The Pre-Health program gives students pursuing a career in health sciences the opportunity to spend a semester in Valencia while staying on track with their science requirements. Science courses will be taught in English by local faculty. All students will also take one or two Spanish classes at the UVA Center. Through living with a host family, our language partner program, service learning in medical settings, and cultural activities and trips students will improve their fluency in Spanish and get to experience firsthand the vibrant culture of Spain.
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.
UVA in Valencia: Pre-Health (12-17 credits)
2 semesters of Spanish (through the begining level) or the equivalent.
Students will enroll in 12 to 17 credits. One or two classes will be selected from the Spanish courses offered. The remaining courses will be selected from the following:
BIOL 2100-Introduction to Biology with Lab: Cell Biology & Genetics
CHEM 1410-Introduction to College Chemistry with Lab
MATH 1210-A Survey of Calculus
BIOL 2200-Introduction to Biology with Lab: Organismal & Evolutionary Biology
CHEM 2420-Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2321-Organic Chemistry II Lab for non-Chemistry Majors
STAT 2020-Statistics for Biologists
For descriptions of the courses available click here.
Accommodation 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 home stays 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.
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 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 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 not need a visa to participate in this program. 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 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.