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Yale Summer Session in Valencia: Language, Culture, and Society of Spain

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Program Information


Valencia, Spain




Saturday, May 16, 2020 to Saturday, June 20, 2020



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L5 or Hu distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



2 Yale credits


Maria Pilar Asensio-Manrique 


Yale College Applicants: SPAN 140 (Intermediate Spanish II), SPAN 145 (Intensive Intermediate Spanish), or placement exam into L5.

Other Applicants: Completed four semesters of college-level Spanish and evaluated by the Spanish Language Program Director, Ame Cividanes. Please contact Prof. Cividanes (ame.cividanes@yale.edu) prior to the February 15 application deadline.


A language program that explores historical and contemporary issues in Spanish culture. Set in Valencia, a city founded by the Romans 2,200 years ago, this course aims to reflect on both Spanish ancient heritage and modernity. Key works of literature will foster discussion on a wide range of topics such as the environment, the Mediterranean trade, politics and religion. Students will integrate each week’s thematic content into real life observations to reflect on the fabric of Spanish society.

The class will meet each week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and students should expect about 4 hours of work outside the classroom each day, as well excursions and other program activities.

The syllabus below is from a previous summer and contains dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.



Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

A guided cycle-tour of Valencia along its many bike paths and through the old riverbed of the Turia Gardens. Seeing the rice fields in a boat trip on the Albufera (freshwater lagoon and estuary) after savoring some paella, one of Valencia’s most famous culinary gifts to the world. Lingering at the beach by the Mediterranean, and traveling to the region of Castilla-La Mancha with its windmills immortalized in Don Quixote. A weekend trip to Madrid and Toledo, the medieval city of the three cultures: Arab, Jewish, and Christian. Visits to museums, plays, and concerts.


Students will be housed with carefully selected host families in Valencia, who will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. Living conditions and distance to where classes will be held will vary amongst housing assignments.

Homestays are an integral part of this program. This living arrangement provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the host culture, increase language proficiency, and form meaningful connections in the community. Students admitted into the program are expected to spend time getting to know their homestay family and be mindful of the need to balance time spent at home with time spent traveling or going out with friends. If you have any questions about living with a homestay family, we encourage you to reach out to the program instructor.

Participants must depart housing on the last day of the program.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and are expected to arrive in Valencia on the first day of the program, and depart no earlier than the last day of the program (see 'Dates' above); additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor, Maria Pilar Asensio-Manrique. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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