Please note: This program is administered by UConn, but it is not led by a UConn faculty member.
IMPORTANT: This program is only for participants in the ESP dual-degree program between Engineering and Spanish.
This exciting year-long study abroad program will take you into the heart of Valencia, Spain and immerse you in its culture, language and landscape. This is a year-long program divided in two distinct semesters, fall and spring. Immediately after your arrival you will take a not-for-credit one-week intensive Spanish language course that will help bring you up to speed in your new linguistic environment. During the fall semester you will take Spanish culture and related courses at the Centro de Lenguas of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. Located only minutes away from the historic city center and the Malvarrosa beach, the “Centro” offers students from around the world the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture. During the spring semester you will do a full-time internship in a local company. This internship will allow you to transfer some practicum credits in Spanish and Engineering. The fall-semester courses, the organized cultural trips, living in a residence with Spanish college students, and the full-time internship will build your confidence and enhance your immersion experience, bringing your linguistic and cultural competence in Spanish to a whole new level.
You need to be enrolled in the Engineering-Spanish Program, and therefore you need to have a declared major in both Spanish and Engineering. Prior Language Study Requirement: 5 semesters of Spanish [the equivalent of SPAN 1001-1004 plus SPAN 3171]. If you have an average of 2.70 in Spanish classes or less you will need special permission from the Spanish Study Abroad Committee to be considered for the Valencia Program.
7 courses total between the fall and the spring internship: 21 UConn credits.
You will take courses such as SPAN 3293 (Foreign Study: Spanish Culture), SPAN 3293 (Foreign Study: Spanish Literature), SPAN 3293 (Foreign Study: Spanish Grammar), ARTH 3993 (Foreign Study: History of Spanish Art), HIST 3993 (Foreign Study: History of Spain), POLS 3993 (Foreign Study: Political Systems of Spain), INTD 3993 (Foreign Study: Society and Politics in Modern Spain).
The Ancient City of Valencia was founded by the Romans in the second century BC, turned into an important center of Al-Andalus between the VIII and XIII centuries, and became a Kingdom of its own after the Christian reconquest in 1238. Today Valencia is the third largest metropolitan area in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona and one of the richest and most culturally dynamic and diverse cities in the country. Its location right on the Mediterranean coast, its pleasant weather, and its rich natural spaces such as the Malvarrosa beach and the Albufera lagoon, have made of Valencia a very important tourist destination in Spain and Europe.
You will live in a residence with Spanish students right next to the campuses of the University of Valencia and the Polytechnic University of Valencia. You will have a private room with all meals included. Laundry services will be provided for you, as well as bed linen and towels.
All of the facilities of the University – recreational, athletic, and academic – will be available to you. Several guided cultural trips to nearby cities –including weekend trips to Madrid and Barcelona– are also part of the program.
Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship
The Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship provides up to $1,500 to support students who are pursuing an internship in an international setting or in an organization deeply engaged in international matters. Undergraduates interested in international relations, international political economy, critical global issues, and international culture and institutions are eligible to apply. Click here for more information.
Please note that this program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.
You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.
You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).Budget Sheets: Academic Year
- Location: Valencia, Spain
- Terms: Academic Year
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