Health and Natural Sciences

Universidad Católica de Valencia
Valencia, Spain
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Health and Natural Sciences

  • Location

    Valencia

  • Host University

    Universidad Católica de Valencia

    Offering courses taught in English in the health field as well as providing internships in both Spanish and English, the Universidad Católica de Valencia (UCV) hosts about 11,000 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students per year. It was founded in 2003, and is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain. Popular areas of student include biology, chemistry, sports sciences, Spanish, and nursing. Not only is there an internship provided as a course, but there are other courses that provide service-learning opportunities as well. You will have the opportunity to take courses with other international students, local students, or a mixture of both. Universidad Católica de Valencia was ranked 61st in Spain in the 2014 Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities.

  • Term

    Spring 4 2020

  • Program Dates

    Jan 15, 2020 - May 30, 2020

  • Program Length

    Semester

  • Application Deadline

    Oct 01, 2019

  • Credit

    12 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $14,850

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Program Description

Alongside a variety of courses strongly focused on health, sciences, business, and humanities that are taught in English, you could have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a field of choice by participating in the host university internship course or other service-learning courses.

Courses are taught by the host university faculty and are taken with other international students, local students, or a mixture of both. If you are taking courses in Spanish, a language placement exam will be issued to you on-site.

A Spanish student visa is required for programs over 90 days and obtaining one may require out of state travel. Please contact your appropriate Site Specialist for more information pertaining to the process of acquiring a Spanish student visa.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

 

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Spanish Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Credits

12

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18

Academic Information

Course Availability

  • The course list below indicates the proposed courses for the upcoming semester. The host university has not yet confirmed the current course list at this time. This site will be updated once ISA receives the updated list of courses, along with a note notifying students of the change.
  • Please note that courses for Spring 2020 have yet to be confirmed. Below are the courses that have been offered in past semesters. Once the course offering is confirmed, this disclaimer will no longer appear.

Language Level Recommendation

  • It is recommended thatt if you have not yet completed one semester/quarter of college-level Spanish or the equivalent elect to take a language course through the program.

Course Selection

  • Courses and course hours of instructions are subject to change.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA Valencia Program Manager.
  • Some courses may charge an additional fee due to labs, etc. For example, the Professional Training course has an additional €500 lab fee. if taken - you are responsible for paying should you take the course. Please contact the Program Manager for more information about the courses that require an additional fee.

Additional Course Requirements (Internship course/Social Justice course)

  • If you are interested in the Internship placement or Social Justice course must apply for an FBI background check. It can take about 14 weeks for an FBI background check to be processed, so we recommend that you use an official Channeler at an extra cost as to cut down on wait times and help move the process along much quick. You can see the list of approved Channeler's on the FBI website. The background check will need to be brought to Spain.

Course Credit

  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home institution, for the duration of the program.
  • This program includes 12 credits (4 courses). If you wish to enroll into a 5th course can do so at an additional cost. Please contact the Valencia Program Manager for further details.

Transcripts

  • The transcript from the UCV will reflect contact hours for each course listed below.  Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

 

Courses

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Universidad Católica de Valencia
International Students
Nursing and Health Sciences
3 Credits
Oceanography
Sciences
3 Credits
6 ECTS Credits
3 Credits
6 ECTS Credits
3 Credits
6 ECTS Credits
3 Credits
6 ECTS Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Spanish Language
Sports Sciences
6 ECTS Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
6 ECTS Credits
Primarily Local Students
Internships and Service Learning
Nursing and Health Sciences
Sciences
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Daniel Puzzo

Program Manager, Spain

VALENCIA TEAM

Manuel Gutierrez

Resident Director, Spain

Hayar Moral Criado

Student Services Coordinator, Spain

Louise Piotrowski

Student Services Coordinator, Spain

María Vilar

Student Services Coordinator, Spain

Eduardo Espana

Academic Coordinator, Spain

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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Housing

Studying abroad in Spain gives you the opportunity to experience various aspects of the Spanish culture you wouldn't otherwise have. Depending on your housing option, you will either be within walking distance to your university or conveniently located near public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings (with the exception of the Residencia to the UCV and FSU) generally range between 15 and 40 minutes will be contingent on housing and class locations. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Homestay

Host families are a great choice if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA’s resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable situation. Homestays will provide three meals a day and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same legal gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.

Apartment

Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. Rent and utilities are included in the program price, and each apartment is fully furnished and centrally located. Meals and laundry service are not included.

Student Residence

Certain programs allow you to live in a residencia for an extra cost. If you choose to live in the residencia, you will be placed in a double room, and you may be placed with other international roommates that are not part of the ISA program. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday in the residencias, and you will have access to the kitchen during both the week and weekend. Unlike a typical dorm in the US, the residencia is not located on campus. Please contact ISA for more information on the residencia option and to request a residencia contract.

Independent Housing

You may opt to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price. By choosing to opt out of ISA housing, you are responsible for researching and reserving housing, and paying all fees, deposits, and rent directly to the housing facility that you choose.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

Albufera

Albufera Natural Park is one of the most representative and valuable wetlands nature preserves of Valencia and, more generally, of the Mediterranean coastal region. You will get to explore the Albufera Natural Park by going to El Palmar Island, the Ethnological museum, and riding a boat across the lagoon while gaining a better understanding of the park’s ecosystem. You will also enjoy a leisurely walk around the park where you will be able to get a glimpse of some examples of flora and fauna as well as the typical Albufera houses, or barracas.

Barcelona

During the weekend that you will be in Barcelona, Spain's most cosmopolitan city and one of Europe's top destinations for tourism, culture and commerce, you will explore the medieval part of Barcelona such as the Gothic Quarter and the bohemian El Born district, as well as the emblematic monuments such as Park Güell, Casa Batilló, and La Sagrada Familia.

Gandia

Gandia is a Valencian coastal town whose historic center has been kept intact throughout centuries of urban renewal. You will visit the Calle Mayor, the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, the Neoclassical Town Hall, and Borgia's Ducal Palace. After exploring the town, you will be given free time to enjoy the weather and ample beachfront area. Since this part of Spain is usually always sunny, you will get to take advantage of the many opportunities to for adventure through water sports such as: sailing, catamaran, kayaking, and windsurfing.

Granada

Granada is a picturesque and mountainous university town. It has always been a multicultural city and was the last Moorish stronghold during the Catholic reconquest of Spain. You will explore Granada’s multicultural past through visits to historic neighborhoods like the Albaicín and Realejo. During an unforgettable evening flamenco show, you will have the chance to soak up Spanish music and culture. You will also visit important cultural sites including the Alhambra fortress, Spain’s most popular tourist attraction.

Madrid

Madrid, Spain’s capital, will be your first taste of Spanish culture while also being introduced to key information about health and safety through the Bridging Cultures Program. With visits to the Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, and more, you will be able to expand your knowledge about Spanish history, culture and politics.

Morocco * Optional

This multi-day, optional excursion takes you across Morocco, one of the most colorful and diverse countries in the world. It encompasses direct cultural encounters with locals, guided tours through the medina, and opportunities to learn the ins and outs of haggling with Moroccan vendors. You will have unforgettable experiences in the Sahara desert riding camels and waking up to see the spectacular views of the sunrise.

Peñíscola

Peñíscola is located on the coast of eastern Spain and is known as the City in the Sea. Walking through its small and old streets, you will feel the sensation of traveling within the ancient ages. During the trip, you will visit the old town of Peñíscola, explore Pope Luna’s Castle, and take in some breathtaking views of the sea.

Toledo

Your visit to Toledo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will begin with a panoramic bus tour of Toledo's unique hilltop then will continue on to the monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, Santa María la Blanca synagogue, El Tránsito, Santo Tomé Church, and the Cathedral of Santa Maria.

Cultural Activities in Valencia

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Valencia. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Valencia special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking classes, a visit to the Ciudade de Artes & Ciencias museum campus,a bike rental for a relaxing jaunt around the city, and more!