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  • Locations: Valencia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/26/2020 07/01/2020

** 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:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 20
Language of Instruction: Spanish Academic Disciplines: Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering Housing Type: Homestay, On-Campus Residence Hall, Private Apartment
Advisor: Cassy McInnis International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
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Location Information

Academic Year:  Early September – Mid July
Spring semester:  Early February – Mid July

This university is located in Valencia, Spain. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:

In 1968-69, the Higher Technical Schools of Agricultural Engineering, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Industrial Engineering were integrated to form the Higher Polytechnic Institute of Valencia. University status was granted in 1971 and the name was changed to Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV). Since then, new degrees have been added and existing programs expanded to form a University that now specializes mainly in technology.

Exchange students are admitted to an academic department and should take most of their courses in that department. As you might expect, academic departments are not arranged at UPV the same way as they are at Georgia Tech. For example, courses in Management and Mechanical Engineering are offered through UPV's Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering.

  •     off-campus apartments/rooms for rent
  •     on-campus residencia
  •     host family

The UPV provides a free service to students to help them find accommodation that meets their expectations and needs. To do so, the UPV keeps a database with information about students and individuals offering and requesting shared flats, stays with a family or flats to rent. A Mentor student can help in things such as: enrollment, searching for accommodation, Spanish conversation classes, picking you up at the airport, getting around town, etc., as well as any other useful advice on everyday life in Valencia. The cost for living with a host family is roughly around $5000 for a semester. For students who want to look for off-campus apartments, prices can vary anywhere from $5000/semester to $7500/semester.

  •     no meal plan
  •     on-campus dining
If you choose to live with a host family, meals are often provided; otherwise, you may choose to cook in your apartment or eat in the campus cafeterias. There are four cafeterias on campus that serve food from 8am to 8pm. Don't forget that meal times in Spain are different than traditional American ones.
  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0 (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time semesters of study at GT 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info
The main campus is the "Vera Campus".  For detailed course information: click here.

UPV now offers almost 400 courses in English. For the most recent listing of courses offered in English: click here.

You MUST speak Spanish to attend UPV as a participant in the semester exchange program. UPV does offer some courses in English. However, you will not be able to take a full course load in English. GT recommends that students complete at least 2 years of college level Spanish or have the equivalent advanced/3000 level of skills before participating in this program.

If you need to freshen up on your Spanish skills before the semester starts, UPV's satellite campus at Gandia offers a two-week intensive language program for exchange students before the start of both the spring and fall terms. Even if you think your Spanish is at a high enough level to jump right into regular UPV classes, we recommend that you take advantage of this course to get used to speaking the language on a daily basis. For more information click here.

UPV also offers free Spanish classes for exchange students during both semesters so that students can brush up on their Spanish while taking regular UPV classes. These general courses are offered on the following schedule:

November- January - 2 days/week, 2 hours each class
March - May - 2 days/week, 2 hours each class

Note: Although Valenciano, one of the official languages of Spain, is the language spoken by locals and by students at UPV who are from the region, most courses at UPV are taught in Spanish.

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

1.4 ECTS credits = 1 GT credit

UPV Grade = US Grade
9-10= A
7-8.9 = B
5-6.9 = C
0-4.9 = F
  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
Participants of this program must have a valid passport and visa. Please note that getting a Spanish visa can be a lengthy and complicated process, so start as early as possible.
Essential Functions of Study Abroad

OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.