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UVA in Valencia: Global Health
Valencia, Spain (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Summer I
Budget Sheets Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2018 01-MAR-2018 ** Rolling Admission 15-MAY-2018 16-JUN-2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language Requirement:
2000 level
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Homestay Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Liz Wellbeloved
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Health and Human Services, Nursing, Public Health, Spanish
Program Description:

UVA In Valencia is a flagship study abroad program of the University of Virginia, continuously operating since 1983.

Program Goals
“Comparative Health Care Systems” examines the structure of health care systems in different countries focusing on financing, reimbursement and delivery systems, as well as their effects on cost, quality, efficiency and equity of health care services. Social, ethical, cultural and political issues that affect the delivery of health care services are critically analyzed. Roles of health care providers, consumers of health care services, and private/public interests within different health care systems are examined. We will examine health system models and health outcomes worldwide, as well as investigate Spain's approach to healthcare, ranked 7th in the world, through visits to local health organizations and health care sites.

Through living with a host family, the Spanish language course, and cultural activities and trips offered during the semester students will improve their fluency in Spanish and get to experience firsthand the vibrant culture of Spain.


Site visit to local hospital, Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, with a population of around 800,000. Located on the Mediterranean Coast and surrounded by immense beaches, it gracefully mixes old and new, with modern public services, business establishments and leisure attractions, set against a backdrop of historically important civic and religious buildings, monuments and museums.

Valencia is well located with respect to other interesting cities in Spain as well as continental Europe. With its own airport, much of Europe is accessible.


The Hemisfiric,
City of Arts and Sciences

Program Facility and Housing
UVa in Valencia premises are located in the University District of Valencia and offer spacious well-equipped classrooms, a computer room, and a lounge. The program has a full support staff.

Students are housed in homestays with full board, hosted by families with a long-standing relationship with the program. Students will be provided three meals a day and laundry will be done once a week.

Extracurricular Activities
Workshops, concerts, theater, movies, museums, music, sports, daytrips, week-end trips, and more. Live Spain and its language to the fullest!


UVA Global Health in Valencia
(6 credits)


Ceiling, Hall of Columns,
Silk Exchange**

Course Information
Spanish prerequisite: Completed SPAN 2010 (Intermediate Spanish) or the equivalent

Students will enroll in 6 credits
Along with "Comparative Healthcare Systems" students will enroll in a Spanish language class:

  • SPAN 2020-Advanced Intermediate Spanish-Medical
  • SPAN 3050-Spanish for Medical Professionals

Note that students who do not want to take a medical Spanish class can select another course from the list found here:
Valencia Summer Courses

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

Passport and Visa Information
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program.  Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor and Education Abroad Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Turia Fountain,
Plaza de la Virgen

** © Trevor Huxham,