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  • Locations: Alicante, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year U of A Application Deadline U of A Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 04/01/2024
Rolling Admission 09/04/2024 12/20/2024
Academic Year 2024-2025 04/01/2024
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2025 11/01/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** If you are applying for an external program, please note the U of A application deadline listed may be different than the external program provider's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Bumpers College: Miranda Behrends, College of Architecture & Design: Brian Poepsel, College of Education & Health Professions: Miranda Behrends, College of Engineering: Madison Barnes, Fulbright College: Katie Sabo, Walton College: Kat Stoddard Type of Program: External
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Credit Hours Available: Between 12-18 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Business (General), Business (Management), Communication, Drama, Environmental Soil & Water Sci, Health Science, Humanities, Journalism, Law, Political Science, Spanish Program Duration: Academic Year, Semester
Credit Type: Transfer Credit Language of Instruction: Spanish
Open to non-U of A students?: No Open to Graduate Students?: No
Housing Options: Apartment, Dorm, Homestay COVID-19 Vaccination: Vendor strongly recommends (CIEE);
Program Description:

Liberal Arts


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Program Overview

Take your Spanish language skills to the next level in the 3,500-year-old port city of Alicante! Situated on Spain’s dazzling Mediterranean coast, this immersive Liberal Arts program invites advanced Spanish language students to sharpen their Spanish skills and learn about Alicante’s rich history and culture while earning credits toward their degrees. 

When class is in session, you’ll choose from courses in the arts, humanities, engineering, architecture, health sciences, social sciences, law studies, and more (all delivered in Spanish) at CIEE Alicante and CIEE’s renowned partner school, Universidad de Alicante. Classes will promote hands-on learning, as well as offer optional internship opportunities, excursions, and community involvement to round out your academic experience. 

Unique Experiences


and other countries at Universidad de Alicante, one of Spain’s newest universities with a modern campus and an international vibe


a linguistic exchange program with Universidad de Alicante students that makes it easy to practice what you are learning and become a part of Spanish student life


such as Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona, Murcia, or Granada

Read more about Alicante

Excursions & Activities

  • Tour Santa Bárbara Castle and the Archaeological Museum of Alicante 
  • Visit important cultural and historical landmarks in Granada, Madrid, Seville, or Valencia 
  • Explore sites like Guadalest Castle, the Canelobre Caves, the Algar Waterfalls, or Altea on the Mediterranean coast 
  • Go on walking tours of the different neighborhoods of Alicante and its surrounding villages and towns 
  • Play soccer and watch the local team (Hercules) win 
  • Try your hand at cooking tapas to partake in Alicante’s traditions with local peers 

Language Immersion

  • Increase fluency faster with the CIEE Community Language Commitment – a promise that keeps you speaking nothing but Spanish in order to perfect your skills 
  • Take it a step further with new Spanish friends in linguistic activities, where you’ll practice your Spanish language skills 
  • Participate in a for-credit internship to gain practical work experience and sharpen your Spanish skills abroad 


  • Internship. Prepare for life after college with a for-credit internship at a national company, a nonprofit, or an NGO; learn more about the local culture as you gain real-world global work experience. 
  • Volunteer. Get to know the people of Alicante better and say gracias for your stay by volunteering in the local community. 


What's Included

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • 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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support

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  • 200+ study abroad programs in 40+ countries
  • $8 million in scholarships offered each year
  • 1 in 3 students receives a scholarship
  • Study tours and cultural activities included
  • Internships and volunteering opportunities
  • Rigorous academics
  • Cultural immersion
  • iNext travel insurance included


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