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Spend your summer improving your language skills and immersing yourself in Spanish culture in a city on the beautiful Mediterranean coast.
Summer study abroad in Alicante offers you two tracks of study. The seven week program is designed for students looking to improve their language skills and take content courses in Spanish or English. Students interested in beginning their study of Spanish, or studying about an aspect of Spanish culture in English, can take one or two 3 ½ week sessions. In both cases, a wide selection of challenging courses, homestays, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions provide you with a unique academic and intercultural experience abroad.
Study abroad in Spain and you will:
Travel with friends to a new city to explore history, art, architecture, culture, and social challenges. Part of every short-term program, our three-day Intercultural Comparative Experiences are an ideal way to highlight cultural differences and sharpen critical thinking skills.
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Whether you choose the seven, or three-week program, you’ll have your choice of courses in archeology, gastronomy, art, cinema, economics, and language – taught in both English and Spanish.
The academic study abroad program is supplemented with excursions, guided tours and cultural activities. These activities include city tours to emblematic sites, such as Santa Bárbara Castle, MARQ (Archaeological Museum), or a historical tour of the Old Quarter of the city.
In addition, there is one overnight trip per session, allowing for exploration of other areas of significant historic and cultural importance. During Session I you’ll travel to Valencia, located on the Mediterranean coast, approximately 110 miles north of Alicante. During Session II, you’ll travel to the city of Granada, to visit the most emblematic monuments, such as the Alhambra, the Cathedral or the Royal Chapel.
Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and improve your language skills by living with a local family. It’s the ideal environment for authentic, meaningful cultural exchange.
With a population approaching 350,000, 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 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.
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.
Housing and all meals are included in the program fee. Study abroad 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 CIEE 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.
Full program - Established in 1992, the full summer study abroad program in Alicante provides an opportunity for short-term, intensive study of the Spanish language. The seven-week program is open to qualified undergraduates with an interest in Spanish language and contemporary Spain. Language classes are taught entirely in Spanish and are offered at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students take one language course and one content course. Students are given a placement exam in Alicante prior to the start of classes to determine the appropriate level in which they should be placed. Content courses are offered in English or Spanish.
Modular program – This study abroad program is designed for students who are either interested in a shorter stay (3 ½ weeks) or who prefer to take two courses consecutively rather than simultaneously over seven weeks. No content courses are offered in English. Students choose one 3-credit course per 3 ½ week session.
CIEE courses are scheduled from Monday through Friday. Students can expect daily homework assignments. Teaching methods in CIEE courses combine lecture and interactive styles. Program professors are familiar with second-language teaching methodology. They also have several years teaching experience in Spain and abroad, and use a variety of teaching methods. Furthermore, they have worked with American, European, and other international students for many years and are familiar with their expectations. Each professor distributes a detailed syllabus indicating what material is covered, when exams are held, and what is expected from each student. Class attendance is mandatory and absences affect the final grade.
Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only.
As students gain proficiency in Spanish, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Spanish language proficiency and understanding of Spanish society.
In the language classes, grades are based on quizzes, exams, attendance, homework assignments, oral presentations, and class participation. Grades in the content courses are generally based on class participation, papers or projects, oral presentations, and a final exam. CIEE resident staff determine the exact breakdown of grades.
Courses are taught by Universidad de Alicante faculty, professionals in different fields, and instructors specialized in the field of Teaching Spanish as a Second Language.