CIEE Alicante Programs

 

The Council on International Educational Exchange’s (CIEE) offers students with beginner to advanced experience in the Spanish language an opportunity to study abroad on one of three program tracks based in Alicante, Spain, which lies on the Mediterranean Coast.  The Language in Context  track is designed for students with no to little experience with the Spanish language.  Students will take intensive language courses in Spanish and supplement their course plan with area studies courses taught in English.  The Language & Culture track offers intensive language study for intermediate language students with area studies courses taught in Spanish at the CIEE Study Center.  The more advanced students will enroll in the Liberal Arts track with a course plan consisting of intensive language courses and area studies courses taken in Spanish at the CIEE Study Center or the Universidad de Alicante.  Participants on all tracks will have opportunities to immerse themselves in the culture through a number of activities including a conversation exchange program, the Universidad de Alicante’s International Club, and various excursions around Spain.

Fields of study:

Intensive Spanish language, art history, European studies, literature, film studies, politics, history, economics  

Eligibility:

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (Whitman requirement); 0-5 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent (depending on the program track)

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring, and Academic Year (Liberal Arts track ONLY)

Calendar:

Language & Culture and Language in Context
September-December; January-May

Liberal Arts
August-December; January-June

Credits:

Language in Context (0-2 semesters of Spanish)

17 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Intensive Spanish Language (3 credits)
Two Spanish language courses (4 credits each)
Two area studies courses in English (3 credits each)

Language & Culture (3-4 semesters of Spanish)

15 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Intensive Spanish Language (3 credits)
Two Spanish language courses (3 credits each)
Two area studies courses in Spanish (3 credits each)

Liberal Arts (5 semesters of Spanish)

15-16 credits per semester - Required Courses:
Intensive Spanish Language (3 credits)
Advanced Spanish language course (3 credits each)
Three elective courses in Spanish* (3 credits each)

*It is highly recommended that students on this program enroll in the Seminar on Living and Learning in Alicante (1 credit), in addition to the three electives, to help with processing the study abroad experience.

Credit Conversion:

1 CIEE credit = 1 Whitman credit

Housing:

Spanish-speaking homestays or an off-campus residence hall with Spanish and international students.

Meals:

Students in homestays will be provided all meals by the family.  Students in the residence hall will take all meals at the residence hall cafeteria.

Scholarships:

See Link to Financial Aid