CEA Study Abroad in Alicante, Spain

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CEA Study Abroad Students in Alicante, Spain
CEA Study Abroad Students in Alicante, Spain
Alicante, Spain
Alicante, Spain
Alicante, Spain
Alicante, Spain
CEA Study Abroad Students in Alicante, Spain
CEA Study Abroad Students in Alicante, Spain
Alicante, Spain
Alicante, Spain
Excursion to the nearby town La Villajoyosa
View overlooking the Plaza de Toros and Mediterranean Sea
View of Castillo de Santa Barbara

About

Nestled on Spain’s stunning Costa Blanca, Alicante features white sand beaches, green parks, winding streets lined with tapas bars and cafés, traditional flamenco dance, and first-class educational opportunities at the University of Alicante, all in a pedestrian- and student-budget-friendly setting. Alicante is an ideal location for exploring this gorgeous region and many Spanish and European cities.

Renowned for its modern and inclusive campus, the University of Alicante offers a wide range of classes taught in English including: Architecture, art management, biology, botany, business, communication, computer sciences, cultural studies, drawing, ecology, economics, education, engineering, English language and literature, geology, geography, graphic design, and health sciences.

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Highlights
  • Interested? Click the “Visit Site” button to learn what’s waiting for you!
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone

Scholarships

CEA Scholarships
CEA Scholarships and Financial Aid

Studying abroad will change your life, improve your employability, and enhance your global competence. That's why we commit more than $2.0 million each year to our financial and scholarship programs.

Value
$400 - $3,000

Questions & Answers

Reviews

9.23 Rating
based on 13 reviews
  • Academics 8.4
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 8.9
  • Safety 9.5
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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Unforgettable Experience

Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I've ever made! I had a great time and learned so much. Alicante is a perfect city - easily walkable, on the beach, not too big but not too small. The people were friendly and their accent is not difficult to understand. I was also able to take a class taught completely in Spanish which was a cool learning experience.

The excursions were all awesome and I was glad we got to travel to other parts of Spain (Valencia, Granada, etc.) In addition, I was able to travel independently around Europe and see truly amazing places.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of everything! Go to the beach, go to all the excursions, and travel as much as you can!
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thanks for your thoughtful and thorough review, Rachel! We are so glad to hear you had a wonderful experience in Alicante with CEA – your review echoes the same sentiments as many of our CEA Alicante alumni. Your insight and advice will help guide future students when researching their own study abroad programs! Be sure to stop by and say “hola” the next time you’re in Spain, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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Holly
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Kick-starting the travel itch

Studying abroad in Alicante with CEA provided me housing in the middle of a laid-back, beautiful city with a rich history and endless things to do and places to explore. This is a great city to experience the Spanish lifestyle without being overwhelmed by a big-city pace and atmosphere. The University teachers love what they do and as a result, have engaging classes with relevant assignments rather than busywork. With an excellent, quite simple public transportation system both within and outside the region, traveling up Costa Blanca could not be easier. My stay in Alicante gave me the time to get to know myself and discover what really matters in life, and the people I met taught me valuable lessons which I wouldn't trade for anything.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace change. You studied abroad in order to experience new things and have your eyes opened, so don't be afraid to dig deep and push yourself beyond what you expect you are capable of. In fact, do away with expectations altogether. You'll be surprised
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your thoughtful and thorough review, Holly! We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful experience in Alicante with CEA. Your insight and advice will help guide future students when researching their own study abroad programs! Be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you’re in Spain, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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Thania
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I love Alicante

I have found a second home. I loved Alicante, I was able to emerge into the culture and make many friends. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about Spain. I found family in Alicante, i was able to experience different cuisine and change my diet. I walked a lot so walking 50 minutes is not a lot for me anymore. And I love that i am able to walk that much and feel good. My roommates were amazing too, I was placed with two amazing strong women, who are my friends for life now. We were the only 3 Latinas in the program and we were placed together.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do not be afraid to emerge into the culture. You will learn so much from locals.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Thania! We are thrilled to hear you met amazing, lifelong friends and had a wonderful time in Alicante with CEA. We are so appreciative of all your contributions as a MOJO Photographer. Your advice to future students will serve as a guide when researching their own study abroad programs. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself in Spain!

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Gracie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Alicante

I am so happy I decided to study in Alicante with CEA. I liked that the size of the program was small, and we all got to know each other. I met five of my best friends in my CEA program, and I don't think that would have happened if I did not choose this small program. Though things weren't always perfect, like sickness and issues with out apartment, CEA staff was always there to help when something went wrong. Our two on-site advisors, Adriana and Alvaro, were always so helpful. Adriana became a good friend and kind of our mother figure while being abroad. There were so many programs to choose from, and I am definitely glad I chose this one. I do not think I would have gained everything I did out of my experience if I chose another program.

What would you improve about this program?
I lived in an apartment, and we were told it was old and had plumbing issues. However, instead of consistent maintenance to make sure this did not become a problem, it was just used as an excuse for problems that arose.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Gracie, thank you for your review and for all your contributions as a CEA Mobile Journalist this semester. We are so glad you had a positive experience with CEA and our wonderful staff in Alicante! We wish you all the best and hope you’ll stop by to say hello the next time you find yourself in Spain.

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Mia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Alicante review

I loved every minute of Alicante. I had never heard of it before choosing to go there. I found it on the CEA website and they were the only ones I found that had offered it. CEA had an immense amount of information to offer the students on their website as well as during my time there I actually worked with CEA to do voice overs for many of their videos. They wanted voice overs in order to make it even easier and convenient for the students to watch and learn the information about CEA and Alicante. Alvaro and Adriana are amazing and were available with support and help with a quick response 24/7. I think more people who want to study abroad in Spain need to consider Alicante because of its gorgeous beaches, beautiful city and of course CEA.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was so terrified about staying with a homestay.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your thorough and thoughtful review, Mia! And we appreciate your creative work and helping the CEA team while you were in Alicante, too. We are thrilled to hear you had a positive experience studying abroad with CEA, and we hope you’ll stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself back in Alicante!   

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Benjamin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Alright, listen here...

Alicante is not Barcelona, it is not Madrid, and it truly is so much better because of it. Alicante is in a league all of its own. New York is famous; and it is also famous for its New York gruffness and busy atmosphere. ANYWHERE in Nebraska is not famous; and you will not meet a mean person there.
I digress.
Alicante is the most wonderful city to fall in love with and you could not be more prepared by CEA. Never skip a day at the beach. Alvaro and Adriana would gladly do anything for you. Be involved in anything and everything, especially when it scares you. Palmeral is underrated. Succeed in class. Explore all of Santa Barbara. Learn some history. Smile and remember that all the other students are thinking the same thing as you, just in a different language.

Go. Have Fun. Make good decisions, but not great ones.

What was your funniest moment?
We were walking to class a week before christmas and there was no one driving down the street, which we thought was awfully peculiar for one of the main roads. Suddenly we heard a low grumble in the distance. It was over 300 bikers dressed as Santa Claus tearing down Maisonave Ave.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Benjamin, we are so appreciative of your kind words – and your review will help guide future students when deciding on their own study abroad programs! We LOVE “All the other students are thinking the same thing as you, just in a different language.” We wish you all the best in your future pursuits – and please stop by to say hello the next time you’re in Alicante!

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Emilija
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad with CEA in Alicante

Before studying abroad, I had a broad idea of what living in Spain, specifically Alicante, would look like for 4 months. As soon as I landed in the airport, I was greeted by a group of other students and my CEA advisor! They made sure to have us set up in our apartments in the best way. My CEA advisors ALWAYS offer new activities and excursions for us to do! Signing up for classes was incredibly easy because we just worked one-on-one with our advisor and he would register those classes for us! Overall, CEA has been SUCH an organized and kind program to work with. Everyone truly just wants the students to have the best study abroad experience that they can have. If ever they think we are struggling or have questions, they try and solve any problem we are dealing with. 10/10 recommend. SO SO organized and involved.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
DON'T FORGET: It gets cold in Spain! When I first got here in January, I forgot that i needed maybe more than 1 sweater to get by the cold months! Either way, you can buy anything you need here and it isn't scarce.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Mimi, this is music to our ears!! And we are so thankful for your hard work as a CEA MOJO blogger this semester. Your thorough review and tips for success will help guide future students to experience CEA Alicante – and please be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself back in España :) Thank you again for your kind words – we are so glad you had a wonderful experience abroad with us!

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Shannon
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Semester Abroad with CEA

I had the amazing chance to get to study abroad in Alicante, Spain in the spring. I went with CEA which was an amazing program. The people who are apart of this program helped me every step of the way and made me very comfortable and at home during my time abroad. CEA was a great program for many reason, they provided us with different housing options and helped us with everything we needed for our housing. They also included many trips and activities, we got to travel to many cities, go on hikes, take cooking classes, volunteer and much more! My program was not too big which was one of my favorite parts because I got to get close with everyone in my group which was awesome.

What would you improve about this program?
The activities were pretty flexible and if students couldn't make it they would try to find a day that worked better. One thing they could have done was tell us about the activities or trips more in advance because many students had already planned a different trip and could not make it!