Summer Terms in Alicante, Spain

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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.

Summer programs in Alicante offer two intensive academic terms, with rich cultural components to support the study of Spanish language and culture. Students live in Spanish homes and participate in study tours, cultural events, and social activities. Each 4-week session serves as an ideal short-term study abroad experience. Students take one intensive language course and may complement it with a 1-credit cultural course for 4-5 credits per session.

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Internships

In addition to summer study options, students may also participate in an 8-week internship or service learning program during a summer in Alicante. Please visit our Summer Internship or Service Learning page for more information on this unique opportunity.

 

Choose your term

Start Date: Jun 4, 2022
Apply by: May 15, 2022
End Date: Jul 2, 2022
Cost: $4.700
Start Date: Jul 2, 2022
Apply by: May 15, 2022
End Date: Jul 30, 2022
Cost: $4.700
Start Date: Jun 4, 2022
Apply by: May 15, 2022
End Date: Jul 30, 2022
Cost: $9.400
Start Date: Jun 4 , 2022
Apply by: Apr 15, 2022
End Date: Jul 30, 2022
Cost: $9.400

Choose your courses

SPAN 382 UAS: ESPAÑA HOY: SOCIEDAD, POLÍTICA E INSTITUCIONES
Esta asignatura tiene un triple objetivo: en primer lugar, dar a conocer a los alumnos y alumnas del curso los procesos históricos, políticos y sociales que han configurado la España del siglo XXI a partir de la muerte de Franco. En segundo lugar, ayudar al desarrollo de estrategias de aprendizaje e investigación personales familiarizando al alumnado con el acceso a fuentes de información rigurosas que les permitan conocer la España de nuestros días. El tercer y último objetivo es, lógicamente, ayudar al desarrollo de la competencia comunicativa del alumnado extranjero mediante la interacción en el aula y la lectura y producción de textos en castellano relativos al ámbito de las Ciencias Sociales. Se prestará especial atención al desarrollo de las destrezas lingüñisticas recogidas en el MCER (Marco Común Europeo de Referencia para las lenguas), como se especifica en https://cvc.cervantes.es/ensenanza/biblioteca_ele/marco/.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Summer Term 2
SPAN 381 UAS: GENDER, LANGUAGE AND POWER
The course aims to describe and analyze the ways language and its uses create, reinforce or question power relations and identities related to gender. Students will actively reflect on and react to texts, media products and discourse analysis and will be required to introduce or present some of the topics after the readings.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Summer Term 2
UAS-E 378: MOVING IMAGE & SOUND LITERACY: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON MEDIA VIEWING
A moving image is a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement. Examples include motion pictures, videos, and other theatrical releases, short films, news footage (including television newscasts and theatrical newsreels), documentaries, trailers, out-takes, commercials, home movies, fan videos, television broadcasts, and unedited footage. The term ‘moving image education’ refers to learning and teaching practices which develop moving image & sound media literacy. These practices involve analyzing moving image texts, exploring, appreciating, creating and sharing them, and being discerning about them. This is neatly expressed in the widely accepted ‘3Cs’ of media literacy: the cultural, the critical and the creative.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Summer Term 2
UAS-E 377: INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN PROFESSIONAL CONTEXTS
The course is designed to develop intercultural communication skills to enhance your performance in professional or academic contexts. Effective intercultural communication skills are important in a multicultural society, particularly for those individuals who would be in positions that require effective management of cultural conflicts.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Summer Term 2
Culture and Politics
UAS-E 374: THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE MEDITERRANEAN
The subject aims to analyze the past, present and future of European integration, on the basis of historic and economic reasoning, as well as its connections with the Mediterranean area. The process of European integration and its effects will be assessed taking into account differences in European Member States economies as well as considering the EU as a whole at the international level. The role of Spain in the EU and the EU´s relationships with the countries in the Mediterranean area will be analysed. Issues of intercultural communication between both sides of the Mediterranean sea will be discussed.
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 3
Contact hours: 45
Summer Term 2
Living the Culture Courses
LTC 491UAS - LIVING THE CULTURE
In addition to the core academic courses offered in the Alicante program, all Spanish Studies Abroad students in Alicante have the opportunity to take Living the Culture workshops. These courses may include dance, scuba, cuisine, or windsurf. 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, $600 for Scuba Diving, and $600 for Windsurf.
Pre-requisites: Additional fee applies
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Summer Term 2
Living the Culture Courses
LTC 490UAS - LIVING THE CULTURE
In addition to the core academic courses offered in the Alicante program, all Spanish Studies Abroad students in Alicante have the opportunity to take Living the Culture workshops. These courses may include dance, scuba, cuisine, or windsurf. 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, $600 for Scuba Diving, and $600 for Windsurf.
Pre-requisites: Additional fee applies
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Summer Term 1
Complementary
SPAN 475UAS - HIGH-ADVANCED CONVERSATION
Additional conversational practice to complement the advanced level.
Pre-requisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 311, 313, 403, 405, 451, or 452UAS.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 1
Complementary
SPAN 375UAS-C - ADVANCED CONVERSATION III
Additional conversational practice to complement the advanced level.
Pre-requisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 309, 310, 311, 313, 403, 405, 451, or 452UAS.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Complementary
SPAN 375UAS-B - ADVANCED CONVERSATION II
Additional conversational practice to complement the advanced level.
Pre-requisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 309, 310, 311, 313, 403, 405, 451, or 452UAS.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Complementary
SPAN 375UAS-A - ADVANCED CONVERSATION I
Additional conversational practice to complement the advanced level.
Pre-requisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 309, 310, 311, 313, 403, 405, 451, or 452UAS.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Complementary
SPAN 372UAS - SPANISH FOR TOURISM I
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 15
Summer Term 1
Complementary
SPAN 371UAS - SPANISH THROUGH LITERATURE II
This class provides a course overview of Spanish literature.
Pre-requisites: Intermediate or advanced Spanish level.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 2
Complementary
SPAN 368UAS - SPANISH THROUGH ART HISTORY I
This class provides a course overview of Spanish art history.
Pre-requisites: Intermediete Spanish level completed or the equivalent.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 1
Complementary
SPAN 366UAS - SPANISH THROUGH CINEMA I
This class provides a course overview of Spanish cinema.
Pre-requisites: Intermediete Spanish level completed or the equivalent.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 1
Complementary
SPAN 363UAS - SPANISH THROUGH CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION II
This course provides an overview of Spanish culture & civilization.
Pre-requisites: Intermediete Spanish level completed or the equivalent.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 2
Complementary
SPAN 362UAS - SPANISH THROUGH CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION I
This course provides an overview of Spanish culture & civilization.
Pre-requisites: Intermediate Spanish level completed or the equivalent.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 1
Complementary
SPAN 361UAS - SPANISH FOR BUSINESS II
This class provides a course overview of Spanish business.
Pre-requisites: Intermediete Spanish level completed or the equivalent.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 2
Complementary
SPAN 275UAS-B - INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION II
Additional conversational practice to complement the intermediate level.
Pre-requisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 203UAS or 204UAS.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Complementary
SPAN 275UAS-A - INTERMEDIATE CONVERSATION I
Additional conversational practice to complement the intermediate level.
Pre-requisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 203UAS or 204UAS.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Complementary
SPAN 175UAS - BEGINNING CONVERSATION
Additional conversational practice to complement the beginner level.
Pre-requisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in 101 or 102.
Credits: 1
Contact hours: 20
Summer Term 1
Language
SPAN 452UAS - 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.
Pre-requisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 451UAS - 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.
Pre-requisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 405UAS - 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.
Pre-requisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 403UAS - 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.
Pre-requisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 313UAS - 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.
Pre-requisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 311UAS - 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.
Pre-requisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 310UAS - 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.
Pre-requisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 309UAS - 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.
Pre-requisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 300UAS - 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
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 204UAS - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Guided discussions.
Pre-requisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 203UAS - INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Guided discussions.
Pre-requisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language
SPAN 100UAS - BEGINNING SPANISH
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Summer Term 1, Summer Term 2
Language and Culture Courses in English
SPAN 377UA-E - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION IN PROFESSIONAL CONTEXTS A PROFESSIONAL CONTEXT
Pre-requisites:
Credits: 4
Contact hours: 60
Fall, Spring

What are you spending your program fee on?

For a specific price for this program please reach out to us, as fees vary depending on the destination.

What does the program fee 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.

How much spending money should I budget for?

These costs are merely orientative*

This plan estimates personal and miscellaneous expenses at approximately $175 per week. 

If you need to travel to a consulate for the purpose of obtaining a visa before your program abroad (semester students only), remember to budget for that travel expense.

Some students will spend more and others will spend less, of course. Consider your lifestyle and budget accordingly. 

The “Short Term” estimate is for one 3.5 week program; if you are participating in two, multiply by two.

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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