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University of Valencia
Valencia, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Spain's third-largest city, Valencia is a top destination for university exchange students. The city is famous throughout Spain, and beyond, for its Mediterranean climate, paella, ancient monuments and festivals. This last is most evident in the March festival of Las Fallas, when satirical sculptures are erected throughout the city, only to be burned on the night of March 19. Like neighboring Catalonia, Valencia is an autonomous region with a distinct culture and even its own language. As you walk about Valencia you’ll encounter Roman ruins, a stunning medieval city center, Art Deco buildings, and a masterpiece of 21st century architecture — the "City of Arts and Sciences". Open-air cafés abound, as do designer boutiques, clubs, and endless opportunities to enjoy art, theater, music, beach-life, and all manner of sporting events.
To prepare students for courses instructed at a Spanish university, students will enroll in an on-site preliminary program that will generally run one month prior to the start of the semester at the University of Valencia. During this time, students will take the following two courses, both of which are instructed by University of Valencia faculty and are worth three RU credits: Geography/History of Spain (3 RU credits); Grammar Workshop (3 RU credits)
The Geography/History of Spain is an introduction to Spanish history, geography, art and architecture. The course examines the development of Spain’s multicultural identity with attention drawn to developments extending from pre-Roman times through the Moorish occupation to the 21st century. Classroom instruction is complemented with visits to sites and museums in and around such cities like Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid, and Granada, Cordoba, and Seville. Please click here to view a sample syllabus.
The Grammar Workshop will assist students in the development of reading and writing skills, and oral fluency. Emphasis is on grammatical structures, subtle differences in meaning caused by changes in verb forms, prepositions, articles, etc. By the end of your preliminary program, you will know what to expect from your regular university courses
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the University of Valencia website. To help you navigate through this website, view the flowchart located here.
You can also access faculty course schedules (horarios) from the Portal del Alumno and then the process is the same as that described the flowchart above. When looking for courses, be sure that you are looking at courses for undergraduate students only and that you are looking at classes in the correct term of study.
Note: Not all departments have uploaded their schedules; upon arrival you may have to go to the actual building and buy it in printed form at the fotocopiadora.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the University of Valencia and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take four to five classes a term at the University of Valencia. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
Internship Opportunities for Academic Year students
Some internships are credit-bearing, others are non-credit bearing.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Mid-August – Early January
Spring Semester: Early January – Late June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Univeristy of Valencia web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
During your program, you will also have several group excursions designed to help you become more familiar with your host city and the surrounding region. Some of these excursions are part of your 3-credit preliminary geography and history class. The excursion may change slightly from year to year.
Past excursions have included:
Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in private residence halls at the Colegio Mayor Ausias March. You will share your bedroom with another student, usually another Rutgers participant, or possibly a Spanish student. Some rooms in your residence hall are suite-style and the residents in the other bedrooms of your suite, who will also share a bathroom with you, are usually Spanish students. The residence hall is a 5 -10 minute walk from the main part of campus. Please note that smoking is permitted in the residence halls in Spain.
Meals, while the university is in session, are included as part of your program cost and are available at the student dining hall at the bottom of your residence hall. Please note: Although housing is covered during University holiday breaks, you are responsible for the cost of meals during that time. There are no kitchen facilities in the residence hall, and there are no refunds for meals not taken in the student cafeteria. If you have special dietary needs, please alert the residence hall staff and they will try their best to accommodate you.
For more information regarding Colegio Mayor Ausias March, please visit the Colegio Mayor Ausias March website. Do not directly contact or reserve housing with Colegio Mayor Ausias March, as your housing will be arranged by the program.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.
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