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Dr. Candide Carrasco
Nazareth College
Golisano Academic Center - 389
(585) 389-2675

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Dr. Candide Carrasco
Director of the Valencia Program
Nazareth College of Rochester
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618-3790
Tel. (585) 389-2675
Fax (585) 389-2682

Marta Velez Sanchez
Resident Assistant Director
Hispania, Spanish School
Calle Bernat i Baldoví , 11
Valencia 46010 - SPAIN
Tel. 0034 96 351 0505
Fax 0034 96 351 1651

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Study Abroad in Valencia

General Program Description

Nazareth College of Rochester invites you to explore the opportunities to enhance your education through our Residential Program in Valencia, Spain. By spending a year or semester in Valencia, you will achieve real proficiency in the language and learn from the truly multi-cultural experiences Spain has to offer. The historic atmosphere and cultural richness of Valencia are perfectly suited to provide students the right mixture of modern Spanish urban life and the heritage of old Spain.  A member nation of the European Union (EU), Spain participates fully in the European marketplace and helps represent the EU to the world.  Students in the Valencia Residential Program can benefit significantly from the international atmosphere of Valencia's educational and business environments

Program Highlights:

  • Academic Year or semester (Fall or Spring) for Nazareth and Visiting Students from other colleges
  • Full Residential Program for Spanish Majors and non-majors at the Hispania School of Spanish
  • Courses in Spanish language, culture, literature, film, history, art history
  • Course offerings are designed to serve a variety of study tracks, including international studies, teaching, enhancement of a liberal arts curriculum, etc.
  • Live with Spaniards and take classes with international students
  • Housing in a Spanish residence for full immersion in the language
  • Intensive focus on language skills development
  • Credit transfer to home university/college
  • Full on-site orientation
  • Internship opportunities for credit: local and international firms in Valencia
  • On-site Resident Assistant Director

Program Details


Spanish majors and non-majors alike may apply to the Program. Students are encouraged to attend during their sophomore year. Normally, students have at least one college-level year of the language. Spanish majors at Nazareth are expected to have a GPA of 3.00 (non-majors a minimum of 2.30). Exceptions may be made in some cases, based on a student's overall capabilities. Nazareth students must obtain approval from their academic advisor. Visiting students must acquire formal approval from their home campus to study in the Program. All Nazareth College Spanish majors are required to study abroad for at lest one semester. Participation in the program is also strongly recommended for those students with a concentration in Spanish, who want to enrich their academic preparedness in another major. The Valencia Residential Program is open to qualified students from other area disciplines. Business Administration, Psychology, International Studies, Communication Sciences and Disorders, History, and many other areas of study can be successfully combined with the exciting experience gained by studying in Valencia.

Course Information

Classes are held at the Hispania School of Spanish located in Valencia's university district. Program participants will take classes with foreign nationals from all over the world. Students will have the opportunity not only to use Spanish as their common language but also interact and learn about other cultures. Professors at Hispania are graduates from the University of Valencia and are specialized in teaching Spanish as a foreign language.

Students take a full load of courses, normally 15 credit hours (on a semester calendar) and choose their courses based on the current course offerings and on academic advisement. Nazareth students take courses to fulfill the Spanish major/minor requirements as well as core curriculum requirements. Students will prearrange their course schedules together with the Director of the Valencia Program and will need approval from their academic advisor. See Dr. Candide Carrasco for a list of available courses each semester.


An internship in Valencia comprises a part-time, unpaid work experience (8-16 hours per week). To qualify for an internship, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Upon successful completion of the internship, the student earns academic credit (3 semester credits). In general, internship credits are applied as liberal arts elective credits. All students must secure permission for specialized credit with their department as part of the application process. Specific employers may require additional coursework or skill levels. Selection is competitive.

Internships are currently available for several areas: Teaching; Ecology; Speech and Communication Disorders; Business Administration; Psychology; Law; Social Work; Translation. More options for work in non-governmental organizations are possible. The internship program in Valencia satisfies Nazareth College home-campus guidelines for internships and awarding of credit. Admission into the Valencia Internship Program requires a separate Adviser Form and the student's current resume.

Program Dates

Students may choose to attend either the entire academic year or the semester program. The academic calendar for the Spanish Residential Program roughly follows the U.S. academic semester calendar.


Friday, January 14 - Sunday, January 16 - Arrival in Valencia.

Monday, January 17 - Placement test, orientation meeting and sight-seeing tour of the city.

Tuesday, January 18 - Classes begin.

Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18 - No classes. Festival of Las Fallas.

Wednesday, April 20 - Classes end.

Thursday, April 21 - Monday, May 2 - No classes. Extended Easter holiday.

Wednesday, May 4 & Thursday, May 5 - Spring semester final exams.

Saturday, May 7 - Departure of students.

Dates for the three spring semester excursions (Sagunto, Calpe/Altea, Xativa) will be announced.


Friday, September 2 - Sunday, September 4 - Arrival in Valencia.

Monday, September 5 - Placement test, Orientation meeting, and Sight-seeing tour of the city.

Tuesday, September 6 - Classes begin.

Wednesday, December 14 & Thursday, December 15 - Fall semester final exams.

Saturday, December 17 - Departure of students.

Dates for the three fall semester excursions (Sagunto, Calpe/Altea, Xativa) will be announced.

Costs and Financial Aid

PRICE FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR: Nazareth students pay the on-campus cost for the Valencia Program and continue to use the financial package (except for the Room Grant which is only applicable toward on-campus housing) and payment plan. Visiting students to the Program will be assessed the standard year or semester costs for the Program in addition to a modest administrative fee.

PRICE FOR ONE SEMESTER ONLY: For students who register for one semester only, the cost is equivalent to a full semester at Nazareth College. This covers the same services as for the full-year program but only from September until December (for Fall semester students) or from January until May (for Spring semester students). WHAT THE PROGRAM COST COVERS:

  • Tuition, 15 credit hours per semester.
  • Room and board are covered in Valencia from the scheduled day of arrival in Valencia until the scheduled day of departure from Valencia. Students choosing the residency housing option may stay at the residency over the Christmas holiday but no meals will be provided. Students choosing the home stay option may be able to make arrangements to stay with the home stay family but they will have to pay an additional daily fee directly to the host organization in Valencia. Three meals a day are included except for the extended Easter vacation period.

Students arriving or leaving on different dates must consult the Resident Assistant Director about availability and will have to pay an additional daily fee directly to the host organization in Valencia if they choose the home stay option.

  • Scheduled excursions as per itinerary in the school calendar: Sagunto, Peniscola and Requena/Utiel in the Fall; Sagunto, Calpe/Altea and Xativa in the Spring.
  • Traveler's medical insurance.
  • Internet access.
  • Course books and materials.

FINANCIAL AID: U.S. students matriculated at Nazareth College participating in the study abroad program in Valencia are eligible for all financial resources for which they would qualify if they were studying on the Nazareth College campus, except for the Room Grant which is only available toward on-campus housing. Detailed information is available in the College Catalog or in the Financial Aid Office, Smyth Hall, Room 132 (tel. 585-389-2310). Visiting U.S. students are normally eligible for all guaranteed loans that they would receive through their home institutions for the Program. Visiting students are advised to consult with their home campus Financial Aid Office for any other support they may receive from their institution. There is no opportunity for students to receive "work study" funding while studying in Valencia.

REFUND POLICY: In accordance with the Office of Financial Services of Nazareth College.

Transportation Arrangements

Nazareth College does not collect or charge for air travel and ground transportation to and from the study site. Students will be responsible for the cost of their round trip airfare, payable directly to a scheduled airline or a travel bureau. Nazareth College will advise all students of the best flight connections for timely arrival in Spain. Questions about travel are amply covered at orientation meetings on the Nazareth campus or personal advisement with visiting students. Travel on different dates is possible.

Some websites that you might look at when shopping around for tickets include: (there is a direct flight between New York & Valencia during the summer months)

About Valencia

Founded during the Roman Empire in 138 A.D., Valencia is one of Spain's oldest and largest cities. Today the city of 750,000 people is a vibrant European metropolis and the capital city of the State called Comunidad Valenciana. Valencia lies on the eastern cost of the Iberian Peninsula, directly on the Mediterranean Sea, ensuring warm weather all year round as well as miles of beaches 15 minutes from downtown. Valencia has both a major train station and an airport, allowing access to the rest of Spain and Europe. Madrid, Barcelona, and Malaga, among other destinations, are each only about two hours away by train. Additionally, there are daily ferries to Mallorca, the large island off the coast that is one of Europe's hottest tourist spots today.

Valencia also has a very colorful and interesting history. The most famous event was the recapture of the city by El Cid, a Spanish general from the 11th century. The Poema de Mio Cid, a medieval epic poem, tells of his adventures. Valencia's literary connection doesn't end there. Blasco Ibanez, one of Spain's most famous playwrights, was born and spent his entire life in Valencia. Even today, his house is a major tourist attraction. The city is also host to numerous museums, including the Museo de las Ciencias with its ultra-modern building and interactive exhibits. Hispania is a short distance from the city center. Most students live within 20 minutes by bus from the school. The Valencian bus system is very efficient, and most major lines come every five minutes. Calle Colon, one of Valencia's main streets , is easily accessible from Hispania. Many shops are located here, in the tradition of many large European cities. Not far away, CF Valencia, a top European soccer club, has its stadium.

One of the largest universities in Spain is located here, the Universidad Valencia. The metropolitan area is the home of the Spanish textile industry, and students have completed internships at several of the city's businesses, including a local speech clinic.

The most important festival in Valencia is Las Fallas, celebrated for a week every March. During this week the streets fill up with gigantic paper mache statues, which are satires on the problems facing modern society. The last night of the festival, March 19th, all the statues are lit on fire in symbolic destruction of life's difficulties during the year.

Living Accommodations

Students can choose to live at a local student residency hall or with a home stay placement. The residency is the Colegio Mayor Ausias March. It is located in Valencia's university district about a 20-minute walk from the host school. Ausias March houses 400 students from all over Spain and many foreign countries. Rooms are arranged in an apartment-like style (same-sex) with three individuals, one double and a bathroom. Residents prefer this apartment style living as it provides a way for them to socialize and build new friendships. All of the rooms have a window with an exterior view, central heating and room-cleaning service is included. The residency provides you with free wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) access not only in your room but also throughout the entire building. There is a 24-hour reception service as well as many different common rooms shared by all residents: library, gym, computer lab, game room, dining hall, laundry room, art & sculpture studios, auditorium and the cafe.

Students who choose the home stay option will board in private homes of reputable families in Valencia. The rooms, as well as the families, are carefully reviewed and approved by the Resident Assistant Director in Valencia. The families regularly receive foreign students as boarders in their homes. Most families live in apartments or flats, not individual houses. Rooms are individual. Breakfast and dinner will be provided by the hostess. Lunch will be provided for by Nazareth College. Every effort will be made to place students with families located close to public transportation so that both the school and the center of the city are easily accessible. (Student rental of private living space is not allowed in the program.) Students should expect to converse in Spanish and to abide by the regular needs of the host family.

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