Summer Study Abroad in English
Liberal Arts in Alicante, Spain

Application Deadline

April 15, 2024
This program has now closed. Email [email protected] for late applications.
Start Date: July 1, 2024
– End Date: July 27, 2024
End Date: July 27, 2024
Credits: 4-5 credits
Prerequisites: 2.5 Overall GPA

Program Overview

Elevate Your Summer with Global Learning! 📖

Step into a world of opportunity with our Summer Study Abroad in English program, located in the vibrant city of Alicante, Spain. This program is the perfect blend of academic excellence and cultural immersion, all while using English as the medium of instruction. It’s designed for students who seek to globalize their education and explore international perspectives without the language barrier.

Program Highlights:

  • English-Taught Courses: Engage in a variety of subjects ranging from international business to global cultures, all taught by expert faculty in English.
  • Cultural Immersion: Dive into Spanish culture through guided tours, cultural events, and interaction with local and international students.
  • Mediterranean Lifestyle: Enjoy Alicante’s sunny beaches, exquisite cuisine, and lively atmosphere during your summer break.

Make this summer unforgettable by joining us in Alicante, where you can advance your academic goals, explore new cultures, and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime, all in English!

Program Details

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Life Abroad

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Immerse yourself in the linguistic landscape of Alicante, where Castilian Spanish flourishes alongside Valencian. Participate in language exchanges and engage with locals to experience the region’s rich linguistic diversity.


Alicante’s history is a tapestry of various cultures, from the ancient Iberians to the Moors and Christians. Discover tales etched in the Castle of Santa Bárbara and the ancient streets of the city, narrating a storied past that enriches its present-day charm.


The architecture of Alicante is a blend of the old and the new, from the Baroque facades of the Co-cathedral of St. Nicholas to the modern designs of the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art. The city’s buildings narrate a story of evolution and artistic expression.


Alicante is a treasure trove of artistic endeavors, boasting numerous galleries and street art that showcase local and international talents. Explore the works of Spanish artists and embrace the vibrant art scene that pervades the city.


Indulge in the culinary delights of Alicante, a haven for food lovers. From fresh seafood paella to mouth-watering tapas, the local cuisine is a celebration of flavors that reflect the Mediterranean’s bounty.

Coastal Charm

Experience the quintessential Mediterranean lifestyle along Alicante’s stunning coastline. Relax on its beautiful beaches, soak up the sun, and enjoy the sea, complemented by picturesque marinas and promenades.

Cultural Immersion

Participate in Alicante’s lively cultural scene, marked by traditional festivals like the Bonfires of Saint John and vibrant events throughout the year. The city’s cultural offerings provide a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in local traditions and celebrations.

Your summer in Alicante offers more than just academic enrichment; it’s an immersive journey into the heart of Spanish culture. The cost of your program includes a variety of cultural activities and outings, thoughtfully curated by our Resident Director to enhance your experience. Here’s a sneak peek at what awaits you in Alicante:

Welcome to Spanish Flavors: Start your adventure with a friendly welcome dinner, where you’ll savor local dishes like arroz alicantino and indulge in authentic Spanish tapas, connecting with fellow students and our local team.

Alicante’s Old Town: Meander through the charming streets of El Barrio, the old quarter, where history echoes through ancient architecture and lively plazas.

Castillo de Santa Bárbara Tour: Visit this iconic castle perched on Mount Benacantil, offering panoramic views of the city and a deep dive into local history.

Exploring Explanada de España: Stroll along this vibrant avenue, lined with palm trees and mosaic tiles, encapsulating the spirit of Alicante.

Uncover Hidden Gems: Join our ‘Hidden Alicante’ walking tour to discover the city’s lesser-known but equally fascinating spots.

Museum Visits: Immerse yourself in art and history with trips to the Archaeological Museum of Alicante (MARQ) and the Contemporary Art Museum.

Beach Day in San Juan: Relax and socialize on the pristine sands of Playa de San Juan, one of Alicante’s most beautiful beaches.

Fiesta Finale: Wrap up your stay with a delightful evening of local cuisine and perhaps even catch a traditional Spanish guitar performance or a local festivity.

Please note that while most activities are included in your program’s cost, some may require a small additional fee. Availability of activities can vary depending on the program schedule.

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.
Pepa Vives
Resident Director

The SSA Alicante Team with their students!


Student Residences

Students opting for a study abroad experience in Alicante can immerse themselves in the vibrant student life through our residence halls. Alicante, a city known for its stunning coastline and lively cultural scene, attracts a diverse group of international and Spanish students, making its student residences a melting pot of cultures and experiences.

The residences in Alicante are strategically located to ensure students are never far from the city’s key attractions and beautiful beaches. These halls offer a unique social environment, where students can forge lasting friendships and engage with peers from various backgrounds.

Due to the popularity of Alicante as a study destination, we cannot always guarantee placement in a specific hall of residence. Prices may vary, and additional charges over our program costs could be required, including funds for meals.

If you are interested in staying in one of the student residences, please inform us as early as possible to assist in securing your accommodation, which may involve a deposit. Rest assured, SSA carefully selects all student residence options to ensure safety, cleanliness, and convenience for a comfortable and enriching stay in Alicante.


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Language/History/Cultural Studies

SPAN 379UAS-E is a course that provides a comprehensive survey of Spanish art. Through lectures, discussions, and visual analysis, students explore significant artistic movements, styles, and works of art from various periods in Spanish art history. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural, social, and historical contexts that shaped artistic production in Spain. Topics may include medieval art, Renaissance art, Baroque art, modernism, and contemporary art. By studying key artists, artworks, and art theories, students gain a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of Spanish art across different epochs and regions.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Global Peace/International Relations

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.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Immersive Local Workshops

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.
Prerequisites: Additional fee applies

Contact Hours: 15

Credits: 1

Language/History/Cultural Studies

El curso tiene como objetivo fundamental aproximar al alumno a la realidad española contemporánea y los diversos aspectos que la conforman, lo que ayudará a los alumnos a comprender la compleja situación socio-política y cultural de “las Españas” de hoy, así como el carácter de los pueblos que las habitan. Curso impartido en inglés.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

The University of Alicante is a prestigious higher education and research institution located in Alicante, Spain. Known for its innovative and diverse academic programs, the university caters to over 30,000 students with a faculty of highly qualified professors and researchers.

Established in 1979, the University of Alicante has developed a reputation for excellence in both teaching and research. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across various disciplines, including arts, sciences, health, business, and engineering.

The university’s campus is renowned for its modern architecture and green spaces, providing an ideal environment for learning and research. It has also been recognized for its contributions to scientific research, particularly in areas such as technology, health sciences, and social sciences.

The University of Alicante is committed to internationalization, with numerous partnerships with universities and research institutions around the world. This global outlook enhances the educational experience for its students, preparing them for success in an increasingly interconnected world.

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July 1, 2024

July 27, 2024





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