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WCU Spanish Experience: Valencia

Picture of the city of Valencia


June 21 - July 1, 2020

Arrive in Valencia June 22

Join two WCU Spanish professors this summer in Valencia, Spain for an educational trip with global perspectives and local insights. The city of Valencia and the surrounding area will transport you to Roman and Medieval times and then back to the 21st century.

This summer, you can visit Spain’s third-largest city and surrounding areas with WCU world language professors Dr. Alberto Centeno-Pulido and Dr. Lori Oxford, who have taken over 170 WCU students to Spain, Cuba, and Argentina since 2010, will help you see how past and present converge in Valencia, a regional community that combines the ancient, the medieval, and the thoroughly modern.  


trip information

This program includes guided walks all around the city of Valencia, including such sites as the City of Arts and Sciences complex, the Mercado Central, Valencia’s cathedral, La Lonja (a 15th century mercantile exchange), the Torres de Serranos (what remains of Valencia’s 14th century fortifications around the city), and much more.

Day trips will include train trips to visit ancient ruins and a medieval castle in Sagunt and Xàtiva, as well as a short drive west to Requena to spend the day at a vineyard and winery, where you’ll learn all about Valencia’s wines from grapevine to glass.

Cost and Lodging information

Price for WCU Spanish Experience: 
Single occupancy: $2,139.46 plus airfare 
Double occupancy: $1786.86 plus airfare
Price includes lodging at a four-star hotel, meals, transportation within Spain, admission to sites, Spanish cooking class and all excursions. Price DOES NOT INCLUDE airfare. (Dr. Oxford can assist with flight booking)
Contact Dr. Oxford at and Dr. Centeno-Pulido at

for more information. 
Non-refundable deposit of $500 due March 31, 2020
Remainder of payment due May 1, 2020


Sagunt, Spain



Sagunt is one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean, having been around since the Iberians. It was a Carthaginian enclave during the 3rd Punic War and was brutally conquered by Rome. From that time, a theater remains. The castle sits atop the town and has survived major conflicts in the Iberian Peninsula, from the Arab Conquest and Christian Reconquest to the War of Independence from France in 1810.  




Xàtiva is a medieval city with a lot to offer. Outstanding landscapes, fantastic cuisine, and a lot of history – it is the hometown of the Borgia family and it was a major enclave in the War of Succession in the early 18th century, which started the reign of the Bourbon family in the throne of Spain, which continues to this day.   

Vinyard in Requena



We will visit a renowned vineyard/winery in the Utiel-Requena wine region, where we will be introduced to the art of wine and cava (sparkling wine) making. We will have a guided wine tasting and a meal featuring local specialties.  

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