Alicante, Spain


Spanish Studies Abroad

Location 
Alicante, a city of about 350,000, is considered the jewel of the Costa Blanca, with beaches stretched along the Mediterranean. The beaches, the civil and architectural legacy of the historic quarter, and the varied cuisine of the area are the main reasons Alicante is a major tourist destination for Spaniards. The city is also alive at night and during traditional regional holiday periods, like the Moorish and Christian festivities and the papier-mâché bonfires on the Night of San Juan in late June. 

Program of Study 
The Center is located at the  University of Alicante, where students can take Spanish for Foreigners classes with students from around the world. Qualified students may enroll in the semi-integrated or integrated program and take regular university classes. CC-CS also offers an International Business Program in English, which requires students have a 200 level of Spanish proficiency. Internships are also possible with the program.  

Living Arrangements 
Berry students live with a family at a home stay, where the student becomes a part of a traditional Spanish family. Home stays include full room and board as well as laundry and the cleaning of the student's room. The Center regularly inspects the homes to ensure that it provides a warm and tranquil environment. 

Costs 
Students pay Berry College semester tuition. Current semester room and board prices are $3600 and insurance costs $180. Visa cost for US citizens is $160, plus transportation to the Spanish consulate to apply for the visa. You may be eligible for the  Kathleen Granrose Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility 
Students are required to have a minimum 3.0 GPA in Spanish coursework. Students who enroll in the Upper-Division Program are required to have completed at least one 300-level Spanish class at Berry. A placement test is required. 

Studying in Spain requires a visa, which students may apply for at the Spanish consulate in Miami or at the consulate for the jurisdiction in which they reside. Students are encouraged to make a visa appointment as soon as possible, as appointments fill early. Appointments must be scheduled through the consulate's partner  VFS Global. At this time there is a 6 Euro charge for this service, but students may contact VFS for any visa question. It is necessary for the student to submit visa documents in person at the Miami or other Spanish consulate. Currently there is a $160 charge for the visa. Berry College is not responsible for obtaining the visa or for visa denials.