Location
  • Spain
    • Valencia
Term
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Biology Business Chemistry Cultural Studies Engineering Literature Mathematics Physics
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Dormitory Host Family
Language
English
Apr 08, 2024
Apr 18, 2024
12 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Live and learn in Valencia, one of Spain’s most cosmopolitan cities, while focusing your studies on Spanish language/culture and business. Its location on the Mediterranean coast and status as one of Spain’s most cultural and cutting-edge cities means that you can attend stimulating courses at one of Spain’s most beautiful and sustainable campuses, round off your day by visiting museums or performing arts venues, and grab a casual or upscale meal at one of the cities internationally-renowned eateries.

You will have the opportunity to study the Spanish language and the intricacies of Spanish culture, history, and society through a wide selection of academic courses, supplemented by included field trips.

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Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

There are LGBTQIA+ friends, colleagues, and allies throughout the world. However, cultural understanding of gender identity and sexuality does vary from country to country. USAC has compiled a lot of resources to help you through that learning process.

Accessibility Support

USAC is dedicated to working closely with students with disabilities to ensure the best study abroad experience possible. You may request reasonable accommodations after your initial application is complete. We routinely receive requests for scheduling, material, and environmental accommodations for the classroom setting, which may include assistive technology, scribes and readers, printed material, and interpretation.

Impact

Sustainability

Environmentally-conscious students choose USAC because many of our programs are held in some of the most sustainable countries in the world. There are options to take coursework in sustainability and the environment, as well as field trips and studies where students can leave a lasting impact on their host country.

Program Highlights

  • Live in a cutting-edge city rich in culture—with picturesque museums, historic monuments, modern performing arts venues, and the City of Arts and Sciences, a unique complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination.
  • Complete up to three semesters of university Spanish language coursework in only one semester or focus on STEM prerequisites.
  • Explore the third-largest city in Spain on Valencia’s 120+ kilometers of bike lanes and garden causeways that connect this bike-friendly city’s most important and desirable areas.
  • Enjoy all that this coastal city has to offer, from miles of beaches, to seaside promenades, ocean sports, and access to l’Oceanographic, the largest marine center in Europe

Scholarships

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USAC Scholarships and Financial Aid

USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses.

Value
$500 - $5,000

Program Reviews

4.87 Rating
based on 23 reviews
  • 5 rating 86.96%
  • 4 rating 13.04%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 4
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 4.55
  • Safety 4.85
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Addison
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A way to try new things while feeling completely safe

I did so many things that I had never dreamed of doing before. Had windsurfing classes on the Mediterranean, tried new foods, learned Spanish dances, met people from around the world, and got opportunities to travel to so many countries. However, throughout all of these experiences, I never once felt unsafe. I also took many Erasmus trips and my organization helped me prepare for those as well. This organization helps you plan, gives you advice, and makes you feel prepared to take on anything you want!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take chances and always say yes! The money will come back later I promise, but right now you have the world at your finger tips and the best experiences waiting for you! Jump on the opportunity.
Pros
  • The city has everything. An old historical part, a new modern part, the beach, and a park that runs through the city.
  • Public transportation to take you anywhere
  • You get to meet people from so many parts of the world that can give you connections for later travels.
Cons
  • Your housing may be far away, but you learn to get used to it and to make the most of your commute.
  • It may be more expensive than other programs, but it is worth it.
3 people found this review helpful.
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Brooke
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My European Dream

When deciding to study abroad I was excited and nervous to see how I would grow as an individual and adapt to a new life oceans away from my home. I grew up in a rural town and even attend college in a rural town so the opportunity to study abroad in Valencia, Spain was unlike anything I had known before. Luckily when I arrived in Spain, I was quick to adjust to my new lifestyle thanks to the kindness of my host institution and the helpfulness of my program staff. Valencia is amazing and I would not trade my experience for the world! The breathtaking beaches, beautiful city, and delicious food are just three of the reasons why Valencia should be at the top of your list!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I were to study abroad again I would make more of an effort to truly immerse myself into the local culture and language. It can be easy to stick to speaking in your native language but you will take so much more away from your experience if you put in the extra effort.
Pros
  • Friendship
  • independence
  • growing world view
Cons
  • can be expensive for program costs
  • classes with other english speaking students
  • homesickness
1 person found this review helpful.
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Savanna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Spanish Experience

I had the best time studying abroad in Valencia! It was amazing to be next to the beach and getting around the city was so easy. USAC was so helpful in the admission process, they made it so easy and comfortable. I loved my classes they were super interesting and some even took us on field trips around the city. The field trips through USAC were some of my favorite adventures and I made amazing friendships with people in my program. My only regret is not meeting enough locals! I was able to easily travel to other countries and cities within Spain. It would have been nice to have classes with Spanish local students but it was amazing to be alongside with them.

Pros
  • Next to the beach
  • Easy city access
  • great walking
Cons
  • long bus rides
  • did not meet lots of locals
  • language barrier
21 people found this review helpful.
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Kayla
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Valencia,Spain review

My experience in Valencia, Spain was the best in my life to this point. Since returning I don't think I have stopped talking about it. I spent my days going to class, exploring the city, and soaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches. It was truly a dream. One of my favorite memories was getting to experience San Juan. This is a festival on the beach to bring in summer and a new beginning. During this event, I met so many new people and got so much closer with the people in my program as we danced around the fires and sang our hearts out while participating in the ritual of jumping over the fire seven times, burning your 7 wishes, then jumping in the ocean 7 times. This truly was the experience of a lifetime.

Pros
  • Learning about Spanish culture
  • Exploring new cities and people
  • Immersing in the language
Cons
  • Having to be in class at school everyday
27 people found this review helpful.
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Noel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

USAC Valencia -- An Unforgettable Journey

This summer I studied in Valencia, Spain for a month...and I would not have changed my experience for the world. If anything, I wish I could have stayed longer. Having the ability to meet new people, living with an incredible host family, and learning how to embrace a different culture helped not only grow my confidence, but also my character and change my perspective on life. I learned how to embrace differences, try new foods and activities without fear, and I was able to become a stronger Spanish speaker. Without my helpful host family, understanding teachers, and incredible and encouraging USAC community (both staff and students), I would not have had the most memorable time abroad. The opportunities and connections that I made during my study abroad will forever play a great part in my life and I hope to keep sharing my experiences with others in hopes that they choose to study abroad as well. So, take the chance without worrying about whether or not you'll have a good time, because I promise you will! Studying abroad will forever hold a place in my heart and I hope you get the chance to make these remarkable memories too!

Pros
  • Experiencing and understanding a different culture.
  • Unforgettable sights with adventures in every city and interesting history.
  • Great practice for application of Spanish through listening and communicating with native speakers.
32 people found this review helpful.
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Arianna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I finally experienced the world!

There’s no words I can say here that will sum up the experience I had. YOU have to experience it for yourself! I am so happy I took a leap of faith and decided to move abroad. It was so scary at first, but it’s so freeing and you finally feel alive!! We are meant to explore the world we live in. We aren’t meant to stay in one place. This program helped me grow as an individual AND gave me many opportunities to travel in my free time. I wish I had more time. My advice? Do it. Even if you’re scared. You won’t regret it.

Pros
  • Support
  • Opportunities
  • Growth
Cons
  • Limited classes that would count for my major
  • Very long school days
  • Hard mental health days
40 people found this review helpful.
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John
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Valencia, the perfect study abroad destination. Spring 2023

Along with the obvious improvement on language that one gains while studying abroad, one can expect to create strong connections with not only the other students from the states that are studying withing the same program, but also with many other global students. I now have connections with friends all across the United States and could probably drive anywhere in the continental US and be at most an 8-hour drive from one of my new friends, and if I choose to travel to Europe in the future, I have friends in over 7 countries that have offered to host me (hopefully that puts the power if study abroad into perspective). While abroad I stayed with a host family, and I could not have asked for a better experience. My family really pushed me to work on my Spanish and was overjoyed to take me out and explore not only Valencia, but many areas outside of the city. We grew very close, and I can't wait to visit them soon. As a student, Valencia could not have been a better city to study in. The weather was always fantastic, and you couldn't turn the corner without finding something interesting to explore. I was able to balance school, life, and travel very easily. I would 100% recommend this program to anyone considering studying abroad. It has altered my perspective on the world and helped me to grow more than I could have imagined.

Pros
  • It is always sunny
  • The city is very easy to naviagte
  • You will never feel unsafe
Cons
  • There is not a lot of spicy food
  • During Fallas you eat too many churros
  • UPV professors do not update grades quickly
40 people found this review helpful.
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Grace
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Rating my USAC Program

I did not have many expectations going into my first study abroad and international travel involvement however thanks to the USAC (University Study Abroad Consortium) program, I have been provided the most life-enriching experience of my lifetime.

Studying in USAC Spain was the best location because of all the various geographies within or around the city. No matter your preference- sandy beaches, a lively downtown, interesting architecture, and numerous beautiful hikes- Valencia will provide pleasingly. With super accessible transportation services, the city of Valencia was your oyster! And if you needed a getaway to another country, there is an airport nestled in the center of the city.

Our USAC program gave students a perfect balance of program involvement and independence. There were 5 scheduled field trips with USAC, an opening and farewell dinner. The field trips allowed to inter-mingle with our USAC colleagues while touring exclusive places. USAC enabled me to create new lifelong friends with different backgrounds, friendships I could have never created on my own.

It should be taken into account that USAC prioritized my academics and has enhanced my future career prospects.

I have and always talk about in an enlivening and encouraging manner due to the fulfilling time I had with USAC spain. I can't recommend the experience enough. Eternally grateful for everything that USAC has provided to me.

Sweetness and love,
Grace.

Pros
  • Culture Immersion
  • Transportation accessibilty
  • Lots of adventures and activities within Valencia. Could ALWAYS find something to do.
Cons
  • Forced to leave Valencia.
  • Not as many major collaboration options.
  • Wanted more language exchange opportunities.
42 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi Sydney, You can request to live with international students. Sometimes apartments are mixed too since Valencia has a high international student population, you're not always only living with American students.