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FSU - Broad Curriculum: Valencia, Spain

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health and Safety

    8

  • Social Life

    9

Great Time

Had a great time in Spain, learned a lot, including a lot of the Spanish language. Administration was very helpful in assisting us with learning the culture and staying safe. The living quarters were very up to date and nice but I had 3 people living in one room which wasn't ideal.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    4

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    9

Study Abroad Valencia 2005

Overall the experience in Valencia was very enriching in the sense that we spent several weeks living and studying in a Spanish university setting. Unfortunately, the program is not adapted to those wishing to be immersed in the Spanish language. As Valencia is a very multicultural city, English is very widely spoken and therefore the participants are not forced to use the local language. Because the study abroad program is over the summer months, there are very few local students lodging in the dormitory and therefore we have very little contact with the locals of the same age group. I believe that the experience would be much more interesting and culturally enriching if the option to live with a host family was made available to those wishing to progress in the Spanish language.

Administratively speaking, the program is extremely well organized with many trips available to those interested in visiting other cities. The courses offered are interesting and well scheduled in order to leave enough time to explore the city and participate in the local life.

Overall, a great experience!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health and Safety

    9

  • Social Life

    5

Valencia

The overall experience was rather eye-opening. Being in a place where two languages, castellano and valenciano, dominate made the experience all the more richer. Valencia as a whole is a beautiful city on the Mediterranean with a lot of the same cultural appeal as Cataluna. The program was overall very well organized. The professors were helpful, knowledgeable, and very much dedicated to their courses and its instruction, wanting to bring in as much as the outside world into the classroom, or rather, take the classroom to the outside world. The excursions were also wonderful in helping us see Spain more broadly as well as contextually. In doing so we were able to experience the different personalities of each comunidad intimately.