Intensive Language Study Quarter in Alicante, Spain

Providing unique learning experiences for students since 1969.

Program information

Spanish Studies Abroad offers program options in Alicante for those students that are on the Quarter/Trimester system. Students enroll in two intensive language courses and complement their studies by pursuing an Independent Research Project (IRP). Courses are taught at the Universidad de Alicante (UA) and include numerous cultural activities, day trips, and excursions. In addition to living in a Spanish home, cultural events and social activities enhance the cultural element of your experience. During this program students benefit from the expertise of our Resident Director and staff, who guide you to more fully immerse yourself in the local community.

Why choose this program?

  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Ideal for students on the Quarter/Trimester system
  • Classes at Universidad de Alicante
  • Independent Research Project designed to meet requirements of home institution
  • All courses are taught in Spanish by highly qualified Spanish university professors with extensive experience in teaching American students.
  • Small class size for personalized attention
  • Complete 7-8 credits of Spanish language
  • 11-13 credits
  • Live with a local family
  • All meals included
  • Excursions: immerse yourself in a culture while touring with a group you know

Requirements

  • Completion of one semester of intermediate college-level Spanish or the equivalent
  • 3.0 GPA in Spanish coursework

Intensive Language Study Quarter Programs

Jan 2021
– May 2021
Apply by: Oct 15, 2020
$9.600
Jan 4, 2020
– May 23, 2020
Apply by: Oct 15, 2019
$9.600

Course Catalog

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
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
Cross-Cultural Reflection
SPAN 243UA - INTERMEDIATE 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
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
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
Language
SPAN 300UA - ADVANCED SPANISH I
For students with sure knowledge of Spanish structures. Development of completeness and correctness in comprehension, oral expression, reading and writing.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 204UA - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Guided discussions.
Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring
Language
SPAN 203UA - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Guided discussions.
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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