The University of Alicante is a public, plural, friendly and young university with an excellent campus. The University of Alicante is a young university able to adapt to the social changes and needs of our society. It is a comprehensive university covering all fields of knowledge with programmes in arts, sciences, social sciences and law, architecture and engineering, and health sciences, organised into six faculties and the polytechnic school.
The UA is made up by around 3,800 faculty and staff members and 32,000 students in regular courses. This human capital is committed to overcoming the challenges of today's society with a job well done, with innovation and commitment to the public service. The UA also has health-oriented and accessible facilities.
It is a bilingual university which has incorporated English as one of the teaching languages. Also, some cultural activities and courses are available in English, French or other languages.
The University of Alicante was created in October 1979 on the structure of the University studies center, which was started in 1968. Thus, Alicante recovered in this way its university studies centre that was suspended in 1834, when -after two centuries of existence- its precursor, the University of Orihuela was closed. The University of Orihuela was created by means of a Papal Bull in 1545 and had kept its doors open for two centuries (1610-1808). The province of Alicante, therefore, has an important university tradition and rich heritage as can be seen through the present Santo Domingo School, the oldest building of the University of Orihuela, which today has been recovered, thanks to an agreement between the Diocese and the University.
The University of Alicante offers courses in more than fifty degrees. It comprises over seventy departments and research groups in areas of Social Science and Law, Experimental science, Technology, Liberal Arts, Education and Health Sciences, and five research institutes. Almost all classes are taught in Spanish language, some are in English, in particular, in computer science and in business degrees, and a few are in Valencian language.Spanish language courses are offered for foreign students throughout the year and during the summer. The University offers English Language versions to PhD level including religion. Julian Havell was the first to graduate from this scheme.
The Department of Economics runs, in Europe, a well-known Graduate Program in Economics which is an American-style full-time program taught entirely in English. The program provides students with a thorough theoretical and practical training in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, as well as specialization in applied fields. The aim of the program is to prepare students for professional careers in universities, public and private research organizations, international institutions, consultancy and business.