FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

School Norms

Yes. But in order to take more courses you must consult with your university to confirm that they will accept more credits. Also, there will an extra charge for additional courses. In general, we don’t recommend that the student take more than the prescribed number of courses.
Yes. You can take fewer courses if you don’t need them and if you prefer to have a lighter academic schedule.
The class limit is 15 students, but we try to have smaller classes of 10 students or so.
Yes. Classes are taught completely in Spanish, with three exceptions: “History of Spanish Art”, “Spanish Civilization” and “Present day Spain”. These three courses are offered to students who are starting to learn Spanish, but who are interested in those aspects of the Spanish culture.
No. Some of them speak some English and can help the students occasionally, but the idea is for the students to get used to Spanish. The principal and program coordinators speak fluent English.
Oh... yes. In addition to the normal homework there are two tests (one midterm and one final) in each session.
Most courses require that the student purchase textbooks. The average price is 20 euros (about $29), so each student should budget approximately $120 for books each semester and about $90 for the summer courses. In some courses the teachers give out printed materials instead of textbooks.
During the semester, each course takes place three hours per week on alternate days (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or Tuesdays and Thursdays), either in the morning or in the afternoon. During the summer the courses are one hour and half per day (i.e., five days per week), and all classes take place between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Yes. The student only needs to notify the school and make the appropriate arrangements prior to the end of the first session.
Yes, but they come to learn English. Quite often we organize activities in which both Spanish and American students participate, thus getting to know each other and practicing the languages. We also organize conversation exchanges among the students so that they can freely practice with each other.

Lodging and Meals

During the school term and the Summer Sessions lodging and three daily meals will be provided in private homes. Families who usually receive foreign students as boarders in their homes live in apartments or flats. Families and accommodations have been carefully reviewed and approved by our director of housing (rooms are double occupancy). All homes are located close to public transportation so that both the school and the center of town can easily be reached.
In Spain, almost everybody lives in apartments, and they are normally smaller than those in the US.
The homes can be in any area of the city, although we try to have them close enough to the school. If they are a little far, there is always a bus that will pass near the school.
In most cases, no. That forces the student to speak Spanish, and that’s the whole idea.
If you do (for example, if you are vegetarian or are allergic to certain foods, etc.), you must notify the Institute as soon as possible so that we can find a family that can cater to your needs. Normally there is no additional cost associated with this, unless the special need is quite unusual and special efforts must be made to accommodate the student.
Normally there will be two of our students in each home. Our experience tells us that this is psychologically good for the students and gives them more confidence. In some instances, there are other Spanish students in the same family.
All the families in our program have been carefully selected and they have had the experience of hosting American students in the past. However, if there is ever a problem with any of the families, the Institute will help the students solve the problem, even if it requires switching to another home.

Teruel Albarracin

Albufera and Cullera

Did you Know?

  • Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC The original Latin name of Valencia was Valentia.
  • During the rule of the Muslim kingdoms in Spain, Valencia had the nickname Medina bu-Tarab ('City of Joy').
  • Valencias's historic centre is one of the largest in Spain.
  • Valencia stands on the banks of the Turia river
  • The Albufera is a freshwater lagoon and estuary located south of Valencia
  • Valencia has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with very mild winters and long warm to hot summers.
  • Valencia's average annual temperature is 72.1 °F during the day and 56.1 °F at night.
  • In the coldest month — January, the maximum temperature typically during the day ranges from 50 to 68 °F, the minimum temperature typically at night ranges from 36 to 54 °F
  • Valencia is the third largest city in Spain
  • Valencia has a population of around 1,175,000
  • Valencia is known internationally for the Falles (Las Fallas), a local festival held in March, and for paella valenciana
  • Valencia is one of the oldest cities in Spain

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