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Spring Term

Spring Term: from 3rd week of January  to the end of May

Applications are accepted until 2nd of October, and enrollments are accepted until 31st of October 31st.

Humanities / Liberal Arts

WARNING: Courses with * mark are available under request and if enough students are enrolled.

Culture & Society in Contemporary Spain

Clara Bonet, PhD
3 US credits
With an emphasis on the present-day, but setting the examination of institutions and attitudes in their historical context, this course offers an introduction to Spanish culture, familiarizing students with the social, economic and political structures of contemporary Spain. Course highlights include: the restoration of the ancestral monarchy after years of dictatorship; the organization in autonomous communities; and the perception of Spain in the world today.
Requirements: n/a
Language of Instruction: English or Spanish based on demand.

History of Spain Through Arts and Media

Juan Gomis, PhD
3 US credits
This course provides students with a general overview of Spanish history from the Middle Ages to the present through cinema. In order to understand contemporary Spanish society, the class focuses on important aspects of the country's history and analyzes each through a selection of films and historical texts. The aim of this course is not only to teach students how to analyze a film, but also to demonstrate how cinema can be both enjoyable and didactic, as it provides students with an increasing knowledge of Spanish culture and history.
Requirements: n/a
Language of Instruction: English or Spanish based on demand.

The Gothic in Literature

Paul Mitchell, PhD
3 US credits
This course explores the Gothic as an artistic and cultural phenomenon from its earliest development in eighteenth century literature to its contemporary manifestations in modern cinema. Apart from discussing key works of the Gothic imagination, students will also seek to understand this genre in terms of its philosophical, psychological and sociological dimensions. As students engage in a thorough analysis of each text or film, they are also encouraged to think critically about the Gothic in relation to the European/American cultures in which it has developed.
Requirements
Language of Instruction

Literatura española contemporánea

Prof. Mª del Puig Andrés, PhD
3 US credits
The main purpose of this course is to analyze recent Spanish culture through a selection of films and literary works. Students read excerpts or full novels, several short stories, and watch a number of films over the course of the semester. Works selected focus on the period of rapid social, economic, and political change in Spain between 1979 and the present day. Through the study of each literary work, students will gain valuable knowledge of critical issues and a deeper understanding of the complexities of Spanish culture.
Requirements: Spanish language.
Language of Instruction: Spanish

Social Justice (+ Learning Service Internship)

Beatriz Morera, PhD
3 US credits
This course introduces students to the study of social justice, attempting to link social theory, particularly the theories of Catholic social teaching, with social action and change. Students explore the diverse meanings and definitions of social justice while developing a critical understanding of key concepts and theories. Presented in relation to some of the most important social justice debates today, this course encourages students to apply their knowledge to a wide range of subject areas and social issues. As a key component of the course, students choose a relevant placement in a community service organization/NGO, complete a minimum of four hours of service per week, and engage in meaningful reflective practice with their peers.
Requirements: n/a.
Language of Instruction: English

*Medicine and Health in Literature and Film

Paul Mitchell, PhD
3 US credits
This course will challenge the traditional division between the humanities and science by exploring how medical and health-related issues are represented in a range of literary and filmic texts. Particular emphasis will be given to the cultural and social dimensions of health, as well as to two specific questions: What is health? What is illness? Each week, we will explore the experience of illness, disease, and disability from the perspective of both patients and medical practitioners in order to better understand the biological, economic, political, and aesthetic discourses that shape our understanding of physical and psychological well-being. 
Requirements: none.
Language of Instruction: English

Spanish Language and Culture

Our Spanish Courses are divided in three main levels, Beginners, Intermediate, and Advance; specific courses for Health Professions or Business are available under request and if enough students are enrolled. Students will be placed in the correspondent level after placing test and personal interview, and under student's request.

Courses with * mark are available under request and if enough students are enrolled.

Spanish Beginner

Pablo Ortiz, ME
3 US credits
Spanish for Beginners is a great way to get started in learning Spanish as a foreign language. You can get an easy introduction to Spanish or just consolidate your basic knowledge with our Beginners courses. Whether you have no previous experience, 0 semesters, or just a very basic one, (1 semester), we have options for you.
Requirements: no requirements.
Language of Instruction: Spanish

Spanish Intermediate

Eduardo España, PhD
3 US credits
Intermediate Spanish can help you review and expand the essential skills of the Spanish language. These courses will help you better understand native speakers as well as boost your confidence with the past, present, and future tenses.
Requirements: 2 or 3 previous semesters, or equivalent language skills.
Language of Instruction: Spanish

*Advance Spanish (conversation and composition)

TBA
3 US credits
Advanced Spanish helps students improve their writing and oral skills. It involves composition, reading and conversation.
Requirements: 4 or more Spanish semesters, or equivalent language skills.
Language of Instruction: Spanish

Spanish for Health Professions

David García-Ramos, ME & PhD
3 US credits
The general aim of this course is to lay the general foundations for the use of Spanish by students who already have at least an intermediate level. It is a course specifically designed to develop the linguistic skills of students in the area of health sciences, and to review and solve the grammatical problems of an intermediate level in order to provide the student with the necessary tools for effective communication.
Requirements: 3 Spanish semesters, interest in Health Professions, or equivalent language skills.
Language of Instruction: Spanish.

Biotechnology

WARNING: Courses with * mark are available under request and if enough students are enrolled.

Stem Cells: origin and practical applications

Prof. Elisa Oltra, PhD
3 US credits
The course will focus on the study of different types of stem cells, methods for their isolation and culture. Examples for their use in research and for the development of therapeutic programs will be provided.
Requirements: Sciences 200 or more.
Language of Intruction: English

Biochemistry II: Metabolism and Nutrition

Prof. Joaquín Carrasco, PhD
3 US credits
The course contents are focused on cellular metabolism, coordination and integration of nutrition and exercise physiology. The areas of interest of Metabolism and Nutrition encompass studies in obesity, diabetes, lipidemias, metabolic syndrome and exercise physiology that have an underlying basis in metabolism. Likewise, the student will work on paper assignments on the biochemistry of metabolism, cell signaling, molecular and cellular biology of nutrients. Current, but not exclusive, interests are metabolic effects hormonal regulation, and metabolic adaptations.
Requirements: Sciences 200 or more.
Language of Intruction: English

*Biochemistry I: Biomolecules

Prof. Pablo J. Sanchis, PhD
3 US credits
The main goal is to engage students with biomolecules. The content is focused on the structural and functional knowledge of key biomolecules, knowing the general principles of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics and have a general understanding of the processes involved in the flow of genetic information. Class description: Students are introduced to general concepts of general Biochemistry, related with several life adaptations structure component of cell we seek submission of manuscripts on the general biochemistry , molecular and cellular biology.
Requirements: no requirements
Language of Intruction: English

Marine Sciences
Marine Ecology

Prof. José Tena; PhD y José Rafael García, PhD
3 US credits
To learn the concepts and basic postulates as well as the current approach of the ecological science; to Learn to interpret and elaborate ecological models applied to the marine systems; to understand the structure and functioning of the ecological systems (pelagic and benthic); to learn the functioning of the aquatic ecosystems from the knowledge of the flows of energy and cycles of matter.
Requirements: no requirements
Language of Intruction: English

Marine Botany

Prof. Tania García, PhD & Jorge Juan Vicedo, PhD
3 US credits
To learn the morphology and structure of the marine flora as well as its reproduction and life cycles; knowing how to utilize the keys of identification for the different species; to classify and to identify the main species of the Mediterranean Sea; to describe the distribution and zonation of the species and groups studied; to learn and to apply the different techniques of sampling and preparation of samples; to learn the uses and applications of the marine plants.
Requirements: no requirements
Language of Intruction: English

Methods in chemical and biological oceanography

Prof. Carolina Padrón, PhD
3 US credits
To learn the oceanographical aspects both, theoretical and practical, to plan campaigns, design experiments, choose the adequate procedures and methods; to learn the strategies to follow during the sampling; to learn the procedures for the preservation, storage and pretreatment of samples; to use different methods of processing, extraction and analysis of marine samples for the determination of chemical and biological parameters.
Requirements: no requirements
Language of Intruction: English

Aquaculture

Pablo J. Sanchis, PhD
3 US credits
The main goals of this course are:

  • To learn which the main aquaculture production systems are, farmed species and world aquaculture production areas.
  • To learn which the main aquaculture production systems are, farmed species and world aquaculture production areas.
  • To learn the zoo-technical principles in aquaculture production.
  • To apply the aquaculture engineering principles to design and manage aquaculture farms.
  • To develop an objective critic spirit on the social, economic and environmental effects from the aquaculture activity.

Requirements: no requirements
Language of Intruction: English

Fisheries

TBA
3 US credits
The main goals of this course are:

  • To identify the main exploited marine resources and knows their biology.
  • To locate and understand the location of the main fishing grounds.
  • To know the main techniques of search and extraction of marine living resources.
  • To apply the methods of study in the evaluation of living resources.
  • To know diverse experiences of management of marine living resources.
  • To recognize the environmental and socio-economic implications of the fishing activity.
  • To understand conceptually and value the importance of the study of marine living resources in the context of today's science and society, and of oceanography in particular.

Requirements: basic concepts in biology (animal classification and main characteristics).

Nursing

WARNING: Courses with * mark are available under request and if enough students are enrolled.

* Introduction to Health Care

Esther Navarro, PhD
3 US credits
The aim of the course is to introduce students in a variety of topics in order to have a wide vision of the health system structure, emergency departments, and community care health services. The course combines recorded video lectures, written materials, quiz, and role-playing videos with questionnaires for identifying and assessing good practices in health professions. It will also include practical sessions in the UCV Virtual Hospital, and workshops for basic health care and first aid.
Requirements: none (health students).
Language of Instruction: English

Human Physiology

F. Javier Sancho, PhD
3 US credits
General goals:
a. To help the student develop a constant personal and professional drive to better themselves, a problem-solving approach, a decision making attitude, leadership and management. 
b. To help the student develop effective study habits, time organization skills, individual autonomy, critical and self-critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills. 
c. To provide the student with the fundamental concepts to understand the human body functions
d. To study the function of each one of the human body systems 
e. To provide the student with the scientific language to be used in clinical practice.
Requirements: none.
Language of Instruction: English

Nutrition and Dietetics

Juana Carbonell, PhD
3 US credits
General goals:

  1. To know the nutritional problems among the current population, the epidemiological factors responsible for them, and the measures used to promote healthy nutrition;
  2. To know the difference between Nutrition and Dietetics, and to gain the necessary knowledge about food to be able to elaborate a normal diet;
  3. To provide adequate knowledge for Nursing professionals in Primary Care to be able to carry out Nutrition programmes in Nursing clinics;
  4. To be able to elaborate balanced diets for a person of any age group, regardless of their status.

Requirements: none.
Language of Instruction: English

Ethics and Professional Ethics

Bosco Corrales, PhD
3 US credits
General goals:

  1. Leading in the field of ethical reflection in order to know the constituents of human action and moral character of the person.
  2. Deepen the need for professional responsibility based on moral, legal and ethical standards.
  3. To provide basic knowledge of medical ethics and particular of ethics in nursing.
  4. Recognize the importance of a holistic view of the person, fostering the personal
  5. and humanized with patient and family.
  6. Understand the current landscape of bioethics, through different approaches
  7. anthropological and analyze its impact on health care.

Requirements: no requirements.
Language of Instruction: English

Sports

These courses will be opened if a minimum number of students are enrolled by October 7.

Nutritional Requirements for Physical Activity and Sports

Prof. Eraci Drehmer, PhD
3 US credits
The aim of this subject is:

  • To Know the basic content and skills, to give an overview and critique of the role of nutrition and supplements in sport;
  • to distinguish the basic components of food into his role in the physiology of the athlete;
  • to identify the different types and functions of nutrients;
  • to acquire the necessary knowledge about the type and characteristics of the different food groups and proportions in which they must be present to have a healthy and balanced diet;
  • to learn techniques for assessing the nutritional status of the subject, and identify some major alterations; to know the relationships between diet and exercise;
  • to apply knowledge of nutrition learned to promote the education of healthy habits.

Requirements
Language of Instruction: English

Outdoor Sports: Sports in the natural environment

TBA
3 US credits
Program TBA.
Requirement: n/a (other than participating in outdoor sports and activities)
Language of Instruction: English.

Football

TBA
General Goals:

  • To understand the nature, theoretical and practical basis of football 11, and the relationship, and transfer to other modalities (F7 and Futsal);
  • To know the main teaching models used in football training and its potentialities in different contexts of practice; to analyse, plan and implement training or teaching programs  (physical, technical, tactical and strategic) in different skilled football players;
  • To develop professional values and attitudes needed for the development and intervention in the context of footballo learn techniques for assessing the nutritional status of the subject, and identify some major alterations
  • To know the relationships between diet and exercise.
Physiotherapy

These courses will be opened if a minimum number of students are enrolled by October 7.

Physiology I 241110

TBA
3 US credits
Each type of life, from the simple virus to the largest tree or the complicated human being, has its own functional characteristics. The goal of physiology is to explain the physical and chemical factors that are responsible for the origin, development, and progression of life. Therefore, the vast field of physiology can be divided into viral physiology, bacterial physiology, cellular physiology, plant physiology, human physiology, and many more subdivisions. Our primary goal is the human physiology study of the state of relative stability of the body's internal environment. These processes feedback systems, that helps to restore the conditions needed for health and life. Our fascinating journey through the human body, begins with an overview of the meanings of anatomy and physiology, followed by a discussion of the organization of the human body and the properties that it shares with all living things. Next, you will discover how the body regulates its own internal environment; this unceasing process, called homeostasis. We introduce vocabulary that will help you to speak about the body in a way that is understood by scientists and health-care professionals alike.
Requirements
Language of Instruction: English

Medical surgery affections 240206

TBA
3 US credits
People can show losses of their state of health through multiple ways of getting sick, which can be understood through the study of the different medical clinical patterns described in classical medicine. These patterns have very different symptomatologic expressions, grouped in large syndromes. Providing skills and knowledge is essential for any health care provider who wants to approach them, through therapy or prevention, to the people who suffer from them, according to their individual variability. Physiotherapists, as health professionals, must know how to make a correct assessment of the health status of their patients, through communication based on their mutual trust and expectations.
Requirement: n/a
Language of Instruction: English.

Physical Therapy in Locomotor System I 240208

3 US credits
Currently, a large number of people in the world suffer back pain, which even makes them unable to perform their work or daily activities. Pathologies such as cervical pain, chronic headache, low back pain, lumbar instability and pathologies of the lumbo-sacral area such as spondylolisthesis, cause a series of symptoms in which the main protagonist is pain.
In this subject all these problems and pathologies will be addressed, as well as the anatomy, biomechanics and physiotherapy in these vertebral spine pathologies. Likewise, there will be numerous practical lessons of clinical evaluation of the vertebral spine, from the skull and temporomandibular joint to the lumbo-sacral area..
Requirement: n/a
Language of Instruction: English

Sanitary Investigation and Documentation 240329

3 US credits
Program
Following the Scientific Method and it´s application to Physical Therapy Research. Locate main sources of Scientific Documentation in Health Sciences in general and in the specific field of Physical Therapy.
Apply different search methods to obtain a complete updated background on publications about a specific topic of interest. Identify Research open questions in Physical therapy. Find methods and protocols to apply to a study sample, identify variables, biases and limitations. Objectively analyze results. Critical reading and writing of Scientific Manuscripts.
Requirement: n/a
Language of Instruction: English

Education
Motor Development & Curriculum

Prof. José Boquera, PhD
3 US credits
This subject revolves around five main goals, namely, knowing and analyzing thebasic   theoretical   foundations   of   the   'Physical   Activities'   unit;   designing intervention proposals suitable for Early Childhood Education by knowing how to analyze both the context and the needs of the pupils; designing and experiencing teaching-learning activities for the development of the curriculum; analyzing the contribution of P.E. to the integral development of a person; and knowing the learning and motor development fundamentals in Early Childhood Education.
Requirements: none
Language of Instruction: English

Learning Motor Development & Curriculum

3 US credits
The goals of this subject are:

  • Knowing and understanding fundamentals of physical education as an education field
  • Knowing the learning and motor development fundamentals in Primary Education
  • Designing and experience teaching-learning activities for the curriculum's development
  • Analyzing physical education's contribution to the person's integral development.

Requirements: none
Language of Instruction: English

Body Language

Prof. Joaquín García, PhD
3 US credits
This subject revolves around four main goals, namely, knowing and analyzing the basic theoretical foundations of the 'Physical Activities' unit; designing intervention proposals suitable for Early Childhood Education by knowing how to analyze both the context and the needs of the pupils; analyzing the body language as a form of expression and communication, relate it to other forms of expression and check the role it could be playing in the pupils' development; analyzing the contribution of P.E. to the integral development of a person.
Requirements: none
Language of Intruction: English

Business

Any Study Abroad student can take regular UCV Direct Enrollment courses, grado courses, upon his/her Home University advisor´s. Those courses are not specially designed for the Study Abroad Program, therefore assessment methods, study guides and general methodologies could be different. On the other hand, study abroad students have the opportunity of interacting with Spanish and European exchange students. Please, contact us to further information about Business courses (studyabroad@ucv.es).

Dentistry

Any Study Abroad student can take regular UCV Direct Enrollment courses, "grado" courses, upon his/her Home University advisor´s. Those courses are not specially designed for the Study Abroad Program, therefore assessment methods, study guides and general methodologies could be different. On the other hand, study abroad students have the opportunity of interacting with Spanish and European exchange students. Please, contact us to further information about those courses (studyabroad@ucv.es).

Internships

If you are interested in other kind of internships not listed here, please, do not hesitate in asking us, we could have also Sports Sciences, Business, Social Work.

Education Internship

School of Education
Raquel Blave, PhD
3 / 6 / 12 US credits
You will have the opportunity to fulfill a teacher training period at a school in Valencia. Depending on the degree you are studying and on your linguistic competence in English and /or Spanish, you will be placed at the school which best fits your needs. While at school, you will have a tutor who will guide you throughout the whole process. Hands-on learning for prospective teachers!
Requirements: none
Language of Instruction: Spanish

Marine Biology (Internship I & II)

IMEDMAR
Tania García, José R. García and José Tena
3 / 6 US credits

  • Apply in a pre-professional context the knowledge acquired in previous modules.
  • Development of practical knowledge and skills, both individual and group, of the concrete activities needed according to the type of company / sector of activity of the marine area.
  • To be capable of advising technically to the companies.
  • To acquire skill in the marine basic or applied research.
  • To promote the proactive attitude of the student.

Requirements: Diving certification (the student will have the opportunity to obtain it during the stay)
Language of Instruction: Spanish / English

Contact information

Address

Universidad Católica de Valencia
Campus San Juan Bautista, office 30041
c/Guillem de Castro, 175. 
46008, Valencia (Spain)

Telephone

+34 963 637 412 Ext. 4865

Office Hours

Mon-Fri 9h30-13h30 & 15h30-17h30.

E-mail

studyabroad@ucv.es

UCV-US Program Director
David García Ramos

E-mail
david.garcia@ucv.es
studyabroad@ucv.es

UCV-US Program Administrative Assistant
Juan Martin 

E-mail
jm.martin@ucv.es 
studyabroad@ucv.es