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Study Abroad


Five weeks on Spain's central Mediterranean coast in the small port city of Alicante (for 300 level and higher students), studying advanced Spanish language, linguistics and/or culture.

Alicante HarborFamous for its miles of white, sandy beaches (the nearby Playa de San Juan) and its palm-lined seafront walkway (the Esplanada), Alicante is a vibrant university town small enough (population 310,000) to be congenial, safe, and accessible yet big and modern enough to offer everything, including unexpected dimensions from the narrow streets of the old quarter (the Barrio de Santa Cruz) to the main commercial avenues downtown.

Alicante is within easy reach of Madrid, Granada, Seville, Málaga, Valencia, and Barcelona, and June is the month of Alicante's ancient "Festival de las Hogueras," in which huge paper sculptures are ceremoniously paraded and then burned in city squares.

Students will live with Spanish host families (one exchange student per family), meet locals and make international friends through organized social and cultural activities, and improve language skills by participating in cultural workshops. Excursions include a visit to the Costa Blanca, to sites in the interior of the province of Alicante, to Granada, etc.

The program is open to Spanish majors and minors who have taken Spanish 323. Classes will be held in the Escuela Mediterránea de Vela (Sailing School) in the harbor of Alicante and across the street from the beach.

This program runs from the last week of May to the end of June (5 weeks). Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive credit for Spanish 480 and 489/491 (total of 6 credits). For more information and application procedures, contact the director:

Program Director for 2019
Rudy Alcocer
Associate Professor
Forrest and Patsy Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages
Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Phone: 865-974-6996
Office: 616 McClung Tower


Program Director for 2020
Dolly Young
Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
Phone: 865-974-6992
Office: 707 McClung Tower

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