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Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Program Type: Bilateral Exchange
Areas of Study: Architecture, Architecture and Design Research, Biochemistry, Biological Physics (BIPH) Minor, Biological Sciences, Biological Sciences (BIOL) Minor, Business, Business (BUSR) Minor, Business Information Technology, Business Leadership (BLC) Minor, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chemistry (CHEM) Minor, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Science & Applications, Computer Science (CS) Minor, Economics, Economics (ECAS) Minor, Education, Engineering, English, Fish Conservation, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, French, French (FR) Minor, French and Francophone Studies, French for Business (FRBS) Minor, Geography, Geography (GEOG) Minor, Geosciences, Geosciences (GEOS) Minor, History, History (HIST) Minor, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Human Development, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise (HNFE), Humanities, Science and Environment (HSE) Minor, Humanities, Science, and Technology (HST) Minor, International Business (IB) Minor, International Public Policy (IPPL) Minor, International Relations (IREL) Minor, International Studies, International Studies (IS) Minor, International Trade and Development (ITMN) Minor, Language Sciences (LNGS) Minor, Literature and Language, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mathematics (MATH) Minor, Physics, Physics (PHYS) Minor, Public Administration and Public Affairs, Public and Urban Affairs, Public and Urban Affairs (PUA) Minor, Public Relations, Religion (REL) Minor, Religion and Culture, Sociology, Sociology (SOC) Minor, Spanish, Spanish (SPAN) Minor, Statistics, Statistics (STAT) Minor, Wildlife Conservation College Sponsor: *Open to All Majors, CALS, CAUS, CLAHS, CNRE, COE, COS, Graduate School, Pamplin, University Studies, Veterinary Medicine
Program Description:

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Why study at the University of Alicante?


- Various clubs and extracurriculars available to all students.

- Classes are offered in multiple languages and homestay housing is available for those who want to immerse themselves in the culture.

- Many types of classes for a large variety of majors.

- The campus is very modern and commits to sustainability.



Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Semester Exchange at the University of Alicante

The University of Alicante (UA) is a public university located on the Mediterranean coast. Because of their historical influences, excellent location and magnificent connections, they are a diverse-oriented and welcoming university with one of the best campuses in Spain. 

Although relatively young, UA has a strong scientific and academic credibility which has allowed them to adapt to social changes and to the needs of their environment and lead a change of economic model based on research, innovation, entrepreneurship and actual transfer of knowledge.

UA is a multidisciplinary university with study programs in all fields of knowledge organized in six faculties and a polytechnic school. The university community is made up of about 3,800 academic and administrative staff members and over 32,000 students enrolled in official degrees. Their human capital is focused on overcoming the challenges of today's society with their high-quality, innovative and well organized citizen-oriented services.

UA is a bilingual university with a clear international vocation for which they are firmly committed to multilingualism, both to their institution and to all members of the university community. That is why they have introduced English as a teaching language in some of the official degrees. Also, many of the cultural activities and courses are taught in English, French and other languages. 

More information about studying abroad at the University of Alicante can be found here.


Being one of the mainland capitals, the Spanish city of Alicante enjoys a pleasant climate and modern infrastructure. The city lies on the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea, and has witnessed many civilizations such as the Greeks, Romans, Arabics, etc. Alicante is also the capital of Alicante Province and because of its enticements and charms, it has moved many a writers and poets to immortalize it in their works. Alicante or ‘Alacant’ is not only a city but also a port on the Costa Blanca in Spain. The city happens to be the eighth-largest metropolitan areas of Spain and has been inhabited for 7000 years, when the first hunter-gatherers came to this coastal city.

Alicante serves as a popular tourist attraction thanks to its lively nightlife and cultural heritage. The climate here is enjoyable throughout the year and can be summarized as having mild winter temperatures, hot summers and modest rainfall. The city’s economy is mostly tourism based, and the majority of people who live in Alicante are involved in the tourism and hospitality sector.


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Approximate Semester Dates

Semester 1: September to December (exams in January)
Semester 2: January to May (exams in late May to early June)

More information on University of Alicante's Academic Calendar can be found here.

* University of Alicante's academic calendar does not align with VT academic calendar. This may affect the date of your financial aid disbursement. 


This exchange program is open to all majors. Participants are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Be in good standing with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5


As a leading international university, the UA has committed itself to supporting the various groups that comprise both the management aspects of educational provision, the students' interest, and the training, evaluation and encouragement of academic, research and administrative staff, as reflected in the calls, procedures and scholarships that the Office for the Vice President for International Relations offers to the university community.

The UA group of international students, both incoming and outgoing students, constitute an increasingly important group that we promote for their contribution in languages, international experience, development skills and capacity to adapt to different cultural and social environments.

The program provides a broad cross-disciplinary education and incorporates diverse scientific and social subjects in order to train experts capable of assuming a wide range of professional roles. To this end, the course program offers an education in all areas, enabling students not only to acquire a series of specific skills in the disciplines involved, but also a range of general skills allowing them to develop their careers in diverse and changing professional environments.

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Student Life

The University of Alicante offers many extracurricular activities/groups to their students. Students are encouraged to be involved in a variety of activities such as sports, cooking classes, cultural tours, dancing classes, nautical activities, and more!

For more information please click here.



The University of Alicante has an accommodation service for international students that include shared flats, homestay options, and University residence halls. These options are conveniently located close to campus.

To explore the housing options please click here.




University Tuition & Comprehensive Fees
Virginia Tech tuition and comprehensive university fees will be billed according to the University Bursar policy. See here for credit hour rates for the appropriate term and residency status:

Study Abroad Administrative Fee
Participants in exchange programs will be charged a $300 administrative fee through the Bursar.

CISI Travel Medical Insurance (required)
Participants will be required to enroll in Virginia Tech's travel medical and security insurance coverage for the duration of the program. The cost is approximately $35 per month.

Room and Board
Room and board is not included in the exchange. Students are responsible for finding and arranging their own housing and meals. Estimated pricing for a shared flat is €230/ month. A homestay option is approximately  €22-25/ day. 

Student Registration and Residence Permit
Participants will be required to meet any visa requirements that pertain to studying in the host
country. Each host institution will issue the appropriate documents for visa purposes in accordance with current laws, although it is the responsibility of the individual student to obtain a visa in a timely manner.

*Additional expenses are likely to include travel costs i.e. round trip international airfare, passport/visa fees, immunizations, books/supplies, telecommunications, and personal expenses. 

*Visa requirements and Medical Insurance are different for different countries. For international VT students, please check the requirements for your country.


GEO website: Information on scholarships and financial aid.

Undergraduate students from the US can apply for the NSEP David L Boren Scholarship or the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Students who participate at a student exchange at this university are generally eligible to apply for the scholarships listed on this page. These scholarships are mainly restricted to students studying abroad in Spain. Please read the requirements of each scholarship to see if you are qualified.


Before you can apply as an exchange student at The University of Alicante, you must be selected and nominated by VT Global Education Office (GEO).

VT GEO Application Deadlines

Fall semester: February 15
Spring Semester: September 15

VT GEO Application 

Begin your application by clicking . All documents should be completed by the corresponding deadline. Please note that a copy of your passport (valid for at least 6 months after the end of the program) or a copy of a passport application receipt will be required at the time of application. 

Contact Information

VT GEO Contact


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 02/15/2020
02/15/2020 TBA TBA
Spring 2021 09/15/2020 09/15/2020 TBA TBA

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