs in Alicante, Spain

2015 Alicante Intensive Language Study Quarter Spring Semester

Jan 10, 2015 - Mar 31, 2015 View Program Calendar
Nov 15, 2014
$8,800

Spanish Studies Abroad offers program options in Alicante for those students that are on the quarter system. Students enroll in two intensive language courses and compliment their studies by pursuing an Independent Research Project (IRP). Courses are taught at the Universidad de Alicante (UA) and includes numerous cultural activities, day trips and excursions.In addition to living in a Spanish home, cultural events and social activities enhance the cultural element of your experience. During this program students benefit from the expertise of our Resident Director and staff, who guide you to more fully immerse yourself in the local community.

Why choose this program?

  • Ideal for students on the Quarter/Trimester system
  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Classes at Universidad de Alicante
  • Complete 7-8 credits of Spanish language
  • Independent Research Project designed to meet requirements of home institution
  • Average class size: 10-12
  • 11-13 credits

Requirements:

  • Completion of two semesters of college-level Spanish or heritage speaker
  • 3.0 GPA in Spanish coursework required

Courses

All courses are taught in Spanish by highly qualified Spanish university professors with extensive experience in teaching American students.

Accommodations:

Students live with a local host family.

Summer Terms Program

Upcoming Summer Terms Programs in Alicante, Spain

2015 Alicante Summer Term 1

End of May - End of June
Apr 15, 2015
$3,700

2015 Alicante Summer Term 2

End of June - End of July
Apr 15, 2015
$3,700

2015 Alicante Summer Terms 1 & 2

End of May - End of July
Apr 15, 2015
$6,600

Alicante, the jewel of the Costa Blanca, boasts a Mediterranean coastal climate and lifestyle. A rich history of sea merchants and conquerors has shaped this vibrant and modern city's unique Spanish character.

Summer programs in Alicante offer two intensive academic terms, with rich cultural components to support the study of Spanish language and culture. Students live in Spanish homes and participate in study tours, cultural events, and social activities. Each 4-week session serves as an ideal short-term study abroad experience. Students take one intensive language course and may complement it with a 1-credit cultural course for 4-5 credits per session.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

  • Dedicated to academic excellence
  • Classes taught by UA professors
  • 4-week terms
  • 4-5 credits per term
  • Beginner to advanced Spanish language courses at Universidad de Alicante
  • Optional 1-credit content courses, complementing Spanish study
  • Homestays with local families
  • 3.0 GPA in Spanish Coursework required
  • Some courses may have additional prerequisites

INTERNSHIPS

In addition to summer study options, students may also participate in an 8-week internship or service learning program during a summer in Alicante. Please visit our Summer Internship or Service Learning pages for more information on this unique opportunity.

Cultural Information

Population: 322,431

Region: Valencia

Currency: Euro

Famous for: Harbor, Santa Barbara Castle, Mediterranean coastal beaches

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).

Vegetarians/Vegans

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.

Excursions

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.

Study visits may include:

  • 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

In addition, Universidad de Alicante's international students program Centro Superior de Idiomas (CSI) organizes cultural travel for international students attending Universidad de Alicante. For more information, please visit the CSI Website.

Housing Information

Homestay

Cross-Cultural Learning – which is seeing the world as others see it – begins with life outside school. That is why Spanish Studies Abroad offers students the opportunity to live in a Spanish home during their program. Your Spanish home will be the focal point of your social experience– where you will sleep, eat, study, and relax.

This immersion in Spanish language will help you gain an understanding of daily life and customs in Alicante. There too, sharing in family conversations, you begin to learn "unspoken language" – the family values and subtle beliefs that underlie actions.

Your homestay includes full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of your room. Special dietary or housing accommodations may be made, but may require an additional fee. To ensure that your home will provide a warm and tranquil atmosphere, one conducive to learning, Spanish Studies staff discusses norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspects the homes.