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May Study Abroad in Spanish

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May

May, 2025

Jun, 2025

Apr 15, 2024

$5.300

May

May 3, 2024

Jun 1, 2024

Apr 15, 2024

$5.300

Program Overview

Dive Into Spanish This Spring! 

Discover the essence of Spanish language and culture with our May Term Study Abroad program in the stunning city of Alicante, Spain. Perfect for students looking to enhance their Spanish skills in a short, intensive format, this program combines rigorous academic instruction with immersive cultural experiences.

Program Highlights:

  • Accelerated Language Acquisition: Tailored courses designed to boost your Spanish proficiency, no matter your starting level.
  • Cultural Exploration: From historical tours to culinary workshops, immerse yourself in the rich traditions and lifestyle of Spain.
  • Breathtaking Setting: Experience the beauty of Alicante, with its pristine beaches, historic architecture, and vibrant local life.

Embrace the opportunity to transform your Spanish skills and cultural understanding this May. Join us in Alicante for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Spanish language and culture!

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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) 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.

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!"
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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 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.

Academics

Course Selection

The available courses for students vary by program and are distributed between the SSA center and local universities. Please see the selection below, and contact us for the most current course information:

Subject

Course

Courses

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Additional conversational practice to complement the intermediate level.
Prerequisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 204UAS.

Contact Hours: 20

Credits: 1

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Additional conversational practice to complement the advanced level.
Prerequisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 300UAS

Contact Hours: 20

Credits: 1

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Additional conversational practice to complement the study of Spanish at the advanced level.

Contact Hours: 20

Credits: 1

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Additional conversational practice to complement the advanced level.
Prerequisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 309UAS

Contact Hours: 20

Credits: 1

Language/History/Cultural Studies

This class provides a course overview of Spanish cinema.
Prerequisites: Intermediete Spanish level completed or the equivalent.

Contact Hours: 20

Credits: 1

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Additional conversational practice to complement the advanced level.
Prerequisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 311, 313, 403, 405, 451, or 452

Contact Hours: 20

Credits: 1

Living the Culture

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

This course provides an overview of Spanish art history.
Prerequisites: Intermediate Spanish level completed or the equivalent

Contact Hours: 20

Credits: 1

Language/History/Cultural Studies

This class provides a course overview of Spanish business.
Prerequisites: Intermediete Spanish level completed or the equivalent.

Contact Hours: 20

Credits: 1

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Additional conversational practice to complement the intermediate level.
Prerequisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 203UAS or 204UAS.

Contact Hours: 20

Credits: 1

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Additional conversational practice to complement the beginner level.
Prerequisites: Concurrent study at same level or enrollment in SPAN 100UAM

Contact Hours: 20

Credits: 1

Language/History/Cultural Studies

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.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

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.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

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.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

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.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

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.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

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.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

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.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

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.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

For students with sure knowledge of Spanish structures. Development of completeness and correctness in comprehension, oral expression, reading and writing.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Guided discussions.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Development of comprehension, oral expression, reading, and writing. Systematic vocabulary building on a variety of practice themes. Guided discussions.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

Basic structures, practical vocabulary, extensive oral practice.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

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.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Language/History/Cultural Studies

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.
Prerequisites: Admission to courses based upon previous work in Spanish as well as placement test score.

Contact Hours: 60

Credits: 4

Academic Institutions

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.

Why This Program?

The May Term Study Abroad Program in Spanish in Alicante, Spain, provides an immersive springtime educational experience, perfect for students looking to enhance their Spanish language skills and cultural understanding within a condensed period. Set in the vibrant city of Alicante, this program combines intensive Spanish language courses with a rich array of cultural activities and excursions, all within the beautiful context of Spain’s Mediterranean coast during its most delightful season.

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