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  • Locations: Alcoy, Spain
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll, Exchange Program Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory Language Prerequisite: Minimum 2 semesters of Spanish with a grade of ‘B’ or better
College: College of Engineering Language of Instruction: English, Spanish
Class Level While Abroad: Sophomore or Junior Language Courses Offered: Yes
Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: Christiane Buessard
Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval Program Required References: Academic Reference, Language Reference
Program Information:

Alcoy (Alcoi) is a small town of roughly 80,000 people in the Valencian state of Spain. It is nicely situated in an inland valley roughly 20 km from the Costa Blanca. Alcoy is best known for the annual Festival of Moors and Christians, held in April, where Alcoy celebrates its founding. Alcoy is known as the City of Bridges, because of the multiple bridges that span the local gorges. Alcoy has been part of the Polytechnic University of Valencia since 1971, and originally started as an Engineering College in 1853.

The climate in Alcoy is typical of southern Spain: dry, sunny, and hot. During the summer program, students should expect predominantly sunny weather with daily highs in the 80s although it can be cooler or hotter on occasion. Alcoy is surrounded by national parks with excellent hiking opportunities.

Program Dates*
Spring Semester: End of January through beginning of June (a two-week refresher Spanish course will be offered as needed prior to the start of the semester)

*Please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
The program is designed for undergraduate engineers, particularly those in Chemical, Electrical, and Computer Science. Courses are conducted through the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Alcoy, Spain.

Courses will be taught in Spanish and the Polytechnic University of Valencia will provide a two-week Spanish refresher course prior to the semester as needed. For more information about the academic program and university life, see the Exchange Student Guide. During the acceptance process, it will be determined that the appropriate courses will be available at Alcoy for each student. This advising will allow each accepted student to remain in course sequence both prior to and after the semester program. The majority of the courses are taught in Spanish, but there are also some courses that are taught in English. Students are required to take a minimum of 15 credit hours while abroad.

  • Sophomores or juniors in the College of Engineering
  • Minimum of 3.00 GPA or Dean’s approval
  • Intermediate level of Spanish
  • Students interested in applying for this program should possess exceptional motivation, emotional maturity, and a high aptitude for adapting to new environments. Students who are self-starters, independent and responsible are better suited for this program.

Housing and Meals
Students will live in dormitories equipped with laundry facility, an exercise/weight room, recreation area and dining room. Dormitory rooms are singles, double, or triple occupancy, with a study area and in-room toilet. Students will share the space with students from around Europe.

Students will also have access to the UPV’s cafeteria as well as the network intranet system called “upvnet” which will give them access to the internet and wireless ports in dormitories and throughout campus.

Special Opportunities
The UPV offers students the “Casa Del Alumno.” This is a student-run organization that is open daily and organizes a variety of leisure activities such as evening film shows, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, journeys and more!

The UPV promotes a full range of sports at different levels through their on-campus Sports Area which offers an indoor heated swimming pool, football and rugby pitches, 4 tennis courts, 2 racketball courts, 2 squash courts, 3 basketball courts, five-a-side football, handball and volleyball courts, a gym for weight training, table tennis, and access to fitness classes. The UPV “Area de Deportes” also organizes multiple sports tournaments throughout the year.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

Relevant Links
Universitat Politècnica de Valencia

This program is currently not accepting applications.