Duke in Alicante
A 6-WEEK SUMMER SPANISH LANGUAGE INTENSIVE PROGRAM
EARN CREDIT FOR TWO SEMESTERS OF LANGUAGE STUDY IN ONE SUMMER SESSION
Duke’s intensive language institute for elementary and intermediate level Spanish provides you the opportunity to combine two semesters of study into one summer session. The course is designed to meet the needs of both beginners (no prior Spanish experience) and intermediate students (have completed two semesters of college-level Spanish).
The program is taught in Alicante, Spain, a city whose rich culture is attributable to the importance of its port throughout history. The picturesque Mediterranean architecture is complemented by Roman and Arabic influences. Today it is the eighth largest city in Spain and a popular area for tourism.
PROGRAM FAST FACTS
Location: Alicante, Spain
Dates: May 15-June 27, 2020
Application Deadline: December 1
Academic Theme(s): Spanish Language
Credit Type: Duke Credit
Eligibility: Open to all majors. No previous Spanish experience necessary for beginner level. Two semesters of college-level Spanish or placement interview required for intermediate level. Non-Duke students are welcome to apply.
Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by Duke’s Department of Romance Studies
Housing: Homestay Families
GEO Advisor: Abigail Grubbs
Proud winners of a scavenger hunt in downtown Alicante
Alicante is a small city on the Spanish coast, south of Valencia
Speaking Spanish with language partners from the Universidad de Alicante
Learning how to cook a traditional Spanish dish: tortilla española
Practicing salsa moves during an afternoon dance class
Touring the cathedral while on excursion to Valencia
The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is very photogenic
Learning about Spanish food at a market in Valencia
Touring the gardens of the Alhambra while on excursion to Granada
Posing with beautiful Moorish tiles and carvings at the Alhambra
Visiting the Universidad de Alicante campus
Posing with Don Quixote in Plaza España in Madrid
Overlooking the city of Toledo, an UNESCO World Heritage site
Students with their Spanish host mothers at the goodbye dinner
Based on your level of experience, you’ll enroll in one of the two intensive Spanish courses offered, each worth 2 Duke course credits. Duke faculty members and local instructors teach four hours of daily instruction. Afternoon workshops highlight Spanish culture and history and help students get to know the city.
You’ll enroll in one of the following courses:
Intensive Elementary Spanish
FL, 2.0 Credits
A combination of Duke’s SPANISH 101 and 102.
Prerequisite: None. Students in this course should have had no or minimal exposure to Spanish. If you have had more than two years of high school Spanish, please contact the director to determine your eligibility.
Intensive Intermediate Spanish
FL, CZ 2.0 Credits
A combination of Duke’s SPANISH 203 and 204.
Prerequisite: Completion of SPANISH 102 or SPANISH 111 or any of the following:
- An AP Spanish score of 3 (language or literature)
- An SATII score of 460-580
- At least 2 years in high school in which material pertaining to Spanish 102 was covered
In addition to coursework, students will participate in cultural workshops in Alicante, such as a cooking class and a dance class. Students will also go on a day trip to Valencia, and travel on two long-weekend trips. Possible locations for these trips include Madrid/Toledo and Granada.
HOUSING & MEALS
You will stay with carefully selected local homestay families, which will help enrich your linguistic and cultural experience. You will have your own bedroom with a bed, desk, closet, and wi-fi. Families will provide three meals per day and laundry once per week. Most families are located within walking distance of the classroom facilities.
PROGRAM FACULTY & STAFF
The Duke Intensive Spanish in Alicante program co-directors can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the Global Education Office.
These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.
Explanation of Costs
The program fee for this program includes:
- 3 meals a day with home stay family
- Group meals or stipend during excursion
- International SOS Coverage
- On-site accident and health insurance policy
- Program-sponsored activities and excursions
- Orientation program
- Internet usage
- Mobile phone
- Some local transportation
What is not included?
Use the following list to assist with budgeting for expenses outside the program fee. This list contains common examples but should not be considered exhaustive.
- Airport transportation to/from host site
- Out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Visa and/or residency permit (if needed)
- Textbooks and class materials
- Independent travel and entertainment
- Items of a personal nature
U.S. citizens do not need a visa for this program. However, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you may need a visa. Please be sure to research the cost of obtaining a visa, including any required travel to a consulate or embassy.
If you receive financial aid, and need assistance with travel costs, please contact your financial aid counselor.
Personal expenses can fluctuate greatly depending upon habits and preferences of the individual. It’s also wise to budget for unexpected expenses such as medical emergencies. You can use a cost-of-living comparison tool to get an idea of what daily life costs in the program host location.
Step 1: Upon acceptance to the program, you must submit the Summer Participation Agreement found in your MyGlobalEd application to confirm your enrollment. A parent/guardian’s co-signature is required. This form takes the place of a deposit.
NOTE: If you withdraw after March 15, you will be charged a cancellation fee for voluntary withdrawal. Fees range from $1,500-2,000.
Step 2: Summer invoices will be sent via email to your Duke email address and home email address. Remit payment to the Bursar per due date and address indicated on your online statement. Consult the Duke Bursar's office billing schedule for payment due dates.
Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.
Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.
Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted.
- Arrival: May 15, 2020
- Departure: June 27, 2020
Detailed Itinerary: A detailed program handbook including the program itinerary will be provided during the Pre-Departure Orientation meeting held at Duke in April.
You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.
You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.
VISA & PASSPORT
No visa is required of U.S. citizens to participate in this program. Non-U.S. citizens should special attention to the visa requirements for your specific citizenship by contacting the Spanish embassy. GEO can provide a letter that may be required as part of the visa application process. Please begin the visa process as soon as you have been admitted to the program to ensure you receive your visa in time for the program start date.
All participants must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IDENTITY CARD
An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is optional. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury. You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days.
Deadline: December 1
This program does NOT have rolling admission. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered.
Decision: Due to winter break, you will receive an admission decision before the end of the Spring semester add/drop period.
Eligibility: See the Academics section above to determine which track is best based on your previous experience learning Spanish.
Physical Demands: The program includes at least two multi-hour bus trips to large cities. During these trips, students will walk for some extended distances, in which the terrain can be hilly. Apart from some moderate climbing in cities such as Toledo and the Castle of Santa Bárbara in Alicante, there is no strenuous physical exertion required during the program. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the program director.
Priority: Priority is given to applicants who submit all materials by the deadline and meet the language prerequisite.
Non-Duke students: This program is open to all majors and applicants from accredited colleges and universities. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.
GEO policy for graduating seniors who wish to apply for a Duke summer study abroad/away program:
Students must be active, matriculated students in order to participate in any Duke-in summer programs, including Duke’s domestic summer programs. All program courses must be taken for graded credit. If seniors plan to graduate in May of the year they plan to study abroad in the summer, they will not be eligible to participate on any of our summer programs unless they receive approval from their academic dean at Duke to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended.
Non-Duke students planning to graduate in May in the year they plan to study abroad in the summer must provide approval to delay their graduation until after the summer program has ended from the appropriate official at their home institution. Such approval must be furnished in writing to GEO before the student will be allowed to participate in the summer program. This approval may be sent via email to the appropriate program assistant at GEO.
Duke students who defer their graduation to participate in study abroad should consult with their financial aid advisor in the Duke Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid to determine whether they are eligible for a summer aid package and/or a GEO summer scholarship.
Please start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.
To apply to this program, please submit the following items using MyGlobalEd:
- Online application
- Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended.*
- One academic letter of recommendation, preferably from a language professor noting your linguistic and academic abilities. If you have not taken a language course at Duke, please request a letter from a Duke professor who knows you well. Letters from high school teachers will not be accepted.
- Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining:
- How this program will complement your studies.
- Your experience learning Spanish to date (how many years of Spanish, any tests taken (AP/SAT II) and their scores, what kinds of readings you have done in Spanish, the length of papers you have written). You do not need to answer this part of the question if you are currently taking (or have taken) a Spanish language course at Duke.
*First-Year Students: By the application deadline, you must send a transcript request to the Registrar’s Office, but ask them to wait until fall grades have posted to send it to us. All other components of the application must be complete by the deadline.