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.
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.Review Our Policies
12 semester credits
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and Spanish
Homestay or apartment
Three meals a day with the host family
Day trips to the wine region of Valencia, Albufera National Park and a 2-night excursion to Spain’s capital city, Madrid
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
Tangier and Tetouan, Morocco (3 days)
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
Vineyard tour and tasting. Visit to a local winery. Includes round-trip transportation and lunch.
Explore El Palmar, Dehesa del Saler, Albufera Lake, and Muntanyeta dels Sants. Includes round-trip transportation.
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.
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.