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 & staff
- All-inclusive day & overnight study trips
- Weekends for independent travel
- Intercambios with native speakers
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.
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:
The Alicante, Spain semester abroad is an SMU Affiliated Program. As such, all Federal and State aid (except work study) and up to $2,000 in SMU institutional aid may be applied to the program's costs.
- Double occupancy room & full board
- Overnight & local study visits & cultural activities
- Health Insurance
- Computer access & high-speed internet access
- Spanish Studies transcript
- Support of onsite staff
Scholarship and Funding Information
Students should research the details of non-SMU scholarships for applicability and see the Director of Study Abroad for other scholarship and grant opportunities.
Apply online to the Spanish Studies Abroad. Complete the Saint Mary's required paperwork, application may be picked up in the Study Abroad Office, Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 136.
Acceptance is contingent on a thorough review of the student's application and subsequent approval from Spanish Studies.
1. Pay $300 non-refundable program deposit payable to SMU.
2. Attend all orientation sessions.
3. Obtain a passport. Submit a copy of the first page to the Study Abroad Office.
4. Obtain a student visa. Spanish immigration regulations require visa applications to be submitted at least 60 days prior to anticipated travel to Spain.
5. Arrange travel plans. Submit a copy of your flight itinerary to the Study Abroad Office.
6. Purchase the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) for $25 in the Study Abroad Office.
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.
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.