USAC Spain: Alicante - Spanish Language, Linguistics, European, Mediterranean, and Gender Studies

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The Alicante program is ideal for students who wish to experience all that a beautiful Spanish city on the Mediterranean has to offer. Alicante is a modern, welcoming city bathed by the Mediterranean Sea which offers all the advantages of being lo... read more

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August 19, 2019 Mi Hogar
My experience was more than worthwhile. Before making the decision to study abroad I was afraid of being in a place I don't know. I was hesitant and unsure if this was going to be a good decision for me. But it was more than that. It's difficult to describe the amount of things learned abroad. Definitely became more independent ... - University of Nevada, Reno View Entire Review
July 14, 2017 Life Changing
Worthwhile would be an understatement. I gained the knowledge of another culture, a certain level of independence, friends and a level in a language that will last a lifetime! - University of Mount Union View Entire Review
By studying abroad in Alicante through the USAC program, I was able to grow personally while receiving an amazing education at the same time. Over the course of the six months that I was in Spain, I became much more independent, easy going, and assertive. I also was able to finish my Spanish degree and advance my language skills... - University of Idaho View Entire Review
Confidence to do what ever I want. It was worthwhile, what other time in your life will you get the opportunity to be a student in a foreign country, right by the Mediterranean Sea : ) - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review
Traveling on my own is so much less intimidating! It's impossible to completely sum up everything I learned. I got to experience how people live, think, and feel differently in their own society. Simply reading it from a textbook doesn't do it any justice at all. At some time or another, we all got lost, or lost something or had... - Troy University View Entire Review
My listening skills for Spanish improved during my time abroad, as well as reading signs in Spanish and learning about the Spanish culture and norms. This made the experience worthwhile. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I am better at understanding the Spanish language when it is spoken. This type of learning could only come from studying abroad and being immersed in the Spanish-speaking culture. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with USAC: Alicante - Spanish Language and European Studies at University of Alicante
My Spanish skills improved drastically, I experienced a lot of personal growth and met a lot of cool people. I could not be more grateful for this experience. - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
It was definitely worthwhile - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
To much to list. DEFINITELY - University of Nevada - Reno View Entire Review
I gained fluency in Spanish, new friends, a better understanding of other cultures, and my boyfriend :) - University of Maryland - College Park View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with USAC: Alicante, Spain - Spanish Language and European Studies
My experience abroad was absolutely worthwhile. I gained a deep appreciation for communication, and I learned how to express myself in a foreign language. I also learned a lot about myself and gained a new sense of identity, especially in relation to independence and lifestyle choices. I feel like I acquired more tolerance and u... - Boise State University View Entire Review
Past Review Time Of My Life
I learned so much throughout my time in Spain. While I learned a lot about the language and culture, I learned even more about myself. This experience pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to look at who I am and where I am headed. - Grand Valley State University View Entire Review
June 05, 2018 Amazing Experience!
I gained so much insight into another culture, and I'm now fluent in Spanish! - University of Iowa View Entire Review
I learned independence skills, language skills, traveling skills, communication skills and so many more. So worth while. - Boise State University View Entire Review
I was able to experience so many different cultures and meet people I will never forget. - University of Nevada, Reno View Entire Review
Past Review City By The Sea
My spanish improved dramatically. I was able to learn about the Spanish culture and the way that it aligned with my own values. I was able to see wonderful new places and travel through Europe. - University of Nevada, Reno View Entire Review
Past Review Life Changing!
Opened my eyes up to the world, more than worthwhile - University of Nevada - Reno View Entire Review
I gained so much knowledge about the customs and differences of the culture, as expected, and also many new friendships from unexpected places. Furthermore, the multitude of experiences definitely have bolstered my own image of myself and the things that I am capable of, such as traveling outside of the US for the first time, b... - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I learned SO MUCH. About Spanish, history, art, culture, other ways of life. There were so many other foreign students too that I learned so much from. Completely worthwhile! - Portland State University View Entire Review
stepping out of my comfort zone, it was totally worth it - University of Toledo View Entire Review
DEFINITELY. gained spanish skills, knowledge of the spanish culture, friendships from all around Europe, traveling experience, the opportunity to find myself and appreciate life. - Clemson University View Entire Review
I went with the intention of learning the Spanish culture and language, but what I really gained was that I learned so much about myself that I simply couldn't have acquired at home. I met incredible people and made lifelong memories. - University of Maryland - College Park View Entire Review
I've FULLY realized that we are all the same, and cultures are just man-made. If i were born in China I would like eating cow stomach, and if i were born in Spain I would prefer kissing someone on both cheeks than hugging them. We are all the same, and our languages and cultures just bring out and emphasize different parts of w... - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review
Past Review Carpe Diem
I gained everything from being abroad. It was so worthwhile and I am so happy i did it - University of Iowa View Entire Review

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The Alicante program is ideal for students who wish to experience all that a beautiful Spanish city on the Mediterranean has to offer. Alicante is a modern, welcoming city bathed by the Mediterranean Sea which offers all the advantages of being located in such a setting. The magnificent sandy beaches and blue waters of the coast, sunny weather, rich history, and lovely monuments make Alicante a top destination in Spain. People in Alicante live most of their life outdoors as part of the Mediterranean lifestyle: busy cafés, vibrant nightlife, street markets, and local festivals are abundant. The campus is also one of the most beautiful in Spain, with lovely gardens, fountains, palm trees, and modern architecture. All of these factors create a great learning and social atmosphere for USAC students. This program offers two diverse academic areas: Intensive Language and Spanish and European Studies. You will have the opportunity to study the Spanish language and the complexities of Spanish and contemporary European societies through a wide selection of academic courses, as well as through personal interaction with the host culture. You may stay for one semester, a full year, or for a summer session. Our intensive approach also allows you to complete up to two years of university foreign language coursework in only one semester to help meet Spanish minor or major requirements.  In addition to the USAC courses, advanced language students can take academic courses, workshops, and internships at the University of Alicante, providing an unparalleled opportunity for integration. You may even have local students in your USAC courses. Alicante is also home to Ciudad de la Luz—the largest, most modern cinema studio complex in Europe—where USAC students may take Filmmaking each spring. However, the academic courses are only a part of the intended value of study abroad. Participation in formal and informal cultural and group activities, such as field trips and visits to cultural events and village festivals, also constitute an integral part of the experience. The first four days of each semester also offer an optional tour of Madrid.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • January Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Spanish Language, Literature
  • European Studies
  • International Relations
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1982
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USAC Scholarships

USAC awards over $500,000 in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses. We have a variety of funding opportunities available for students enrolled in USAC programs. We also encourage students to research online for additional sources of financial aid and external scholarships for study abroad students. Additional scholarship information and application instructions will be provided on your Student Gateway account once you apply to a USAC program.

$500-$1000

Deadlines:
October 1 (for spring) and April 1 (for summer and fall/yearlong)

Guidelines/Requirements:
If you have questions regarding scholarships, feel free to contact the USAC Scholarship Coordinator at scholarships@usac.unr.edu.

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