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  • Locations: Alicante, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Eligibility: 1-Sophomore and Above Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: Level 300 (1 course) or equivalent Click here for a definition of this term Language(s) of Instruction: Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Internship Option: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Volunteer/Service Opportunities: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Research Option: No
Click here for a definition of this term Max Credits To Receive/Transfer: 20 Click here for a definition of this term Disciplines of Classes Available: Anthropology, Arabic, Art, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communications, Computer Information Systems, Computing Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, Exercise Science, Geography, History, Human Service Studies, International Studies, International Studies: Europe, International Studies: Middle East, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Physical Education & Health, Policy Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Women's/Gender Studies
Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor/Manager: Catherine Hinken Click here for a definition of this term Need-Based Scholarship: Yes
ELR Unit: 2 units
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 distinctive 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 Liberal Arts study abroad program is designed for students who have completed one or more 300-level Spanish courses and achieved an advanced level of proficiency prior to participation. Students take a combination of CIEE courses designed specifically for advanced language students and regular University courses at the Universidad de Alicante (UA).   This program is ideal for a student dedicated to learning the Spanish language. Students can expect to take primarily courses that count in the liberal arts or Elon Core Curriculum on this program, but some students may be able to find a business or communication elective that they need. 

What is this program like?

All courses are taught in Spanish. Students can expect to take a mix of courses selected from those taught at the CIEE study center for U.S. students and courses with locals at the Universidad de Alicante.  Courses offered at the CIEE study center will tend to focus on Spanish language and culture, and will take place in an academic environment similar to that found in the U.S.  Courses offered at the Universidad de Alicante will be available in a broad range of topics, but may pose a higher degree of challenge due to the differences in the U.S. and Spanish education systems.  Students who choose to take Universidad de Alicante courses should note that the university terms do not match exactly with the U.S. academic calendar and therefore may require students to stay in Alicante later than expected.  

This program also offers internship opportunities with local non-profit and non-governmental organizations.

Academic notes:

  • View the course listings for the Alicante: Liberal Arts 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 one Spanish course at the 300 level in order to participate in this program.
  • Students who have taken no Spanish are eligible for the Language in Context program
  • Students who have taken courses at the intermediate level (either Spanish 221 or both 221 and 222) are eligible for the Language and Culture 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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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/18/2018
**
Rolling Admission 01/09/2019 05/10/2019
Fall 2019 02/14/2019
**
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.

Academic Year 2019-2020 02/14/2019
**
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
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
**
Rolling Admission 01/09/2019 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.