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Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: Yes
Academic Level(s): Undergraduate Sponsor: University of Georgia
Partner Institution: University of Valencia Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling)
Participant Selection: Competitive Click here for a definition of this term Number of Student Participants: 21-40 students
Type of Instruction: Lecture Classes With: UGA Students
Taught By: Host Professor(s) College/School: Franklin
Academic Area: Spanish Language Program: Yes
Language of Instruction: Spanish Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 or above
Minimum number of credit hours: 12 Maximum number of credit hours: 12
Work Opportunity: No Volunteer Opportunity: Yes
Scholarship Availability: Yes Housing Location: Off-Campus
Housing Type: Dorm/Student Residence Adventure Sport: Hiking
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UGA- Franklin- UGA en España, Valencia Summer

The Valencia Program includes a 15-week spring semester as well as a 7-week summer option.  Students take four courses for the spring or two courses for the summer, choosing between language, culture, literature, and film courses.  Courses are taught on the campus of the University of Valencia by native UV faculty, and students live at the Colegio Mayor Rector Peset, an official UV residence hall located in the heart of the city’s casco antiguo.  Native Spanish as well as international students from South America, Asia, and elsewhere in Europe provide a wealth of opportunities for new friendships.  The Cathedral, the Plaza de la Virgen and the Plaza de la Reina, and the Turia river greenspace are all within a 5-minute walk from the residence hall.  The Valencia programs thus provide constant opportunities for the program's participants to immerse themselves in Spanish academic and social life.

Program Location

valencia2Founded well over 2000 years ago by the Romans, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and the capital of the Comunidad Autónoma de Valencia.  It is the largest port in the Western Mediterranean and a major metropolitan area in Spain.  Yet Valencia has the beauty and breezy tranquility of a seaside town even as it offers all the resources and conveniences of a big city.  Wide tree-lined plazas with fountains and outdoor cafés show off Romanesque, Gothic, and Moorish architecture from Valencia's vivid history, while thoroughly modern electric trams whisk you to the beach or to world-famous local architect Santiago Calatrava’s futuristic landmark, la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.  Visit Europe's largest aquarium or climb the Gothic bell tower called El Micalet overlooking the Plaza de la Reina, or just have an ice cream on the Plaza de la Virgen.  Valencia offers a wealth of opportunities for cultural exploration.  The river Turia has also been converted into a vast greenspace that runs right through the city; parks and gardens, biking and jogging trails, soccer fields, basketball courts, and the occasional fair amid the palm trees and flowers provide a natural refuge from the noise of the city.  In the spring, program participants also live the week-long locura of Fallas with its surreal, gigantic figures dominating every square and public space, while summer participants can see the countless bonfires on the beaches during the Fiesta de San Juan.  Valencia moreover has the added color of being a bilingual, bicultural community, with both Spanish and Valencian being spoken in many parts of the province.  Add to all this the nearby beaches and mild climate and you’ll understand the considerable charm of this ancient, seaside city.

Contact Information

Dr. Gary K. Baker, Program Director
Dept. of Romance Languages
Tel: 706.542.6536


Academic Program

Course Offerings

SPAN 3020 - Writing Critically in Spanish
Sharpen and refine critical thinking while discussing, researching, and writing about the Spanish-speaking world. Not open to native/heritage speakers.
(3 credit hours)

SPAN 3030 – Introduction to Literature
Critical reading and interpretation of Spanish and Spanish-American literature through the study of representative texts in the various genres. Basic vocabulary and techniques of literary analysis and criticism. Given in Spanish.
(3 credit hours)

SPAN 4120 - Exploring Cultures in Spanish
Students will hone their language skills by engaging topics related to the cultures, language, or literature of the Spanish-speaking world.
(3 credit hours)

SPAN 4150 – Business Spanish
Commercial Spanish and the environment of the Spanish-speaking business world. Business vocabulary, basic business and cultural concepts, and situational practice. Topics include economic geography of Spanish-speaking countries, company organization, management, banking, investment, personnel, office systems, goods and services, marketing, and letter writing. Given in Spanish.
(3 credit hours)

Program Itinerary

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 to Saturday, July 2, 2022


Students live in the Colegio Mayor Rector Peset, a renovated 17th century palace that is now a residence hall of the 500-year old University of Valencia, one of the most important in Spain. Students are within walking distance of the classrooms and are a short tram or bus ride from the beach.  Each fully air-conditioned double room is equipped with internet connections, private telephones, a full bathroom, and a weekly fresh towel and sheet service.  Three meals a day are provided in the residences dining hall and cafeteria, and coin-operated laundry facilities are also available.  Full-time security staff and receptionists provide an additional element of security in what is already a relatively peaceful and safe city.

Program Costs

Estimated Summer Program Fee: $4300

Final program fee is dependent on enrollment. UGA tuition, fees, and international airfare are additional expenses. Please consult the Cost of Attendance Sheet for a more detailed breakdown of anticipated costs.

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Program Reviews:
Madison Taylor Palomba, Summer 2017 Participant
immersed into the culture, tons of parades and festivals

Lejla Mujadzic, Summer 2017 Participant
All of the excursion locations were amazing! I especially enjoyed Montanejos and Barcelona.

Lejla Mujadzic, Summer 2017 Participant
The orientation materials provided everything I needed to know about our dormitory's services, the layout of the building, and things to do around Valencia.

This was one of the best experiences abroad I have ever had. I learned so much about the Spanish language and culture from Spanish professors who understood how to teach to non-Spanish speakers. Especially in SPAN 3020, I felt like the professor truly knew how to teach Spanish grammar, verb tenses and sentence structure to us who were trying to learn; she taught it in the way that Spanish speakers think when forming a sentence in their head and why they spoke the way they did. In addition, I feel like we went to many different spots for excursions and after-class activities that many would not have thought to go to. I believe that the UGA en España staff did a fantastic job at choosing where we went while abroad. Lastly, full-immersion is absolutely necessary when trying to learn (and hopefully become fluent in) a language. It is much easier to practice and learn more about language when you are constantly able to speak to other people who are native speakers and can help you as you master the language.
     — Annabelle Williams, Summer 2017
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