Alicante, the jewel of the Costa Blanca beaches stretched along the Mediterranean, is a harbor city that is both rich in history and pleasantly relaxed. The city’s long promenades and endless white beaches have long been guarded by the Castle of Santa Barbara on top of the Benacantil Mountain. The culture, architecture, language, and people have all been shaped by the traders and conquerors – Phoenicians, Greeks, Roman and Arabs – who left their imprint on this axis of trading routes over the centuries.
Students that opt for this course of study attend classes alongside other international students for whom Spanish is not their first language. Current Saint Mary's College students may find Sophia Program information HERE.
Designed as a language-intensive program at the intermediate to advanced Spanish levels students will benefit from a rich language-focused curriculum, taught by professors at Universidad de Alicante (UA). CC-CS students in this program also benefit from a unique culture course taught by the Resident Director called Social & Cultural Realities of Spain. This course allows you to synthesize your immersion experience from understanding daily life in the home stay to the historic and sociological foundations of Spain's current social reality (Spanish Studies Abroad-Alicante).
Eligibility and Requirements
Saint Mary’s students wishing to study in Alicante must have completed two semesters of elementary Spanish with a minimum of a 3.0 (B) average in Spanish courses and have an overall GPA of 3.0.
Cost and Financial Aid
Students pay Saint Mary's College tuition, room & board, and a study abroad fee. Most financial aid and scholarships from Saint Mary's can be applied to your semester or year in Alicante. Expenses that are not covered are passport and visa fees, domestic and international airfare, personal travel and expenditures, and books and supplies. To learn more about this program and associated costs, click the Application Information button and navigate to the program specific budget sheet.
Saint Mary's College provides international health insurance to all students abroad through GeoBlue insurance company. Students on any Saint Mary's study abroad program are automatically enrolled and the fee is included in the cost of the program.
For more information, contact:
Jennifer Zachman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair,
Department of Modern Languages & Cultures
Faculty Coordinator of Study Abroad Programs