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University of Valencia
Valencia, Spain (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Year (Fall - Spring)
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
Budget Sheets: Fall
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Language Requirements:
Program Type:
USF Exchange
Eligibility Requirements:
College of Engineering Student, Degree Seeking
Level of Study:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Open to:
Degree Seeking USF Student, USF Students Only
Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Rene Sanchez
Minimum GPA:
Sponsoring College:
Program Primary Subject:
Program Description:
University of Valencia
Semester Exchange
Spring Semester or Academic Year

Program Overview

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture whilst studying abroad in Valencia! Semester exchange programs allow students the opportunity earn USF college credit from a diverse set of subject abroad, while still paying an equivalent to USF cost. Students are enrolled abroad and take classes, live, and socialize with local Spanish and other international students, gaining a truly enriching experience and in-depth cultural immersion for one to two semesters.

Exchange programs are the most competitive and students are encouraged to begin the application process early to better focus on their personal statement and gather the needed recommendations.

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The city of Valencia is the capital of the Comunidad Valencian and the provinceof Valencia. It is located in the middle-east of Spain, on the shore of theMediterranean Sea. The city is considered the third largest city of the Spanish State,according to its population rate, 1.500.000 inhabitants.

 The province of Valencia has an area of approximately 10,807 km2. Inland, you canfind mountainous areas whilst on the coast the land is completely flat, and hasmany beaches as well as a big lake called "La Albufera".


Due to its characteristics and infrastructure, Valencia and outskirts are one of themost attractive cities in Spain. Its climate is pleasing during the whole year, withmore than 300 sunny days per year, and an average temperature of 16.7ºC.

 Text courtesy of the University of Valencia

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Host Institution

The University of Valencia is a modern institution. Its history goes back only 41 years, although some of its departmental schools have existed for more than a century, such as the School of Engineering Design, the Higher Polytechnic School of Alcoy and the Faculty of Fine Arts. The University was established in 1971 with the creation of the Higher Polytechnic School of Valencia. However, it was not until the 11th of March 1971 when adecree gave the Higher Polytechnic School of Valencia the highest academic rankand our institution finally became the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. From then on, several institutions were incorporated: The Faculty of Fine Arts, the Schoolof Engineering Design, the School of Applied Computing Science, the Faculty ofComputing Science, the School of Engineering in Geodesy, Cartography andSurveying and the School of Telecommunications Engineering.The School of Alcoy became the Higher Polytechnic School of Alcoy in 1994, andin 1993 the School of Gandia was created and later became the Higher PolytechnicSchool of Gandia during the 1999-2000 academic year. The Faculty of BusinessAdministration and Management started its activities during the same year.Over 42,000 people integrate our academic community: 37,800 of these are stu-dents, 2,600 are teachers and 1,700 belong to the administration and services per-sonnel. Nowadays the UPV is made up of 14 centres and 4 associated institutions (theTechnical School of Industrial Engineering, located at the Ford Motor Company inSpain; the Faculty of Business Studies; the Florida University Centre; the PaxUniversity School).

Text courtesy of the University of Valencia

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Academic Program and Course Information

Please see the schedule of classes on the Valencia website. Please note, students must work very closely with their academic advisors during the course selection process. 

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Program Costs

The exchange program cost is based upon in-state tuition rates for a full-time course load. Out-of-State and International students pay the same rate for the purposes of study abroad programs.

Not included in this cost:

  • Airfare
  • Housing abroad (arranged with and paid to host school)
  • Meals
  • Additional travel or medical insurance
  • Any transportation fees
  • Passport and Visa fees
  • Any additional or personal expenses

In addition, students are expected to pay Emergency medical insurance in the amount of $50/month. 

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Living Arrangements

Valencia does not have any doritories, but contracts with dormitory like student residencies. These dorms range in price depending on the style.

 "The International Exchange Programmes Office (OPII) provides help and informa-tion on accommodation. We give information about youth hostels which have beenrecommended by students themselves, prices of our on-campus hostel, Colegio Colegio Mayor Galileo Galilei y sobre hoteles locales. También, a la llegada delalumno a la oficina, se le da al alumno una lista de la base de datos de pisos paraalquilar y compartir que los alumnos encontrarán en la versión en inglés de la pági-na web:,en flats data base.Existen varios tipos de alojamiento que puedes elegir para tu estancia en Valencia.

 "Mayor Galileo Galilei, and local hotels. Also during the welcome meeting that stu-dents attend when they arrive at the UPV we give an updated list of flats which isfound on the English version in our website., in flats data baseThere are various types of accommodation you could choose while staying at Valencia."

 Text courtesy of the University of Valencia

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Who Can Participate?

Students must be at least of sophomore standing when they attend, but may apply as freshman.

 Graduating seniors may not participate in their last semester as program dates and processing time would delay their intended graduation.

 Engineering Majors.

 A 3.0 GPA minimum is considered competitive for consideration.

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Getting There

Students are asked to not purchase any tickets until they receive an acceptance letter from the host school overseas. This letter will have details on orientation dates and arrival airports.

 Students are responsible for arranging their own flights and transportation to the host school.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program.  Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.  

Every program participant MUST have a passport, valid six months from the date of travel. Students are responsible for their own immigration documents.

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Contacts for More Information

Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Rene Sanchez
Education Abroad Office, International Affairs (loc. CGS 101)
University of South Florida 4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-4314 Fax: (813) 974-4613

This program is currently not accepting applications.