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Spain: Valencia

An ancient city that is now Spain’s third largest, Valencia is an exhilarating mix of history, art, intellectual activity, and civic pride. The remarkable richness of this Hispanic culture’s art and architecture reflects Roman, Visigoth, Moorish, and Aragonese traditions. The many museums spread before students a cultural panorama: El Greco, Goya, and Velazquez; ancient Greek and Iberian ceramics; the wonder of prehistoric fossils. There is also the new Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias (City of Arts & Sciences), with the Museum of the Sciences, L’Hemisfèric cinemaplanetarium, the Opera House: Palace of the Arts, and a huge park and aquarium. Valencia, host to the America’s Cup, also boasts beautiful beaches, a wharf, and busy sailing facilities.

The Florida State University is especially proud to have its new Study Center, located in a restored building in the historic downtown quarter, adjacent to the famous Serrano Towers. This center has been renovated with care for architectural treasures uncovered during the process. Remains from fourth-century Rome combine with a state-of-the-art wireless center that includes classroom space, administrative offices, a computer lab, and self-contained student apartments.

Broad Curriculum Program
The Broad Curriculum program gives students the opportunity to earn credits in general requirements and elective courses while experiencing Valencia, surrounding areas of Spain, and neighboring European countries. Due to our new affiliation with the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and the Universidad Católica de Valencia, students can enhance their study experience by taking business, math, and science courses at these facilities while in Spain with Florida State. Please contact our office for more information.

Valencia offers internship positions in areas ranging from business and marketing to museums to social services to higher education. Total immersion in Spanish language and culture is part of an internship. Students must have a strong background in both Spanish comprehension and conversation. For a few exceptional placements, fluent Spanish is not required.

The Iberian Studies Minor
The Iberian Studies Valencia Center Minor enhances and provides focus to a student’s program in Spain. The minor is built around the Valencia residency, but can be pursued before and after it as well: 15 credits are required (to include at least two disciplines), of which 9 must be taken in Valencia. Students may choose from various Iberian Studies disciplines. Consult the Florida State Bulletin and contact International Programs for formal declaration of the minor.

First Year Abroad Program
The Valencia Study Center is one of our three European locations which is ideal for our First Year Abroad students. Course offerings allow most majors to progress academically while having a unique freshman experience abroad.

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