STEM & Health Sciences Core and Spanish Language

Universitat Politècnica de València
Valencia, Spain

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    STEM & Health Sciences Core and Spanish Language

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universitat Politècnica de València

    Specializing in courses specifically in the sciences, the Universitat Politècnica de València is among the universities preferred by Erasmus students. It is officially recognized as an institute of tertiary education by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. Founded in 1971, the UPV is an American-style campus, with amenities such as coffee shops, sports facilities, and libraries.

    The Agricultural, Civil, Industrial and Telecommunication Engineering programs at the UPV have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The UPV is ranked 10th in Spain in the 2014 Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities. It has also been ranked among the 100 best universities of the world that are less than 50 years old (THE). You will have the opportunity to take a variety of courses like Math, Sciences, Engineering, and language with other international students.

  • Term

    Fall 3 2019

  • Program Dates

    Aug 28, 2019 - Dec 19, 2019

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Jun 10, 2019

  • Credit

    12 - 19 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

Designed to offer lower-level STEM coursework taught in English (introductory-level Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Calculus, and more) , this program allows you the opportunity to take lower-level classes at a university that has been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Taught by host university faculty, the courses at the Universitat Politècnica de València are taken with other international students. 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.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


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


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities




12 - 19

ECTS Credits

15 - 24

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

12 - 19

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

18 - 28

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.

Language Level Recommendation

  • It is recommended that 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 Site Specialist
  • Please note that courses for Fall 2019 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.

Course Credit

  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institution. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • Per the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, 1.25 ECTS credits is equivalent to 1 U.S. semester credits/ 2 quarter units, or 15 contact hours. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.

ISA Course Level Recommendation

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on la Universitat Politècnica de València grado classifications of a 1, 2, 3 or 4, which correspond with the four year bachelor's degree cycle. Courses classified as grado 1 and 2 are recommended as lower division. Courses classified as grado 3 and 4 are recommended as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.


  • The transcript from the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia will reflect contact hours and ECTS credits for each course listed below.  Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.


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Universitat Politècnica de València
International Students
True Beginning
4 Credits
3 Credits
High Advanced
3 Credits
Taught In English
2 Credits
3 Credits
1 Credits
3 Credits
Calculus I
Math 181
4 Credits
2 Credits
60 Contact Hours
Calculus III
3 Credits
3 Credits
2 Credits
3 Credits
2 Credits
4 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
Contact Hours
3 Credits
Primarily Local Students
Taught In English
3 Credits
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Kendra Ansotigue

Program Manager, Spain


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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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.


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.


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.




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.


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 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 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, 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 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.


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!