ISA Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain

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Combining urban life and a relaxed, seaside atmosphere, Valencia (Metro population around 1,720,000) is becoming one of the most popular destinations on the Mediterranean coast. Propelling this renaissance is the Ciutat de les Arts i les Cièncias ... read more

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A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain
I've gain a lot of new close friends, amazing memories, a deeper understanding of the Spanish culture/history. Personally, for me it was worth while simply living in a new culture. Being surrounded by different mentalities has definitely shaped the way I think and even behave. I can honestly say that my self confidence has impro... - Oklahoma State University - Stillwater View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself while I was abroad. I came back a more mature and level headed person. I learned cultural respect while I was there and it definitely gave me more empathy. - Washington State University View Entire Review
Not enough to fit in here. I learned more Spanish and learned about different cultures, and I'd definitely say going abroad was worthwhile. - Concordia University Nebraska View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and how confident and independent I can be. It was 100% worthwhile - Rowan University View Entire Review
I gained more independence, learn to take in the moment and take advantage of every opportunity I get. - University of Texas - Arlington View Entire Review
I talk or at least think about my time abroad everyday. Something will happen in my daily life and immediately I relate it to a memory from abroad. I made lifelong friends while I was there and continue to keep in touch with them. Since I was a little girl, my parents have told me that everyone is different and you must accept t... - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Put it this way, I'm now in my second year as a North American Auxiliar teaching english in spain. My experience in my study abroad program propelled me to find another way to return to spain. - University of North Carolina - Asheville View Entire Review
I would love to do something with languages for the rest of my life - Cuesta College View Entire Review
It was very worthwhile - I met great friends and got to see the world. It awakened my love of travel and I would do it again in a heartbeat. - Westminster College, PA View Entire Review
It was the best thing that I have done with my life thus far. It has also encouraged me to seek abroad opportunities with my career choices. - Minnesota State University, Moorhead View Entire Review
Absolutely. - Colorado State University View Entire Review
My program was great for cultural awareness because I got to learn about the Spanish culture by living in Valencia and from my host family. The only reason I would choose a different program is because I did not find the classes challenging. - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Valencia - Spanish Language and Literature
I learned how to have fun while in Valencia. I never realized how much I truly loved adventure and learning new things about a different culture before my study abroad experience. There were so many times that I would see someone doing something strangely and think to myself, "well, that's one way to do it." There is a completel... - Marietta College View Entire Review
How different the cultures were. I loved the experience of being in Europe for over two months. - Ohio Northern University View Entire Review
I learned so much from this trip, both in terms of my language development and appreciation for foreign cultures. I am so glad I decided to study abroad, and this experience will continue to shape my ideas and beliefs for many, many years to come. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Valencia, Spain
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Studying abroad in Valencia was hands down the best 5 weeks of my life. I went into my experience without any expectations, knowledge of Spanish, or preconceived ideas of what was ahead of me. Little did I know I would meet the most amazing people, learn to communicate with a lotttttt of hand gestures and facial expressions, and... - Eastern Washington University View Entire Review
It was one of the most worthwhile things I've ever done in my life. I can't even express how much I learned while abroad- things I expected to learn and many that I didn't. I'll never be the same because of it. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience and I'm grateful for it every day. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I learned an incredible amount this semester, about Spanish, about the culture and history of Spain, about myself, about people in general, and about the world. I wouldn't trade it for anything, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. - Point Loma Nazarene University View Entire Review
Not only did my Spanish language skills improve (which had provided me with unique opportunities here in the states) but I now have good friends and experiences that will last me a lifetime. - University of Florida View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I gained an open mind to different cultures and learned so much about different countries that I never had known before the program. It changed my academic future plans, and now I want to travel more before settling down. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
yea I learned a lot of Spanish, met great new people, and experienced a new culture firsthand. - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
It was beyond worthwhile. I would never change it for anything in the world. If anything I wish I could have been there longer, and could fit in another semester there but unfortunately my academic calendar doesn't allow for that :-/ - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
I just learned so much about the Spanish culture and it helped open my eyes more to other cultures around the world compares to my own. - University of New Hampshire View Entire Review
yes - Arizona State University View Entire Review
Since I had never been abroad, this experience was definitely an eye-opening one. This trip has made me want to travel abroad for an entire semester and I recently went abroad for Spring Break. Diversity is becoming increasingly important in today's society and everything is becoming global. Studying abroad helped me become a be... - West Virginia University View Entire Review

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Combining urban life and a relaxed, seaside atmosphere, Valencia (Metro population around 1,720,000) is becoming one of the most popular destinations on the Mediterranean coast. Propelling this renaissance is the Ciutat de les Arts i les Cièncias (City of Arts and Sciences), a museum complex and modern architectural masterpiece that adds to Valencia's deep, multicultural roots, cosmopolitan flavor, and warm climate to make it a true Mediterranean gem.

Spain's third largest city, Valencia is located on the Mediterranean coast approximately 200 miles south of Barcelona. Although Valencia has a rich history, it is often referred to as one of Spain's more modern cities. Celebrations and festivals throughout the year, like the Fallas, provide an excellent opportunity for students to witness Spanish character at its best. Studying abroad in Valencia is the perfect addition to the college experience for American students!

There are both semester and summer programs in Spain. The universities in Spain are the Universitat de València, Universidad Católica de Valencia, Universitat Politècnica de València and the Florida State University-Valencia Study Center. Don't forget to also stop by the ISA office and take advantage of the knowledgeable ISA staff for Spanish practice!

Programs in  Valencia include:

  • Academic Year:
                    - Business, Sciences & Liberal Arts
                    - Health and Natural Sciences
                    - Hispanic Studies Program
                    - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

  • Semester / Trimester:
                    - Business, Sciences & Liberal Arts
                    - Health and Natural Sciences
                    - Hispanic Studies Program
                    - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Summer:              
                    - Hispanic Studies Program

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences General
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Spanish Language, Literature
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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