Study Abroad


Academic Language Institute (ALI)


The Department of Modern Languages requires

SPA 303 and SPA 304

be taken at UW-L prior to studying abroad.

A student pursuing a major or a minor in Spanish at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse may earn up to 66% of the credit hours for the major/minor requirement in a foreign country.  Thirty-four percent (34%) of the credit hours must be earned at UW-L.  The student is required to take at least one three-credit course in Spanish at UW-L after returning from the country of study. 

Academic Language Institute (ALI)
The ALI is a private entity dedicated to providing quality educational and professional internship opportunities to individuals and groups seeking tailor-made Spanish-language acquisition programs in Spain. Our goal is to meet the specific needs of each university, sponsor or student by offering both pre-established study programs and specially designed specific-purposes language programs. Courses are available for all proficiency levels and include practical enhancement activities to complement and expand classroom activities.

Known for its miles of sandy beaches, Alicante is a starting point for thousands of tourists every year.  Famous for its excellent weather, the city invites you to take a trip along the coast or to the wonderful island of Tabarca. Along the Alicante harbor you find beautiful long alleys for nice relaxing walks, enjoying the palm trees and the mild climate.  With many historical buildings around the entire city, Alicante offers countless sightseeing attractions, from cathedrals to churches and of course a wonderful harbor area.  Additional to sightseeing, direct from the harbor area, a long wide sandy beach leads its way up to San Juan. Just drop your towel on the sand and enjoy a wonderful day in the sun.  Alicante has about 340,000 residents and lies directly at the Mediterranean Sea.



Intermediate and Advanced Levels
Students will enroll in two courses while in Alicante;  one grammar course at either the intermediate or advanced level (SPA 304 or SPA 330 UWL Equivalency) and either Medical Spanish (SPA 306) or Spanish Culture (SPA 320/390).  In addition to classroom contact hours, a significant amount of time will be spent outside the classroom focusing on experiential learning.

Please contact the Modern Languages Advisor(s) identified for your program.

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms.  They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse.  You may notice that some classes satisfied several UWL options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of  meeting with your advisor for final approval!  They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

Housing is in double rooms with families and is carefully chosen by ALI to ensure complete immersion in the Spanish language, its culture and its traditional social environment.  While attending the program you will receive three meals a day as part of the program fee.


Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (6-7 credits, depending on whether your language component counts for SPA 304 or SPA 330)
  • University and Administrative Fees
  • Housing and Meals
  • Ground Transportation from Madrid to Alicante upon arrival
  • Cultural Activities and Excursions (as arranged per course)
  • Study Abroad Health Insurance (mandated by UW System)
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare is NOT included in the program fee.

Financial aid is applicable.

Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

All program fees subject to change. Valid for undergraduate Wisconsin residents only; out-of-state students pay Minnesota reciprocity or a non-resident surcharge.

Program Dates
For precise dates refer to the Program Dates.


  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • The desire to experience the world and receive academic credit for doing it!


All students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation. The orientation will help you prepare for international travel in general, and for the experience of visiting Spain.

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