The capital of Spain, location of the court for centuries and business hub of the country, Madrid is a vibrant city where old cobblestone streets are trodden upon by the most modern events and stories. The group is housed in a hotel located right beside the Puerta del Sol, the heart of Spain, from which all roads are born. A skip hop and jump away from all the Habsburg’s historical center: Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace, the Opera and the main streets of the old town.

But Madrid also holds the cultural backbone of Spain. Visits to the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum are mandatory, to view the masterpieces of all world-renown Spanish artists: Goya, Velázquez, Miró, Piccasso, El Greco…

Day visits to surrounding towns are varied depending on the session. The old capital of Toledo, with its towering city over the river Tagus and its rich history is one of students’ favorite destinations. But Segovia, and its enchanted castle nestled upon a mountain and underlined by the amazing 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct; Salamanca and its cathedral’s spiraling towers and inspiring Plaza Mayor or Alcalá de Henares, with its passionate historic testimony in education, are close behind.


Florida State University - Valencia Study Center
C/ Blanquerías, 2 - 46003 Valencia (Spain)
Phone: + 34 963 55 93 60
Fax: + 34 963 56 30 53
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Amandy Murphy

How to describe this person I am now? I just know that I'm better, Valencia changed me for good. And this chica, though no longer in España, is the happiest chica in the world.

- Spring 2012

Eric Oullette

Being in a foreign country with approximately 50 other students is a great way to ease into the college life. Being so far away forces you to grow up and become independent in a short time.

- Fall 2012

Britt Pendergras

My college experience has been enhanced by spending it in Spain. Learning a new culture and language while in a small group setting is a big bonus: it feels like I'm a part of a big family.

- Fall 2012

Kevin Sundquist

Being here I cannot Imagine how other kids start college not abroad. I think this place is an amazing place to begin our college career. It gives us a way to see a different world than the US.

- Fall 2012

Christian Humes

Being in Valencia has opened my eyes to global awareness, a new culture, and new people.

- Fall 2012

William Hart

I am very comfortable in Valencia and the study center is a great place to live because of its many resources. Overall I am very pleased with the decision to come to here for my first semester.

- Fall 2012

Ryan Stipe

It is amazing to be able to walk outside and meet people from all over Europe and the world! I am going to be different from other freshmen when I go back to the states, but in a good way.

- Fall 2012

Arrielle Golan

I have never felt so cared about and accepted for who I am as I have in Valencia. These people are the most beautiful, amazing and genuine people I’ve ever met. They helped me grow so much!

- Spring 2012

Ashton Johnson

My experience here has been amazing. There has been so much to do. I feel it has greatly impacted my life and will help me flourish at FSU.

- Fall 2012

Terry Epps

Even though I may not have left a huge mark on Valencia, it has definitely left a mark on me.

- Spring 2012

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