USAC Spain: Alicante
99% Rating
(49 Reviews)

USAC Spain: Alicante

Study abroad at the University of Alicante in Spain! Coursework concentrates on Spanish, European and Women's/Gender Studies, as well as many options to help students improve their Spanish language skills.

Alicante is a beautiful Spanish city located right on the Mediterranean. Its consistent temperatures and sandy beaches make it a prime destination for students interested in relaxing outdoors and on the coast.

  • Study at one of the most beautiful campuses in Spain with gorgeous landscaping, modern architecture, and a modern sports center, indoor swimming pool, and other facilities
  • Immerse yourself in Spanish culture with volunteering opportunities, internships, direct enrollment at the university, workshops, conversation partner program, and excursions
  • Enjoy sunny weather and lovely beaches by the Mediterranean Sea with many opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, rowing, sailing, and windsurfing
  • Join in local celebrations, open air markets, and the lively atmosphere of the Mediterranean lifestyle
Program Type
Subject Areas
Cultural Studies
European Studies
Food Science and Nutrition
Women's Studies
Academic Year
Host Family
Online Application
Visa Requirement

Questions & Answers

We have some pictures on our website here: For specific location information you can email us at [email protected] Thank you! -Sara
Most classes through USAC are in the morning but if you take classes directly through University of Alicante, they really vary. I had a class from 4-8pm for a week but my USAC classes all ended roughly around 2pm =)
The most common housing options in Alicante are in shared apartments with U.S., International and/or local students, or living with a host family. I believe the short winter program is the only one that has dorm options. Otherwise it isn't common to have dorms in Spain. Most locals live at home. They all have pros and cons depending on what you are looking to gain from the experience. Living with...

Program Reviews

based on 49 reviews
  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 10
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.8
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Studying in Alicante was one of the best experiences in my life. The USAC staff were such wonderful, generous, helpful, friendly people. I feel lucky to have been a part of their program and to have studied in such a fun, beautiful, and memorable place. I would highly suggest studying abroad with USAC in Alicante. I miss it very much now, looking back and sorting through photos. Thank you to all who made it an adventure of a lifetime.

Yes, I recommend
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A semester in paradise: the experience that opened my eyes to the rest of my life

I can't say enough wonderful things about my experience in Alicante. I attended the Universidad de Alicante for the Spring 2012 semester and my only regret is not staying longer! Alicante is a beautiful city full of life, with a size that made it realistic to explore thoroughly. I loved being able to walk almost everywhere, as well as having the ability to utilize public transport (bus, tram, and train) throughout the city. It was a great big-city experience with the convenience of a small town! The people were more than friendly, my apartment was huge and beautiful, and I was ten minutes walking distance from everything in town (including the beach!). Also, being on the Mediterranean, the food was incredible.

My classes were engaging and challenging and my Spanish improved tremendously as a result of the accelerated pace of USAC language tracks. I also took some fantastic extracurricular courses (Spanish cuisine, sailing, and rowing) and had an amazing time in all of them! These classes outside of the university are the best way to get a feel for the culture and the local environment.

Another great perk of Alicante is the ease of travel to other cities in Spain and throughout Europe. Plane travel is cheap, fast and easy, and the trains are a great way to see the landscape. There are dozens of small towns near Alicante that are within an hour or so on the tram and are truly hidden jems on the coast. I never got enough of traveling while I was abroad.

All in all, living in Alicante was the greatest experience of my life. I learned more about myself in a semester than I have in all of my 21 years before that, and a huge piece of my heart will always remain in that city. My advice: pack light, travel often, try everything, and never say no to an opportunity! Get immersed: speak the language, try the food (and the wine), visit Tabarca by boat, hit the beach as much as possible and learn the Spanish way to enjoy life! You will be astounded by how much you change.

How can this program be improved?

If I could change one thing, I would have taken some classes with local students to break out of my American bubble. However, USAC students are on a completely different track than the local students and getting my entire minor in a semester wouldn't have been possible any other way. I love this program, their amazing staff, and USAC in general!

Yes, I recommend
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Best experience of my college career

Great experience. It taught me independence, language, culture, budgeting skills, took away life long friendships. Great location, staff, housing, university, courses etc. I couldn't say enough wonderful things about this program.

How can this program be improved?

Wouldn't change a thing-it was perfect!

Yes, I recommend
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Alicante is a great city to study abroad!

I went to Alicante over the summer of 2012 and loved every minute of it. The USAC staff in Alicante is amazing! They are so helpful and friendly, and they organize great trips with the group! They also give you suggestions each week for things you can do around town!

The city of Alicante is great for a college student! There are so many places to go and you can walk almost anywhere in town. The locals are very friendly, and always will to practice spanish with you!

I was pleasantly surprised with the housing! The apartments are very big and nice! You get your own room, and they are very centrally located and within walking distance of everything downtown! I was matched really well with my roomates too! I still keep in touch with all of them! I only heard good things about students who lived in homestays too.

I really learned a lot from my professors in Alicante! They made class entertaining and challenging. These spanish classes were the best that I have every taken. They are uncomparable to what is offered at my home University.

My experience abroad was life changing and I will never forget it. I would do it all over again if I had the chance!

How can this program be improved?

Overall I was really satisfied with the program. If I had to change one thing, it would be not having to bus everyday to school, but this is impossible! The centrally located housing is great and in the grand scheme of things I would much rather live downtown and commute to school vs living by school and have a long trip to downtown!

Yes, I recommend

About USAC

USAC is a non-profit consortium of U.S. universities that collaborates to offer affordable, academic and authentic study abroad programs. There are abundant opportunities to immerse in the culture, history, and academics of other countries providing...