Why ISS? What We Do


The Institute of Spanish Studies was established in 1950 in cooperation with the Universities of San Francisco and Valencia. In 1985 the Institute became an independent program. Classes in Valencia are held at the American Institute, with its own fully equipped premises.


We offer a proven method to acquire in-depth knowledge of the Spanish language, literature and culture. In addition to regular classes, our program of cultural activities and the direct contact with Spanish people are ideal ways to attain this objective. The faculty is composed of highly qualified professors from Spanish Universities, and most US educational institutions accept credits for our courses. The Institute is proud of having had over 20,000 satisfied students since 1950. Many American colleges and universities have sponsored our Institute and entrusted us with their students.

Personal Attention

At the Institute, our students come first. The small classes and individual attention paid to each student allow very close interaction between students and teachers. As a result, most students talk about the feeling of being in a large family, where their personal needs are addressed.


The best place to learn Spanish is unquestionably the country of origin. To be in Spain is to have access to its rich history and culture, to be studied and enjoyed in depth through its monuments and landscapes.

Spain's location and its integration with Europe are perfect for students to travel to other countries during weekends or vacation, using excellent means of transportation by bus, train or airplane.

The Institute of Spanish Studies is located in the university area of Valencia, in a residential area near “Los Viveros,” the largest park in the city. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from the school to the historical downtown area and 15 minutes from to the beach by tram.


Valencia is an ideal location to spend time learning Spanish. With one million inhabitants, Valencia is neither too big nor too small. It is the third largest city in Spain, large enough to offer a rich variety of culture and entertainment, such as theaters, expositions, conferences, concerts, sport activities, etc., and small enough for the visitor to know and enjoy.

Among the many festivities that Valencia has, we will mention the Fallas Festival Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (March 15th to March 19th) with its fireworks and the July Fair - July 18th to July 31st, with its matchless flower battle. Valencia's Mediterranean weather means mild, sunny winters, and warm summers to enjoy the beach. It can’t get any better!

Conveniently connected to all major cities in Spain, Valencia is located 220 miles from Madrid, 220 miles from Barcelona, 500 miles from Sevilla and 130 miles from the Island of Mallorca. This enchanting city offers a most splendid site to any person seeking the culture and personality of Spain.

Valencia offers a wide variety of cultural activities such as lectures, concerts, festivals and museums. For those who like swimming and sunbathing, several beaches along the Mediterranean seashore offer a special attraction.

Visits and activities will be organized throughout the summer and the school year. During the school term as in the Summer Sessions, some Saturday excursions to nearby places have been planned as described in the program. These activities will enable students to enjoy full access to the Spanish cultural treasures and to engage in social relations with a wide variety of students and scholars of Spain. These excursions will be free of any extra charge.

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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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