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USAC Valencia Program

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Valencia, Spain




2.5 GPA and in good academic standing

Application Due:

9/24 for Spring, 2/24 for Fall/Academic Year, 3/4 for Summer

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Academic Program

Valencia at Night

This program offers a high-quality educational experience in four diverse academic areas: Spanish Culture, Language, Literature and STEM Disciplines. These programs are not exclusive of one another; students may chose courses from any area. All students are expected to take Spanish language coursework, although no prior language study is required to participate. A 3 sh internship may also be available.

The program is administered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), of which the University of Iowa is a member.

University of Iowa resident credit is granted for this program.

For updated course offerings and descriptions visit USAC's program webpage.

For Engineering Students

The following English-taught courses have been approved for Engineering majors:

  • Statics (ENGR, 200-level, 3 credits)
  • Differential Equations (MATH, 200-level, 3 credits)
  • Physics for Scientist and Engineers I (PHYS, 100-level, 4 credits)
  • Engineering Thermodynamics I (ENGR, 300-level, 3 credits)

Students may also seek approval for additional STEM courses by contacting Anat Levtov, Director of Global Experiences in the College of Engineering at

Excursions, Cultural Activities, and Field Studies

Excursions & Cultural Activities

Students visit nearby museums, theaters, and cultural sites throughout the semester. One-day excursions may offered to locations such as Xàtiva, Dénia & Las Rotas, Parque Natural de la Albufera, Peñíscola and Sagunto/Sierra Calderona. Additionally, a wide variety of activities are offered every week, including hiking, sports, cinema, bowling, cooking, dance clases, and guided tours. These excursions generally take place on weekends. Dates and locations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.

More information about activities can be found here.

Field Studies

USAC encourages students to enroll in an exciting four-day, 1-credit field study trip to explore Barcelona (Fall only) and Madrid (Spring only). This segment of the program is optional for an additional fee. Participants will sign up for the tour or register for the field study on the Course and Tour Registration Form. Upon arrival in Valencia, participants will have follow-up meetings with a professor and take a final exam. The written work may be completed in Spanish or in English. It is important to reserve a spot as they fill early; the deadline for fall semester is July 1 and for spring semester is November 1.

More information about Field Studies can be found here.

Professional Opportunities

San Sebastian town hall


USAC internships are rich resources for academic and professional development particularly in a study abroad setting. USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. Students are placed in a Spanish-speaking environment, with high exposure to culture and language. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

Eligibility and Fees: enrollment in the Bilbao program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of 100 EUR is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

More information about internships can be found here.

Volunteer Opportunities

A great way to meet like-minded locals is to participate in volunteering efforts. And volunteering is not only a great way to connect with locals, it is also a great addition to a resume. More information will be available during the on-site orientation.

Program Dates

Fall: Late August to mid-December

Spring: Early January to mid-May

For exact program dates, visit USAC's program webpage.

For More Information

Emily Gruis, Study Abroad Advisor
The University of Iowa
Office for Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353


Situated on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, Spain is a strikingly beautiful and diverse country. The country has the second largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the largest number of World Heritage cities. Spain’s distinct regions means there is has something for everyone, from lush forests to towering mountains and stunning beaches to vibrant cities. Widely known for excellent food and art, friendly locals, relaxed lifestyle, Flamenco culture, bullfights, fantastic beaches, and lots of sunshine, Spain has been one of the cultural centers of Europe for thousands of years and remains one of the most popular destinations in the world for study and travel.


Located on Spain’s southeast coast, Valencia is a Mediterranean city in all aspects. Locals embrace outdoor living and recreation by taking advantage of the area’s temperate climate (average temperatures range between 48-77°F). Popular activities include strolling on one of the city’s seaside promenades (the longest of which stretches 7 km, or over 4 miles), swimming at beaches that have received the highest environmental awards, or using ‘pedal-power’ to visit Valencia’s key cultural and historic sites—Valencia has been recognized as a bike-friendly city by the Cities by Bike Network, and has over 120 km (75 miles) of bike lanes and garden causeways that allow you to explore the city at your leisure.

Valencia is home to a multitude of museums and cultural center, but this port city is perhaps best well-known for its innovative City of Arts and Sciences, a “unique complex dedicated to scientific and cultural dissemination”.

The city hosts festivals throughout the year, but students studying abroad in the spring will have the unique opportunity to experience Las Fallas, a two-week long regional festival that combines historic, religious, and comedic processions and events and culminates with pyrotechnic displays.

La Universidad Politècnica de València

USAC classes are located at the La Universidad Politècnica de València (Polytechnic University of Valencia), a prestigious public university that prepares students to apply their potential to the benefit of society. UPV is one of the most prestigious public universities in all of Spain and ranked in the world’s top 200 universities for Engineering, Technology, and Natural Sciences.

This innovative campus has been designed with sustainability and the student experience at the forefront of its construction; the campus is car-free, includes more than 30 acres of green spaces, and has numerous cafés and terraces where students can enjoy a quick or leisurely meal while enjoying the Mediterranean climate.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

USAC students participating in this program have three housing options: a Spanish homestay or an off-campus apartment with other USAC, international, or local students, or residence halls. Nearly all options are centrally located in Valencia and within walking distance to the beach and each other.

More information about housing can be found here.


Students live in Spanish-speaking homes where three meals are provided daily. Homestays are the optimal housing arrangement because of their contribution to the program’s goals of language and cultural immersion.

Shared Apartments

Students seeking an independent environment should consider living in an off-campus residence hall with Spanish and other international students. Students are responsible for their own meals. USAC students will be placed in an apartment building in the heart of downtown, right next to the Town Hall square, and only 3 miles from the university.

Residence Hall

Located on campus, the private residence hall includes full board and utilities in the fees. This option is not available for the 2018-19 semester/yearlong program.


This program is open to UI students who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA: Student must have at minimum a 2.5 cumulative GPA to participate in this program.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad. In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance, will not be allowed to study abroad, and are wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.


Valencian Oranges

The most recent cost sheet for the program is included below. The cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid and planning purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill (USAC program fee, Study Abroad Administrative Fee, and mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance), as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic. Please see the respective websites for further details. Contact your Study Abroad advisor with questions regarding the cost sheet.

Semester Cost Sheets

PDFCost Sheet for USAC Valencia, Fall 2019

PDFCost Sheet for USAC Valencia, Spring 2019

Summer Cost Sheets

PDFCost Sheet for USAC Valencia, Summer 2019, Session I
PDFCost Sheet for USAC Valencia, Summer 2019, Session II
PDFCost Sheet for USAC Valencia, Summer 2019, Sessions I & II

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.


Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
During Early Admissions Period Administrative fee: $0
Course Fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC
After acceptance of USAC Pre-Approval Offer Administrative fee: $400
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC
30 days before program start date Administrative fee: 50% or $400, whichever is greater
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC
After program start date Administrative fee: 100%
Course fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC

Consult with Study Abroad Advisor Emily Gruis for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when withdrawing from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with the airline for further details.

How to Apply

Interested students should make an appointment with the designated UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, the advisor will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with the advisor to discuss the program.

The application process consists of the following steps:

• Complete the UI Online Application for Study Abroad. Applicants will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee. As part of the UI Online Application for Study Abroad, applicants will need to upload a copy of their passport picture page and a list of courses to take while abroad, as well as a statement of purpose

• Complete the USAC Online Application.

Post Acceptance

Acceptance into the applicant's chosen study abroad program is made by USAC directly via an email to the applicant, which will refer to additional documents posted to a USAC Gateway account that will be created for the participant.

Confirmation of Participation - Spring 2020

If you received notification from both USAC and your UI Study Abroad advisor that you have been accepted to participate in the Spring 2020 program, you must complete and submit the Confirmation of Participation form (posted below) by October 30, 2019. The form should be submitted in person to the Study Abroad front desk (1111 University Capitol Centre). Before submitting the Confirmation of Participation form, carefully review the program costs and withdrawal policy found on the Application tab.

PDFUSAC Valencia Confirmation of Participation, Spring 2020

Confirmation of Participation - Fall 2019

If you received notification from both USAC and your UI Study Abroad advisor that you have been accepted to participate in the Fall 2019 program, you must complete and submit the Confirmation of Participation form (posted below) by March 15, 2019. The form should be submitted in person to the Study Abroad front desk (1111 University Capitol Centre). Before submitting the Confirmation of Participation form, carefully review the program costs and withdrawal policy found on the Application tab.

PDFUSAC Valencia Confirmation of Participation, Fall 2019

Health & Safety Planning

All students preparing to study abroad should review the following:

Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travelform with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.

Financial Aid

For more information about receiving financial aid while studying abroad, please review the following:

UI Financial Aid Information


US passport holders should follow the batch process instructions provided by USAC. Otherwise participants must apply for their student visa independently. The Consulate for all UI students is the Chicago Consulate; it is based the location of one's home university, not the state of origin.

Flight/Travel Arrangements

Students may either book the group flight through USAC or book a flight independently. Participants are responsible for being at the orientation site on time, as USAC may fine individuals who are late.


In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions you can email

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