STEM & Health Sciences Core and Spanish Language
Universitat Politècnica de València
Specializing in courses specifically in the sciences, the Universitat Politècnica de València is among the universities preferred by Erasmus students. It is officially recognized as an institute of tertiary education by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. Founded in 1971, the UPV is an American-style campus, with amenities such as coffee shops, sports facilities, and libraries.
The Agricultural, Civil, Industrial and Telecommunication Engineering programs at the UPV have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The UPV is ranked 10th in Spain in the 2014 Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities. It has also been ranked among the 100 best universities of the world that are less than 50 years old (THE). You will have the opportunity to take a variety of courses like Math, Sciences, Engineering, and language with other international students.
Fall 3 2020
Sep 19, 2020 - Dec 19, 2020
Jun 01, 2020
Forms and Payment Deadline
Jun 15, 2020
12 - 19 Credits
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Designed to offer lower-level STEM coursework taught in English (introductory-level Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Calculus, and more) , this program allows you the opportunity to take lower-level classes at a university that has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Taught by host university faculty, the courses at the Universitat Politècnica de València are taken with other international students. If you are taking courses in Spanish, a language placement exam will be issued to you on-site.
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
12 - 19
15 - 24
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 19
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 28
- 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 if you 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 Program Manager.
- Please note that courses for Fall 2020 are still being confirmed. Once the course offering is confirmed, this disclaimer will no longer appear.
- Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institution. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
- Per the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, 1.25 ECTS credits is equivalent to 1 U.S. semester credits/ 2 quarter units, or 15 contact hours. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.
ISA Course Level Recommendation
- ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on la Universitat Politècnica de València grado classifications of a 1, 2, 3 or 4, which correspond with the four year bachelor's degree cycle. Courses classified as grado 1 and 2 are recommended as lower division. Courses classified as grado 3 and 4 are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.
- The transcript from the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia will reflect contact hours and ECTS credits 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.
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.
Granada is a picturesque and mountainous university town. It has always been a multicultural city and was the last Moorish stronghold during the Catholic reconquest of Spain. You will explore Granada’s multicultural past through visits to historic neighborhoods like the Albaicín and Realejo. During an unforgettable evening flamenco show, you will have the chance to soak up Spanish music and culture. You will also visit important cultural sites including the Alhambra fortress, Spain’s most popular tourist attraction.
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!