Student on motor bike in Valencia, Spain

Spain | Valencia

This fall or spring semester program offers students the opportunity to participate in a total-immersion cultural experience.  Students in any major who have completed required coursework in Spanish may apply. The city of Valencia is the third-largest city in Spain, with a population of nearly 800,000. Valencia sits on the Mediterranean and is surrounded by immense beaches. Students will study at the UVA study center with other American students. The program offers a wide range of courses in Spanish language, literature, culture, business, and history. Class size is relatively small, ranging from six to fifteen students per class. The school is situated in an excellent location in the city.

There is a mandatory set of pre-departure orientations at LVC for all students planning to participate in the program. Students attend a two-day orientation once they arrive in Spain.

Program Details

Students are housed in private homes, where only Spanish is spoken. Host families are responsible for providing student meals.

All coursework is completed in Spanish. [15 credits]

Sample Course Work:

  • Intro to Hispanic Linguistics [SPA 345]
  • Business Spanish [SPA 321]
  • Spanish Mass Media [SPA 390]
  • Picasso [SPA 390]
  • Modern Spanish Art [SPA 390]

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  • LVC tuition and fees
  • LVC room and board costs
  • Student Visa Immigration Costs

Travel and personal expenses are NOT included in these fees. Fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid Policy

Most LVC Students will receive their financial aid in full for all semester-long study abroad and study away programs. Allwein scholars will receive 50% of their full-tuition scholarship for semester-long study abroad and study away programs. The $2,500/year Allwein stipend may be used to supplement the reduction in scholarship. Tuition Exchange and Tuition Remission recipients will receive the value of the Mary A. Weiss Scholarship for semester-long study abroad programs. The value will be the equivalent to the value awarded to the same year’s incoming class. Additional LVC study abroad scholarship funding, based on eligibility, is available for this program.

Fall Semester 

  • Applications should be received by March 1.
  • $25 deposit is due with application*
  • Accepted students will owe a $175 program deposit by the application deadline*
  • Packet of forms is due by April 1
  • Length of stay: Late August to mid-December
  • Approximately 15 credits

Spring Semester

  • Applications should be received by October 1
  • $25 deposit is due with application*
  • Accepted students will owe a $175 program deposit by the application deadline*
  • Packet of forms is due by November 15
  • Length of stay: Early January to early May
  • Approximately 15 credits

* The $200 program deposit will be credited to the student’s account in the Business Office for the start of the off-campus semester. The $200 deposit will be forfeited on student withdrawal from the program.


Students from any major who are in good social and academic standing (2.5 GPA) and have completed coursework in Spanish at the intermediate level and LVC’s SPA 300 Advanced Oral Communication course may apply.

There are scheduled excursions through the UVA program. Destinations vary by semester but may include a hike on the Camino de Santiago, museum visits, and nautical activities.

During weekends, some longer than others, students will be able to explore more of Spain or even the continent. The Mediterranean Coast and the widely recognized city of Barcelona, for instance, are popular destinations for students.