Integrated Studies in Alicante, Spain

Providing unique learning experiences for students since 1969.

Program information

Students that opt to take this course of study attend classes alongside native Spanish students at the University of Alicante (UA). The term of study follows the university’s academic year calendar, and students can select courses from the university’s many disciplines, including humanities, science and technology, social sciences, health science, and education.

Designed as an immersion program at the advanced Spanish level, you will benefit from UA’s wide variety of courses and rich cultural resources for international students, alongside Spanish Studies’ commitment to aid your integration into the campus community. Spanish Studies students in this program also benefit from a unique culture course taught by the Resident Director called Cultural Realities of Spain. This course allows you to synthesize your immersion experience from understanding daily life in the home stay to the historic and sociological foundations of Spain’s current social reality.

Why choose this program?

  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Fall, Spring, or Academic Year
  • Classes at Universidad de Alicante
  • Local speaking partners
  • All courses are taught in Spanish by highly qualified Spanish university professors with extensive experience in teaching American students. For more information on courses available at the Universidad de Alicante, please consult the Universidad de Alicante website.
  • 12-18 credits per semester; advanced students may take additional credits with prior approval from their advisor and the Resident Director
  • Small class size for personalized attention
  • Live with a local family
  • All meals included
  • Full access to university facilities
  • Excursions: immerse yourself in a culture while touring with a group you know

Requirements

  • Prerequisite: Two semesters of advanced college Spanish or the equivalent, or native/near-native speakers of Spanish; and approval from Universidad de Alicante, based upon the performance on UA's online examination
  • 3.0 GPA in Spanish Language Coursework; exceptions may be made with strong recommendations from faculty

Integrated Studies Programs

Jan 2021
– May 2021
Apply by: Oct 15, 2020
$13.600
Jan 4, 2020
– May 23, 2020
Apply by: Oct 15, 2019
$13.600
Sep, 2020
– Dec, 2020
Apply by: May 15, 2020
$13.600
Sep, 2020
– May, 2021
Apply by: May 15, 2020
$25.000

Course Catalog

Mandatory Course on University Integration
INT 00UA - UNIVERSITY IMMERSION COURSE
Fall, Spring
Integrated Course Options
UAINT - INTEGRATED COURSES AT UA
Students in the Alicante Integrated Studies program choose 1-2 courses of integrated coursework in a variety of academic areas. Classes are alongside Spanish students at Universidad de Alicante. See https://web.ua.es/en/undergraduate-degrees.html for course listings. Courses must be taught in Spanish.
Integrated Studies: 2 semesters of advanced college Spanish or equivalent
Fall, Spring
Complementary
SPAN 460UA - SPANISH FOR BUSINESS
A practical examination of the forms of business communication in the Hispanic world including commercial vocabulary, the writing of business letters, and oral practice with business dialogues. Discussons of business news and study of business documents.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 452UA - SPANISH LANGUAGE SUPERIOR LEVEL II
As the final language course in a sequence designed to produce fully functional bilinguals, this course is designed to lead students to increasing complexity and subtlety of expression, through the use of appropriate vocabulary and structures. Grammar includes continued work on subjunctive/indicative in adjective and concessive clauses, impersonal and passive constructions, verbal periphrases, signs and symbols.
Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 451UA - SPANISH LANGUAGE SUPERIOR LEVEL I
Students in this course are close to native or near-native fluency, and work to perfect their level of expression in writing and speaking, focusing on writing coherently and cohesively using a variety of organizing structures and mechanisms. They learn to recognize errors of pronunciation and how to self-correct. Linguistic topics include regional varieties in Spain and indigenous languages and cultures of Spanish America, as well as the morphology of derived and compound words.
Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Living the Culture
LTC 490UA - LIVING THE CULTURE
All Spanish Studies Abroad students in Alicante have the opportunity to take Living the Culture workshops. These courses may include dance, scuba, cuisine, windsurf or music. They carry 1 credit, and are graded pass/fail. Students finalize participation in these courses once in Alicante. For more information, visit spanishstudies.org/livingtheculture. Please note that there are additional fees for LTC courses. LTC course prices in Alicante are $350 for Beginning Latin Dance and Flamenco, $500 for Culture of Spanish Cuisine, $225 for Flamenco Percussion (semester only), $600 for Scuba Diving, and $600 for Windsurf.
Additional fee applies
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Fall, Spring
Living the Culture
LTC 300UA-B - BEGINNING FLAMENCO AND LATIN DANCING
In this introductory dance course, students learn the basics of Flamenco and Latin dance. Please note that there are additional fees for LTC courses. The additional price for LTC 300UA-B is $350.
Additional fee applies
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Fall, Spring
Living the Culture Courses
LTC 300UA - CULTURE OF SPANISH CUISINE
In this introductory cooking course students learn the basics of traditional Spanish cuisine, especially that of the coastal region. Please note that there are additional fees for LTC courses. The additional price for LTC 300UA is $500.
Additional fee applies
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Fall, Spring
Language and Culture
SPAN 365UA - CONTEMPORARY SPANISH CIVILIZATION
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language and Culture
SPAN 361UA - BUSINESS SPANISH
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Spring
Language and Culture
SPAN 359UA - WRITTEN SKILLS THROUGH CREATIVE WRITING
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Spring
Language and Culture
SPAN 357UA - SPANISH GASTRONOMY
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language and Culture
SPAN 355UA - GENDER, LANGUAGE AND POWER
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall
Language and Culture
SPAN 350UA - INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH ART
This course leads students to understand the principal expressions of Spanish art. In pursuit of this objective, the course studies the most significant artists, works and periods throughout Spanish history, from prehistoric art to the works produced at the end of the twentieth century. The point of departure is a study of the first artistic expressions on the Peninsula, and neo-Levantine painting, moving on to the art of Roman and Visigothic Spain to the Hispano-Islamic, Romanesque and Gothic periods. The course studies the great artists such as Velázquez, Ribera, Zurbarán, Murillo and Goya, through the Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassic periods. In the twentieth century the course focuses on Picasso, Miró and Dalí, and considers the post Civil War period and the art of the 1950´s.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language and Culture
SPAN 340UA - INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH CINEMA
This course explores those features of Spanish culture which are reflected in her cinema. The student is presented with a broad panorama of the history of Spanish cinema, framed by the socio-political reality in which each stage developed. In addition, the course studies the principal figures of Spanish film, the traditional and the innovative. Students learn to recognize the different phases of Spanish cinema, integrating the phases into a broad cultural framework reaching from the pre-Franco era to the present. The course studies the origins of Spanish film to the cine politico, the cine de la movida, and the internationalization of Spanish cinema. The course pays special attention to the importance of cinema as a reflection of society, such as the growth of productions by women, and works with strong social commentary.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Language and Culture
SPAN 330UA - INTRODUCTION TO SPANISH LITERATURE
In this course, students approach the many aspects of contemporary Spanish reality through a study of her literature as seen in her principal authors and works, from its beginnings to the twentieth century. Students are introduced to the idea of what a text is, as well as to the basic concepts of literary theory and criticism. The course begins with the literary creation of the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. The Neoclassical and Romantic periods are examined, as are the works and the literary currents of Modernism, and the Generations of ´98 and ´27. The course concludes with the postwar period and the literature of the late twentieth century.
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Fall, Spring
Complementary
SPAN 475UA - HIGH-ADVANCED CONVERSATION
Additional conversational practice to complement the study of Spanish at the high-advanced level.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Fall, Spring
Complementary
SPAN 375UA - ADVANCED CONVERSATION
Additional conversational practice to complement the study of Spanish at the advanced level.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Fall, Spring
Complementary
SPAN 360UA - SPANISH FOR BUSINESS
A practical examination of the forms of business communication in the Hispanic world including commercial vocabulary, the writing of business letters, and oral practice with business dialogues. Discussons of business news and study of business documents.
One course in intermediate college Spanish or the equivalent.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Fall, Spring
Cross-Cultural Reflection
SPAN 343UA - ADVANCED CULTURAL REALITIES OF SPAIN
This course seeks to guide the students through the cultural adaptation period, leading them to a profound analysis of their experiences in Spain. Through discussion, journaling, and oral presentations, students reflect upon their own adaptation with the eventual goal of integration into Spanish culture. Students explore Spanish culture, society, labor religion, economics and leisure, with the purpose of better understanding their own cultural journey and managing culture shock.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Fall, Spring
Experiential Learning
SVL 490UA - SERVICE LEARNING COURSE
Engagement in the culture through community service in a local organization.
Successful completion of one course in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent, prior to program. Separate application required, see https://spanishstudies.org/service-learning-programs/
Fall, Spring
Experiential Learning
IRP 490UA - INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT
For additional information on undertaking an independent research project, visit our website at https://spanishstudies.org/independent-research-project/
Fall, Spring
Experiential Learning
INT 490UA - INTERNSHIP COURSE
Practical experience through placement in a local business or organization
Successful completion of one course in advanced college Spanish or the equivalent, prior to program. Separate application required, see spanishstudies.org/internshipoption.
Contact hours: 135
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 405UA - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED LANGUAGE STUDY II
Students work on skills related to the transmission of information, justification, possibility with semantic subtlety over multiple registers. Grammar points include discourse in the present and the past, use of future perfect, imperfect and probability, vocabulary of economics, and colloquial expressions in Spain and Latin America.
Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 403UA - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED LANGUAGE STUDY I
In this course students refine their skills at requesting, giving orders, advice, and instructions, persuading, and influencing across various registers; expressing sequence of actions in the present and the past; contrasting ideas, opinions, and arguments. Grammar points include structures to express influence and concession, subordinate noun clauses, the vocabulary of advertising and business. Some linguistics topics are also discussed, such as leísmo, laísmo, and loísmo, and an introduction to the lexicon of Caribbean and South American countries.
Admission to courses based upon previous wok in Spanish as well as placement test scores.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 313UA - HIGH ADVANCED SPANISH II
Students in this course learn how to construct hypotheses, define and describe abstract concepts, write critically and prepare formal letters and reports. Grammar points assisting in the development of these functions include compound conditional and past perfect subjunctive, probability, intensifiers and impersonal constructions.
Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 311UA - HIGH ADVANCED SPANISH I
This level focuses on advanced topics of oral and written narration in Spanish, including tone, intent, organization of ideas for written and oral argument, and describing abstract concepts. Grammar points support these applications.
Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 310UA - ADVANCED SPANISH III
This intensive course is designed to develop advanced language competence. Includes extensive review of Spanish and the acquisition of vocabulary, complex structures, and understanding of linguistic registers through activities and materials created to introduce students to contemporary Spanish usage, culture, and daily life.
Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 309UA - ADVANCED SPANISH II
This intensive course is designed to develop advanced language competence. Includes extensive review of Spanish and the acquisition of vocabulary, complex structures, and understanding of linguistic registers through activities and materials created to introduce students to contemporary Spanish usage, culture, and daily life.
Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring

Costs include

Tuition

Double occupancy room & full board

Laundry

Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities

Orientation

Health Insurance

Spanish Studies transcript

Support of onsite staff

Special Dietary Needs

  • Students with food allergies, intolerances, or other medical conditions that require a special diet may incur an extra fee to cover related dietary expenses. Please contact Spanish Studies for additional details.

All fees are in U.S. dollars and based on current exchange rates. Any considerable decrease in the value of the dollar will affect fees.

Meet your Resident Director

My role is to provide you with the necessary resources with which to maximize your experience in Alicante. You will choose courses to satisfy your intellectual and academic requirements. Extracurricular activities supplement your coursework, allowing you to live the culture as you further your own interests. These activities include dance, theater, sports, cooking, volunteering, tutoring in English, etc. The key is to find a good combination of study and leisure so that you may achieve your individual objectives and benefit each day from this unique experience.

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