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Center for Global Education


UVA Valencia Program

Posted on September 9, 2013

Wheaton students may develop their Spanish language skills at the University of Virginia Study Center located in one of Spain’s most beautiful cities -- Valencia. Language classes are taught at Intermediate and Advanced levels and students with language proficiency may be able to enroll directly at the Universidad de Valencia. 

Valencia (800,000) is located on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, and is one of the largest port cities on the Mediterranean Sea. Its rich and diverse history is evidenced in the architectural monuments and buildings of the Old City Center.  Valencia’s regional language, culture and traditions are distinct and come from many sources: founded by the Romans in 138BC, Valencia later became an important center of culture and trade in the world of Arab Spain. In the 13th century, under the Visigoths, Valencia was incorporated into the Kingdom of Aragon and later unified Spain.  Over many centuries through to modern times, Valencia has retained an important influence in the social and political history of Spain.

Valencia enjoys a mild climate, with beautiful beaches, making it a popular vacation destination. Major monuments include the Cathedral of Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural and architectural complex, the Museum of Fine Arts, with works by Velázquez, El Greco, and Goya, as well as the Valencian Institute of Modern Art. The region of Valencia is known as the Orange Blossom Coast.  Its main festival in early March is the Fallas, an event not to be missed. The traditional Spanish dish, paella, originated in Valencia. It is a modern city, with a substantial student population, making for a lively atmosphere and experience. http://www.valencia.es 

Academic Year, or Fall or Spring semesters

Program Dates
Fall: mid-September through early December
Spring: mid-January through early May

Courses and Credit
15-16 UVa semester hours (usually five courses) will earn 4.0 Wheaton credits

Admission Requirements
Four semesters of college Spanish and a 2.85 GPA

Housing and Board
Homestay families; three meals per day included

Wheaton Tuition, Room and Board

Other Expenses
Students are responsible for passport and visa fees, textbooks, personal expenses. (See budget for details and estimates.)

On-line Application. Go to the UVa Valencia Program link to the Application: www.virginia.edu/studyabroad.

Make an appointment to see Lynn Gaylord in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of Wheaton Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

  • 3000 Phonetics
  • 3010 Grammar & Composition I
  • 3020 Grammar & Composition II
  • 3030 Cultural Conversations
  • 3040 Business Spanish
  • 3050 Spanish for Medical Professionals
  • 3200 Introduction to Hispanic Liguistics
  • 3300 Texts and Interpretation
  • 3400 Survey of Spanish Literature I
  • 3410 Survey of Spanish Literature II
  • 3430 Survey of Latin American Literature II
  • 3230 Conversation Cinema-Spain
  • 4040 Translation from Spanish to English
  • 4050 Business Practices in the Spanish-speaking World
  • 4202 Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • 4402 Don Quixote
  • 4413 Modern Spanish Literature
  • 4600 Literature & Cinema
  • 4620 Hispanic Women Writers
  • 4700 Spanish Culture & Civilizaiton
  • 4704 Islamic Iberia
  • 4705 Spanish Mass Media
  • 4706 Spanish 20th Century History
  • 4707 Introduction to Spanish Art
  • 4708 Picasso
  • 4709 Modern Spanish Art
  • 4710 Latin American Culture & Civilization
  • 4713 Spanish Economy
  • Qualified students may enroll in one course at la Universidad de Valencia

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