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AIP Language Institute
The University at Albany's semester-length study abroad option at the AIP Language Institute is designed for students with beginning and intermediate Spanish proficiency who want to learn about various aspects of Spanish culture while developing their language skills. The classes, cultural excursions and field trips with the group, and your interaction with Spaniards outside the classroom combine for an invaluable experience.
Visit the AIP Language Institute's website at http://www.spanish-programs.com
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to participate. Applications are welcome from students in all majors. No prior study of Spanish is required - absolute beginners are welcome!
In order to participate on this study abroad option, students are responsible for obtaining a Spanish student visa. All students must have a passport in order to apply for a visa - apply or renew yours immediately if necessary!
Applicants/Accepted students should read the following instructions immediately:
Visa Instructions for UAlbany Spain Semester Programs Spring 2016.pdf
The University at Albany's study abroad option at the AIP Language Institute is intended for students with lower-level Spanish language skills. UAlbany will award the same number of credits and the same grades as the AIP Language Institute. An intensive six-credit Spanish language course at the beginning, intermediate, or more advanced level is required of all students. Additional three-credit courses, taught in English, are offered in a variety of subjects, including culture, literature, art, history, and business. The Spanish literature course is taught in both English and Spanish (separate classes). In order to take the literature course in Spanish, it is recommended that students have at least intermediate level Spanish skills.
NOTE: Students with upper intermediate level Spanish skills and beyond should consider the UAlbany semester program in Madrid at the Instituto Internacional. However, the six week summer option at AIP in Valencia is appropriate for students at all levels of Spanish; beginning through advanced.
Since AIP is an institute for foreign students and NOT a Spanish university, courses are limited to students participating on the UAlbany program. This allows for small class sizes and increased instructor-student interaction. Each course must have a minimum of 4 students enrolled or it may be canceled. The topics covered in the courses are different in the fall and spring semesters in order to allow students to participate for an entire year. Classes are held Monday through Thursday to allow students the chance to travel and take advantage of a variety of cultural opportunities.
READ THIS FIRST: Valencia AIP Semester Courses: Overview & UAlbany Course Equivalents.pdf for Fall 2012 and beyond
View course descriptions generally offered at AIP using the links below.
- The REQUIRED 6 credit Spanish language course - Students take a placement test shortly after arrival in Valencia to determine their language level (A1-C2)
- An Introduction to Spanish Art
- Spain: A Cultural Study
- History of Spain
- Spanish Literature
- Spanish Cinema after Franco - FALL
- A View of Spain through Different Genres of Cinema - SPRING
- European Union Economics - FALL
- European Financial Markets - SPRING
- Marketing for International Trade - SPRING
- Tourism and International Marketing - FALL
UAlbany hosts a general study abroad orientation on the Albany campus during the semester prior to participation on the program. Once in Spain, the AIP Language Institute staff is available to help with any academic and personal concerns that may arise while you are abroad. AIP arranges courses, housing, and cultural excursions for our students. The AIP staff can also offer advice on extracurricular activities, health care, and travel opportunities and help with the adjustment to daily life in Spain.
Participants live with host families and experience Spanish culture first-hand. This is the perfect way to learn about Spanish families, customs, and cuisine. It is also a great way to practice and improve your Spanish skills. The families provide room and board and a variety of services, including laundry. AIP makes all of the arrangements for your homestay.
For UAlbany's summer and semester options in Valencia, homestays are the only option for our students. The reasons for this policy are as follows:
1. Living with a Spanish family is an important part of the required Spanish language course because it provides an excellent opportunity to practice Spanish language skills and learn about Spanish culture first-hand.
2. There are no dorms available for our students since the AIP Language Institute is NOT located on a university campus.
3. It is very difficult to obtain private housing (apartment) for such a short period of time since most leases are for one full year.
4. The majority of our students on this program do not have sufficient Spanish language skills to be able to negotiate a lease, deal with landlords, and handle a household all in Spanish!!
Overall, our students have been very satisfied with their homestay experience. They especially love the laundry service and the home-cooked meals that the families provide!
Please download the most recent estimate of costs here: Cost Estimate for Spain Valencia AIP Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. Click here for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Many think of Spain as the country of flamenco dancers and bullfights, siestas and sangria, a slow-paced place filled with sun-kissed, smiling people. It is all this and much, much more. Spain has 17 distinct provinces, and its people speak 5 different languages. It is a country with a unique blend of old and new. Located on the shores of the Mediterranean and known as the birthplace of paella, Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and the capital of the Comunitat Valenciana, which is the surrounding province. The city's short, mild winter, long, lush spring, and almost year-round sun make it a great place to visit and live. Although surrounded by beaches, Valencia is much more than a weekend getaway; it boasts a rich cultural heritage mixed with modern industry and trade. Founded in 137 BC, Valencia has been the home of Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and a host of others. Each culture has left its mark on the city, where a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles can be seen in the art and architecture.
For more information on Valencia and Spain, we suggest visiting the following website:
For more detailed information about daily life on this program, please read through the Valencia AIP Semester/Academic Year program handbook: Valencia AIP Semester Handbook
Group Flight Information: Spring 2016
An optional group flight will depart from John F. Kennedy airport (in New York City) on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 and arrive in Madrid on Thursday, January 14, 2016. A representative from the Valencia AIP program will meet the group flight and take students by bus to Valencia. The last day of the program is Thursday, May 12 and the group flight will leave Madrid on Saturday, May 14, 2016. More information about the Spring 2016 optional group flight is posted at the link below. Remember, you must be accepted into the program by UAlbany before you can buy a seat on this flight!!
All students should plan to be in Madrid on the date the group flight arrives (January 14). This is considered the beginning date of the program, and orientation will begin that day. If you are traveling beforehand, be sure to give yourself enough time to get to Madrid by the arrival date. The night in Madrid and the trip to Valencia with the group is part of your program charge, so plan to take advantage!
If you are making your own flight arrangements, be sure to contact UAlbany before you leave to let us know whether you plan to meet the group at the airport in Madrid, at the hostel in Madrid, or in Valencia. Students who do not take the group flight will NOT be met at the airport in Madrid and must make their own arrangements (at their own expense) to meet up with the group.
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|NOTE: Optional group flight dates for Spring 2016: Departure from NYC on January 13, arrive to Madrid on January 14. Return from Madrid on May 14. Insurance dates: 1/1/16-6/1/16|
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