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Study Abroad in Spain

Located on the Mediterranean coast of southeast Spain, Alicante is an ideal setting for students to experience Spanish language, culture, and history.

This spring Spanish-immersion program is hosted by the University of Alicante. The modern campus is well-equipped with extracurricular facilities (campus gym, track, pool, student clubs), and connected to the city center (10-15 mins) by an excellent transportation system. The program includes a three-day, two-night excursion to Granada, local day trips and group activities are offered weekly. Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, and Malaga, are all within several hours by train from Alicante allowing students the opportunity to discover these beautiful cities in Spain. Students have the option of residing in an on-campus dorm or with a local homestay family.

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Courses and Cost

The semester program begins with a Spanish intensive language course determined by your level in Spanish. This is a required 3-credit hour course completed in the first month of the program. Select your level based upon Spanish credit hours completed. Refer to your academic advisor or use the following as a guide: ​​​​​​

  • If you have completed 6 credit hours of Spanish, you will select SPAN 201
  • If you have completed 9 credit hours of Spanish, you may select SPAN 202
  • If you have completed 12 credit hours of Spanish, you may select SPAN 370 or similar
  • If you have completed 18 credit hours of Spanish, you may select SPAN 470 or similar


For your next 3 or 4 courses (9 or 12 credit hours), you have the following options:

  • Select a mix of Spanish and English coursesNote: English courses are offered in a traditional semester-length format (late Jan – mid-May), Spanish courses at the University of Alicante are offered in monthly blocks (you will take one Spanish course in a month/block before moving on to the next course month/block).
  • Select 3-4 additional Spanish courses, which you will complete in monthly blocks 
  • Select 3-4 additional English courses, which are traditional semester-long courses

You must select a total of 4 or 5 courses (12 or 15 credit hours) for this semester program.


Centre’s spring Spanish-immersion program in Alicante is run by the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS).

For more information, visit: Spain Spring Semester

The estimated cost for each of these programs is the same as studying in Danville, plus a $400 non-refundable administrative deposit. Flights to and from the study site are also the responsibility of the student.