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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Homestay Minimum GPA: 2.85
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Hispanic Studies Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Class Year: 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Language Study Offered: Spanish Minimum Language Requirement: Intermediate
Program Features: Internship, Language Intensive
Program Description:

About UVA in Valencia

Wheaton students may develop their Spanish language skills at the University of Virginia Study Center located in one of Spain’s most beautiful cities -- Valencia. It is a modern city, with a substantial student population, making for a lively atmosphere and experience. Enrollment in the University of Valencia may be possible for advanced students. 

Valencia (pop. 800,000) is located on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, and is one of the largest port cities on the Mediterranean Sea. Its rich and diverse history is evidenced in the architectural monuments and buildings of the Old City Center. Its regional language and culture and traditions are distinct and come from many sources: founded by the Romans in 138BC, Valencia later became an important center of culture and trade in the world of Arab Spain. In the 13th century, under the Visigoths, Valencia was incorporated into the Kingdom of Aragon, becoming its capital. It has retained an important influence in the social and political history of Spain. Valencia enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate making it a popular tourist destination. Major monuments include the Cathedral of Valencia, the City of Arts and Sciences, and the Museum of Fine Arts. The region of Valencia also is known as the Orange Blossom Coast. Its main festival is the Fallas in early March, an event not to be missed. The traditional Spanish dish, paella, originated in Valencia. 

Program Dates: 
Fall Semester:        Early September to mid-December
Spring Semester:    Mid-January to early May
Courses & Credits: 
5 courses (15-16 U Virginia semester hours earns 4.0 credits)
Admissions Requirements: 
Four semesters of college Spanish

Housing & Board:  
Homestay families; three meals per day are included.

Budget Information:
Students studying abroad will continue to pay Wheaton tuition. Students are not charged Wheaton room and board, or the Wheaton technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program. Wheaton will, in turn, pay the program for all tuition and academic fees and international insurance. Students will pay living costs directly to UVA. Please note that this may or may not include a meal plan. Students will book and pay for their own flights.

Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December). 

Federal, state, Wheaton need-based and merit scholarships will be applied to these charges for Wheaton-approved programs. Students must consult with the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) for a comprehensive review of their aid. If a student receives aid beyond the cost of Wheaton tuition, they can request a refund through SFS. This can in turn be used to pay their program for room and board charges.

Please do your research as housing and meal costs vary greatly from program to program. This Budget Worksheet can help you estimate the total costs of your program. Refer to the UVA Valencia for an overview of all additional expenses, which may include visas, international cell phones, and discretionary expenses.
City of Valencia architecture

     For Wheaton specific questions contact:    
     Center for Global Education
     5  Howard Street
     Wheaton College
     Norton, MA 02766-2322
     508-286- 4950

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2024 03/01/2024 03/01/2024 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2024-2025 03/01/2024 03/01/2024 TBA TBA