Hispanic Studies

Universitat de València
Valencia, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Hispanic Studies

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universitat de València

    As a well-respected university in Spain since the 15th Century, the Universitat de València (UV) has a student population of over 45,000 and several active and scenic campuses. You will take classes at the Facultad de Filología located on Blasco Ibañez Avenue, minutes away from the ISA office. With courses focused on the language and culture, history, art, and literature of Spain, the UV provides a fantastic environment in which you can dive into these subjects while also immersing yourself into the culture outside of your classes. You will be in class with other North American students, but will also have the opportunity to interact with local students through language exchanges.

  • Term

    Summer 1 2020

  • Program Dates

    May 20, 2020 - Jun 27, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 25, 2020

  • Credit

    90 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Program Description

With context course offerings only at the advanced level of Spanish in art, culture, history, and literature, this program is perfect if you are looking to dive deep into the Spanish language and enhance your communicative skills. All classes are taught in Spanish by host university faculty at the Universitat de València and will be taken with other ISA students.

The program price includes 12 credits per semester, however should you want to enroll into a fifth course, you can for an additional fee. Please note that ISA cannot guarantee course placement.

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.


Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of four semesters (six quarters) of college-level Spanish

For Summer 2, Fall, and Academic Year: 4 college semesters of Spanish

For Summer 1: 2 college semesters of Spanish for the Intermediate courses and 4 college semesters of Spanish for the Advanced courses

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Spanish Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Contact Hours


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

Course Availability

  • 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.
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations.

Language Level Requirement

  • For the intermediate level courses: Students must have completed at least 2 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent to be accepted into the program.
  • For the advanced level courses: Students must have completed at least 4 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent to be accepted into the program.

Course Selection

  • Courses and course hours of instructions are subject to change.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA Valencia Site Specialist

Course Credit

  • 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.


  • The transcript from the Universidad de Valencia will reflect contact hours for each course listed below.  Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.


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  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Yollie Fierro Ulloa

Program Manager, Spain


Manuel Gutierrez

Resident Director, Spain

Hayar Moral Criado

Student Services Coordinator, Spain

Louise Piotrowski

Student Services Coordinator, Spain

María Vilar

Student Services Coordinator, Spain

Eduardo Espana

Academic Coordinator, Spain

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. 

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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.

Student Residence

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.

Independent Housing

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.




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.


Gandia is a Valencian coastal town whose historic center has been kept intact throughout centuries of urban renewal. You will visit the Calle Mayor, the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, the Neoclassical Town Hall, and Borgia's Ducal Palace. After exploring the town, you will be given free time to enjoy the weather and ample beachfront area. Since this part of Spain is usually always sunny, you will get to take advantage of the many opportunities to for adventure through water sports such as: sailing, catamaran, kayaking, and windsurfing.


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.


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.


During the weekend that you will be in Barcelona, Spain's most cosmopolitan city and one of Europe's top destinations for tourism, culture and commerce, you will explore the medieval part of Barcelona such as the Gothic Quarter and the bohemian El Born district, as well as the emblematic monuments such as Park Güell, Casa Batilló, and La Sagrada Familia.