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Studying in Valencia: everything you need to know before you start

A renowned tourist destination, Valence is also a very popular city for students. Its many university campuses and its dynamism know how to seduce when it comes to heading towards higher education or choosing your Erasmus destination. Do you also want to come and study in Valencia? The editorial staff of has prepared a short guide for you to know everything before leaving.

Why study in Valencia?

Every year, many students choose to come and study in Valence, for a semester, a year, or for their entire higher education. But why does this city attract so much? The living environment is obviously decisive: the sun all year round, the beach, the sea, but also the architecture of the city contribute to making life very pleasant. Most people live outside, which makes it feel like summer all year round.

If you are looking for a festive atmosphere, Valencia is also the ideal place: the possibilities for going out at night are very numerous and there is something for everyone: from techno or reggaeton clubs to Spanish bars, including Erasmus bars and game bars (video or society). You can even find Irish pubs there! And if you don’t like to party or want to vary your leisure time, you can take advantage of the very rich cultural offer of Valencia. The city has many museums, cinemas, exhibitions as well as a giant aquarium. Something to liven up your student years.

Where to study in Valencia?

University of Valencia (UV)

The main public university in Valencia is Universidad de Valencia (UV). You can study there almost anything you want, in all areas of knowledge. The campus is divided into three sites that are in the heart of the city or on the outskirts.

Campus dels Tarongers, University of Valencia / Joanbanjo

Blasco Ibanez: Av. de Blasco Ibáñez, 28, 46010 Valencia

It includes the poles of Medicine and Odontology, Psychology, Geography and History, Philosophy and Educational Sciences, Philology, Translation and Communication, Sciences of physical activity and sports, Physiotherapy. The school for studying nursing is also located on this campus.

Els Tarongers: Av. dels Tarongers, s/n, 46022 Valencia

We find there the poles of Economy, Law, Social Sciences and Education

Burjassot-Paterna: Carrer del Dr. Moliner, 46100 Burjassot, Valencia

We find there the poles of Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Pharmacology. It is also the campus for engineering studies.

In Valencia there are also other higher education institutions, both public and private. Here is a list of the most famous, all eligible as Erasmus destinations:

The Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Also divided into several poles, the Politécnica is ranked among the best polytechnic schools worldwide. It is possible to follow courses in foreign languages ​​(German, English, Chinese, French).

a facade with the inscription Universitat Politècnica de Valencia
Polytechnical University of Valencia

The European University of Valencia

Located in the city center, this university is the most cosmopolitan. It mainly trains in management and business, health sciences and communication. The school also offers a professional integration facility after studies thanks to international partnerships. The costs of studies vary greatly depending on the course you are following (count between 3,500 and 15,000 euros/year) and are more expensive than at a public university.

Cardenal Herrera University CEU

It is the first private university in Valencia. It is especially famous for its training in veterinary medicine since the faculty is in the top 15 of the best universities in Europe. As it is a private university, the cost of studies is also higher (count between 8,000 and 18,000 euros/year).

The Catholic University of Valencia

Also private, this university offers a very wide choice of courses. The campuses are spread all over the city and its outskirts. The cost of studies is also variable (count between 3,500 and 10,000 euros/year) and the university offers a scholarship system (1,500 euros maximum/year).

A gray building with the inscription Universidad Católica de Valencia
Catholic University of Valencia

Documents to be provided to submit an application

To study in Valencia (and everywhere in Spain) when you are a foreigner, certain documents are mandatory:

  • Access credentials: essential to study in Spain, and therefore, in Valencia. This document is issued by the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. This is a mark out of 10 corresponding to the bac average divided by two. Each university sets its minimum score to be eligible for studies. It is therefore important to inquire beforehand. The minimum score is a crippling criterion: without it, the application is necessarily rejected.
  • Diploma de español como lengua extranjera (DELE): The majority of universities require at least a B1 level in Spanish to be eligible for studies (even if you take courses in another language). The DELE is issued by the Cervantes Institute.
  • Foreigner Identification Number (NIE): To obtain this number, you must register on the national register of foreigners by providing an identity document, proof of registration at the university and a declaration of honor. You can read our article on the subject.

Costs of studying in Valencia, funding and aid

The cost of studying in Valencia varies depending on the type of university you choose. For public universities, prices fluctuate from 800 to 2,500 euros, depending on the course chosen. In the private sector, a year of study can cost up to 25,000 euros.

As part of an Erasmus, for example, grants can be awarded by the home university. The amounts are set by the organization, but generally include school fees and part of life on site (housing, food, etc.). To find out more about these aids, contact your home establishment.

For non-contract studies, there are some scholarship opportunities in France.

  • Departmental aid: some departments offer support for students wishing to study abroad. However, this does not apply to all departments and the eligibility conditions are often very strict. To obtain this aid, you must contact the county council.
  • The regional council: each region has one or more funding programs that offer scholarships to students wishing to pursue a higher education abroad. The conditions of access differ according to the regions, it is therefore advisable to inquire with the regional council.
  • The CROUS: this organization awards scholarships for study abroad according to almost exclusively social criteria. These scholarships are intended primarily for students with limited financial resources.

All scholarships are cumulative provided they are declared when you reapply.

Three young women and two young men sitting and smiling
Valencia is a destination that attracts more and more French-speaking students for their studies / Naassom Azevedo, Unsplash

Accommodation in Valence when you are a student

How to find student accommodation in Valencia

There are many possibilities for finding accommodation in Valencia. There are a very large number of Facebook and Whatsapp groups for foreign students in which announcements are posted several times a day.

Many sites also offer rentals, ranging from a room in a shared apartment to studios. Beware of ads that make you dream and promise the moon, because scams are frequent. Some sites offer verified ads and thus control the reliability of the offers.

Here is a list of sites that can help you in your research:

Habitaciones y pisos para estudiantes en Valencia

Which neighborhood to choose for accommodation

The question of the neighborhood is obviously decisive when looking for accommodation. But making a decision can seem difficult if you don’t know the city. Here are some tips to make sure you live in the right place in Valencia.

The liveliest area is undoubtedly Russafa, located in L’Eixample. Terraces, bars and nightclubs can be found on every street corner and the atmosphere is festive at all times of the day and night. But the area is very expensive, and therefore not very affordable for a student budget. If you want to stay closer to the main universities and at a lower cost, you can head to the Benimaclet district, or the surroundings of Blasco Ibañez. These two areas are also very student, festive, and the cost of rents is much lower.

Finally, the editorial staff advises you to look for a roommate. You will save a lot and it will be easier for you to find accommodation quickly. It will also be much easier for you to meet Spaniards, or even foreign students, many of whom come to Valencia each year on Erasmus.

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