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*Universidad de Alicante: ALI Abroad

Spain: Alicante

Introduction AcademicsLocation CostsDatesApplication

Introduction

The University of Missouri offers a variety of study abroad options at the University of Alicante in Alicante, Spain. Students can choose semester or year-long programs in which they will not only be immersed in Spanish culture but also in the society of international students and travelers living in Spain. The University of Alicante hosts many international exchange programs with universities all over the world.

Please note this program differs from the Universidad de Alicante direct exchange program in that this program has an affiliation with ALI Abroad. The ALI Abroad program is designed for students with intermediate Spanish language skills who seek the support of the ALI Abroad program. The direct exchange option at the Universidad de Alicante requires a higher level of independence and Spanish than the ALI Abroad program. If you are interested in the Universidad de Alicante direct exchange program, please go to the program page.

Academics

Courses

Students may study in Alicante for the following terms:

  • Accelerated 12 week fall semester
  • Spring semester (direct enrollment possible)
  • Academic year (direct enrollment possible)
Fall accelerated option

The fall accelerated program is designed to provide a highly affordable study abroad option during which students complete up to five courses in 12 weeks and participate in an excursion to Granada, Spain (all included in the program cost). Courses are taught in Spanish with the exception of international business courses. Internship and community volunteer opportunities are available during the fall semester program.

There are several options from which to select courses:

Academic year and spring semester option

The academic year and spring semester option begins with a one month intensive Spanish language course designed to activate students' language skills and familiarize them with Spanish as spoken in Spain. Students studying in Alicante for an academic year or spring semester who possess the required level of Spanish proficiency may directly enroll in University of Alicante courses in any field of study. As with the fall accelerated option, all courses are taught in Spanish with the exception of international business courses, which are taught in English. Internship and community volunteer opportunities are available during the academic year and spring semester.

There are several options from which to select courses:
Direct enrollment courses at the Universidad de Alicante :
  • Subject offerings: architecture, art history, business, communication, economics, education, engineering, health studies, humanities, law, linguistics, public administration, psychology, sciences (biology, chemistry, geography), Spanish language and literature, tourism.
  • Direct enrollment courses use the ECTS credit system, two ECTS credits equal one U.S. semester credit. Therefore, students will need to find courses that are six ECTS credits to be equivalent to the three MU semester credits usually required for credit to transfer back.

Please note this program differs from the Universidad de Alicante direct exchange program in that this program has an affiliation with ALI Abroad. The ALI Abroad program is designed for students with intermediate Spanish language skills who seek the support of the ALI Abroad program. The direct exchange option at the Universidad de Alicante requires a higher level of independence and Spanish than that of the ALI Abroad program. If you are interested in the Universidad de Alicante direct exchange program, please go to the program page.

Academic credit

For each semester of academic work completed abroad, you may earn 12 to 15 credit hours. Course credit transfers to MU, but your grades will not appear on your MU transcript and are not figured into your grade point average. Although you are guaranteed to receive credit for successfully completed courses, you must work with your academic advisers to get pre-approval for how the courses you take might fulfill specific degree requirements.

Location

With its palm tree- and shop-lined streets, Alicante is one of the best known towns along the Costa Blanca. This lively Spanish town has miles and miles of sandy beaches, as well as a mild climate. This area has been inhabited for more than 7,000 years. Some of the more famous cultures to call Alicante home include the Greeks, Romans, Visgoths and Carthaginians. In fact, it was the Carthaginian general Hamilcar Barca who established the fortified settlement of Akra Leuka where Alicante stands today. The Esplanada de Espana has 6.5 million marble floor tiles and is truly a site to visit. Alicante also has dozens of museums and cathedrals, as well as the Castle of Santa Barbara. Sports fans will have plenty of opportunities to watch football (soccer to Americans), basketball and the Volvo Ocean Race.


Costs

Program Budget

Additional Expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial Aid Information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarship towards the program costs.

Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Program End
Spring 2014 09/23/2013 09/25/2013
Academic Year 2014 02/17/2014 03/03/2014
Fall 2014 02/17/2014 03/03/2014
Spring 2015 09/24/2014 10/08/2014

Application

We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you apply for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the MU International Center study abroad adviser for your program or country of interest.
  2. If you are an MU Student, start an application in using the button below. Non-MU students should visit our page for Non-MU participants for more information about the application process. Please note:
    • Once you have started an application, you can login again using the myStudyAbroad button above.
    • By starting an application you will incur a $50 application fee, even if you do not complete your application.
  3. Complete your application. There will be several documents that need to be completed for the application. While specific requirements vary by program, a typical application consists of the following:
    • Material submissions - Printable forms which require the physical submission of materials.
    • Signature Documents - Items you may digitally sign (if you are over 18 years of age) to indicate your agreement and understanding.
    • Recommendation Forms - Recommendations may be submitted electronically by MU faculty and staff.
    • Application Questionnaires - Items that you complete and submit electronically online.
      • Application Certification/FERPA waiver
      • Essay
      • International Center Scholarship Application
      • Recommendation FERPA waiver

Ready to get started? Start the MU application (incurs non-refundable $50 application fee)

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