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  • Locations: Valencia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: International Studies Abroad 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/09/2019 06/08/2019
NOTE: Students who enroll in classes through the UCV- US program will depart Valencia on an earlier date. Students taking electives with local students will need to stay through June 8th. Program dates are subject to change.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Ernberger, Monica Program Director: Ernberger, Monica
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat, Dormitory, Homestay, Other Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Host Country Language: Spanish
Online Course Catalog Available: Yes Sponsor: ISA
ISU Course: INTED Program Type: Direct
Program Description:
valencia | spain

This program offers students the ability to take health, nutrition, science and humanities courses taught in English alongside other international and local students. Students interested in Spanish language may also have the option of taking a language course and/or humanities course taught in Spanish. Classes are taught by host university faculty at the Universidad Católica de Valencia.

Program Highlights
  • Internship course available for 3 credits
  • Courses with local students
  • Science courses instructed in English
  • No Spanish Language requirement

Please note that a student visa is required for programs over 90 days. Please reference the Student Visa & Embassy page for more information. Applying for a visa could require out of state travel.

Spring 4 2019 (Jan 9, 2019 to Jun 8, 2019)
Catalog Code: IVLS3219

Depart U.S. You should be at the airport at least 2½ hours before your flight.
Wed. 01/09
Arrive in Madrid. Check into hotel and rest. Bridging Cultures Program- Session #1in the evening.
Thu. 01/10
Guided tour of El Museo del Prado and other cultural sites.
Fri. 01/11
Depart for Toledo. Guided tour of Toledo. Bridging Cultures Program- Session #2 in the evening.
Sat. 01/12
Depart for Valencia. Move into housing and get settled.
Sun. 01/13
City tour and cultural activities.
Mon. 01/14 - Tue. 01/15
Welcome session at UCV
Wed. 01/16
Registration and international student ceremony at UCV.
Thu. 01/17
Regular classes at the Universidad Católica de Valencia.
Fri. 01/18 - Fri. 05/24
Students enrolled in classes in the UCV-US program ONLY will depart as of this date. This will be confirmed on-site, following add-drop. Return to the US or pursue independent travel.
Sat. 05/25
Regular classes/exams for students taking courses with locals.
Sun. 05/26 - Fri. 06/07
Students enrolled in classes with locals will return to the US or pursue independent travel.
Sat. 06/08

Semana de las Fallas
Mon. 03/18 - Tue. 03/19
Semana Santa
Fri. 04/19 - Sun. 04/28
San Vicente Martir
Mon. 04/29

Class times will be determined after arrival to the program site.
All events and dates are not finalized and are subject to change without notice.

Housing Information

ISA housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Spain. All ISA housing options are either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. Please note: all housing in Spain is subject to availability.

The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Spain and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can become a true español(a)!

Homestays are the norm for Spain, and are encouraged by ISA. ISA participants living in homestays will be provided with three meals per day (except on ISA excursion days) and laundry service once per week for the official duration of the program. This is included in the ISA program cost. Students usually share a bedroom with another ISA student, but have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room.

Residencias are a cross between a small dorm and a boarding house, and are assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis. Students living in the residencia will be housed with other international students and Spanish students. Please note that the residencia is a private business and does not have a direct affiliation with the Universitat de Valencia, Florida State University Valencia Study Center, Universitat Politècnica de València, or Universidad Católica de Valencia. Three meals per day are included, as well as access to laundry facilities. Students usually share a room with another ISA student, but have the option of paying extra to secure an individual room.

A $500 housing deposit is required from students choosing this option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property.

ISA Apartment:
Apartments are assigned on a first-come/first-serve basis, and availability is limited. Rent is included in the program price. Students are placed in furnished, centrally located apartments. All apartments are either within walking distance or conveniently located to public transit routes relative to the university. Meals and laundry service are not included.

A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

See the "Funding Your Program" information at

For more informaiton on this program, please contact Monica Ernberger, ISU Study Abroad Center.