Office of Study Abroad and Outreach

Alicante University

University of Alicante

The University of Alicante is located in southeastern Spain in the Mediterranean port city of Alicante. In this exchange program, you have the option to take a Spanish language course along with other coursework in English or to take coursework in Spanish with local Spanish students.

Location(s)  Alicante, Spain
Semesters only
Fall: September-late January 
Spring: late January-mid-June
Areas of Study Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Literature, Math, Management, Marketing, Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Geography, RPTA, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Broadcasting, and Education
Housing Residence hall, homestay, shared apartment
Passport Required       
Visa (for US citizens) Required for programs 90 days or longer
GPA 2.5
Grad credit Not Available
Non-WIU   No
Pre-requisite None.  Basic Spanish skills strongly recommended
Student Year Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Exchange programs have very limited enrollments.  Alicante only allows the nomination of two or three students maximum per semester. 

It is strongly recommended you choose an alternate program(s) in case this program is filled. 

Entry Requirements

Passport:  Required. Must be valid for at least six (6) months after your study abroad program ends.  For information on how to apply for or renew a passport, see Passports 101 .
Current passport processing times are 12-18 weeks.  Plan accordingly to avoid issues obtaining your visa, airine tickets, and other necessary items for travel.  Failure to receive your passport in time can lead to postponement of your program.

Visa:  You must apply for a student visa before entering Spain if you are studying there for 90 days or longer.  Visa requirements can be found on the Consulate of Spain in Chicago website .
Traveling to Spain without your student visa can lead to denied entry to Spain, forced removal from your program, and financial consequences.

Health Insurance

It is University policy that you must have international health insurance for the time you are abroad.  Only two options are approved to meet this requirement:
  • WIU Student Health Insurance
  • A supplemental plan (Patriot Travel Medical) from International Medical Group (IMG) .

Health Precautions

COVID-19 - You are REQUIRED to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in this program. Proof of vaccination will be required prior to WIU registration.

Walking/mobility/travel - Expect more walking than on-campus.  It is a mixture of urban (pavement/concrete) and natural (grass/dirt) terrain, including uneven/hilly terrain and up/down flights of stairs.  Some historic sites and tourist areas have limited handicapped accessibility.  Sidewalks in these areas can be narrow with uneven surfaces.  

Vaccinations - No vaccinations are required for entry into Spain.  Up to date vaccination recommendations are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website .

Accessibility - Accessibility and accommodation are very different from that found in the United States.  Please contact Disability Resources for questions on the availability of accommodations for your specific situation.

PLEASE NOTE  It is your responsibility to request accommodation from DR; staff are not legally permitted to inquire about such needs.  Requests should be made as early as possible so there's sufficient time to arrange accommodations in your location. 

Costs (Comparative Table)

last updated 7/16/21              

Items WIU Alicante
Tuition 12 semester hours, plan V
4,690.00 4,690.00
Commitment Fee   75.00
Health Insurance    795.00  250.00
Passport   135.00
Housing/Meals/Personal Expenses
4,900.00 4,200.00
Student visa (only for programs 90+ days)
Books and Supplies 480.00 200.00
Total 10,865.00 9,710.00*

*You are responsible for purchasing your own flights.

Various types of aid are available to help fund your experience.  Check out our Financial Aid and Scholarships pages for more details.



Exchange students at Alicante take 4-5 classes per semester, equaling 12-15 sh at WIU.
Courses are graded on a 10 point scale with letter grades of A, B, C, and F.

Courses at Alicante are taught in English or Spanish:
English-taught classes are offered in a wide range of areas of study, allowing you to choose classes for your major, minor and/or General Education requirements, all in the same semester.  You can also take a Spanish language course to improve your language skills.
Courses in English 2021/22

Spanish-taught classes are for students who are fluent in Spanish.  Spanish-taught classes must be from the same academic area as your WIU major/minor.


The accommodation options at the University of Alicante include homestays, shared apartments, and student dormitories. More information is available on the University of Alicante accommodation website.  On-campus housing  is not guaranteed.




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