Exploring the Spanish language and culture in Valencia

Opportunity type:

Ref: 10003099

Eligibility

This opportunity is available to students currently studying Spanish with #DMUglobal and or as a credit-bearing module as part of their degree.  The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 25 and the minimum number the trip will go ahead with is 15.  DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one extra-curricular bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.

Description

The main purpose of this visit is to allow students who have studied Spanish at DMU to put their new found skills into practice.  This trip will enhance the students’ knowledge of the Spanish language whilst embracing the Spanish culture.

During the trip, students will attend a pronunciation workshop with a speech therapist to better improve their pronunciation of difficult sounds in the Spanish language.  Students will visit the University of Valencia and will conduct a treasure hunt around the historic city centre to practice their Spanish.  In addition to embrace the Spanish culture, students will have the option to attend a traditional Flamenco show.  At the end of this trip, students should feel more confident in their overall use of the Spanish language.

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and lies on the East Coast of the Iberian Peninsula on the Mediterranean Sea. The city is rich in culture and history, which is reflected in its beautiful architecture which dates back to the Roman Empire.  Valencia is home to the traditional Spanish dish Paella and the popular Valencian drink Horchata, which is made with Tiger nuts.  Students will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful city while they practice their new language.

Cultural Activities

Students will visit the historic city centre Barrio del Carmen, where they will visit the Catedral de Valencia and the Miguelete Tower to get stunning panoramic views of the city.  Students will also have the chance to explore the Natural Park of Valencia, Albufera Natural Park, on a small boat tour through the fresh water lake and to visit a traditional Valencian house.  In addition, students will also have the opportunity to visit the Museum of Oceanography, the Museum of Sciences and the Planetarium as well as explore the beautiful city of Valencia.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – DMU will book twin/triple room accommodation with breakfast (£160) for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Please note that as this opportunity happens outside of DMU term time, students are free to make arrangements to travel and explore Spain independently before or after the dates of the trip.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Spanish immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Spain and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Arrival date: Tuesday 18 June 2019
  • Departure date: Saturday 22 June 2019
  • Estimated cost of accommodation (£160) and flights (£100-150)
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural activities & entrance fees (£30-50), food & drink and visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £200
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED