Location
  • Spain
    • Valencia
Term
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Biology Business Chemistry Cultural Studies Engineering Literature Mathematics Physics

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Dormitory Host Family
Language
English
Nov 09, 2022
Sep 13, 2022
7 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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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

USAC Scholarships

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 - $1,000

Program Reviews

4.83 Rating
based on 12 reviews
  • 5 rating 83.33%
  • 4 rating 16.67%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Academics 4.1
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 4.5
  • Safety 4.95
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Katherine
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

USAC - Valencia

Studying abroad in Valencia allowed me to immerse myself in the Spanish culture within a larger city. Valencia was the perfect place to feel like a local rather than a tourist as places like Barcelona and Madrid were overwhelming in regards to the amount of tourists in the city. Valencia was a very family and local oriented city, not many people spoke English so it was a good challenge and helped with learning more Spanish. The apartment housing through the program was fine. The neighborhood that we were placed in was a family oriented. There were a lot of kids around and a very cute place on the outskirts of the city center. The metro is incredible and can take you anywhere in Valencia. Learn how to use the metro, it is simple and efficient and I wished I had learned it earlier rather than walking long distances or taking a taxi.

My classes were good. My Spanish language classes were great. The professors only spoke Spanish which really helped with learning the language. The amount of work was never overwhelming but insanely manageable. The university that we were at was great. There were so many programs that allowed for the abroad students to get involved. We also had access to the gym and such. I wish we had more information given by our program about our university.

My favorite part about studying abroad was being able to travel every weekend! I would highly recommend doing that. It was so easy and cheap. We were able to take the metro to the airport and then take a cheap flight to basically anywhere in Europe.

The beach in Valencia was great and just a walk away after class each day.

Overall, Valencia was the perfect spot to be immersed completely in the Spanish culture and truly feel like a local. It was not overwhelming like Barcelona and Madrid and no where near as many tourists which was nice. I wish I was able to do it all again. It was such a great experience and would highly recommend this program to anyone.

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Pros
  • The beach!
  • Not touristy
  • Many families in the city
Cons
  • Smaller airport
  • Not many English speakers
6 people found this review helpful.
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Elena
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Valencia Summer 2022 Review

I went to Spain with little to no expectations. I did not speak any Spanish and I really wanted to experience a new place and see what it was like. I am absolutely thrilled with the experience I had, the people I met, and the places I got to see. I would go back in a heart beat and encourage anyone thinking about going to Valencia to go! I can not say enough good things about the feel of the city and how there is something for everyone to enjoy. Some of my favorite memories include the Windsurfing class I took, spending time with my host mom and learning about her life and how her culture differed from mine, and enjoying the city!

Pros
  • Beautiful Beaches
  • Fun city life
  • Big city, small town feel
Cons
  • HOT in the summer
7 people found this review helpful.
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Jackson
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I gained once in a lifetime experiences!

I was on the fence about studying abroad this past summer and I'm so glad I made the decision to go. Valencia is a very underrated city and if you're wanting to go to Spain, I definitely would recommend it. The food is cheap and this specific program is one of the cheaper options that's available. I stayed in the Resa Patacona student dorm and I had my own room and bathroom, which was super nice cause I had my own privacy when I wanted it. The student housing also had a view of the beach and was less then a 5 minute walk to get there. They had a wide variety of core classes, as well as amazing elective classes. I took the international business class and I also took the windsurfing elective class, which was one of the coolest things that I've ever been able to do. We took field trips almost every weekend to various places that were near Valencia, including Peniscola, where we took a boat ride around the coast and had great views of the castle that they had there. We also were able to travel during the long weekends and I went to Paris and Barcelona during those times. Traveling within Europe is very cheap so doing those weekend trips is very doable. I made so many great friends from this program and I'm still in contact with a few of them. I already can't wait to go back to Valencia!

Pros
  • Amazing beaches
  • There is endless nightlife activities
  • The food is insanely good.
Cons
  • You'll never want to leave
  • Sand sometimes makes it way back into your room
  • A bit of a language barrier if you don't speak Spanish, but it's not the end of the world
7 people found this review helpful.
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Rachel
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Valencia Fall 2021

I would highly recommend going to Valencia with USAC. It was my favorite experience I’ve had in my life so far! The program providers made me feel very welcomed in Spain, and the city of Valencia was so beautiful and fun to explore! I will definitely be going back to Valencia/ Spain in the future. It was a convenient location on the Mediterranean Sea and very easy to travel by train or plane. I met so many great people on this study abroad trip and I would do it over again if I ever got the chance!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take everything in; the time goes so quickly! You will not regret choosing to study in Valencia.
25 people found this review helpful.
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William
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Exactly what I was looking for

I did a lot of traveling with my friends in the program, all of whom were amazing people. Valencia is a fantastic location and the on-site staff (3 employees of USAC) were amazing as well. They do a good job making you feel safe but giving you enough freedom to do you. I really matured as a citizen of the world in this program. USAC is also just about the most affordable abroad program I found anywhere. Everything about my time abroad was incredible and I am definitely recommending USAC to anyone who wants to study abroad.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate squid-ink paella in Barcelona (part of the Barcelona tour that starts the program). It was jet black and surprisingly tasty!
32 people found this review helpful.
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Rebecca
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Adventures

This experience has been the best decision I have ever made. I made friends and memories that will last a lifetime. My perspective on so many things has changed and I grew as a person in my time here in Valencia. There are so many amazing opportunities to have fun and go out of your comfort zone while abroad. I recommend everyone to do it because it will change you for the better. I am so grateful that I was able to have this journey. For other students, I would suggest to stay with a home stay because it was my way of having a little family here in Spain so I didn't get homesick, I just had a new family! Also, take every chance you get to put yourself out there!

29 people found this review helpful.
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Candace
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

USAC's Impactful Program Helped Me Feel Confident

From hands-on teaching to beautiful housing right in the center of Valencia, USAC was truly the perfect program to study abroad with. I studied in Valencia, Spain through USAC in 2-18.

What helped me the most was the kindness of everyone here. The program directors were so caring, passionate, and helpful- during a process that, although I exciting, I was very stressed about.

If you are looking for a program that will push you to be your best self and to stress less, USAC uses incredible day-trips, activities, and new friends to push and excite you into your new home.

Every student at the end of our time in Valencia told me that they felt much more excited and confident about themselves and their own lives. I left Valencia with a sense of empowerment, excitement for life, and confidence in my ability to overcome.

USAC cares about its' students to a degree that they are willing to go the extra mile to make sure they feel safe and excited to study abroad, and that's the most important thing a program can offer.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't resist being cracked open by the unexpected. You are not going to be able to control everything- and you shouldn't expect yourself to. Wake up every day on this experience and ask yourself how you can live it to the fullest. Even with the roadblocks, you will find a way to come out stronger and more excited to live your life than you have felt in all your years.
33 people found this review helpful.
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Emiy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience of a Lifetime

As we all know study abroad is a life-changing experience. Through this amazing opportunity I’ve gotten to see so much of the world, especially Spain. I’ve also made lifelong friends with people around the globe and even those back in the US. USAC does a phenomenal job of providing a safe environment, lots of information to prepare you, support systems, contacts to get you involved in the community, and valuable academics. They also provide field trips with the fee that allow you to explore Spain in a constructed, safe, and interesting way. Something I also found useful we’re the many scholarships available through their site, they really do make studying abroad affordable and fun. Spain is a beautiful country filled with wonderful people and a rich history, and I can’t wait to go back someday. I would definitely recommend USAC and Spain to anyone!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I’d recommend immediately getting involved with the community. The advisors there are more than willing to set you up with internships or other opportunities. I picked up two kids from school and walked them home, and it was really cool to see their school system and meet new people in a different way. There’s also a lot of ways to get involved with the school that you’ll be attending. I met my language partner the first month I was there and we became fast friends, showing each other around and teaching each other about our languages and cultures. We’re still friends to this day!
32 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.