Valencia has four universities, with the ancient Universitat de València, and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia being the largest and most important. The Universitat de València is one of the oldest and largest universities in Spain, having been founded in 1499 and currently having around 60,000 students. There are three campuses: the Burjassot Campus, the Blasco Ibañez Campus and the Tarongers campus, all within a very close proximity of one another.

The Universitat Politécnica de València is another Spanish university. It tends to focus on science and technology. It was founded in 1968 as the Higher Polytechnic School of Valencia and became a university in 1971. This university has four campuses: Camí de Vera, Gandía, Alcoi and Xàtiva which are set further apart but are still easily reachable by metro.

If you’re in Valencia on an exchange programme, you will probably find that course choice is very flexible and the university staff is always willing to help. However, the relaxed Spanish way of life means that tutors are often out-of-office during their office hours so it is strongly advised that you set a time to go and see them.

These universities both have many clubs and student associations which encourage student involvement and participation. Erasmus students are more than welcome to join in any event!

If you’re studying at the Universitat de Valencia, then you will be eligible for language classes at the Centro de Idiomas, a language school with direct links with the university. The classes follow the European system (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) and they only cost 65€ a semester for 4 hours tuition a week so they’re definitely a good thing to do, both for educational and social reasons (as all the students there are studying on the Erasmus program).