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  • Locations: Valencia, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Polytechnic University of Valencia

BVA LogoThe Universitat Politècnica de València is a public, dynamic, and innovative institution devoted to research and high-quality education that keeps strong connections with its socioeconomic context and focuses on its internationalization. UPV has managed to gain the reputation of being one of the best ranked Engineering universities in Spain. The UPV community is made up of over 42,000 people. Of these, nearly 37,800 are students, 2,600 are members of the teaching and research staff, and 1,700 are administrative and services personnel. UPV consists of 13 Schools which are split up into three campuses: Vera (Valencia), Gandia, and Alcoy.
For additional information, visit the Universitat Politècnica de València website
The City of Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain. It lies along the east coast of the Iberian peninsula and the western part of the Mediterranean Sea . It is also one of the country's most culturally significant cities. Home of the famous Fallas festival and the traditional Spanish dish, paella, Valencia holds a prominent role in the history of modern Spain. Valencia began as Roman colony and was subsequently conquered by the Visigoths, Moors, and eventually the current Spanish Crown. Accordingly, the city is littered with impressive historic sites and monuments, like the Capilla Mayor and the Palacio de la Generalidad. Today, Valencia is a modern and cosmopolitan city.

Did you know…?

The port in Valencia is the largest on the west coast of the Mediterranean.  It has the highest volume of container traffic in Spain and the second highest volume of total traffic.



The program at the Polytechnic University of Valencia is for Engineering students for Engineering and College credit.

Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0

Language Prerequisite: Successful completion of 3 semesters of college-level Spanish or the equivalent, by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure.  Successful completion of Spanish 130 required; completion of Spanish 140 or Spanish 202 are strongly recommended.
Enrollment in a Spanish course during the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure. 


Language of Instruction

English, Spanish


A full course load at the Polytechnic University of Valencia consists of between 4 and 5 classes per semester. These classes must be filled with one Spanish-language course, one Spanish culture course, and 2-3 engineering courses taught in English. Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

UPV Academic Calendar
UPV Course Catalog
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Spanish university grades are awarded on a ten point scale (including decimal points, e.g. 7.5), with 4 being a passing grade. Spanish students must receive five points to pass. The scale is not based on an equal distribution of points nor on a percentage.  In the Spanish system, a perfect exam or paper may not always be awarded a grade of 10 depending on individual professors' practices.  Students are frequently assessed solely on the results of a final and/or midterm exam.

Grades are reported on the Spanish scale and are converted to Penn grades according to standard Spanish - U.S. grade equivalencies:
Spanish Grade Penn Grade
10-9 A
8.99-8.0 A-
7.99-7.6 B+
7.59-7.0 B
6.99-6.6 B-
6.59-6.0 C+
5.99-5.6 C
5.59-5.00 C-
4.99-4.50 D+
4.49-4.0 D
< 3.99 F

Special Features

BVA Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by the Polytechnic University of Valencia prior to the start of each semester. 

Language Courses

Information regarding the Spanish language course offerings at UPV can be found here.

Mentor Program
BVA Special Features
A Mentor can help you in tasks such as registration documents, search of accommodation, practice Spanish conversation, meet you at the airport, move in Valencia, and many more useful tips for daily life. More information can be found here.


BVA Campus
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students.

UPV provides a free service to students to help them find accommodation that meets their expectations and needs. UPV keeps a database with information about students and individuals offering and requesting shared flats, stays with a family, or flats to rent.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.
Budget Sheets

Academic Year*

*There is no spring or Academic Year budget sheet available at this time.
Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Valencia, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.