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  • Locations: Valencia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:



The University of Virginia Hispanic Studies in Valencia, Spain program is an enriching and comprehensive experience for the student interested in becoming well-versed in Spanish and Latin American culture and languages.

The program has been created by the University of Virginia which is responsible for the quality of the courses offered. All grades, transcripts, credits etc. earned in the UVA Hispanic Studies Program are accredited by the University of Virginia and forwarded to any other American institution of higher learning.

In addition to an extensive list of courses aimed towards the academic enrichment of the student, our program also entails a variety of activities and experiences that will not only expand your knowledge of Spain and it's people, but will leave you with a lasting sense of the beauty and scope of the area.


The program is offered in fall, spring, and summer.

Semester courses are offered in a variety of subjects including Spanish Language, Linguistics, Literature, Culture and Art History.

Summer courses include Comparative Health Care Systems (taught in English), Spanish Language and Culture, Literature, and Art History.

For more information on Academics, including course descriptions, visit the program website.

Student Life

A number of extracurricular activities have been planned for during the term to help students get to know each other better and to help promote a collective Spanish social consciousness to the group as well as to each individual. Activities include trips to museums, monuments, historical sites and other places of interest.

A wide variety of Service Learning Internships, giving our students the opportunity to have meaningful interaction with the people of Valencia.

There will be three day trips offered throughout the semester chosen among the following: Alcoi, Calp, Cullera, Gandía, Peñíscola, Sagunto, Xàtiva.


Students live in homestays with local families.


Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, and has a population of over 800,000. It is a coastal city on the Mediterranean, and is surrounded by immense beaches. Because the regional climate is so mild (yearly average temperature 60°F), it is quite pleasant to visit the beaches during the greater part of the year.

The city gracefully mixes new and old, with modern public services, business establishments and leisure attractions, all moving against a backdrop of historically important civic and religious buildings, monuments and museums. Among these are the Fine Arts Museum, Modern Art Museum, Ceramics Museum, Taurine Museum, Fallas Museum, City of Arts and Sciences.