ALICANTE: CIEE – Universidad de Alicante

Alicante, Spain

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Late August - Late December; Dates vary by track
  • Spring Semester - Mid January - Mid May/June; Dates vary by track
  • Summer 1 Semester - End May-End July

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

With a population approaching 350,000, 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. 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.

Students have multiple semester and summer study abroad options in Alicante.

CIEE offers two different semester program tracks for students to study abroad at the Universidad de Alicante in Alicante, Spain. The three program tracks that students can apply to include: Language and Culture, Language in Context, and Liberal Arts. Students will take courses with other study abroad students from all over the nation, as well as local students, in these courses.

Students can choose  the following summer track: Summer Language and Culture. Students must enroll in both the summer I and summer II tracks in order to receive 8 NU credits. These two, four-week sessions are designed for students looking to improve their language skills and take content courses in Spanish or English. 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.

 

Courses

Fall/Spring Curriculum

Based on the program track, students will be required to take four or five courses.  If your track requires five courses, students will be charged Northeastern undergraduate tuition for 16 credits.  Should a student decide to transfer back a fifth course, he or she will then be charged an overload fee as defined on the Northeastern University Registrar’s website. See Cost section for additional Study Abroad fees.

Language and Culture Track

  • Students are required to take 5 courses.
  • Language of instruction is Spanish. Students may also take one Business course in English.
  • Students take an intensive language course during their first few weeks on site.
  • For the remainder of the study abroad program students enroll in two Spanish language courses and two area studies courses in Spanish, chosen from CIEE or Universidad de Alicante Culture Department courses.
  • Placement in the intensive course is based upon a diagnostic language exam given upon arrival 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. Students can also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in addition to the requirements above.
  • Language and Culture students also have the possibility to take one course from the International Business Program in English. These courses are offered by the School of Economics at the Universidad de Alicante, and its population consists of Universidad de Alicante economics majors and international students. Approximately there are ten course offered every semester.

Language in Context Track

  • Students are required to take 5 courses.
  • Language of instruction is Spanish and English.
  • 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.

Liberal Arts Track

  • Students are required to take 5 courses.
  • Language of instruction is Spanish.
  • Students take an intensive Spanish language course during their first two weeks on site.
  • For the remainder of the study abroad program, students take one required advanced level Spanish language course and three electives chosen from CIEE Spanish language courses, CIEE content courses, and Universidad de Alicante courses.
  • All Liberal Arts students are required to take one regular University course as one of these electives.
  • Students can also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in addition to the requirements above.
  • Students moving to the spring semester Liberal Arts program from another program are required to take the intensive Spanish language course.

Summer Language and Culture Track Curriculum

  • Students take one course per session. Students must enroll in 2 CIEE summer sessions in order to receive 8 NU credits.
  • Participants are placed in appropriate language courses or courses taught in Spanish based on a language examination given on site at the beginning of the program.
  • Participants take classes with other CIEE study abroad students only.

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Host University

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.

Eligibility Requirements

GPA requirement and minimum language level vary by track.  Please refer to the program below for track-specific eligibility criteria.

Language and Culture  Track

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 3-4 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Language in Context Track

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 0-2 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Liberal Arts Track

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 5 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Summer  Language and Culture Track

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • Open to all levels of Spanish
  • A minimum of 32 NU credits must be completed

Application Procedure

  • Online OISP Application
  • Completed online CIEE application

    • Upload a photocopy of your passport ID page to the CIEE online application
    • Upload your NEU transcript to the CIEE online application
    • The Home School Nomination forms will be completed online (Completed by your OISP coordinator).
    • One evaluation. If a program has a language prerequisite, the evaluation must be a language evaluation. The CIEE online application will prompt students and will send an email to their evaluator
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Cost

Fall 2014 or Spring 2015: $21,367

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($21,267), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,317). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Spain, Alicante: CIEE Universidad de Alicante Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

Summer 1 2014: $10,295

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,195), and 24/7 worldwide emergency assistance ($100). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Spain, Alicante: CIEE Universidad de Alicante Study Abroad Program Budget (Summer)

Accommodations

Language and Culture/Language and Context/Liberal Arts Accommodations

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 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—Students seeking an 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 city center of Alicante. Study abroad students who live in the residence hall will be able to walk to campus, but should expect to use public transportation to get to and from the downtown area in Alicante. All meals are provided in the residence hall. The selection of vegetarian food at La Villa is not substantial 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 with a small fridge and microwave.

Summer Language and Culture  Accommodations 

Study abroad students live in home stays. See above for more information.

Destination

Spend your summer or semestser studying abroad with CIEE in the thriving Spanish city—and historic port—of Alicante! Walking along the streets of this fast-rising cosmopolitan and multicultural city, you’ll view modern architecture and Internet cafes nestled alongside historic buildings, and shopping malls situated adjacent to centuries-old open-air markets. Whether you choose to focus on Spanish language in context during the fall semester, study liberal arts abroad for an entire year, or investigate the intersection of language and culture over the summer, with CIEE study abroad in Alicante you’ll explore the beauty of the Mediterranean coast and get a real taste of Spanish flair.