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Study Abroad Advisor:
Bumpers College: Veronica Mobley, College of Architecture & Design: Brian Poepsel, College of Education & Health Professions: Veronica Mobley, College of Engineering: Brian Poepsel, Fulbright College: Katie Sabo, Walton College: Sarah Malloy
Awash in Mediterranean warmth, Alicante sparkles with beautiful beaches by day and festive energy by night. It is the perfect place to learn Spanish and explore the Spanish lifestyle while you continue your studies in English. With outings to iconic monuments and nearby cities, plus cooking classes, hiking, theater, and more, you'll never run out things to do – or opportunities to practice your new language.
EXPLORE PROVINCIAL TREASURES
like Algar Waterfalls, Canelobre Caves, Villena, and Guadalest Castle.
TRAVEL TO ANOTHER AMAZING SPANISH CITY
such as Madrid, Valencia, or Granada for a weekend.
LIVE IN A UNIVERSITY DORM
with Spanish students or with a Spanish family at their Alicante home.
Put your coursework in context with visits to museums, theaters, and cultural sites.
Explore beyond the city with one-day trips to provincial highlights like the Algar Waterfalls, Canelobre Caves, and Guadalest Castle, or to Valencian Autonomous Community.
Discover another beautiful Spanish city, such as Granada, Madrid or Valencia.
Take your pick of nonstop activities offered weekly by both CIEE and the University Language Center – hiking, sports, cinema, bowling, cooking, dance classes, escape rooms, and guided tours – boredom is not an option!
As students gain proficiency, they're encouraged to reinforce their new skills by practicing in everyday situations.
Opt to live with a host family to fast-track language acquisition.
Join a conversion exchange program at Universidad de Alicante, and practice with Spanish students.
Catch up on the latest Spanish pop music and colloquial sayings, and practice speaking in Spanish outside the classroom with Cultural Workshops and Language Café sessions.
Volunteer with children, seniors, or disabled students in Alicante or San Vicente. It is a great way to give back – and interact even more with local citizens.
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Three-day orientation – an introduction to Spanish culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
Field trips and cultural activities
Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
24/7 emergency on-site support
1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!
GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.
Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.
Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.
Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.
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