Valencia has a unique charm, combining the bustle of a big city with the quiet and discrete atmosphere of a small community. The modern architecture mixes with multicultural roots and a rich history in a welcoming Mediterranean climate. Once enrolled in a university in Valencia, you will be trained to become a professional in your chosen subject area, prepared to contribute to social progress. Higher educational institutions focus on holistic education and technological innovation and development. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, part of the autonomous region with the same name, situated on the banks of the Turia River, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea. The Port of Valencia is one of the busiest ports in Europe and the busiest on the Mediterranean Sea.
The leading Valencia industries that sustain local economy are: constructions, telecommunications, transport and agriculture and trade activities (due to Valencia port, one of the most important in the Mediterranean). Valencia also had a strong influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts, contributing to the city’s status as one of the world's "Gamma"-rank global cities.
Major companies with local offices in Valencia are: Ernst & Young, Everis, Leroy Merlin, Edicom, Ford Motor Company, Lionbridge, TC Media, Amaris, Acciona, Comsa Emte, TUI Group.
Students can engage in several internship opportunities in various business fields.
Valencia has an active and vibrant city life, truly satisfying all tastes, especially fans of arts and culture. Iconic monuments in Valencia include: Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serranos, the Torres de Quart (Quart Towers), the Llotja de la Seda – The Silk Exchange (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) and the Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences), realised by architect Santiago Calatrava.
Some museums you can visit include:
Admire the beautiful architecture of Plaza del Mercado (Placa del Mercat), Plaza del Reina, ‘Queen's place’, located in the old town area – a magnet for every tourist that comes here, Valencia's Central Market, the beaches, or the old Turia riverbed.
Valencia hosts many local traditions and festivals, the most popular is called the Falles, declared a celebration of international touristic interest.
Football fans will have the occasion to watch matches of the local football club, Valencia C.F.
Valencia is a major touristic attraction, but also appealing to immigrants, due to low living costs and a better quality of life compared to other countries in Europe. Almost 15 % of Valencia’s population is foreign-born, having as ethnic communities people coming from Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Morocco, Romania, China, India, and Pakistan.
An important hub for international trade, Valencia also hosts numerous trade fairs and conferences, with international business people from all over the world attending these events.
In Valencia, you will experience mild winters and long warm, sometimes hot summers. During December - February, the maximum temperature ranges from 13 to 21 °C (55 to 70 °F). In spring, the temperature often exceeds 20 °C (68 °F), and August is the hottest month 27-34 °C (81-93 °F) during the day.
What will make a big difference in your monthly budget is the cost of accommodation, which can be as much as 900 EUR/month for a three-room apartment.
The best way to save money is to look for a place to stay on sites dedicated to students, such as uniplaces.com. If you use our promotional code SP19 on Uniplaces you will also get a super discount of 25% on their service fee. Just use the code at the checkout of the booking process.
Valencia is one of the cheaper cities in Spain with student living costs estimated at 560- 970 EUR/month.