CIEE-Alicante: Summer Intensive Spanish Language

Program Details

Program Location Alicante, Spain
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31016
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 05/12/24 to 07/08/24
Page Links
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


Alicante, with a population approaching 350,000, is an attractive town located on the Costa Blanca of Spain. The city boasts huge plazas, wonderful parks, stunning beaches, and a very rich culture.

With a historic cultural heritage dating back thousands of years, Alicante is one of Spain’s booming port cities best known for its miles-long beaches, award-winning museums, and beautiful weather year-round. The city’s most iconic landmark, the medieval Castle of Santa Barbara, keeps watch over all of Alicante from its central location atop Mount Benacantil.

Considered one of the safest cities in Europe, Alicante is an excellent place to study. From its large student population to its reliable public transportation network, first-class educational opportunities, green parks, and café culture, this budget-friendly city is the perfect place to live and learn abroad.

Students study at the CIEE Study Center in Alicante and stay in one of the residence halls of the Universidad del Alicante, which is located on the northwest extension of the main campus in San Vicente. The Universidad de Alicante is one of Spain’s newest universities and is located three miles outside the city of Alicante. 

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: 2-5 Sem Spanish

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Study abroad students are required to enroll in two Spanish language classes at their level based on the results of a Spanish language placement exam.

More information on academics can be found on the CIEE website


  • Visit Valencia, Madrid, or Granada on an overnight trip
  • Take a day trip to the Alicante Province or the Valencian Autonomous Community
  • Go on guided tours of monuments and museums in Alicante
  • Play soccer and watch the local team (Hercules) win
  • Try your hand at cooking tapas to partake in Alicante’s traditions with local peers


CIEE students have two housing options: a Spanish homestay or an off-campus residence hall with other international and Spanish students.

All meals are included in a homestay. 

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes tuition, onsite orientation, and cultural activities and excursions.

Depending on the housing choice, some meals might be included.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2024

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $6,053.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.00
Housing $2,600.00
Insurance $197.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,250.00
Local Transportation $84.00
Books and Supplies $50.00
Meals $520.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,050.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

CIEE has scholarships available, more information can be found HERE.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email