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Study Abroad | Valencia

Spain | Universidad Católica de Valencia | Spring 2023
Valencia coast.
Albufera national park.


Spend a semester or academic year in the buzzing Mediterranean city of Valencia, Spain with AIFS! Choose from a wide range of course options at the Universidad Católica de Valencia (UCV). Centrally located in Valencia, the city that invented paella, UCV is dedicated to providing its 15,000 students with a strong college community.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    12 semester credits

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and Spanish

  • Housing

    Homestay or apartment

  • Meals

    Three meals a day with the host family

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Day trips to the wine region of Valencia, Albufera National Park and a 2-night excursion to Spain’s capital city, Madrid

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • Onsite Resident Director

    To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance

  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network

  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

  • Excursion

    Tangier and Tetouan, Morocco (3 days)

Program Details: Study Abroad | Valencia Multi Discipline


January 19, 2023May 26, 2023



Application Deadlines

October 1, 2022

Inclusive Fees


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Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Foreign Language
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Internship
  • Literature
  • Nutrition
  • Science
  • Service Learning & Community Service
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • Visual and Performing Arts


AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

The UCV has quickly become an incomparable center of creativity, providing its students with a university experience of the highest quality. The UCV seeks to facilitate a strong college community while also providing a highly personalized experience for each student. There are exciting academic and professional opportunities at UCV and learning extends far beyond the classroom. Students have access to a rich variety of community service opportunities, professional internships, clubs, associations and intercollegiate sports. 

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Foreign Language
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Internship
  • Literature
  • Nutrition
  • Science
  • Service Learning & Community Service
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language
  • Visual and Performing Arts

This program is designed for students who wish to take Spanish language courses (Beginner through Advanced) with elective courses taught mostly in English from a variety of study fields including the humanities, health and natural sciences. Students take 4 courses each recommended for 3 U.S. credits. All students take a Spanish language course along with 3 additional elective courses. Electives can be chosen from among the courses designed specifically for the UCV-US study abroad program, direct enrollment courses (alongside Spanish and other international students) and internship placements. Students may take an additional course (for a maximum of 15 credits) for a supplemental fee. Contact your AIFS Program Advisor for details. 

Spanish level is determined by a placement test after arrival.  

Students wishing to enroll in courses taught in Spanish should have an Advanced level (four or more semesters) of Spanish. Students should contact the AIFS Program Advisor as early as possible for course availability and schedules. 

The UCV-US Program offers internship positions in areas of health, education, marine sciences and social justice. Students earn a minimum of 3 credits during the internship through their academic department. Internships are generally unpaid, full-time or part-time work assignments. Specific placements cannot be guaranteed but the UCV-US Program seeks to accommodate every qualified student with an appropriate internship. 

Applicants should note competition for most internships is extremely fierce, so if you are considering applying for one, be sure to submit a thorough application that illustrates your qualifications and commitment. 

You will need to provide your academic transcript, résumé, cover letter and, if necessary, an FBI background check. A letter of recommendation is optional. 

Internships are available in English and Spanish. Some internships in Spanish will require an Advanced level of proficiency. 

This is a competitive program with limited placement and we recommend that you apply early. Some internships may require an additional fee. For further information on the application process please contact the AIFS Program Advisor. 

UCV is an urban campus and most faculties are located within a few minutes’ walk of each other. Please note that the Sports campus is approximately a half hour journey from the center by Metro. 

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Flamenco dancer dancing.

Living Abroad


The best way to immerse yourself in the language and culture of Spain. Many students choosing this option find that it is the most rewarding part of their time abroad.

  • Double room
  • Weekly laundry
  • 3 meals per day with your host

Shared Apartment

Students can opt to live in a fully furnished apartment in Valencia. Apartments are shared with other AIFS and/or non-AIFS international or Spanish students and may be co-ed. Apartments are centrally located and within easy reach of the university by public transportation.

  • Double room
  • Shared kitchen, bathroom and living room
  • Television and washing machine
  • Cleaned on a weekly basis

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Valencia


Valencia, the official birthplace of paella, combines beautiful beaches with both historic and modern architecture. 


Valencia receives over 300 days of sun each year, great for exploring the beautiful coastline. 


In Spain, meals require an almost complete readjustment of eating habits, especially the times of the meals. For example, dinner isn’t typically served until around 9:30PM.

AIFS in Valencia On-Campus Assistance, Academic Year and Semester Programs

Janan Batteh

My name is Janan Batteh and I look forward to welcoming you to Valencia! After receiving a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a minor in art from the College of Charleston, I decided my passion was to work in the field of cultural and international education.

After studying abroad, I had a strong desire to travel, learn about other cultures and how they came to be. Before joining the AIFS team, I worked with their partner company guiding high school groups and teachers through Spain. I find offering students a unique opportunity for personal growth, education and immersion into Valencia culture both rewarding and exciting.

I will ensure all the details of your program run smoothly and organize a variety of cultural activities. Valencia is a marvelous city and I would like you to experience it from a different perspective, as a local Valenciano. Light, music, fire, orange blossoms, ancient ruins, Mediterranean and rice fields are only a few words that describe the unique characteristics and sights of Valencia. I am excited about giving you an authentic and meaningful experience as we go on your study abroad journey together.

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

In addition to day trips and excursions, a cultural calendar of weekly activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of Spanish life. Typical activities, tours and visits may include:

  • Guided city tour including the historic center
  • Paella cooking class
  • Tapas tour
  • Las Fallas (Valencia’s most famous festival, spring only)
  • Museo de Bellas Artes
  • Cathedral
  • City of Arts and Sciences
  • Mercado Central food market
  • La Lonja, the old silk exchange and UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • The bullring

Students may pay a small additional fee for some of the activities listed.

Introduces students to the study of social justice, attempting to link social theory, particularly the theories of Catholic social teaching, with social action and change. Students explore the diverse meanings and definitions of social justice while developing a critical understanding of key concepts and theories. Presented in relation to some of the most important social justice debates today, this course encourages students to apply their knowledge to a wide range of subject areas and social issues. As a key component of the course, students choose a relevant placement in a community service organization/NGO, complete a minimum of four hours of service per week, and engage in meaningful reflective practice with their peers. 

UCV and AIFS organize a program of “intercambios” (conversation exchange) which enable you to practice your Spanish with a native speaker while a Spanish speaker practices their English with you! 


This program offers day trips and excursions which will take you outside Valencia and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Spain. 

Valencia wine region.

Utiel-Requena Wine Region

Vineyard tour and tasting. Visit to a local winery. Includes round-trip transportation and lunch.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Albufera national park.

Albufera National Park

Explore El Palmar, Dehesa del Saler, Albufera Lake, and Muntanyeta dels Sants. Includes round-trip transportation.

  • Spain
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee


Locally guided tours to Prado Museum, La Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Parque Retiro and Gran Vía. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, entrance fees and daily breakfast. 

  • Spain
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee

Tangier and Tetouran

Guided tours of the medina and souk of Tangier, Tetouan, the Plaza Moulay El Mehdi, Plaza Hassan I, Royal Palace, the Mellah, Asilah, Chefchaouen, and the Caves of Hercules. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, airport transfers (flights not included), ferry ride, most breakfasts, most lunches and dinner with a show.

  • Morocco
  • 3 Days
  • $495
A group of happy students at a carnival.
A view of Prague.

Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    October 15, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 18, 2023
  • Program Begins
    January 19, 2023
  • Program Ends
    May 26, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    May 27, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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