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

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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.

Highlights
  • 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

Questions & Answers

Hi Allison, Most track 1 students can expect to be in class 5 days a week, but it will depend on where you are studying abroad. You will get your class schedule during orientation. If you have further questions about courses you can always email our enrollment team at [email protected] . Thank you!
We have some pictures on our website here: http://usac.unr.edu/study-abroad-programs/spain/alicante/photo-gallery. 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...

Reviews

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based on 56 reviews
  • Academics 8.4
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.7
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.7
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Rupashna
10/10

Thank you USAC ALICANTE

I have never in my life come across such amazing and helpful people. Since the moment I arrived in Spain, USAC directors have been there for me through each and every step. I managed to have the best experience of my life because of these people. I have always heard horrible stories from past students who have studied abroad through different programs but I am one of the luckiest ones who does not have a single complaint. Each and everyday has been the best days of my life in Alicante. I would do it all over again if I could. I miss Alicante and most of all the people who made it the most incredible experience of my life.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing at all. I loved every single aspect about this program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Shelby
10/10

Experience of a lifetime in Spain

I absolutely loved studying in Alicante with the USAC program. I was so sad to leave. I felt like I was the luckiest person to have such wonderful program directors. They always were helpful and caring and kept us active and doing things we wanted to do. I don't think my experience abroad would have been better if I studied in any other city with a different program.

How can this program be improved?
Make the semester longer so we don't ever have to leave.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hali
10/10

Alicante: The best choice

The teachers in the USAC program are unbeatable, I'd been taking Spanish classes for about 7 years and I learned more in one semester than I had learned in the last 2 years of Spanish classes. So grateful for how caring and enthusiastic the teachers were.
Living with a family is the best way to learn the language- there were quite a few people that lived in apartments and went back to the States without being able to speak very much Spanish.
Take days to explore Alicante, because it is a great town with a lot to offer.
The intercambio (exchange) program is a great opportunity, if you get an intercambio that isn't what you want, change people until you find a person as committed as you are because it can really enhance your experience.
Take advantage of the after school programs like futbol games with other USACers and the weekend trips and excoursions!
It was a wonderful place to live for 5 months! A great home away from home!

How can this program be improved?
There really wasn't anything that was the fault of the program. One thing that did fall through a lot was the intercambio program, but that was student and intercambio error, just not meeting up. The only thing I would recommend is to really push students to do all they can and want to get all they can out of the experience. Even if that means asking millions of questions, moving houses, changing language partners.. and so on
Yes, I recommend this program
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Paula
10/10

Best experience ever!

This has honestly been the greatest experience of my life, thanks to USAC. Everything about the program was amazing and exceeded my expectations. The staff was absolutely phenomenal and very approachable. They were able to help me with anything I needed. Whether it was figuring out travel plans for the weekend, giving suggestions on places to stay and visit, giving us opportunities to meet with Spanish students, tutoring opportunities, field trips, and lots more. They would drop what they were doing in a heartbeat just to make sure the students needs are met. When a group of students expressed interest in visiting the city of Guadalest, USAC decided to add another fieldtrip to the program so we could visit the city. I really got to know the staff well and appreciated all they did for me. They also take housing very seriously and whether you choose an apartment or host family, they make sure students are placed in great locations and with the best families possible. I loved my host family very much and enjoyed my stay with them. I can honestly say I never felt home sick during my semester abroad due to the hard efforts of USAC to present its students with great opportunities and activities to keep them busy and get the most out of their study abroad experience. Being placed with such a great host family also made me feel at home right away.

How can this program be improved?
Although there were tutoring and intercambio programs, I wish there had been more internship or job experiences.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sarah
10/10

The BEST

I could not leave a better review for this program and location. I had the best year of my life and it was my most valuable experience to date. The program directors were all very professional, helpful, and just incredible people. USAC is a great program and I am blessed to have been able to study abroad with their help. The housing arrangements were spectacular and the classes were challenging, yet extremely fun and useful.

How can this program be improved?
I wish internships and job opportunities were more encouraged. I did not know about the opportunities available until it was too late and would have liked to have had some more experience other than the tutoring I took part in.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anna
9/10

Semester of my life

USAC is an AMAZING program that I would recommend to anyone. The staff in Alicante is truly one of a kind. They will literally drop whatever they are doing to help you with even the smallest of question. I learned a ton of Spanish while there. For my level, it was very helpful because we didn't just drill grammar. We were taught survival conversations that I used all of the time. Some of the other, more advanced, levels didn't even learn what we did, and I found myself teaching some of my friends what I was learning. Alicante is a BEAUTIFUL town situated right on the beach. The night life is great. The town is so safe. I obviously do not recommend it, but I walked home by myself several times after a night out and never once felt uncomfortable or unsafe while doing it. The one thing that I didn't like about my experience was my host mother. She never cooked for us, and the food that she heated up for us was not good (at best). I ended up pretty much living on french bread (my waist is not happy right now because of it). However, I think that I just got a bad egg. One of my friends lived in the apartment right below me, and her host family was absolutely incredible. I met some of my best friends through USAC Alicante, and I tell everyone considering to study abroad to do so through USAC.

How can this program be improved?
The screening of prospective host families. My host mom should not be a host mom!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Brooks29
10/10

Best Experience of My Life

No matter where you go, studying abroad is going to be an incredible, life-changing experience, but the USAC program in Alicante has to be one of the best.

The on-site staff is one of a kind. They made it really easy to get involved and meet everyone else in the group. Luis, the program director will undoubtedly be one of the greatest people you ever meet. He even gave me the chance to appear on the most popular radio station in Spain! I doubt any other programs would offer an opportunity like that.

I can also tell you that USAC offers the best housing in the city. I met students from other programs that lived on the outskirts of the city, but USAC will put you right in the middle of everything. Trust me, this is where you want to be.

How can this program be improved?
Track I and Track II spanish classes had class on Friday. I was in Track III so it didn't actually affect me, but it would be nice if all of the classes were set up to have Fridays off. It would make traveling on weekends a lot easier.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sonja
10/10

Nostalgia

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 this program
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Mallory
10/10

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 this program
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Go
10/10

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 this program
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Johanna
10/10

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 this program

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