Valencia | Institute of Spanish Studies

Valencia | Institute of Spanish Studies


The Institute of Spanish Studies (ISS) is located in Valencia, Spain, an ideal location to spend time learning Spanish. With slightly under one million inhabitants, the city is the perfect size for students. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, large enough to offer a variety of culture and entertainment and small enough for the visitor to enjoy. Its Mediterranean weather provides mild, sunny winters and warm summers. The city is conveniently connected to all major cities in Spain – 220 miles from Madrid, 220 miles from Barcelona, 500 miles from Sevilla and 130 miles from the Island of Mallorca.

Since 1950 the Institute has offered a comprehensive program of the Spanish language, literature and culture.  Its location is in the university area of Valencia, a residential area near “Los Viveros” which is the largest park in the city. It is about a 20-minute walk from the school to the downtown area.

Program Options

The Institute’s comprehensive program in the study of Spanish language, literature curriculum includes courses for all levels – beginners, intermediate, advanced levels – and for both undergraduate and graduate students. The program options include:

  • Fall Semester (5 electives, 15 credits)
  • Spring Semester (5 electives, 15 credits)
  • Academic Year (fall and spring semesters, a total of 30 credits)
  • May/June Summer Session (2-3 electives, 6-9 credits)
  • July Summer Session (2-3 electives, 6-9 credits)

Small classes, intensive interaction between students and teachers, and the program of cultural activities enhance the learning process.

For beginners and students still in intermediate Spanish, program offerings include two language courses (grammar and conversation) and three courses taught in English (History of Spanish Art, Background of Spanish Civilization, and Present Day Spain).

Students with intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish have many options.  Language-focused offerings include courses in grammar, written expression, conversation, phonetics, translation, and Spanish for Business. Over 15 topical courses are offered in Spanish; they focus on the history of Spain and Spanish-America, Spanish Art, Spanish Literature of different periods, Spanish-American Literature,  Present Day Spain,  and History of Spanish Cinema. Ten courses are available for graduate students.

See Downloads-Spain for the Institute’s List of Courses and Course  Descriptions.


  • Spring Semester: January 15 – May 4, 2013
  • Fall Semester: September 10 – December 20, 2013
  • Summer Session 1: May 28 – June 29, 2013
  • Summer Session 2: July 2 – August 3, 2013


The single program fee covers tuition, room and full board in a family-stay arrangement, medical insurance, and day excursions.

  • Spring 2013 or Fall 2013:  $9,050 per semester
  • Summer 2013:   $3,800 for one session  or  $7,150 for two sessions


The cost of accommodation is included in the program cost. Students stay with host families in double occupancy rooms.  All homes are located close to public transportation so that both the school and the center of town can be easily reached. Depending upon availability, students studying in the second summer session may stay in a student dormitory.

Language of Classes

Lectures for all courses are in Spanish unless otherwise stated.

Examinations & Certificates

The transcripts are issued by the Institute of Spanish Studies or, if pre-arranged, by and American university. The latter must be requested prior to the start of the program and the administrative fee paid (about $250).

Excursions & Activities

Valencia offers a wide variety of cultural activities such as lectures, concerts, festivals and museums. Visits and activities, including several free Saturday excursions, are organized throughout the summer and academic year. Optional trips to places such as Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona, and Andorra will be arranged at an additional cost.

In March, Valencia celebrates the festival of the Fallas and during the second half of July a famous fair is held in the city. Several beaches along the Mediterranean shore are 15-20 minutes from downtown Valencia.

Application Information

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