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OverviewCome build a strong and broad foundation in the Spanish language in a beautiful Mediterranean coastal city.With an emphasis on becoming communicative as quickly as possible, this study abroad program in Alicante combines intensive language study with English-language elective courses, a conversation exchange program, and cultural activities which allow you to improve your language skills while immersing yourself in local culture.Study abroad in Spain and you will:
The CIEE DifferenceCourseworkWhether you’re continuing your Spanish language studies or just beginning them, studying abroad in Alicante has Intermediate and Beginner level classes to suit your needs and abilities. You’ll also have access to a variety of Area Studies electives – offered in both English and Spanish – in subjects ranging from History and Religion, to Art, Politics and Business.ExcursionsEnjoy weekend, overnight, and day trips to different Spanish cities, landmarks in the province of Alicante, and to the region of Valencia, adding a highly relevant cultural component to the academic curriculum. Previous weekend trips have included visits to Seville, Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada. An optional trip to participate on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route is organized each semester for an additional fee paid on site.HomestayImmerse yourself in Spanish culture by living with a local family. Not only will you greatly improve your language proficiency, but gain unparalleled insight into authentic local culture, custom and family life.CreditTotal recommended credit for the semester is 17–19 semester/25.5–28.5 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 courses: 60 contact hours, 4 semester/6 quarter hours.Program RequirementsA full course load is five courses. During the Intensive Cycle, the first two weeks of classes, study abroad students take one intensive language course.. For the remainder of the program, the Regular Cycle, students enroll in two Spanish language courses and two area studies courses in English. Intermediate I students may substitute one content course in English for one designed especially for them in Spanish. Students may also substitute one or two regular Universidad de Alicante International Business Programme courses in English for CIEE area studies courses. Students are also encouraged to take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Alicante in addition to the requirements above.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.About AlicanteWith a population of more than 335,000, Alicante is a thriving Spanish city. Located on the Mediterranean coast, Alicante is an inviting place for 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. Study abroad 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 StudyThe 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.Housing & MealsHousing and all meals are included in the study abroad program fee. CIEE Alicante 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 only 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 a more 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 ProgramEstablished 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—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 CultureTeaching 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 International Business Programme 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 ClassesCIEE classes offered in either English or Spanish are for CIEE study abroad students only. Students who enroll in the Universidad de Alicante International Business Programme or Direct Enrollment courses (spring only) offered in English take classes with Spanish and/or other international students.CIEE Community Language CommitmentAs 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 SystemIn 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 InstructionEnglishSpanishFacultyCourses 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.