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ENGR Exchange: Universidad Politecnica Valencia (UPV) (Spain)
If you are an engineering major with an interest in Spanish culture and life abroad, apply to study abroad at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV)! With a wide range of engineering courses on offer, you can earn credit towards your Civil, Industrial, Computer, Telecom, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering degree as you explore a new city and gain invaluable international and cross-cultural experience.
UPV is a public educational institution that enrolls over 35,000 students. The city of Valencia, located in the middle-east of Spain on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, is considered the third largest city in Spain. The University is a modern institution with its history going back only 40 years, although some of its departmental schools have existed for more than a century (such as the School of Engineering Design, the Higher Politechnic School of Alcoy, and the Faculty of Fine Arts). The University was established in 1971 with the creation of the Higher Politechnic School of Valencia. However, it was not until the 11th of March 1971 when a decree gave the Higher Politechnic School of Valencia the highest academic rank and the institution finally became the University Politecnica de Valencia. UPV is comprised of 14 centres and 5 associated institutions (the Technical School of Industrial Engineering, located at the Ford Motor Company, for example).
The city of Valencia is the capital of the ‘Comunidad Valencian’ and the province of Valencia. It is located in the middle-east of Spain, on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. The city is considered the third largest city of the Spanish State, according to its population rate, 1,500,000 inhabitants. The province of Valencia has an area of approximately 10,807 km2. Inland, you can find mountainous areas whilst on the coast the land is completely flat, and has many beaches as well as a big lake called “La Albufera”.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.25 GPA
- You must have completed 2 semesters at UMD
- You must be an ENGR major
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
View the Spanish Embassy website for details about obtaining a student visa.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password and submit most application elements online.
- Submit all application materials by the stated deadline. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- EA advisors will work with nominated students to complete a secondary application directly to the host university, who will formally admit students to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with EA advisors and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
This program offers courses in Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.
Although most classes are in Spanish, UPV does offer courses taught in English each semester. About 10 business courses per semester are offered. You can view full course offerings here as well as a list of courses taught in English here. Not all courses are offered each semester. You are advised to check the semester availability of courses based on the current academic year.
To view previously approved study abroad courses by engineering department, view the Engineering Study Abroad Course Guide. Or, you can view a list of all the previously approved courses for the Universidad Politecnica Valencia, here.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit on your UMD transcript. Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
There are several options in regards to accommodation including student dorms, sharing/renting a flat, and living with a host family. You can visit this website for more information regarding available housing options.
UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the ENGR Exchange Cost Sheet
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:
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