Center for Advanced Studies Abroad



Valencia is Spain’s third largest city behind Madrid and Barcelona, and exists as a magical blend of modern urban metropolis and historic medieval capital. This juxtaposition can be seen very literally as one moves from the medieval center of Valencia (carmen) to the hypermodern Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias designed by world-renowned Valencia native Santiago Calatrava.

Spain’s third-largest city is a magnificent place, content for Madrid and Barcelona to grab the headlines while it gets on with being a wonderfully liveable city with thriving cultural, eating and nightlife scenes. Never afraid to innovate, Valencia diverted its flood-prone river to the outskirts of town and converted the former riverbed into a wonderful green ribbon of park winding right through the city. On it are the strikingly futuristic buildings of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, designed by local-boy-made-good Santiago Calatrava. Other brilliant contemporary buildings grace the city, which also has a fistful of fabulous Modernista architecture, great museums and a large, characterful old quarter. Valencia, surrounded by the fertile fruit-and-veg farmland La Huerta, is famous as the home of rice dishes like paella but its buzzy dining scene offers plenty more besides.

— Lonely Planet



Program Highlights:

  • Direct enrollment at the Universidad Católica de Valencia San Vicente Mártir

  • Many English Language Classes allows you to complete your major requirements while studying abroad

  • Academic Field Trips

  • Experiential Learning Classes

City Highlights:

  • Medieval and Modern

  • Size: Almost 1 million people means a mixture of cosmopolitan without being so big you get lost

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