Study Abroad / Affiliated Programs / Language Programs

Alicante, Spain

Bienvenidos a Alicante…

Spanish Studies Abroad offers an exceptional opportunity for cross-cultural study in Alicante, Spain at the Universidad de Alicante.

Spanish Studies facilitates a true cross-cultural exchange by inviting students to expand their world-view through intense immersion of the culture. With a strong dedication to academic integrity and an emphasis on the personal growth of the student, they have developed a reputation for the superior quality and value of its programs. Some features of the program include:

  • U.S. compatible curriculum
  • Native Spanish professors
  • All classes taught in Spanish
  • Average class size of 10-12 students
  • On-site Resident Director and staff
  • Internships
  • All-inclusive day and overnight study trips
  • Weekends for independent travel
  • Intercambios with native speakers

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Universidad de Alicante (UA) is located twenty minutes outside of the city’s center. UA was founded in 1979 to carry on the traditions of the University of Orihuela (1545-1834). As the fastest growing university in Spain with an enrollment of 33,000, UA is dedicated to its mission to cultivate students’ academic and professional skills, while developing critical thinking and social sensitivity.

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Spanish Studies Abroad offers an exceptional opportunity for cross-cultural study at a Spanish university, Universidad de Alicante.

Designed as a language-intensive program at the intermediate to advanced Spanish levels, you will benefit from a rich language-focused curriculum, taught by professors at Universidad de Alicante (UA).

Semester/ Academic Year Program Options



Students participating in this program live in a Spanish home. The homestay includes full room and board.


Contact the Director of Study Abroad to discuss program fees and financial aid.

The Alicante, Spain semester abroad is an Saint Mary’s Affiliated Program. As such, all Federal and State aid (except work study) and up to $2,000 in Saint Mary’s institutional aid may be applied to the program’s costs.

Costs Include:

  • Tuition
  • Double occupancy room and full board
  • Laundry
  • Overnight and local study visits and cultural activities
  • Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • Computer access and high-speed internet access
  • Spanish Studies transcript
  • Support of onsite staff
  • Scholarship Information

Scholarship and Funding Information

Students should research the details of non-Saint Mary’s scholarships for applicability and see the Director of Study Abroad for other scholarship and grant opportunities.

Program Dates/Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. Spanish Studies recommends that you apply as early as possible to allow more time for pre-departure arrangements, such as applying for a student visa.

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Application Procedures

To be eligible, you must have a 3.0 GPA in Spanish Coursework.

Apply online to Spanish Studies Abroad. Complete the Saint Mary’s required paperwork, application may be picked up in the Study Abroad Office, International Center, the Heights.

Acceptance is contingent on a thorough review of the student’s application and subsequent approval from Spanish Studies.

Next Steps

After acceptance, complete the following required items.

  1. Pay $500 non-refundable program deposit payable to Saint Mary’s.
  2. Obtain a passport. Submit a copy of the first page to the Study Abroad Office.
  3. Arrange travel plans. Submit a copy of your flight itinerary to the Study Abroad Office.
Culture/City Information

If you are looking to study abroad in Spain, you will find that the city Alicante provides a friendly and welcoming atmosphere with many opportunities to meet Spanish students and enjoy the local culture. Spanish Studies Abroad students study onsite at Universidad de Alicante, which allows students at any Spanish language level the opportunity to become integrated into Spanish student life.

Alicante, the jewel of the Costa Blanca with beaches stretched along the Mediterranean, is a harbor city that is both rich in history and pleasantly relaxed. The city’s long promenades and endless white beaches have long been guarded by the Castle of Santa Barbara on top of the Benacantil Mountain.

Learn more about the culture of Alicante

Alicante to the city of Valencia is a humid region, making the weather generally less pleasant than the southern coast. However, the climate is fairly temperate year-round, with ideal conditions in fall and spring. The summer brings an influx of tourists to the coast, especially affecting a smaller town like Alicante.

When Central Standard Time is in effect in the United States, Spain is seven hours ahead.

The currency in Spain is the Euro. Euro bank notes come in the following denominations: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. Coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 1 euro and 2 euro.

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