January Term in Alicante, Spain
Each January, Hollins students are offered the option of an intensive 4-week Spanish language experience at Universidad de Alicante in Spain. This short term program is designed to be taken on its own or as preparation for the Spring Semester Program. Alicante, the jewel of the Costa Blanca, boasts a Mediterranean coastal climate and lifestyle. A rich history of sea merchants and conquerors has shaped this vibrant and modern city's unique Spanish character.
January Term in Alicante offers you an excellent opportunity to develop your Spanish skills while you enjoy the benefits that a city by the sea offers: downtown beaches, water sports, and a temperate climate. Enroll in up to six credits of Spanish language and optional 1-credit content courses at all levels, from beginner to advanced.
SSA January term programs feature all-inclusive program-sponsored excursions which may
- Castle of Santa Bárbara
- Cathedral of San Nicolás and Basilica of Santa María
- Local museums, such as the Bonfires Museum, Museum of Fine Art, and the Museum of Archaeology
- Local day trips to locations such as Valencia or Orihuela
- Classes meet Monday through Friday for 4 hours per day
- Average class size: 10-12
- 4 semester credits
- All courses are taught in Spanish by highly qualified Spanish university professors with extensive experience teaching American students.
- Speaking partner program
Housing & Meals
Students are housed with a Spanish host family and all meals are provided.
A wide variety of Spanish courses are taught University of Alicante, ranging from beginner to advanced. Students must take an online placement exam, which will place them in their corresponding level. Students may also choose to enroll in optional 1-credit content courses, complementing their Spanish language study.
Applicants are also evaluated on their academic and personal maturity, ability to work independently, flexibility, and openness to new cultural experiences. Hollins recommends approved candidates to the program. **
**Please note: In addition to the Hollins application, you must also apply directly to SSA for acceptance into this program.
The cost for the program is approximately $4,700
The program cost does not include transatlantic transportation, or any personal travel or expenses.
- tuition and housing
- all meals
- international insurance policy through CISI
Hollins students are billed for this program with their spring term bill, which is issued on December 1 and due on January 1.
Students applying to this program must also complete an application with Spanish Studies Abroad. Their application is due on October 15. Student may wish to start and submit their SSA application alongside the Hollins application.
Participants make their own round-trip travel arrangements to Alicante. You should book a flight that leaves on the afternoon or evening before your date of arrival. As this is a holiday period, we recommend that you book your flight as early as possible.