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  • Locations: Alicante, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
AboutAcademicsDatesCostScholarships / GrantsHousingEligibilityApplicationsVisaOrientationsInformation / Links

About the Location

Spain is located in Southern Europe and shares land borders with Portugal, France, Andorra, and Gibraltar.  Spain is also a short ferry ride from Morocco.

Alicante is a vibrant Spanish city of approximately 350,000 people situated on the Mediterranean coast.  The city is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Spain thanks to its great weather, urban beaches, and colorful residents. Alicante's moderate size makes it an accessible, easy-to-navigate city with plenty of opportunities to engage in the disctinctive culture of the region.  A pleasant downtown combined with modern study center and university facilities provide excellent educational opportunities.  Students who have studied in Alicante rave about how friendly the residents are and how willing they are to help students learn Spanish.   Alicantinos will tell you that paella was invented there and refuse to believe that there is good paella anywhere else. 


Academics

Who is this program right for?

The program is designed for students with a strong interest in Spanish language who have completed Spanish 221 or 222 and have achieved a low-intermediate level of proficiency prior to participation.  Students who successfully complete the program can advance approximately two semesters to a level equivalent to high-intermediate or low-advanced, depending on their level upon entry, their effort and attitude, and the elective courses they choose.  Students will primarily earn credit in liberal arts and Elon Core Curriculum disciplines, though opportunities do exist to take electives in business or communication.

What is this program like?

Students can expect to take mostly Spanish language and Spanish culture courses, taught in Spanish at the CIEE Study Center.  This program also offers the option to take one direct-enrollment course with local students (also taught in Spanish) or to take one English-taught business elective, both taught at the Universidad de Alicante.  The Language and Culture study abroad program gives students the opportunity to take electives in Spanish, which are carefully designed to progressively advance their ability to understand and communicate concepts and ideas related to university-level academic work in such areas as art history, cinema, and literature.

Academic Notes:

  • View the course listings for the Alicante: Language and Culture Program.
  • Students on this program will typically take five classes and earn 20 credit hours.
  • Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis, regardless of the host institution's policy.
  • Additional information about course equivalents for this program is available on the Course Planning Registration for Study Abroad and Study USA page.

General Program Dates

Fall semester – September to mid December
Spring semester – Early January to mid May


Cost

Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.

For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:


Scholarships/Travel Grants

Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC.  For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.

If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program.  Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.

CIEE offers scholarships to students studying abroad on CIEE programs. Information is available on the CIEE website.


Housing

Students have the option of living either with Spanish-speaking host families or in a residence hall with Spanish and other international students.  Host family residences are centrally located in the downtown area of Alicante, while residence halls are located outside of the city at the Universidad de Alicante.  All meals are included with either housing option.  All host families are carefully screened by CIEE.

Additional Eligibility Notes

  • Students must have completed Spanish 221 to be eligible for this program, but may not have completed more than Spanish 222.  
  • Students who have completed no Spanish courses or only Spanish courses below 221 are eligible for the Alicante: Language in Context program.  
  • Students who have taken Spanish beyond Spanish 222 are eligible for the Alicante: Liberal Arts program.

Applications

Students must complete the online Elon University study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.  Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.

Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CIEE.


Visa

A visa is a special page inserted into a passport to show that the holder has received permission from the government to remain in the country for an extended period of time.  Students will be required to appear in person at the Spanish consulate with jurisdiction over their home state in order to apply for a visa.  In many cases this will require transportation to and a hotel stay in the appropriate city.  Students should take these expenses and time commitments into account when applying for this program.  Students should also be aware that the visa process will require surrendering their passports for a period of up to eight weeks, during which time students will not be able to travel outside of the United States.

The visa application fee as of Summer 2013 is $160.

To find the consulate with jurisdiction over your home state, please visit the website of the Spanish Embassy in Washington D.C.

Students will receive more information about the visa process during orientation.

Orientations

A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.  Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad.  These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety.  Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program.  Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.

View the pre-departure orientation schedule for the semester programs.


Additional Information and Links

Want to know more? Join the Global Education Center Facebook page to connect with alumni and other prospective students.

Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

The Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain
U.S. Consulate in Barcelona, Spain

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Testimonial:
Testimonial:
Studying in Alicante, Spain versus other cities in Spain was unique because it is a smaller, lesser known city, therefore there are less tourists. Because of that, I felt that I was able to immerse myself completely in the Spanish culture. In Alicante, I was unable to speak English to the habitants there, but in cities like Madrid and Barcelona, I usually had that option. I felt that I was able to learn more about the Spanish language and culture living in Alicante.
     — Jessica Jewusiak, Spring 2014
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/18/2018
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Rolling Admission 01/09/2019 05/10/2019
Fall 2019 02/14/2019
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Rolling Admission 08/22/2019 12/13/2019
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: October 9 to 11:59 p.m., November 15. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by December 4 and GEC Access Scholarship support by January.

Rolling Period: December 4 to 11:59 p.m., February 14. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by February 14 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by April.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, April 9. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

Spring 2020 09/12/2019
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Rolling Admission 01/09/2020 05/01/2020
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

Early Action Period: April 2 to 11:59 p.m., May 2. Students that would like an early answer on their application status and scholarship support may apply Early Action. Students that apply Early Action will be notified of their status by May 21 and GEC Access Scholarship support by early summer.

Rolling Period: May 21 to 11:59 p.m., September 12. Applications submitted within these dates will be reviewed within two weeks of submission in the order received as space is available. Students must complete the GEC Access Scholarship questionnaire by September 12 to guarantee consideration. Students will be notified of GEC Access Scholarship support by October.

All applications for this program, whether submitted Early Action or Rolling, are non-binding until the deposit credit deadline, November 7. Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation information.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.


** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.