Health and Natural Sciences
Universidad Católica de Valencia
Offering courses taught in English in the health field as well as providing internships in both Spanish and English, the Universidad Católica de Valencia (UCV) hosts about 11,000 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students per year. It was founded in 2003, and is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain. Popular areas of student include biology, chemistry, sports sciences, Spanish, and nursing. Not only is there an internship provided as a course, but there are other courses that provide service-learning opportunities as well. You will have the opportunity to take courses with other international students, local students, or a mixture of both. Universidad Católica de Valencia was ranked 61st in Spain in the 2014 Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities.
Academic Year 4 2020
Late Aug, 2020 - Late May, 2021
Jun 01, 2020
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Alongside a variety of courses strongly focused on health, sciences, business, and humanities that are taught in English, you could have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a field of choice by participating in the host university internship course or other service-learning courses.
Courses are taught by the host university faculty and are taken with other international students, local students, or a mixture of both. If you are taking courses in Spanish, a language placement exam will be issued to you on-site. Courses are taken at the UCV-Godella campus on the outskirts of the city of Valencia.
A Spanish student visa is required for U.S. students participating in academic programs in Spain lasting 91 days or more. For non-U.S. citizens, you should contact your consulate to verify specific entry requirements. Please click on the "Spanish Visa Support" icon on the "What's Included" tab of this page to learn more about visa requirements and and the optional Spain Visa Service.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Spanish Visa Support
Tuition at the Host University
Meals and Laundry Service
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
- The course list below indicates the proposed courses for the upcoming semester. The host university has not yet confirmed the current course list at this time. This site will be updated once ISA receives the updated list of courses, along with a note notifying students of the change.
Language Level Recommendation
- It is recommended that students who have not yet completed one semester/quarter of college-level Spanish or the equivalent elect to take a language course through the program.
- Courses and course hours of instructions are subject to change.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA Valencia Site Specialist
- Some courses may charge an additional fee due to labs, etc. For example, the Professional Training course has an additional $350 lab fee the student is responsible for paying should they take the course. Please contact the Site Specialist for more information about the courses that require an additional fee.
- Academic Year Programs Only: Many courses listed below are only available during either the fall or the spring semester. Please consult the fall and spring sessions of this program to view courses available during a specific term.
Additional Course Requirements
- Students interested in the Internship placement or Social Justice course must apply for an FBI background check. It can take about 14 weeks for an FBI background check to be processed, so we recommend that you use an official Channeler at an extra cost as to cut down on wait times and help move the process along much quick. You can see the list of approved Channeler's on the FBI website. The background check will need to be brought to Spain.
- Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
- This program includes 12 credits (4 courses). Students who wish to enroll into a 5th course can do so at an additional cost. Please contact the Valencia Program Manager for further details.
- The transcript from the UCV will reflect contact hours for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
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- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
Studying abroad in Spain gives you the opportunity to experience various aspects of the Spanish culture you wouldn't otherwise have. Depending on your housing option, you will either be within walking distance to your university or conveniently located near public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings (with the exception of the Residencia to the UCV and FSU) generally range between 15 and 40 minutes will be contingent on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
Host families are a great choice if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA’s resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable situation. Homestays will provide three meals a day and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same legal gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.
Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished and centrally located. Meals and laundry service are not included.
Certain programs allow you to live in a residencia for an extra cost. If you choose to live in the residencia, you will be placed in a double room, and you may be placed with other international roommates that are not part of the ISA program. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday in the residencias, and you will have access to the kitchen during both the week and weekend. Unlike a typical dorm in the US, the residencia is not located on campus. Please contact ISA for more information on the residencia option and to request a residencia contract.
You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
Albufera Natural Park is one of the most representative and valuable wetlands nature preserves of Valencia and, more generally, of the Mediterranean coastal region. You will get to explore the Albufera Natural Park by going to El Palmar Island, the Ethnological museum, and riding a boat across the lagoon while gaining a better understanding of the park’s ecosystem. You will also enjoy a leisurely walk around the park where you will be able to get a glimpse of some examples of flora and fauna as well as the typical Albufera houses, or barracas.
Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture during the Bridging Cultures Program on-site orientation. You'll visit the famous Prado museum and have a guided tour through Madrid's city center to expand your knowledge of Spanish history, culture and politics.
Morocco * Optional
This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.
Peñíscola is located on the coast of eastern Spain and is known as the City in the Sea. Walking through its small and old streets, you will feel the sensation of traveling within the ancient ages. During the trip, you will visit the old town of Peñíscola, explore Pope Luna’s Castle, and take in some breathtaking views of the sea.
Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.
Cultural Activities in Valencia
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Valencia. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Valencia special.
These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking classes, a visit to the Ciudade de Artes & Ciencias museum campus,a bike rental for a relaxing jaunt around the city, and more!