Weeks per Term
OIE Program Adviser
Languages of Instruction*
Preferred Participating Majors
This university is located in Valencia, Spain. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
In 1968-69, the Higher Technical Schools of Agricultural Engineering, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Industrial Engineering were integrated to form the Higher Polytechnic Institute of Valencia. University status was granted in 1971 and the name was changed to Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV). Since then, new degrees have been added and existing programs expanded to form a University that now specializes mainly in technology.
Exchange students are admitted to an academic department and should take most of their courses in that department. As you might expect, academic departments are not arranged at UPV the same way as they are at Georgia Tech. For example, courses in Management and Mechanical Engineering are offered through UPV's Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineering.
- off-campus apartments/rooms for rent*
- on-campus residencia*
- host family*
The UPV provides a free service to students to help them find accommodation that meets their expectations and needs. To do so, the UPV keeps a database with information about students and individuals offering and requesting shared flats, stays with a family or flats to rent. A Mentor student can help in things such as: enrollment, searching for accommodation, Spanish conversation classes, picking you up at the airport, getting around town, etc., as well as any other useful advice on everyday life in Valencia.
* cost for living with a host family is roughly around $5000 for a semester. For students who want to look for off-campus apartments, prices can vary anywhere from $5000/semester to $7500/semester.
- no meal plan
- on-campus dining
If you choose to live with a host family, meals are often provided; otherwise, you may choose to cook in your apartment or eat in the campus cafeterias. There are four cafeterias on campus that serve food from 8am to 8pm. Don't forget that meal times in Spain are different than traditional American ones.
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
The main campus is the "Vera Campus". For detailed course information: click here
Courses offered in English: click here
You MUST speak Spanish to attend UPV as a participant in the semester exchange program. UPV does offer some courses in English. However, you will not be able to take a full course load in English. GT recommends that students complete at least 2 years of college level Spanish or have the equivalent advanced/3000 level of skills before participating in this program.
If you need to freshen up on your Spanish skills before the semester starts, UPV's satellite campus at Gandia offers a two-week intensive language program for exchange students before the start of both the spring and fall terms. Even if you think your Spanish is at a high enough level to jump right into regular UPV classes, we recommend that you take advantage of this course to get used to speaking the language on a daily basis. For more information click here.
UPV also offers free Spanish classes for exchange students during both semesters so that students can brush up on their Spanish while taking regular UPV classes. These general courses are offered on the following schedule:
November- January - 2 days/week, 2 hours each class
March - May - 2 days/week, 2 hours each class
Note: Although Valenciano, one of the official languages of Spain, is the language spoken by locals and by students at UPV who are from the region, most courses at UPV are taught in Spanish.
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
1.25 UPV credits = 1 GT credit
UPV Grade = US Grade
7-8.9 = B
5-6.9 = C
0-4.9 = F
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.