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University of Alicante

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Accreditation

The University of Alicante is recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution of higher learning.

 

Established in 1979, the University of Alicante (UA) is one of Spain's most innovative, modern, and fast-growing universities, with an enrollment of 33,000 students and 32 degree programs. Every year, approximately 1,200 students from around the world attend UA to study Spanish language and culture.

Just a short bus ride (about three miles) from Alicante’s city center, UA’s campus encompasses more than 1,000 square meters of wooded areas (70% of the campus is dedicated to green space), a beautiful lake, and facilities that include a museum, art gallery, 24-hour library, indoor and outdoor sports stadiums, restaurants, and banks.

When you study at UA, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a range of cultural, academic, and athletic activities, such as the intercambio language exchange program, political science seminars, and sporting activities like swimming, aerobics, and intramural sports teams.

Classroom and Information

  • UA faculty teach language courses and electives.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams are administered.
  • Class attendance is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Teaching styles in Spain may differ from those in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to UA’s classroom structures and coursework expectations.
  • You may attend class with local students and international students from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and around the world.

Grading

The Spanish grading system is based on a scale of 10, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system; however, grading varies from subject to subject. For example, in mathematics, a student may receive a 10 for completing all the problems correctly, whereas in the humanities, a 7 on an essay is considered very acceptable. Grading in Spain can be severe, and grades of 9 and 10 are rare. Transcripts from Spanish universities list both numerical and verbal grades. Most U.S. schools rarely grant credit for a grade lower than a C from a foreign institution; your home school will ultimately determine final credit and grade evaluation.

UA has released the following chart to assist U.S. universities in interpreting the Spanish grading scale for the Spanish Language & Culture and Intensive Spanish Language Programs: 

Spanish Verbal Grade

US Verbal Equivalent

Spanish Number Grade

US Letter Equivalent

Matricula de honor

With Honors

10

A+

Sobresaliente

Excellent

9.5

A

Sobresaliente

Excellent -

9

A-

Notable Alto

Very Good +

8.5

B+

Notable

Very Good

7.5 - 8

B

Notable Bajo

Very Good -

7

B-

Bien Alto

Good +

6.5

C+

Bien

Good

6

C

Suspenso

Fail

5.9*

F

No presentado

Incomplete

N/A

UA has released the following chart to assist U.S. universities in interpreting the Spanish grading scale for the Liberal Arts, Business & Sciences Program: 

Spanish Rating

-

ECTS Grade

Matricula de honor (9-10)

The Most Outstanding Performance

A

Sobresaliente (9-10)

Excellent Performance -

A

Notable (7-8.9)

Very Good Performance

B

Aprobado (5-6.9)

Average Performance

C

Suspenso (0-4.9)

Insufficient Performance

F

No presentado

Exam not completed by the student

No Grade


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CEA Staff

Our dedicated on-site staff works to ensure your well-being. CEA staff will assist you with any questions that may arise during your program, help you transition into local culture, monitor your academic progress, and organize cultural and social activities.

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Alicante, Spain
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