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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description


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Quick Facts

  • Come take courses in Spanish with Spaniards by the Mediterranean Sea for a spring semester or full academic year!
  • Students are eligible for courses in any discipline (with occasional courses being offered in English).
  • Participate in diverse cultural, academic, and sporting activities on campus
  • Take advantage of enrolling in a Spanish language course (at no additional cost)
  • To receive priority consideration for this program, application review for the academic year will begin February 1st and application review for the spring semester will begin June 15th. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis after these dates as space allows.



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Location Details

The city of Alicante is constructed on two ancient settlements: Akra Leuka and Lucentum, legacies of the Roman and Arab cultures that still influence it today. Boasting over 300 sunny days per year, Alicante has a population of about 275,000 and is set on the Mediterranean coast.

 Alicante (pop. 275,000) offers a wide variety of entertainment, such as theater, cinemas, and numerous bars and restaurants which offer all kinds of culinary delights. The city has a very lively night life with many music bars and discos which are open all night. It is famous for its local and village fiestas. With the annual Moor and Christian fiestas, Carnavals in the weeks preceding Lent, Semana Santa at Easter, Hogueras de San Juan in June together with open air concerts and performances throughout the summer months, there is no shortage of entertainment all year round.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa for programs that are more than 90 days.* Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.



Academic Program & Courses

The University of Alicante exchange program gives students the opportunity to directly enroll in courses alongside Spanish degree-seeking students. Students may select 4-6 courses each semester from the University's regular course offering.  The departments available to students include Sciences, Economics and Business Sciences and Arts. Engineering subjects are taught at the nearby Polytechnic University College.  All regular courses are taught in Spanish.

Students may choose to take Spanish language courses or may choose from a list of courses offered in English.  The University of Alicante offers an intensive Spanish language course that is at the beginning of the semester.  This course has a fee.

Please note the "datos" and "grupos" for each course listed, as those dates will determine which semester the course is taught.  ASU students will only be able to take courses during the spring semester or the full academic year due to differing exam schedules. 

During the school year there are excursions and trips to different places in the province and to other Spanish cities are organized for students by the Student Mobility Office.

Glossary of Terms:

  • Term One = US Fall Semester
  • Term Two = US Spring Semester

Course Levels, Credit & Grades

Course Levels Year One & Year Two Lower division
Year Three & Year Four Upper division
Credit Click here to view the UA credit & grade conversion scale

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Program Housing

Students have the option of applying to stay in a homestay with full or half board, in the Hall of Residence located close to the university, or to find individual accommodation in shared flats with other students or locals.  The University of Alicante accommodation website provides more details.  Additional tips on finding safe housing abroad can be found on our website here.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Exchange program participants will pay ASU tuition and fees for the term of the Exchange program, according to the individual student's classification and degree level. In addition to ASU tuition and fees, participants are also responsible for paying the following fees:

  • $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • $400 Administrative Fee (non-refundable)
  • Carbon Offset Fee*
  • International Travel Service Fee (Including Insurance)*
All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

*The actual amount of the International Travel Service Fee charged to each student depends on the program duration and the Carbon Offset Fee will increase annually (in July) by approximately $2.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: For priority consideration, apply by June 15th! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis after this date until the final deadline as space allows.

Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.