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University of Valencia (Spain)

Valencia, Spain

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2020
Aug 21, 2020
Dec 23, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Academic Year 2020
Aug 21, 2020
Jun 12, 2020
Mar 15, 2020
Spring 2021
TBA
TBA
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
Spanish
Yes
Yes
No
Class Standing
First semester Sophomore
Junior
Second semester Sophomore
Senior
2.5|3.0 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Restrictions

All students must have completed Spanish 201 or 203 or Spanish placement exam (placed into 202 or 204) prior to departure.

New Brunswick Spanish majors are recommended to have completed Spanish 215 and/or Spanish 261 prior to departure.

Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

This Rutgers-run program will allow you to immerse in Spain’s culture and language in one of the country’s largest cities, right by the Meditarrean Sea.

The University of Valencia is divided among three campuses and has 55,000 students. It is a major public research university, with Spanish instructed courses in nearly all academic disciplines, and high global rankings in Natural Sciences, Arts and Humanities. Students will have the opportunity to explore Spain during their preliminary academic program, which will include several multi-day field trips.

Program Locations

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Valencia City

Spain

Valencia

Spain's third-largest city, Valencia is a top destination for university exchange students. The city is famous throughout Spain, and beyond, for its Mediterranean climate, paella, ancient monuments and festivals. This last is most evident in the March festival of Las Fallas, when satirical sculptures are erected throughout the city, only to be burned on the night of March 19.  Like neighboring Catalonia, Valencia is an autonomous region with a distinct culture and even its own language. As you walk about Valencia you’ll encounter Roman ruins, a stunning medieval city center, Art Deco buildings, and a masterpiece of 21st century architecture — the "City of Arts and Sciences". Open-air cafés abound, as do designer boutiques, clubs, and endless opportunities to enjoy art, theater, music, beach-life, and all manner of sporting events.

Academics

Preliminary Program
To prepare students for courses instructed at a Spanish university, students will enroll in an on-site preliminary program that will generally run one month prior to the start of the semester at the University of Valencia. During this time, students will complete a 3-credit course on the Geography and History of Spain, taught by the Resident Director, and they will also begin the mandatory 3-credit Grammar Workshop, taught by a University of Valencia professor.

The Geography/History of Spain is an introduction to Spanish history, geography, art and architecture. The course examines the development of Spain’s multicultural identity with attention drawn to developments extending from pre-Roman times through the Moorish occupation to the 21st century. Classroom instruction is complemented with visits to sites and museums in and around such cities like Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Cordoba, and Seville. Please click here to view a sample syllabus.

The Grammar Workshop will assist students in the development of reading and writing skills, and oral fluency. Emphasis is on grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions and language use, as well as on subtle differences in meaning caused by changes in verb forms, prepositions, articles, etc. This course will last throughout the semester and serves as a support class for students.

Courses & Credits
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Valencia  website.  To help you navigate through this website, view the flowchart located here.

You can also access faculty course schedules (horarios) from the Portal del Alumno and then the process is the same as that described the flowchart above. When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study.

Note: Not all departments have uploaded their schedules; upon arrival you may have to go to the actual building and buy it in printed form at the fotocopiadora

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the University of Valencia and Rutgers University.  That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take two to three classes their first semester (in addition to the History and Grammar classes) and four to five classes their second term at the University of Valencia. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

Internship Opportunities for Academic Year students
Some internships are credit-bearing, others are non-credit bearing. 

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Excursions
During your program, you will also have several group excursions designed to help you become more familiar with your host city and the surrounding region. Some of these excursions are part of your 3-credit preliminary geography and history class.  The excursion may change slightly from year to year. 

Past excursions have included:

  • Picnic in Xàtiva
  • Paella workshop at the residence hall
  • Walking tours of historic Valencia
  • Madrid -- to explore Imperial Spain and visit some of the world's finest museums
  • Barcelona -- to learn about Mediterranean Spain from the Romans to Gaudí and Picasso
  • Andalusia -- to experience the time of Muslim Spain.
  • Fallas tour with hot chocolate and churros
  • Thanksgiving dinner at Resident Director’s house
  • Tree-trimming party at Resident Director’s house

More details about the excursions will be provided by your resident director after your acceptance.

Academic Calendar

To view the current academic calendar, please visit the University of Valencia web page.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Fall Semester

Mid-August

Early January

Spring Semester

Early January

Late June

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in private residence halls at the Colegio Mayor Ausias March. You will share your bedroom with another student, usually another Rutgers participant, or possibly a Spanish student. Some rooms in your residence hall are suite-style and the residents in the other bedrooms of your suite, who will also share a bathroom with you, are usually Spanish students. The residence hall is a 5 -10 minute walk from the main part of campus.  Please note that smoking is permitted in the residence halls in Spain.

A full meal plan is included as part of your program cost; all meals are available at the student dining hall in your residence hall. There are no kitchen facilities in the residence hall, and there are no refunds for meals not taken in the student cafeteria. If you have special dietary needs, please alert the residence hall staff and they will try their best to accommodate you.

For more information regarding Colegio Mayor Ausias March, please visit the Colegio Mayor Ausias March website. Do not directly contact or reserve housing with Colegio Mayor Ausias March, as your housing will be arranged by the program.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill durin
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $16,520 $19,720
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Most meals
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance
 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,250
Additional Meals $200
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $160
Books and Classroom Materials $20
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $1,500
Total $3,180.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.  

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.
 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost per Semester $15,450 $18,650
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Most meals
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance
 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,250
Additional Meals $400
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $160
Books and Classroom Materials $100
Local Transportation $100
Personal Expenses $3,000
Total $5,010.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $17,830 $21,030
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition 
•    Housing
•    Most meals
•    Excursions
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance
 

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,250
Additional Meals $200
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $160
Books and Classroom Materials $20
Local Transportation $50
Personal Expenses $1,500
Total $3,180.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.  

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

Student Spotlights

Julia is a senior majoring in accounting and spanish, and spent her spring 2016 in Valencia

“One cultural transition I’ve noticed is fashion - at first you stick out like a sore thumb. Be patient in learning how to adapt. One thing that helps is to dress the part. You learn to observe what everyone else is wearing, how they act. Definitely pack light! Once you get here you can shop for clothes that the locals wear, the big stores here are Zara and Mango.” 

Sara Fernandez at American Space in Valencia

"One of the most rewarding parts of my experience in Valencia was volunteering at the American Space, a collaboration between the US Embassy and local organizations in Spain aiming to spread knowledge of the United States overseas. We participated in a wide range of activities such as running game sessions with local children to improve their English, working with Makers Programs to teach robotics lessons in underprivileged communities, and conducting tours of university engineering labs to girls participating in the Technovation Challenge. In addition to simply filling up my spare time, these events allowed me to feel more in touch with the local Valencian community in a way that was not only benefiting myself but also those around me."

MaryAnn Nedoszytko

"I personally went to Spain to improve my Spanish language skills. I consider myself semi-proficient in Spanish, but I would like to achieve a fluent or near fluent proficiency level by the time I graduate from Rutgers. For me personally, studying abroad is a large part of the process. On top of learning the formal grammatical rules and norms, I have to use colloquial language daily, and the full on, multi-dimensional immersion has been a great way to practice my Spanish in multiple contexts. My Spanish will never be perfect, but I’m really glad that I took this opportunity to better my language skills."