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Valencia, Spain

Program Description

Want on-the-job international preparation for our globalized world? This is the program for you. Students have the opportunity to intern in a wide range of industries including Business, Education, Communication, Legal, Engineering, Health/Medical and Non-Profit. The internships take place in the beautiful coastal Mediterranean city of Valencia, Spain. JMU partner, Euroace, provides the internship placements based on students' areas of interest and experience (see sample internships below).

Upon arrival students participate in a personalized week-long orientation which includes language training, a workshop on Spanish culture and work environment, introduction of the city and surrounding areas, and preparation for the internship. After orientation, students will be placed in an internship site and continue with the Spanish language sessions for a combination of approximately 35 hours a week for a total of 6 weeks.

Don't waste your summer, take advantage of this opportunity to get international work experience while earning academic credits!

Sample Internship Placements

Check out the program video here!

Location Description

Valencia is the located on the Mediterranean Sea and as the third largest city in Spain, it is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe with strong influences in science, education, business and the arts. The city center is made up of historic buildings, cathedrals, shops and restaurants. With approximately 800,000 “Valencianos,” the city provides a metropolitan environment with easy access to the rest of the Spain.


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Students have the option to choose either a host family with full board provided or an apartment with a partial food stipend.

Additional Items to Consider

Program fee includes internship placement, excursions/activities, health insurance, housing with meals if staying with host families, and a partial meal stipend for those staying in apartments. Airfare and spending money are not included.

The experience also satisfies the International Business study abroad requirement and may fulfill some internship requirements for certain majors.

COVID-19 Location Information:

Each country has different requirements upon entry with regard to COVID-19. Please check this website for the most up-to-date information on what is required for the country (or countries) that are part of this program. Please note that this changes often, so we encourage you to check back frequently.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Basic Spanish is required, intermediate Spanish is strongly recommended.

Open to all majors

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($40 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

*If you have applied to the Semester in Salamanca program and are looking for the Valencia Internship (4W) extension application, please apply through the Salamanca page.  

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


SPAN 490: Special Topics: International Business Internship (3 credits)

IB 294: Internship Abroad (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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