Valencia, Spain

Valencia Fact Sheet

Apply now to reserve your place in Valencia, Spain.
DATES: May 25 - June 22, 2018

PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare. (Includes: Tuition – 3 credits, travel insurance, farewell dinner, special Spanish dinner and Flamenco Show, guided tours of the city, paella cooking lesson, aquarium visit, apartments and/or home stay accommodation with meals and a choice of optional activities and weekend trips. Easy beach access.)

GENERAL LOCATION: Seaside City on East Coast of Spain. Easy access to Barcelona and Madrid.

FOCUS: Modules in feature and travel writing, multimedia and design, photography, sports journalism and video storytelling.

COOPERATING UNIVERSITIES: University of Jamestown, California State University, Fullerton

CONTACT: Questions about the Valencia Project? Contact Jeffrey Brody at: jbrody@ieimedia.com

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 flesh 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 an extraordinary foreign experience.

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, multimedia, video or sports journalism – for individual and team projects, including mini photo and video documentaries. Students will receive an hour of Spanish instruction per day. Journalism instructors will review interviewing techniques and intercultural communications skills, and students will go on assignments with Spanish interpreters. The staff will help students develop stories that will boost their portfolio and credibility as correspondents, to help in job placement. Examples of student work are available at thisisvalencia on medium.com and 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.

Cultural Activities

  • 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

City lights sparkle from the town hall square.

Special Activities

  • 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

Optional Activities

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking day trip
  • Daytrips to historic Peniscola or Calpe
  • Visit to Bioparc (a wildlife park where animals roam freely)
  • Sports: beach volleyball, soccer, basketball
  • Weekend trips to Madrid, Toledo, Barcelona, Granada, etc.

Matthew Gozzip grabs professional-grade photo equipment on assignment in the old city.

Credits

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.

Housing

Students will stay in apartments or with host families, close to the city center.

Equipment

Students should bring their own laptop computers and digital or video cameras and recorders as well. The program will provide some equipment as needed.

A bullfighter flies through the air after being caught by the horns.

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.

Faculty

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
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 the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The coordinator of Nebraska’s new Sports Media and Communication major, he teaches sports and broadcasting courses, specializing in all aspects of sports media and broadcast presentation, reporting and writing. John spent 30 years as a broadcaster in San Francisco, for which he won an Emmy Award as an on-air host in 2009.

Bruce Strong is as an associate professor and chairman of the Multimedia Photography & Design department at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he teaches an array of video, audio, photography and multimedia courses. He has shot in nearly 60 countries and had images published in National Geographic and Time magazine.

Claudia Strong has taught graphic design and media writing for 10 years at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Originally from Chile and fluent in Spanish, Claudia fell in love with graphic design after graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Determined to add to her writing and editing skills by exploring the world of visual communication, she worked at The Orange County (Calif.) Register, where she designed for all the paper’s news and features sections and earned honors from the Society for News Design and Lowell Thomas Travel Awards.

View complete faculty biographies on our Valencia Faculty Page.

Program Cost

The cost is $4,995 plus airfare. Includes: Tuition – 3 credits, accommodations with a host family or in an apartment, travel insurance, farewell dinner, 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, including easy access to Mediterranean Sea beaches. Graduates and students who do not need credit can deduct $450 from the program cost.

Financial Aid

Students studying abroad for the summer term have limited financial aid options. Check with your school’s financial aid office and your study abroad offices to find out if assistance is available. More information on financial aid is available here.

Apply now to reserve your place in the Valencia, Spain program. Or, contact Program Director Jeff Brody at: jbrody@ieimedia.com. Students must fill out the online application and include contact information for two references (academic and/or professional) using the “Apply Now” link. A $50 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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