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Study Abroad in Alicante, Spain

Alicante Programs

Internships & Service Learning

Alicante, Spain

Dive into a Summer Internship or Service Learning program in Alicante, where hands-on experience meets cultural immersion. Gain professional skills and contribute to the local community, all while exploring the stunning landscapes and rich heritage of Spain.
Short Term
Terms: Summer
Credits: 5-6 cr
Starting Price: $9,800
Spanish Study Abroad

Alicante, Spain

Immerse yourself in the Mediterranean lifestyle with our Summer Study Abroad program in Alicante, Spain, where you’ll experience the perfect blend of academic enrichment, cultural immersion, and the sun-drenched beauty of Spain’s Costa Blanca.
Short Term
Terms: Summer
Credits: 4-16 cr
Starting Price: $5,300
Spanish Study Abroad

Alicante, Spain

Experience an intensive cultural and academic journey with our May Term Study Abroad program in Alicante, Spain, offering a unique opportunity to dive deep into Spanish culture and language against the backdrop of the stunning Mediterranean coast.
Short Term
Terms: May Term
Credits: 4-6 cr
Starting Price: $5,300
Spanish Study Abroad

Alicante, Spain

Kickstart your year with our J-Term Study Abroad program in Alicante, Spain, where you can explore Spanish culture and language through immersive courses and experiences, all while enjoying the mild Mediterranean winter of the Costa Blanca.
Short Term
Terms: J-Term
Credits: 4-6 cr
Starting Price: $5,300
Embark on an advanced exploration of global markets with our International Business in English program in Alicante, Spain, designed for students looking to deepen their understanding of international business concepts and practices, all set against the vibrant backdrop of the Mediterranean economy.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 12-18 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Study Abroad

Alicante, Spain

Delve into the forefront of innovation with our Science and Technology in English program in Alicante, Spain, designed for students seeking to merge their scientific curiosity and technological interests, amidst the thriving research and development environment of the Mediterranean.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 12-18 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Study Abroad

Alicante, Spain

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and academic offerings of Spain with our Liberal Arts program in Alicante, designed to provide a comprehensive and immersive educational experience that spans across a wide range of humanities, arts, and social sciences, all within the captivating setting of the Mediterranean.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 12-18 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Spanish Study Abroad

Alicante, Spain

Engage deeply with the rich cultural and academic landscape of Spain with our Liberal Arts in Advanced Spanish program in Alicante, offering students an immersive educational experience that combines rigorous language studies with a broad exploration of humanities and social sciences, all within the vibrant context of the Mediterranean.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 12-18 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Spanish Study Abroad

Alicante, Spain

Immerse yourself in the diverse offerings of Spanish culture and academics with our Liberal Arts in Spanish program in Alicante, designed to provide a comprehensive learning experience that spans the humanities, arts, and social sciences, tailored for students eager to enhance their Spanish language skills amidst the backdrop of the Mediterranean’s vibrant life and history.
Semester, Year
Terms: Spring, Fall, Academic Year
Credits: 12-18 cr
Starting Price: $15,700
Study Abroad

Alicante, Spain

Bask in the Mediterranean sun and immerse yourself in Spanish culture with our Summer Study Abroad program in Alicante, where you’ll combine academic enrichment with the sun-drenched beauty of Spain’s Costa Blanca.
Short Term
Terms: Summer
Credits: 4-16 cr
Starting Price: $5,300

Overview of Alicante

Alicante, a captivating coastal city, offers a warm Mediterranean climate and a rich cultural tapestry. It is a gem for those seeking a blend of historical charm and contemporary living. Famous for its beautiful beaches and the historic Castle of Santa Bárbara, Alicante also prides itself on its bustling marina and exquisite local cuisine. 

This birthplace of renowned figures, like painter and sculptor Eusebio Sempere or esteemed writer Gabriel Miró, is adorned with vibrant public squares, Baroque buildings, and modern art installations. Simultaneously, Alicante shines with its modern appeal. The city thrives on a mix of tourism, commerce, and education, all interconnected by an efficient public transportation system. The neighborhoods and key landmarks are readily accessible. The locals, known for their friendly and relaxed demeanor, are eager to share their city’s unique blend of traditional Spanish culture and modern lifestyle with visitors.

Why choose Alicante over other destinations?

Alicante stands out as a prime study abroad destination, offering a blend of Mediterranean beauty, historical depth, and cultural vibrancy. Ideal for students, the city combines academic opportunities with personal growth in a dynamic coastal setting, enhanced by its welcoming atmosphere, diverse learning environments, green spaces, and an international university campus.

Why Study Abroad in Alicante?

🏖️ Mediterranean Lifestyle:

Students enjoy free time on the beach in Alicante

Start studying abroad in Alicante

Step 1. Choose your program

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Choose your program by destination, term, or subject.

Step 2. Start your Appliction

Start your application

Launch your application and complete the required paperwork

Step Three. Acceptance and deposit

Acceptance & Deposit

Once you've submitted all your paperwork, SSA will confirm your acceptance. Secure your place by paying your deposit.

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Students Visit to Castle Alicante during free time

Historical Richness

Alicante is steeped in a diverse history, with its roots stretching back to the Carthaginians, Romans, and Moors. This rich past is vividly reflected in its ancient fortifications, such as the Castillo de Santa Bárbara, and in the narrow streets of the old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, offering a living history lesson at every corner.

 Mom And Host Fam Santa María Lirios And Pepe Gave My Mom A Tour Of Alicante When My Family Had Come To Pick Me Up In May. We Stopped At The Basilica Of Santa María.
Students Mom and host family: Santa María Lirios and Pepe gave her mom a tour of Alicante when they came to pick her up in May. In front of the Basilica of Santa María.

Architectural Diversity

Alicante showcases a fascinating architectural landscape, from the medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara perched atop Mount Benacantil, offering breathtaking views, to the modernist Casa Carbonell along the Explanada de España. The city’s architecture tells the story of its past and present, blending Gothic, Baroque, and contemporary styles.

Artistic Expression

The artistic scene in Alicante is both historic and vibrant, with museums like the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante (MACA) and the Museo de Bellas Artes (MUBAG) presenting works by Spanish artists alongside local talents. The city’s streets and squares come alive with public art, festivals, and exhibitions, reflecting a deep-rooted appreciation for creative expression.

Culinary Delights

Alicante’s gastronomy is a testament to its Mediterranean setting, offering a palette of flavors from the sea and the land. Signature dishes such as arroz alicantino (paella) and tapas like esgarrat embody the region’s culinary traditions, providing a delicious avenue for cultural exploration.

Language Immersion

In Alicante, Spanish flows seamlessly from the bustling markets to the tranquil beaches, offering a vibrant setting for immersion in both Castilian Spanish and the regional Valencian dialect. Through language exchanges and daily interactions, students can explore the linguistic richness of Alicante, enhancing their proficiency and cultural understanding.

Living in Alicante

Living in Alicante means experiencing the warmth of its people, the leisurely pace of life, and the city’s open, welcoming nature. From participating in traditional festivals like the Bonfires of Saint John to enjoying the leisure and sports activities by the sea, life in Alicante is a blend of cultural immersion, educational growth, and unforgettable adventures.

Festival masks hanging from a street vendor stand in Alicante, Spain

Your semester in Alicante offers much more than just academic pursuits; it’s an invitation to dive deep into the vibrant heart of Spanish culture. Included in your program are a myriad of cultural activities and outings, meticulously selected by our Resident Director to enrich your experience. Here’s a glimpse of the cultural journey that awaits you in Alicante:

Fireworks in the skies of Alicante, Spain during Hogueras
Fireworks in the skies of Alicante, Spain during Hogueras

Welcome to Mediterranean Delights: Begin your adventure with a warm welcome dinner, where you’ll taste local specialties like arroz alicantino and indulge in authentic Spanish tapas, fostering connections with fellow students and our local team.

Cultural Visits: Immerse yourself in Alicante’s rich history and art through guided tours to the Castillo de Santa Bárbara, the Museo de Bellas Artes, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, and the Museo Arqueológico Provincial de Alicante.

Cultural Walks/Itineraries: Discover Alicante’s history, picturesque spots, Modernist architecture, and Civil War air-raid shelters through themed walks like “Historia de Alicante,” “Rincones con encanto de Alicante,” “El Modernismo en la Ciudad de Alicante,” and “Refugios antiaéreos de la Guerra Civil en Alicante.”

Gastronomic Workshops: Delve into the culinary arts with workshops on alicantino rice dishes and tapas, where you’ll learn to prepare traditional flavors of the region.

Dance Workshops: Move to the rhythm with Latin dance, flamenco, and zumba workshops, embracing the lively local culture and staying active.

Cultural Events: Celebrate Thanksgiving Alicante-style, and engage with the local community through Spanish cinema screenings, bowling nights, and more.

Spanish Language Cinema and Bowling with Language Exchange: Enhance your Spanish skills and make new friends through movie nights and bowling with language exchange partners.

Gymkhana – Outdoor Escape Room in Alicante: Participate in a thrilling gymkhana based on the ancient history of Alicante, combining fun, teamwork, and learning.

Multi-Activity Nautical Day: Experience the Mediterranean Sea with a day of water sports, offering a blend of excitement and relaxation.

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. This comprehensive suite of cultural engagements is designed to ensure you live Alicante not just as a student, but as a true part of its vibrant community.

Meet The Alicante Team!

"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 the resident director standing outside the SSA offices on campus
Pepa Vives
Resident Director, Alicante
The SSA Alicante Team has an office on campus. We're always close by to help with all your needs.
The SSA Alicante Team has an office on campus. We're always close by to help with all your needs.
"My role is to accompany you on this exciting adventure abroad and help you immerse yourself into the Spanish language and culture during your time in Alicante. I support Pepa in preparing the best possible experience for our students so that you can grow both academically and personally with SSA Education Abroad, and also enjoy and learn from every opportunity and challenge you may find along the way. Looking forward to meeting you all in Alicante!"
Foto Marisa
Marisa Pérez Escribano
Assistant to the Resident Director, Alicante

The SSA Alicante Team with their students!

Both living arrangements are designed to enrich your study abroad experience in Alicante, offering distinct pathways to immerse yourself in the local culture, language, and community. Whether you choose the intimate setting of a homestay or the more independent lifestyle of a student residencia, you’ll have the support and guidance of Spanish Studies Abroad staff to make the most of your time in Spain.

*Residencia spaces are limited and students with special health and dietary needs have first priority

Student Residences

Student Residences Alicante Common room

Student residencias* offer a more independent living situation while still providing a sense of community with fellow students. Residencia spaces are limited, with priority given to students who have special health and dietary needs. Living in a residencia allows you to enjoy a blend of independence and support, with amenities that cater to a student’s lifestyle. While residencias provide a unique opportunity to meet students from diverse backgrounds, they also promote a learning environment conducive to academic success. It’s an excellent option for those who prefer a bit more autonomy but still wish to engage closely with the student community in Alicante.

In Alicante, opting for a homestay offers an unparalleled immersion into Spanish life and culture. This choice means you’ll live with a local host family, providing full room and board, including laundry and room cleaning services. Homestays are ideal for students eager to practice Spanish daily in an authentic setting, enhancing their language skills and cultural understanding. Our homestays are carefully selected to ensure a welcoming and conducive atmosphere for learning. 

The SSA team maintains high standards by discussing norms and policies with hosts and regularly inspecting homes to guarantee your comfort. Special dietary or housing accommodations are available, though they may come with an additional fee. Most host families have been partnering with us for years, receiving high praise from former students for their hospitality. Remember, bringing a small gift for your host family is a thoughtful gesture to show appreciation for their welcome.

Homestays in Alicante

Where will you study?

Universidad de Alicante

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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Alumni Experiences

A day in the life of a student...

Alumni who went to Alicante say

Independent Research Projects

Numerous students opt for diverse private research projects, varying in scope and scale.

Student Eva Feride was assigned three distinct design projects during her internship: 1) crafting a school yearbook, 2) developing new entryway signage, and 3) creating a school Christmas postcard.

In the subsequent brief video, she details each project and concludes by discussing – in her wonderful Spanish – how her internship contributed to her development.

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Not sure if Alicante is the right destination for you? Let us put you in contact with previous students so you can find out more about the destination or program to see if it’s the right fit. You may chat via text, email, telephone, or video call – whatever works best for you.

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Beth Tyler INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS MANAGER

INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS Manager

The IRs are your go-to contacts for navigating the complex study abroad process. 

They aim to respond to all inquiries within one business day.

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Susan Hyman

Custom Programs Director

Susan is your go-to contact for navigating the complex process of customized programs. 

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