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  • Locations: Athens, GA, United States; Barcelona, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Valencia, Spain;
  • Program Terms: Spring
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  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 11/05/2021 ** Rolling Admission 01/04/2022 04/15/2022

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Click here for a definition of this term Open to non-UGA students: YES
Sponsor: University of Georgia Partner Institution: University of Valencia
Type of Admission: First-come first-served (rolling) Participant Selection: Competitive
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 Type: Dorm/Student Residence
Adventure Sport: Hiking
Program Description:


UGA- Franklin- UGA en España, Valencia Spring Semester

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

valencia 2Founded 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. Given in Spanish.
(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 4050 - Exploring Modern Spain
Develop advanced Spanish skills through the study of literature, film, and culture from modern and contemporary Spain. Given in Spanish.
(3 credit hours)

SPAN 4081 – Spanish Film
Students hone speaking, reading, and writing skills by analyzing and debating Spanish films that explore gender, immigration, globalization, and Spain’s diverse cultures, in addition to creative questions related to humor, satire, and artistic creativity. 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. Given in Spanish.
(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)

SPAN 4651 - Advanced Spanish Grammar
Description and linguistic analysis of major syntactic structures, including morphological patterns of lexical creation and renovation. Given in Spanish.
(3 credit hours)

Program Itinerary

Tuesday, January 4 to Friday, April 15, 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

Estimate Spring Program Fee: $6400
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:
Spring 2016 Participant
I fell in love with Valencia and it became my home. My only regret is not staying longer.

Miisha Bobbette Floyd, Spring 2017 Participant
I felt completely safe during every excursion in Spain. Our program directors were always with us and guided us throughout the process. Transportation was great as well and we never had to worry about how we were going to get somewhere because everything was planned before time to go and we always knew all of the details.

Spring 2016 Participant
It is truly an amazing program, I would recommend making travel plans for spring break/semana santa as early as possible.

Before going on this trip I was only a Spanish minor, but now I have decided to make Spanish a double major.
     — Claire Taylor, Spring 2016
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