- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.50 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- 4 semesters of college-level Spanish language or equivalent for the Liberal Arts program
- 0-3 semesters of college-level Spanish language or equivalent for the Language + Culture program
Students will choose from one of two program tracks on the CIEE Alicante program:
By taking advanced Spanish language classes with CIEE and electives taught in Spanish at Universidad de Alicante, students on the Liberal Arts program will progressively tackle and conquer university-level concepts in a wide range of academic topics. Students must have completed at least five semesters of university-level instruction in Spanish, with advanced proficiency. Courses are taught by professional faculty from the Universidad de Alicante and instructors that specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language.
The Language + Culture program is built on more than 30 years of success. By taking Spanish language classes and electives in Spanish, students will progressively tackle and conquer university-level concepts in everything from art history to international relations to women’s studies. The ideal student has completed three or four semesters of university-level instruction in Spanish, with low to intermediate proficiency. Put in solid effort, and students could easily advance their language skills twice as quickly as they would back home. Courses are taught by professional faculty from the Universidad de Alicante and instructors that specialize in teaching Spanish as a second language.
Fall: mid August - mid December
Spring: early January - mid May
Refer to the program pages linked above for the specific dates.
Home to 350,000 residents, the 3,500-year- old port city sits centrally on Spain’s dazzling Mediterranean coast. From the emblematic medieval Castle of Santa Barbara high on Benacantil Mountain, to the lovely palm-lined marble tiled Explanada de España, Alicante is full of distinctive Spanish flavor, balanced with cosmopolitan flair and multicultural presence.
Like other regions in Spain and Europe, Alicante is bilingual. Castilian Spanish is the primary language of most residents, but be on the lookout to encounter the second language, Valenciano.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.