Fallas in Valencia! UGA en España's Valencia Spring semester program has been on the ground since early January and is currently enjoying Valencia's famous Fallas celebration. This annual event transforms the city and provides a truly surreal sensory experience peopled by fallas and ninots, fantastical figures ranging in size from human to giant that dominate every available public space. The origins of the celebration reach back to the 15th century, when the city's carpenters and artisans began the practice of burning leftover odds and ends of wood in celebration of either the advent of spring or Saint Joseph's day, according to differing theories. It has since evolved into a five-day festival of music, fireworks, and social and political satire embodied in the fallas themselves. Please look for pictures of this event in our gallery. The 15-week Valencia Spring experience begins in Madrid, with a three-night stay to see Spain's bustling capital that also includes a visit to Segovia to the north with its fantastic aqueduct and castle. The program benefits fully from our long relationship with the Universitat de València (UV), one of Spain's largest and oldest universities, as well as the considerable beauty of this seaside city. Students take four courses for 12 hours of SPAN credit toward a Spanish major or minor on the UV campus with UV professors and live alongside Spaniards and international students in the colegio mayor Rector Peset. A former palacete converted into a student residence, the Rector Peset is located in the heart of Valencia and is just 5-10 minutes' walking from the very best that Valencia has to offer: the beautiful historical quarter around the Plaza de la Virgen; the theatres and student nightlife buzzing along Carrer dels Cavallers street; and Valencia's amazing central park, the Río Turia, a riverbed transformed into a vast greenspace of running and biking trails, soccer fields, and gardens. Aside from the countless cultural opportunities that Valencia offers, spring semester students have another three-night excursion in Barcelona and additionally visit Sagunto and other places of interest in the Comunidad Valenciana. Not to mention Spain's best paella on Valencia's golden beaches when the weather warms up! We hope you'll consider taking part in future Valencia Spring programs. Please click on 'Study Abroad Programs' and 'Valencia' tabs for more information, or call our office in Gilbert Hall to speak with us directly. ¡Gracias y saludos!
Now accepting applications. Come spend summer 2017 in Spain! UGA en España can still accept applications for some summer programs. If you think you'd like to consider going abroad this summer with us, contact us directly at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (additional contact info on this site). UGA en España offers four summer programs in Spain: an intensive 4-week experience in Spain's premiere cities, Madrid and Barcelona; and three 7-week programs in Cádiz, Sevilla, and Valencia. Programs begin in Madrid and feature additional excursions to numerous sites in Spain, with daily activities included throughout the week. Whether you prefer the beautiful seaside city of Valencia, the vivid colors and deep culture of Sevilla, the ocean-bound 'nearly an island' Cádiz, or the urban appeal of Madrid and Barcelona, UGA en España hopes you'll consider joining us for the summer of 2017. For students with an interest in merging knowledge of the Spanish language with a focus on the medical professions, we also offer the Peru Medical Spanish program in Trujillo, Peru. This program features a practicum with Peruvian medical professionals as well as considerable cultural and linguistic content in various locations in Peru. We hope one of our programs meets your interests and needs.
¡OJO! NEW: Online application!! UGA en España, along with study abroad programs across the campus of the University of Georgia, has transitioned to an online application process; at 'goabroad.uga.edu', use your MyUGA ID to sign in to the system and then search our programs by university, term, and location. ¡Muchas gracias! For further information, you can also call our office in Gilbert Hall (706 542 6536) to speak with us directly about participating in study abroad in Spain or Peru.
Lanier Scholarships Available. UGA en España and the Peru Medical Spanish Program are delighted to have an endowment through the generosity of the Lanier Foundation. This endowment provides for scholarships to students with financial need, in line with the wishes of our donor that these students be able to share in the benefits of an experience abroad. If this is your case, please consider applying for this funding when you apply for one of our programs. We ask for a personal statement of interest and a letter of recommendation, to be followed optionally by a round of interviews. Contact us by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 706-542-6536 for further information.
Morocco Add-on. The Morocco Add-on project will remain on hiatus for the summer of 2017. We very much hope to offer this singular experience to our 2018 participants.