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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment, Dormitory / Student Residence, Homestay Minimum GPA: 2.5
Academic Area: Biology & Environmental Science, Communication, Film & Theatre, Humanities & Social Science, Management & Sports Management, Other Class Eligibility: 2. Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Program Description:

Language + Culture


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Program Overview

Spend your semester living and learning in the dazzling, coastal city of Alicante! Designed for students from all academic backgrounds, the Language + Culture program is the perfect chance to earn credits toward your degree while immersing yourself in Spanish culture. When class is in session, you'll choose from a unique mix of flexible and diverse courses (in English or Spanish) at CIEE Alicante and CIEE's renowned partner institution, Universidad de Alicante. 

Unique Experiences


at their Alicante home and soak up the language and culture as you live like a local


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


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

Read more about Alicante

Excursions & Activities

  • Enjoy weekend trips to emblematic Spanish cities  
  • Visit important cultural and historical landmarks in Granada, Madrid, Seville, or Valencia  
  • Take day trips to explore the Alicante Province or the Valencia region  
  • 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 root for the local team (Hercules) to win  
  • Try your hand at cooking delicious authentic tapas 
  • Enjoy the rich local culture and partake of local traditions with local peers 


Internship: A for-credit internship (in English or in Spanish) allows students the opportunity to gain practical real-world work experience in a local company within a variety of industry sectors. In addition to the on-site business experience, students participating in an internship program have a weekly classroom component, which provides academic support to their practical experience.

Directed Independent Research: This academic project (in English or in Spanish) is designed for qualified students who have demonstrated academic rigor and curiosity toward a particular research topic. Independent research topics will be approved by the CIEE Alicante Director and home institution and must reflect a topic that is relevant to Alicante or Spain. To be accepted into this course, students must submit a structured proposal with the topic of exploration and the significance of the research topic as it relates to Alicante/Spain, methodology, a literature review, and a schedule of research milestones. Upon research completion, students will present their findings to a panel of academics.

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

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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  • 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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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 10/25/2024 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified when a decision has been made and will be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.