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Study Abroad in Alicante, Spain

Alicante

If sunny days, white sand beaches, café culture, and a city rich in art and history sound appealing, studying abroad in Alicante will not disappoint. Nestled on Spain's Costa Blanca, this small city offers green parks, winding streets lined with tapas bars, and first-class educational opportunities at the University of Alicante, all in a pedestrian- and student-budget-friendly setting. Reliable public transportation, including a fast-speed train and international airport, makes it easy to explore this gorgeous region, as well as other Spanish and European cities. When you study abroad in Alicante, Spanish language, internships, service learning, and volunteer opportunities are available to enrich your experience.

About the Country

Spain

Studying abroad in Spain can lead you to experience the sophisticated life of a country more diverse than you could imagine. Rich in history, Spain’s art, architecture, and culture will amaze you. The birthplace of some of the world’s most influential artists including, Pablo Picasso and Manolo, travel to Spain to live amongst some of the worlds most treasured art. From the ancient Roman ruins, to the flamenco dancers and matadors, to the gothic cathedrals overlooking the streets, and even to its captivating mountain ranges, Spain captures the true essence of traveler’s journey overseas. Experience the true beauty and history behind some of the most admired art in the world. When you study abroad in Barcelona, you can visit the Museum Marítum, where a large collection of art represents how Barcelona’s history is connected to the sea. While in Madrid, see one of the most famous art pieces in the world, Pablo Picasso’s La Guernica, which depicts the horrors of the Spanish Civil War. As the local gallery scene within Seville is growing, one of its most popular galleries is the Wabi Sabi Shop Gallery. There you can find more than just paintings, home to all types of contemporary art, including fashion to décor, to furniture or handmade ceramics. If you’re looking for classical art, then Granada is the place to be, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, where it houses over 2,000 pieces, with works of art from Alonzo Cano, who designed the façade of Granada’s cathedral. Granada’s star attraction though, is a piece of art in itself and is one of the most iconic sights, the Alhambra. This sprawling complex sits on the Darro Valley, with the Sierra Nevada Mountains as its backdrop. 

Alvaro Sánchez, Program Director, Alicante.

As the Program Director for Alicante, Alvaro Sánchez is responsible for day-to-day management including student services, host institution relations, local vendor relations, academic program development, and student evaluations. Alvaro advises students on issues related to academics, housing, cross-cultural information, health and safety; assists in management of city finances; and hires and trains other staff (and faculty). More

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Local Highlights

Calle San Francisco

Calle San Francisco, known by the locals as Calle de las Setas, Mercado Central, and the streets around the Alicante Theater are favorite local spots to enjoy tapas and drinks with friends.


Snorkeling

The lighthouse area is a great place to snorkel, fish, and take scenic pictures of San Juan Beach and Alicante bay. Visit the Baños de la Reina—ancient fish farming pools built by the Romans—and snorkel at the Coveta Fumá in El Campello.


Hipodromo

Practice soccer, basketball, cross-country, and more at the Hipodromo (old horse racetrack), a public sports area.


Cultural Events

Take advantage of the concerts, cultural events, workshops, and art exhibitions offered by local cultural venues such as Las Cigarreras, Centro Imaginalia, and Centro 14.


Spring Festivals

Don´t miss the paella festival organized by the college student community or the Santa Faz pilgrimage; both take place in the spring.


Hotel Gran Sol

Enjoy amazing views of downtown and Alicante’s Port from the restaurant on the 25th floor of the Hotel Gran Sol.


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Spring 16 MOJO, Alicante.

Second to None  
This is my second time going abroad with CEA, they do an incredible job. The experience of living and traveling abroad is second to none, it will change how you view the world.

Pablo Rosende
Norwich University,
Fall 2015, Alicante, Spain
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