Academic Program Description
Valparaiso International Engineering Program (VIEP-Spanish) is a nine-semester B.S. degree program that combines a major in one of four engineering disciplines (civil, computer, electrical or mechanical), a major or minor in Spanish, and one academic year of study in Spain. The program allows students to gain linguistic and cultural proficiency in the Spanish language and prepares them for careers with Spanish or U.S. companies that operate globally.
VIEP-Spanish students fulfill the following requirements:
Take one Spanish langauge course per semester beginning, at the latest, in the third semester
Participate in a study abroad program in Zaragoza, Spain on the Centro Politécnico Superior – University of Zaragoza campus in the seventh semester
Work in a co-op/internship placement in Spain during the eighth semester and ensuing summer
Reside in the Spanish House, La Casa Española for at least two semesters.
Study Abroad Program Description
Zaragoza is a medium-size European city, in an advantageous location, equidistant between Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, and France, which makes it a center of communications and cultures. At the same time, it is not a tourist city, such as Madrid or Barcelona, offering students a relaxing ambiance ideal for language immersion. Because of the natural geographical location and its history, Aragonese people are open and welcoming towards visitors. In a city with 2,000 years of history, the streets are filled with monuments from various cultures and religions making Zaragoza an excellent example of what a global city can be. Students are housed with host families located throughout the city, arranged through the CELE. You may have a roommate who is another program participant. Meals are provided by the host family.
During the Fall semester students will take courses at the Centro Politecnico Superior (CPS) in Zaragoza, Spain including a Spanish-language course that helps further develop Spanish skills and several content courses in engineering, math, or science taught in Spanish, side-by-side with Spanish students. The CPS International Office provides personal assistance with securing housing, course selection and more throughout the duration of this semester. At Valpo, students will enroll in a placeholder course that allows them to maintain their full-time student status on campus. Courses/grades will be added retro-actively post-program upon receipt of transcript/grade information.
For the Spring semester into the Summer, students complete a co-op/internship in which they work for a Spanish company or research laboratory. Some students remain in Zaragoza while others prefer to seek a position in another part of Spain. Through this students gain valuable technical, cultural and linguistic experience while you earn a modest salary and interact on a daily basis with your Spanish co-workers. For the Valpo enrollment, students should follow instructions from their academic advisors/departments with regards to enrollment and fulfilling academic requirements.
The program runs from late August to June. Students receive official semester dates with the official acceptance from the host institution in Zaragoza.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Eligible participants will be pursuing the Valparaiso International Engineering Program - Spanish degree and apply to study for their fourth year in the program, or as directed by their academic advisors. The deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 Academic Year is March 1, 2018. After the application deadline applications will be reviewed. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to begin an application.
Please refer to the budget sheet above.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee as they would during a semester on-campus at Valpo. All financial aid (except work-study and some 'on-campus' aid) applies. Be sure to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to determine the exact cost. Students can be housed in a homestay or an apartment. Housing is paid directly to the housing provider.
Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare. The OIP Study Abroad is happy to offer support as necessary including soliciting quotes for flights from a travel agent, and/or connecting students with reputable travel agents.
The estimate for spending money will vary greatly depending on personal spending habits. This would include personal items, additional personal travel, restaurant meals, shopping, and other activities such as going to movies, concerts, etc. The estimate found in the budget sheet is based on average spending, and students should estimate for themselves based on their individual spending habits.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising:
Erin Kunert - Associate Director of Study Abroad Programs
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Apply for a Passport
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.