- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- 3 semesters of college-level Spanish (through SPAN 003) language or equivalent
- 4 semesters of college-level Spanish (through SPAN 100) is strongly encouraged
With the growth of international trade and multinational industries, engineering students are finding it increasingly desirable to acquire international experience and cross-cultural communication skills. The UVA in Valencia program offers students engineering courses in English, taught by Spanish faculty. This will give students a unique opportunity to gain a different perspective on the coursework. Through living with a host family, the Spanish language course, and cultural activities and trips offered during the semester students will improve their fluency in Spanish and get to experience firsthand the vibrant culture of Spain.
This program is typically only available during the fall semester. UVA is offering the program in spring 2021 as an exception due to the cancellation of fall 2020 study abroad programs. After spring 2021, the program will again be available only in fall semester.
Fall: early September - mid December
Spring: mid January - early May
Refer to UVA in Valencia's website for the specific dates, if available.
The city gracefully mixes new and old, with modern public services, business establishments, and leisure attractions, all moving against a backdrop of historically important civic and religious buildings, monuments and museums. Among these are the Fine Arts Museum, Modern Art Museum, Ceramics Museum, Taurine Museum, Fallas Museum, City of Arts and Sciences.
Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, and has a population of nearly 800,000. It is a coastal city on the Mediterranean and is surrounded by immense beaches. Because the regional climate is so mild (yearly average temperature 73 °F), it is quite pleasant to visit the beaches during the greater part of the year.
Valencia is well located with respect to other interesting cities in Spain. There are good continuous connections to these cities. Valencia is also the natural stepping stone that connects the Iberian Peninsula with the Balearic Islands: Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.