Valencia, an ancient city that is now Spain’s third largest, is an exhilarating mix of history, art, intellectual activity, and civic pride. The remarkable richness of Spanish culture’s art and architecture reflects on Roman, Visigoth, Moorish, and Aragonese traditions. Having been host to the America’s Cup, Valencia boasts beautiful beaches, a wharf, and busy sailing facilities. Its many museums and historical sites also spread a cultural panorama before students: from El Greco, Goya, and Velazquez to ancient Greek and Iberian ceramics to the wonder of prehistoric fossils. The new City of Arts & Sciences is a mustsee, with its Museum of the Sciences, L’Hemisfèric cinema- planetarium, the Opera House: Palace of the Arts, and a huge park and aquarium.
Florida State University is proud to have our new Study Centers located in restored buildings in the historic downtown quarter. Renovated with care, remains from historical Valencia combine with a state-of-the-art wireless centers that includes classroom space, administrative offices, a computer lab, and self-contained student apartments.
The Broad Curriculum program gives students the opportunity to earn credits in both general requirements and elective courses while experiencing Valencia, surrounding areas of Spain, and neighboring European countries. The curriculum encompasses basic Liberal Studies, Hispanic Culture, intensive Spanish Study, and Business. Students can also take business, math, and science courses at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and the Universidad Católica de Valencia, due to our affiliation with these facilities, while in Spain studying with Florida State.
Participants in this program experience both local and more distant travel opportunities which are tied to critical means of academic study. Each term includes weekly group activities, as well as a very complete cultural program featuring two mandatory excursions. All group trips provide comfortable accommodations and visits to a wealth of important sites. Most courses in all terms allow a three-day weekend for additional exploration activities. Fall and Spring programs both have a 10-day term break for extended personal travel.
This program is open to all interested students.
Please Note: At the time of publication, all Fall and Spring term students must obtain a Spanish student visa.
Fully furnished multi-roomed high quality apartments at the FSU Garnet and Gold Apartment buildings include shared double and triple occupancy bedrooms, bathrooms with a shower, a living room with a TV and a fully-equipped kitchen. The center offers 24/7 front desk coverage, free laundry facilities, wireless internet access, and a computer lab. Bed linens and towels are provided, as well as cleaning once per week. If these spaces are filled, students will be housed in comparable accommodations within central Valencia. Overnight guests are not allowed in program housing. For a list of hotels near the campus, please click here.
Areas of Study:
PROGRAM SPECIFIC EXCURSIONS & GROUP ACTIVITIES*
- Art History
- Business Communications
- Contemporary Literature
- Environmental Science
- Food & Society
- Hispanic Cinema
- Liberal Arts: E-Series
- Mass Media
- Mathematics (various levels)
- Multinational Business
- Music History
- Public Speaking
- Public Relations
- Spanish Composition
- Spanish Language (various levels)
- Spanish Literature
- Urban & Regional Planning
Cultural immersion/social events planned for this program may include:
- Madrid excursion visiting surrounding locations of Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca or Alcalá de Hernares (3-4 days)
- Barcelona excursion visiting the Dali Museum and Sagrada Familia (3-4 days)
- Andalucía excursión, visting Granada’s Alhambra, Sevilla, Córdoba and flamenco activities. (3-4 days)
- Pyrenees excursion with river water activities, medieval castles & monasteries, mountain activities (3-4 days)
- Optional day trips every Friday to locations around Valencia: Roman city of Sagunto, Xátiva Castle, wineries of Requena, mountain walks, historical locations, special interactive museum visits and nature activities
- Weekly activities including: sports events, exchange conversation meetings, tours, food tasting, group dinners, special events
- Club de Español weekly events for total immersion in the Spanish language
- Specific class field trips including: Valencia Court, local archaeology sites, historical landmarks, local markets, theatres, operas, distinctive biospheres
- Classes integrated in the local Polytechnic University and Universidad Católica with access to state-of-the-art labs
- Lectures and demonstrations by Spanish professionals in various fields of work
The program fees above include:
All registration fees
All instructional costs for up to 10 undergraduate credits for Summer 1 and 2, up to 16 undergraduate credits for Summer 3, Fall, or Spring*
Four meal vouchers per week while school is in session (each worth approximately 7 Euros)
Breakfast on class days (Fall and Spring)
Program planned excursions
Program planned group activities
Full-time academic support
Full-time administrative support
Scheduled group pickup at airport
International Student ID Card
IP T-shirt and travel water bottle
*For graduate course availability in all sessions, contact Betty Seymour.
: The fee does not include round-trip international airfare; passport; food (except as noted); books and supplies; personal travel/activity/spending money; university-assessed fees (e.g. per credit hour technology fee).