AIP Language Institute
Study in Valencia, a city on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Enjoy the massive modern architecture over water, the City of Arts and Sciences, and the historic Valencia Cathedral that lays claim to housing the Holy Grail. Valencia is filled with museums and fine dining just as much as beaches and night life. Study abroad in a city full of life that mixes history with modernity.
The University at Albany’s study abroad option at the AIP Language Institute is intended for students wanting to better their Spanish language skills. Additional three-credit courses, taught in English, are offered in a variety of subjects, including culture, literature, art, history, and business. The Spanish literature course is taught in both English and Spanish (separate classes). In order to take the literature course in Spanish, it is recommended that you have at least intermediate level Spanish skills.
Since AIP is an institute for foreign students and NOT a Spanish university, courses are limited to students participating on the UAlbany program. This allows for small class sizes and increased instructor-student interaction. Each course must have a minimum of 4 students enrolled or it may be canceled. The topics covered in the courses are different in the fall and spring semesters in order to allow students to participate for an entire year. Classes are held Monday through Friday to allow you the chance to travel and take advantage of a variety of cultural opportunities.
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
READ THIS FIRST: Valencia AIP Semester Course Equivalents for UAlbany students
Review the information below for more information regarding course offerings.
The REQUIRED 6 credit Spanish language course – You will take a placement test shortly after arrival in Valencia to determine your language level (A1-C2)
You must CHOOSE at least two of the following courses which are each worth 3 SUNY credits:
- An Introduction to Spanish Art
- Spain: A Cultural Study
- History of Spain
- An Introduction to Spanish Literature
- Spanish Cinema after Franco: Three Directors – Fall
- Tourism and International Marketing – Fall
- Business in the European Union – Fall
- An Introduction to European Union Economics – Fall
- European Financial Markets – Spring
- Marketing for International Trade – Spring
- A View of Spain Through Different Genres of Cinema
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
You will live with host families and experience Spanish culture first-hand. This is the perfect way to learn about Spanish families, customs, and cuisine. It is also a great way to practice and improve your Spanish skills. The families provide room and board and a variety of services, including laundry. AIP makes all of the arrangements for your homestay.
For UAlbany’s summer and semester options in Valencia, homestays are your ONLY option. The reasons for this policy are as follows:
- Living with a Spanish family is an important part of the required Spanish language course because it provides an excellent opportunity to practice Spanish language skills and learn about Spanish culture first-hand.
- There are no dorms available for you since the AIP Language Institute is NOT located on a university campus.
- It is very difficult to obtain private housing (apartment) for such a short period of time since most leases are for one full year.
- The majority of our students on this program do not have sufficient Spanish language skills to be able to negotiate a lease, deal with landlords, and handle a household all in Spanish.
Overall, our students have been very satisfied with their homestay experience. They especially love the laundry service and the home-cooked meals that the families provide!
You will be provided Breakfast and Dinner by your host family. This is your opportunity to try food that may be different than what you are used to.
Academic Year 2019/20
Estimate of Costs
For reference, review the Academic Year 2019-20 Estimate of Costs.
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Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to participate. Applications are welcome from students in all majors. No prior study of Spanish is required – absolute beginners are welcome!
AIP offers you the opportunity to attend many different activities. As part of the program, you can choose to go to 1-3 activities a week. This includes
- Beach Volleyball Game
- Sunset view at Valencia Marina
- Paella Master Class with Local Chef
- Madrid Visit
- Waterfalls in Teruel
- Game of Throne sites
Along with that, you can also take part in other events for an extra fee. AIP puts together trips for student to go to Rome, Barcelona and other locations. There is always something for you to do. Whether you want to have a movie night on the beach or go to a Flamenco Show, you will certainly enjoy your experience!
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
About the City
Many think of Spain as the country of flamenco dancers and bullfights, siestas and sangria, a slow-paced place filled with sun-kissed, smiling people. It is all this and much, much more. Spain has 17 distinct provinces, and its people speak 5 different languages. It is a country with a unique blend of old and new. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean and known as the birthplace of paella, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and the capital of the Comunitat Valenciana, which is the surrounding province. The city’s short, mild winter, long, lush spring, and almost year-round sun make it a great place to visit and live. Although surrounded by beaches, Valencia is much more than a weekend getaway; it boasts a rich cultural heritage mixed with modern industry and trade. Founded in 137 BC, Valencia has been the home of Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and a host of others. Each culture has left its mark on the city, where a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles can be seen in the art and architecture.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. To study in Spain for a semester or more, you will need to apply for a Student VISA. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring/Winter/Spring Break programs: July
- Fall/Year/Summer programs: December
Academic Year 2019/20
01/09/2019 to 05/11/2019
08/30/2019 to 12/21/2019
01/10/2020 to 05/09/2020
About the Program
The AIP Language Institute in Valencia was founded by the Advisers for International Programs in Spain (AIP) in an effort to combine academic instruction with cultural activities that truly enhance the study abroad experience of our students. Located in the heart of Valencia, the Institute boasts a modern building, computer services for students, and a variety of student services. Although AIP is not a Spanish university, courses are taught by Spanish professors. In addition, AIP’s Language Partners Program allows Spaniards and Americans to get together to practice their language skills.
The University at Albany’s semester-length study abroad option at the AIP Language Institute is designed for students with beginning and intermediate Spanish proficiency who want to learn about various aspects of Spanish culture while developing their language skills. The classes, cultural excursions and field trips with the group, and your interaction with Spaniards outside the classroom combine for an invaluable experience.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival to the AIP program, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.
The AIP staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.