May Term in Alicante, Spain

Providing unique learning experiences for students since 1969.

Program information

Alicante, the jewel of the Costa Blanca, boasts a Mediterranean coastal climate and lifestyle. A rich history of sea merchants and conquerors has shaped this vibrant and modern city’s unique Spanish character.

May Term in Alicante offers you an excellent opportunity to develop your Spanish skills while you enjoy the benefits that a city by the sea offers:  downtown beaches, water sports, and a temperate climate. Enroll in up to six credits of Spanish language and culture. Students live in Spanish homes and participate in study tours, cultural events, and social activities. This 4-week session is an ideal short-term study abroad experience. 

Why choose this program?

  • Dedication to academic excellence
  • Classes taught by Universidad de Alicante professors
  • A 4-week term
  • Beginner to advanced Spanish language courses at Universidad de Alicante
  • Small class size for personalized attention
  • Earn up to 6 credits per term
  • Optional 1-credit content courses, complementing Spanish language study
  • 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

  • 3.0 overall GPA required
  • Some courses may have additional prerequisites

May Term Programs

2020 Alicante May Term

May 2020
– May 2020
Apply by: 15/04/2020
$4.100

Course Catalog

Living the Culture Courses
LTC 300UAM - 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 for 2018 is $500.
Additional fee applies
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
May
Complementary
SPAN 375UAM - ADVANCED CONVERSATION I
Additional conversational practice to complement the advanced level.
Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 309, 310, 311, 313, 403, 405, 451, or 452UAS.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
May
Complementary
SPAN 369UAM - SPANISH THROUGH ART HISTORY
This course provides an overview of Spanish art history.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
May
Complementary
SPAN 360UAM - SPANISH FOR BUSINESS I
This class provides a course overview of Spanish business.
Intermediete Spanish level completed or the equivalent.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
May
Complementary
SPAN 275UAM - INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION I
Additional conversational practice to complement the intermediate level.
Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 203UAS or 204UAS.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
May
Complementary
SPAN 175UAM - BEGINNING CONVERSATION I
Additional conversational practice to complement the beginner level.
Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in 101 or 102.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
May
Language
SPAN 452UAM - 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
May
Language
SPAN 451UAM - 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
May
Language
SPAN 405UAM - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED LANGUAGE STUDY II
Students work on skills related to refining their ability to express themselves with grammatical correctness and semantic subtlety in a number of 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
May
Language
SPAN 403UAM - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED LANGUAGE STUDY I
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 linguistic 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 work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
May
Language
SPAN 313UAM - 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
May
Language
SPAN 311UAM - HIGH ADVANCED SPANISH I
The course focuses on oral and written narration in Spanish, the understanding of tone and intent in textual analysis, organization of ideas for written and oral argumentation, and understanding and use of appropriate registers. Grammar points support these applications, and include past subjunctive, indirect style, verbal periphrasis and use of relatives for argumentation, and with indicative and subjunctive.
Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
May
Language
SPAN 310UAM - 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
May
Language
SPAN 309UAM - 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
May
Language
SPAN 300UAM - 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
May
Language
SPAN 204UAM - 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
May
Language
SPAN 203UAM - 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
May
Language
SPAN 102UAM - BEGINNING SPANISH II
Basic structures, practical vocabulary, extensive oral practice.
Admission to courses based upon placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
May
Language
SPAN 101UAM - BEGINNING SPANISH I
Basic structures, practical vocabulary, extensive oral practice.
Admission to courses based upon placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
May

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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