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CIEE Alicante Language & Culture Summer Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Summer I, II, III

Location:

Alicante, Spain

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

2.5 GPA, 4 semesters of college-level Spanish (or equivalent) for advanced Spanish language coursework.

Application Due:

3/4

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Summer study abroad in Alicante offers participants two tracks of study. Students interested in beginning their study of Spanish, or studying about an aspect of Spanish culture in English, can take one, two or three, four week sessions. In all cases, a selection of Spanish-taught courses, homestays, and a variety of cultural activities and excursions provide participants with a unique academic and intercultural experience abroad. This program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) on behalf of an academic consortium of which the University of Iowa is a member. UI participants on the program join a group of students from other U.S. colleges and universities.

The list of current courses can be found here: CIEE Alicante Language & Culture Summer Course Offerings

University of Iowa resident credit is granted for this program.

Academic Program

The summer program in Alicante provides an opportunity for short-term, intensive study of the Spanish language. The program is open to qualified undergraduates with an interest in Spanish language and contemporary Spain. Language classes are taught entirely in Spanish and are offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students are given a placement exam in Alicante prior to the start of classes to determine appropriate placement for the language course. Students can take one, two or three, four week sessions (one 3 s.h. class per session).

Spanish language courses focus on grammar, reading, composition, and conversation. The language classes are small, maximizing student-to-professor interaction with attention to individual issues in language acquisition and skills.

Content courses are taught in English and Spanish. In general, students who place into the beginning level of Spanish take their content course in Spanish or English. Those who have completed four or more semesters of Spanish usually place into advanced Spanish. Advanced students must take their content course in Spanish.

UI students earn resident credit which may be applied toward the following General Education Areas: Foreign Language, Historical Perspectives, International & Global Issues, Literary, Visual & Performing Arts and/or Values, Society & Diversity. Credit earned on this program may satisfy requirements for the International Business Certificate; some courses may satisfy requirements for the Spanish major or minor.

Sessions run approximately:

Session 1 (4 weeks): late May-late June

Session 2 (3 weeks): late June-late July

Session 3 (4 weeks): late July- mid August

Exact program dates can be found here: CIEE Alicante Language & Culture Summer Program Dates

Cultural Activities and Excursions

Excursions

The academic study abroad program is supplemented with excursions, guided tours and cultural activities. These activities include city tours to emblematic sites such as the Santa Bárbara Castle and MARQ (Archaeological Museum), or a historical tour of the Old Quarter of the city.

In addition, there is one overnight trip per session, allowing for exploration of other areas of significant historic and cultural importance. During Session I students will travel to Valencia, located on the Mediterranean coast approximately 110 miles north of Alicante. During Session II students will travel to the city of Granada to visit the most emblematic monuments such as the Alhambra, Cathedral, or Royal Chapel.

For More Information

Aubree Compton, Advisor
The University of Iowa
Office for Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242-1802

Phone: 319-335-0353
Fax:319-335-0343
Email: aubree-compton@uiowa.edu

Spain

Situated on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain is a strikingly beautiful and diverse country. The country has the second largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the largest number of World Heritage cities. Spain’s distinct regions means there is has something for everyone, from lush forests to towering mountains, stunning beaches to vibrant cities, Mediterranean islands and African enclaves. Widely known for excellent food and art, friendly locals, relaxed lifestyle, Flamenco culture, bullfights, fantastic beaches, and lots of sunshine, Spain has been one of the cultural centers of Europe for thousands of years and remains one of the most popular destinations in the world for study and travel.

Alicante

The city of Alicante, capital of the Costa Blanca, is situated on the Mediterranean Sea in the Southeastern corner of Spain. With a population approaching 350,000, Alicante is a thriving Spanish city and an inviting place for students to begin their exploration of Spain. In recent times, Alicante has experienced a development boom and rapid population growth. Students will see modern architecture and Internet cafés alongside historic buildings, and shopping malls next to centuries-old open-air markets. Although fast becoming a cosmopolitan and multicultural city, Alicante retains a distinct Spanish flavor.

Valenciano

Like many other regions in Spain, Alicante is historically and culturally bilingual. Valenciano (similar to Catalan, is the second language of the Alicante province. However, Spanish (or castellano) is the primary language of most Alicante residence and one is unlikely to encounter Valenciano in everyday life. Approximately 10% of the city's population speaks both Spanish and Valenciano, the latter mostly at home. It has little presence at the Universidad de Alicante or in public settings. Note that all homestay families are Spanish speakers, as are CIEE staff and Universidad de Alicante faculty.

Housing and Meals

Housing and all meals are included in the study abroad program fee. CIEE students have two housing options: a Spanish homestay or an off-campus residence hall with other international and Spanish students.

Homestays are located throughout the Alicante downtown metropolitan area –anywhere within a maximum 30 minute commute to the CIEE Study Center via public transport–with access to public transportation that students take to and from the University. Students should expect to use public transportation two to four times per day.

Eligibility

This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Participants must remain in good academic and disciplinary standing with the university until departure. If the applicant is not in good standing at the end of the semester, student acceptance will be revoked and the student will be responsible for the associated withdrawal fees.

Program Cost Sheet

Alicante Marina

Summer I 2017 Cost SheetPDF

Summer I & II 2017 Cost SheetPDF

These documents outline the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact Aubree Compton with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Upfront, out of pocket expenses

Some costs are incurred prior to departure and will be due before financial aid/scholarships disperse. Here are the expected upfront costs for CIEE:

  • Iowa Application Fee: $50 (CIEE application fee is waived for UI students)
  • Airline Ticket: $1,000-$1,400

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

 

Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

 

Federal Pell Grant recipients are eligible to apply for the Gilman Scholarship http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the student's CIEE Program Advisor and Aubree Compton at the University of Iowa. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which student withdrawal costs will be calculated. If for any reason the participant withdraws after the early admission period, after confirming, or before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what the student will be required to pay.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Application Administrative fee: $0
Course Fee: $300
After Cancellation Deposit Deadline (varies by program) Administrative fee: $400
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with CIEE

Consult with Study Abroad Advisor Aubree Compton for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when withdrawing from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with the airline for further details.

How to Apply

Steps to Completing Student Application for Study Abroad Participation

• Before filling out any applications, please schedule an appointment to meet with Aubree Compton, Study Abroad Advisor for Alicante, Spain by calling 319-335-0353. The student's application WILL NOT be approved until this step has been completed.

• Fill out the CIEE Online Application for Alicante Language & Culture Summer program.

• Instead of submitting an official UI transcript, UI students may upload a copy of their grade report to their CIEE application.

• Fill out the Iowa Online Application for Study Abroad, applicants will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee.

• As part of the Iowa Online Application for Study Abroad applicants will need to upload a copy of their passport picture page and a list of courses to take while abroad, as well as a one page statement of purpose.

NOTICE: For the Summer Term, this program has Summer I, Summer II, and Summer I & II options. In the UI online application under “Offering” applicants will be asked to choose between “Codes” A, B, or AB.

Code A=Summer I

Code B=Summer II

Code AB=Summer I & II

Please be careful to choose the correct session that corresponds to the preferred dates abroad. If assistance is needed, please consult Aubree Compton, Advisor.

Post Acceptance

Acceptance into the applicant's chosen study abroad program is made by CIEE directly via an email to the applicant, which will refer to additional documents posted to a CIEE Portal account that will be created for the participant.

Student Visa

Students with an American passport participating in summer study abroad programs in Spain do not require a student visa to participate.

Group Flight

Students may either book the group flight through CIEE (see Portal for more details) or can book a flight independently. Participants are responsible for being at the orientation site on time, as CIEE may fine individuals who are late.

Orientation

In order to prepare for study abroad, all participants are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to required orientations provided by CIEE prior to departure and on-site. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

All study abroad participants are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. All participants will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to the student once enrolled. Any question regarding this component can be directed to: safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

Program-Specific Orientation

This orientation will be facilitated by Aubree Compton and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one depending on your type of planned activity abroad. Aubree will provide the date and time for this mandatory in-person session during the application process.

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