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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 01-APR-2021 ** Rolling Admission 01-SEP-2021 17-DEC-2021

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: 2000 level Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-UVa Students: Yes
Housing: Homestay Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: Direct Credit
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Study center Click here for a definition of this term Tuition Payments Made To: UVA
Click here for a definition of this term Education Abroad Advisor: Liz Wellbeloved Click here for a definition of this term Application Fee: Yes
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Administrative Fee: No Click here for a definition of this term Subject Area: Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Physics, Political Science, Spanish, Systems Engineering
Program Description:
Valencia Engineering Lead

Program Goals

With the growth of international trade and multinational industries, engineering students are finding it increasingly desirable to acquire international experience and cross-cultural communication skills. The UVA in Valencia program offers students engineering courses in English, taught by Spanish faculty. This will give students a unique opportunity to gain a different perspective on the coursework. Through living with a host family, the Spanish language course, and cultural activities and trips offered during the semester students will improve their fluency in Spanish and get to experience firsthand the vibrant culture of Spain.

Location IconLocation

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, with a population of around 800,000. Located on the Mediterranean Coast and surrounded by immense beaches, it gracefully mixes old and new, with modern public services, business establishments and leisure attractions, set against a backdrop of historically important civic and religious buildings, monuments and museums. Valencia is well located with respect to other interesting cities in Spain as well as continental Europe. With its own airport, much of Europe is accessible.

Turia Fountain Mercado Central, Valencia*

Courses IconCourses

UVA Engineering in Valencia
(12 or 15 credits)

Spanish prerequisite: Completed beginning Spanish (1 year) or the equivalent

Students have to take at least one Spanish course from the list found here: Semester Courses
In addition to their Spanish course/s, students can select from the following engineering courses:

  • APMA 2130-Ordinary Differential Equations
  • APMA 3080-Linear Algebra (spring only)
  • APMA 3100-Probability
  • APMA 3110-Applied Statistics & Probability
  • BME 2101-Physiology for Engineers
  • BME 2315-Computational Biomedical Engineering
  • CHE 2202-Thermodynamics (spring only)
  • CHE 2215-Material & Energy Balances (fall only)
  • CHEM 2410-Organic Chemistry w/Lab (fall only)
  • CHEM 2420-Organic Chemistry II (spring only)
  • CS 2102-Discrete Mathematics (fall only)
  • CS 2110-Software Development Methods
  • ECE 2330-Digital Logic Design or CS 2330-Digital Logic Design
  • MAE 2300-Statics (fall only)
  • MAE 2320-Dynamics (spring only)
  • PHYS 2415-General Physics II
  • PHYS 2419-General Physics II Lab
  • STS XXXX-Science, Technology, & Society
  • SYS 2001-Systems Engineering Concepts (fall only)

For more details about these courses please visit:  Valencia engineering course information

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

UVA in Valencia premises are located in the University District of Valencia and offer spacious well-equipped classrooms, a computer room, and a lounge. The program has a full support staff.

Students are housed in homestays with full board, hosted by families with a long-standing relationship with the program. Students will be provided three meals a day and their laundry will be done once a week.

Excursions IconExcursions

Workshops, concerts, theater, movies, museums, music, sports, day trips, weekend trips, and more. Live Spain and its language to the fullest!

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

The Hemisfiric, City of Arts and Sciences

Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will need a visa to participate in this program. The ISO will assist with the visa application process. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.