DATES: May 26 – June 23, 2017
PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare. (Includes: Tuition – 3 credits, all meals with host family, home stay accommodation (two per room), travel insurance, welcome and farewell dinners, special Spanish dinner and Flamenco Show, guided tours of the city, paella cooking lesson, aquarium visit, and a choice of optional activities and weekend trips. Easy beach access.)
GENERAL LOCATION: East Coast of Spain, on the Mediterranean
Application deadline: extended while spaces remain
The Valencia Project
Led by a team of award-winning journalists and professors with international experience, students will explore the ancient neighborhoods and bohemian hideaways of Valencia to flush out stories about a city that brims with historic tradition and dazzling nightlife. Considered by Lonely Planet, “a vibrant, friendly, mildly chaotic place,” Valencia is a perfect spot for energetic reporters seeking adventure and a foreign experience beyond the usual.
The emphasis of study will be on storytelling for mobile, web and print platforms. Students will expand their ability to blog and produce written, photo and broadcast stories. There will be an opportunity to specialize in one area – print, photography or video – to work on individual and team projects, including mini photo and video documentaries. Students will receive an hour of Spanish instruction per day. Interviewing techniques and intercultural communications skills will be reviewed, and students will go on assignments with Spanish interpreters. The staff will help students develop stories that will boost their portfolios and credibility as correspondents to help in job placement. Examples of student work can be found on the website: thisisvalencia.wordpress.com
There is much to discover and report about in the neighborhoods, beaches and cultural sites of Valencia. The beaches are only 15 minutes away from the center of town. Valencia has great public transportation with a subway, tram and bus service that connects the whole city.
Among the cultural attractions, Valencia boasts: an Oceanografico marine complex; Bioparc Valencia, an immersion zoo that replicates the habitat of Africa, and a City of Arts and Sciences that has six state of the art buildings dedicated to culture and the performing arts and a world-class museum. The La Lonja de la Seda (silk exchange) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Guided tour of the city center – the Old Quarter and Europe’s largest Farmer’s Market
- Visit to Museums, the River Park and Valencia’s magnificent beaches
- Guided tour of The City of Arts and Sciences
- Boat ride along the rice-growing region of Valencia
- Paella cooking lesson
- Typical Spanish tapas dinner and dazzling Flamenco show
- Visit to Oceanografico – Europe’s largest aquarium and dolphin show
- Seaside Cruise along the coastline
- Kayaking day trip
- Daytrips to historic Peniscola or Calpe
- Visit to Bioparc (a wildlife park where animals roam freely)
- Sports: beach volley ball, soccer, basketball
- Weekend trips to Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, Granada, etc.
Students will earn three credits of upper-division journalism electives for this course. The credits will be issued by the University of Jamestown, and we will work with you so they are easily transferable to your university.
Students will stay with host families (all meals included) in or near the center of the City in comfortable rooms with home-cooked delicacies. Housing is close enough to nightclubs and social venues.
Students should bring their own laptop computers and digital or video cameras and recorders as well. The program will provide some equipment as needed.
Spanish Instruction and Interpreters
All language instruction and interpreters will be furnished by Euroace (European Association for Cultural Exchange). There will be one daily language session, Monday through Thursday (weekends are free for travel) and each student will be assigned a specific number of hours to use interpreters in the field for program assignments only.
Jeffrey Brody is a professor of Communications and member of the Asian-American Studies Program Council at California State University, Fullerton. He teaches advanced writing classes, courses on mass communication and society, and media and diversity. He has a distinguished record advising student publications. His international reporting class has taken journalism students on medical missions to Cambodia and Vietnam the past four years. His research interests include the Internet, ethnic press, newspaper industry and the Vietnamese American experience.
Narrative Journalism Faculty
Amara Aguilar is an associate professor of professional practice in digital journalism at USC Annenberg. She previously was the journalism department chair and an assistant professor of journalism at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she advised student news publications and led the journalism program’s mobile and tablet initiatives. She was honored by the California Journalism Education Coalition as “Journalism Educator of the Year” in the two-year college division in 2014.
John Shrader is assistant professor of Journalism at California State University, Long Beach. He teaches courses in broadcast journalism, including news and sports journalism for both radio and television, and visual storytelling for all media. John spent 30 years as a broadcaster in San Francisco, for which he won an Emmy Award as an on-air host in 2009.
View complete faculty biographies on our Valencia Faculty Page
Students must fill out the online application and include contact information for two references (academic and/or professional) using the “Apply Now” link below. A $150 application fee is required with the application, but will be returned if a student is not accepted into the program. Application deadline: Rolling admission until program fills.
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