Established in 1499, the Universitat de Valencia is one of the oldest universities
in Europe. Serving nearly 60,000 students, the university is spread across three campuses
and offers classes in over 90 departments including the humanities, social sciences,
and the natural sciences.
Many students come to Valencia seeking fluency in Spanish. Since this is a full-immersion
program, participants should attain a minimum of two years' Spanish language study
before departure, although completing Spanish through Spanish 303 is recommended.
Students who lack the confidence necessary to study in their majors in Spanish could
consider pursuing a Spanish minor while at Valencia and focus entirely on language
study. Ample course work is available in the field of Spanish language, linguistics,
literature and theater. Course work and the academic structure can be quite challeging
at Valencia. As such, only advanced students with language fluency should consider
The University also offers free, non-credit classes in Catalan for students interested
in learning Valencian Spanish.
Founded in 137 BC, the city of Valencia is located on the Mediterranean coast about
190 miles east of Madrid and 240 miles south of Barcelona. With a population of close to 800,000, Valencia is Spain's third largest city and a lively
center for today's youth culture who make up over 10% of the total city's population.
Boasting a unique blend of old and new, Valencia will charm visitors with all its
benefits of urban life in a coastal environment including excellent beaches, nightlife,
and ample architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Modern periods.
The city and the university offer many cultural and recreational activities including
musical performances, museums, and sports. Perhaps what Valencia is best known for,
however, is Las Fallas, a celebration held each year in mid-March. The entire city
participates and the fallas, gigantic wood and plaster models, are built in the streets.
On the final night of the celebration, the fallas are set ablaze amid a fireworks
display and large street-fair.
Valencia is a vibrant city with much to offer students and is within very easy access
of both Madrid and Barcelona through its excellent public transportation system.
- Courses available for most majors provided prerequisites are met!
- All classes are taught in Spanish (or Catalan), so a high level of proficiency in
Spanish is required.
- Free Catalan language classes.
Fall Semester: Mid-September to late January
Spring Semester: Early February to late June
Academic Year: Mid-September to mid-July
Please see the 2017-18 Academic Calendar for specific dates
- Exchange students can enroll in any class, provided they meet the prerequisites.
Certain fields may be space-limited and unavailable for visiting students. Please
be aware that there are three campuses at the University of Valencia, spread across
the city. Most students in the humanities study at the Blasco Ibanez campus, also
home to the International Office.
- Teaching can be much more lecture-focused than the discussion-based American model.
Keeping open lines of communication between your professor, teaching assistant and
yourself will greatly help you, especially if you are having second-language learning
- Confidence in both oral and written communication in Spanish is essential. All final
exams tend to be comprehensive and essay style. Advanced non-native speakers are
still very much encouraged to apply! Spanish skills will definitely improve while
- All work transfers back to San Marcos and can be used to fulfill all graduation requirements.
Language of Instruction
- Class Level: Upper-division status (completion of 60 units)
- GPA of 2.75 or above and good academic standing to departure
- Two and a half years or more college level Spanish
- Special Note to Business Majors: In order to receive credit for upper-division courses abroad, you must have already
completed your Pre-Core course work at CSUSM.
15 semester units/30 ECT units (European Credit Transfer system). Typically this
equates to 4-5 classes/semester.
The European Credit Transfer system is calculated in a 2:1 ratio. For example, a
6 ECT unit class will count as 3 CSU semester units.
There is no Housing Office at the University of Valencia, however, two on-campus living-learning
communities have been built in recent years. On-campus housing is limited and can
be very costly. The two residence halls available are: Lluis Vives Hall of Residence and Rector Pesset Hall of Residence.
There are also many accommodation services to help visiting students find shared flats
or homestays for a small fee. A few recommended by the university are:
The C.A.D.E. service of the University of Valencia also provides lists of shared flats
offered by other university students. You can contact them upon arrival at the following
Aulario III (Behind Colegio Mayor Luis Vives)
Avda. Menendez Y Palayo, s/n- 46010 Valencia
Otherwise we suggest arriving to campus one to two weeks prior to your program start
date to consult with ads for accommodation in weekly newspapers like Trajin, El Baul,
etc. and/or check the notice boards on campus.
- Students pay their normal State University Fee to CSU San Marcos, currently $3,851/semester.
No tuition or fees due at the University of Valencia.
- On-campus residence: $850-$1,000 per month, depending on type of accommodation, including
meals. Shared apartments available $200-$450 per month
- Health Insurance: $40/month.
- Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $600/month.
- Spanish Student Visa: $140
- Sample 2017-18 Budget
For Fall Semester/Year Study*: March 15
For Spring Semester Study: October 1
*Please note: Fall semester exams can go through the end of January. There is no
guarantee students can move exams up to attend Spring term at CSUSM. Plan accordingly.
How to Apply
- Visit the University of Valencia website for International Student Exchange to learn about the University. Be sure to browse through the very useful Valencia Exchange Guide.
- Visit a good tourism site such as www.valencia-cityguide.com to see if you could live there for a semester.
- Consult with the CSU San Marcos Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 to determine
if you are eligible for this program.
- Obtain course descriptions from the University of Valencia Online Catalogue. Please view the guide to course codes to find courses in your field.
- Consult with a faculty advisor in your major/minor department to determine if Valencia
courses will count toward your major/minor. If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form. Please note: for GE classes, simply list those on your credit approval form.
This form MUST be submitted to Global Education before departure if you intend to
receive academic credit.
- Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in
classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM). Please pick your transcripts up in person and deliver them to Craven 3200. Keep
in mind that transcripts are now taking 7-14 business days to process. Plan accordingly.
- You will be nominated by the Study Abroad Advisor in Craven 3200 and the University
of Valencia will send you an online application. Please print out what you can from
the online application so we can maintain your student file in Global Education.
- Submit additional application details to Global Education here: CSUSM General Study Abroad Application
- Submit your flight details to Global Education here: Flight Information Form
- Attend the pre-departure orientation and consult with the Study Abroad Advisor as
necessary regarding the Student Visa process after Valencia acceptance.
Get a Feel for Valencia Courtesy of YouTube