The University of Alicante Summer Courses were named after Rafael Altamira, a historian and lawyer born in Alicante in 1866.
The Summer Courses aim to approach reflexively and critically the different areas of knowledge by using the appropriate educational methods.
All students in the Summer Courses have access to the services provided at the University of Alicante campus, and its venue in Alicante city. The University of Alicante would like to encourage all students to take part in the cultural activities organised throughout the Summer Courses.
Rafael Altamira, considered to be one of the most outstanding Spanish historians of the 20th century, was a many-sided scholar who also took interest in journalism, pedagogy, politics, and literature.
In 1898 Rafael Altamira, together with other professors of the Law School at the University of Oviedo (northern Spain), established the University Extension as a different area of the university structure. Its main goal was to spread the knowledge created by the universities by means of conferences, courses, and other activities to those social classes that did not have access to it. These professors were following the example set by several English universities that had already been put into practice in other European countries such as Germany and Belgium.
Rafael Altamira gave courses and conferences in many universities both in Spain and abroad (Argentina, Peru, USA, France, England, etc.). He was also a justice of The Hague Tribunal, in the Netherlands, where he concentrated his efforts on working for peace and international dialogue. For his work and career he was nominated as candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933.
The University of Alicante Summer Courses offer this cultural and educational project, with a humanist and multidisciplinary approach, to those students from the Alicante region, and those wishing to visit this area of the Mediterranean.