Spanish Language & Culture
at the University of Valencia
- Summer 1 Option – late May to late June
- Summer 2 Option – late June to early August
* Students may choose to enroll in both sessions, back-to-back
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MSU offers two summer programs in Valencia, Spain. This program is recommended for MSU students majoring or minoring in Spanish and who have already attained an intermediate to advanced skill level in the Spanish language.
The Spanish Language and Culture summer program in Valencia offers courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. All courses are taught by faculty from the host university and include language, literature, and culture.
Location: Valencia (metro population around 1,720,000), Spain's third largest city, is located on the Mediterranean coast approximately 200 miles south of Barcelona. Although Valencia has a rich history, it is often referred to as one of Spain's more modern cities. Study abroad in Valencia is the perfect addition to the college experience for American students!
Learn more about Valencia!
- Language: The classes in this program are offered entirely in Spanish. Valencia has two
official languages: Valencian and Spanish; the predominant language within Valencia is Spanish.
- Program Provider: International Studies Abroad (ISA) is one of MSU’s
affiliated study abroad providers that has been chosen specifically for the
quality and credibility of their academic offerings, affordability, and the
level of service provided to participants.
Program Cost: Tuition and fees will be paid directly to ISA, and a single course fee of $50 will be paid to MSU. For more information about prices and dates, scroll down this page to " Spanish Language & Culture- University of Valencia" for the term you have chosen.
Minot State University students receive a $200 discount from the overall program fees, which will be subtracted from the final payment made to ISA.
Areas of Study: The Spanish Language & Culture Summer program in Valencia offers Spanish Language courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. All courses are taught by faculty from the host university and include language, literature, and culture. Language Requirement: students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of two semesters of college-level Spanish.See a list of courses that have been pre-approved to replace MSU degree requirements or electives.
* While preparing to study abroad, students should consult their academic advisor for assistance in choosing the most appropriate courses for their degree program.
Housing: ISA housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Spanish lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Spain. All ISA housing options are either within walking distance or conveniently located near public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between 15 and 40 minutes depending on housing and class locations. Note: all housing in Spain is subject to availability. Options include homestay or apartment.
For more information, check out the housing link on the page of the summer option you have chosen.
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How to Apply
Application Deadline: February 15th
Eligibility: Undergraduates, with sophomore status and at least a 2.5 GPA (cumulative) AND
Students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of two semesters of college-level Spanish by the start of the program in order to be eligible for admission.
- Step 1: Submit a completed MSU Study Abroad Application to the MSU Office of International Programs by February 15th
- Step 2: Receive letter of acceptance to study abroad through MSU from the MSU Office of International Programs
- Step 3: By the appropriate deadline, complete the ISA application online, making sure to follow all instructions and program requirements.
- Step 4: You will receive notification of your final acceptance status from ISA. If admitted, complete the process outlined below, along with any other instructions you receive from ISA.
Contact Information: Libby Claerbout, Director of International Programs
Information for Admitted Students
* Although we make every attempt to keep this information up to date, please defer to information provided to you directly from ISA as the best resource. If there are discrepancies between the protocols listed here (applying for housing, getting registered for courses, etc.) and those told to you by ISA, default to those of ISA. However, health insurance requirements, course equivalencies, credit transfer and grading are determined solely by MSU.
- Student housing details
- Student visas
- Scheduling your travel
- Health, safety & insurance
- Cultural resources
- Cell phones/communication while abroad
- Housing: The cost of housing is included in the program fee, but certain housing options
can be limited, so make your arrangements promptly. You will complete a housing
preference form through the ISA student
ISA will provide you with your housing assignment details via the portal in your Final Packet, typically 2-4 weeks before the program start date. For any questions about housing, contact your ISA site specialist.
Academic Information: Students will enroll in two courses during the program. Each 45 contact hour course will count for 3.5 credits at MSU.
All students must take a Spanish language placement exam upon arrival in Valencia. The exam will indicate each student's language proficiency level and will determine the courses in which the student is eligible to enroll. Students who arrive in Spain having completed the equivalent of one year of college-level Spanish will likely place into intermediate-level courses. Students who arrive in Spain having completed the equivalent of two years of college-level Spanish or more will likely place into advanced-level courses. Please note that ISA cannot guarantee course placement.
Students will receive an official transcript from the University of Valencia with upon completion of the program.
- Grading: Scores received at the University of Valencia will be evaluated according to World Education Services (WES) grading standards published on the WES website. Conversions can be accessed by selecting Spain from the drop-down box.
- Visa: Terminology note: the words 'visa,'
'residence permit' and 'study permit' are used interchangeably to describe the
document that authorizes a person to enter or leave the country for which it was
Information about your Spanish Residence Permit will be obtained through ISA. Refer to the information provided on your student portal for detailed instructions. Depending upon your program dates and individual situation, travel to the embassy (and/or a visa) might not be necessary.
- Planning your travel:
Wait to make your travel arrangements until you have received an itinerary and
guidelines from ISA regarding official arrival dates and times, as well as your
program's official end date. After booking all travel arrangements (flights,
trains, etc.), it is imperative to schedule your arrival with your on-site
Global Health Insurance: Insurance coverage is critical in obtaining medical assistance abroad, and the coverage you’ll need on your study abroad program differs from what most domestic insurance policies offer.
Medical insurance is included in the price and covers the program participant for the official on-site period of program. This is not an optional benefit; every ISA participant will be covered by the ISA medical insurance coverage. ISA requires that all students have comprehensive insurance and has arranged for a group insurance policy. Click here for more information about Health and Safety through ISA
updated July 30, 2013