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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Exchange Minimum Language Requirement: 1 or more courses at 3000 level or equivalent for non-English taught courses
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Home-stay, Student housing Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Click here for a definition of this term Exchange Type: Basic
College: Beaver College of Health Sciences, College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business Class Standing: 2nd Semester Sophomore, Junior, Senior
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Spend a Semester or Year in Spain!


The University of Alicante was created in October 1979 and modeled after the structure of the University Study Centre (CEU), a centre that was founded just a decade earlier in 1968. The University of Alicante prides itself on being an open, responsible, and transparent university that encourages participation and the reuse of open data with the effective support of Information Technology.


The University of Alicante is a modern campus situated on a one square kilometer of land in the city of Alicante. Alicante is a port city on Spain’s southeastern Costa Blanca, and the capital of the Alicante province. Its old town, Barrio de la Santa Cruz, has narrow streets, colored houses and a lively nightlife scene. From here, an elevator or a steep climb leads to medieval Castillo de Santa Bárbara, set on a hilltop with sweeping views of the Mediterranean coast.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Early September to Late January
  • Spring Semester: Mid January to Mid June
Due to Alicante's calendar exchange students are only able to study at Alicante for the Academic Year or the Spring semester unless the fall is their final term. For more information about the academic calendar please visit the Alicante website (academic calendar information is under the Academic Information section).


Students studying at the University of Alicante can apply for accommodation through the Accommodation Office of the University of Alicante. If students wish to arrange accommodation through the university, they should check the information available on the university’s website and follow any pre-established procedures. Students will either stay in off-campus shared apartments, homestays, or university residences.

Housing costs will not be billed through Appalachian State due to the varied options.  Students will submit their housing payment directly to Alicante or their housing provider.

For more information about housing please visit the University of Alicante’s accommodation web page.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
Basic Exchange (App Tuition & Fees) based on your residency
1OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
Worldwide Health Insurance $1.45/day
1The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1200 - $1800  $1200 - $1800 
1Housing $1200 - $3500 $2400 - $7000
Housing Deposit (Refundable) $225 - $450 $225 - $450
Housing Administrative Fee $100 $100
Additional Meals (home stay) $200 - $400 $400 - $800
Meals (apartments) $1600 - $2200 $3200 - $4400
Alicante Student Fee $50 $100
2Personal Expenses $1200 - $2000 $2700 - $4400
Books and Materials $150 - $300 $300 - $600
Local Transportation $150 - $300 $300 - $600
3Visa (for US Citizens) $160 $160
Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt $100 - $300 $100 - $300
Passport $150 $150
4US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
5Personal Travel and Spending $1200 - $2000 $2400 - $4000
1Housing costs will vary by housing type.  Home stays will include 2 or 3 meals per day.
2Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.  
3Visa cost estimate does not include potential travel to the Consulate.
4Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
5Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: SpringAcademic Year.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


The majority of Alicante's degree programs are taught in Spanish.  However they do offer several degrees in English in the Faculties of Economics/Business, Law, and Sciences.  To find search for courses offered at the University of Alicante please visit the Undergraduate Programmes web page. From this page links to courses taught in English and Spanish can be found. 

Alicante offers one free language class worth 6 ECTS (3 credits) to exchange students.  Information about this course can be found on the Alicante International web page.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Alicante program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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