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UVA in Valencia: Celebrating 40 Years

Image of a pedestrian and car traffic along an avenue in Valencia SpainUVA in Valencia Alumni and friends of UVA Global,

I invite you to join me September 28-30, 2023 in Valencia to celebrate the 40th anniversary of UVA in Valencia, the University’s longest standing and most popular formal study abroad program.

For many years, it has offered the opportunity to discover and explore Spain and the world beyond, and changed, in many positive ways, the lives of many students. It opened the boundaries of their minds and connected them with people from different cultures and institutions, regardless of their distinctive backgrounds. Over the years, it has grown and expanded, including students coming from many different disciplines. Today the program offers classes in literature, history, art history, Spanish language, politics, psychology, engineering, and pre-health.

After 40 years, it is time to celebrate UVA in Valencia’s achievements and UVA's growth into a global University. You will have the opportunity to get to know the New Valencia, our center, and the people who made it possible. With your participation and generosity, we will be able to continue expanding UVA's global presence and providing opportunities like the ones you enjoyed.


Fernando Operé
Professor of Spanish
Founding Director of UVA in Valencia


Schedule of activities
Thursday 28 September

 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Registration and packet pickup | UVA Valencia front desk 
Carrer de Ramón Gordillo, 4, 46010 València 

 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Welcome Cocktails | OnlyYou ValenciaDressy casual attire 
*Transportation provided
Meet the shuttle at the Mestalla Stadium at the Avenida Aragon entrance (look for the sign of a bat on the stadium facade)
OnlyYou Valencia address: Plaça de Rodrigo Botet, 5, 46002 València 

Friday 29 September

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast with Deans | The Westin Valencia Dressy casual attire 
Carrer d'Amadeu de Savoia, 16, 46010 València 

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Registration and packet pickup | UVA Valencia front desk 
Carrer de Ramón Gordillo, 4, 46010 València 

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Walking Tour: City of Arts & SciencesCasual attire
Meet at Main door of Shopping Center El Saler,46013 València

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Paella LunchCasual attire 
*Transportation provided
If you are not joining us on the walking tour, meet the shuttle at Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, 46013 València
Nou Racó address: Carretera del Palmar, 21, 46012 València


On own


Saturday 30 September

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Walking Tour: City Market with Liz Wellbeloved  – Casual attire
Meet at Carrer Ramilletes, 2, 46001 València

9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Bike with Fernando Opere along Turia RiverbedCasual attire 
*Sign-up required via activities form 
Meet at Cauce Bike Rentals, Carrer de Lluís Oliag, 77, 46006 València

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Walking Tour: Old TownCasual attire
Meet near the Puerta de los Hierros at Valencia Cathedral in the Plaza de la Reina

2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 

On own

7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. 

Gala Dinner | HemisfèricCocktail attire 
*Transportation provided 
Meet the shuttle near either OnlyYou Valencia  (C. de Amadeo de Saboya, 16, 46010 Valencia) or The Westin Valencia (C. Poeta Querol, 6132, 46002 Valencia)
Hemisferic address: Av. del Professor López Piñero, 3, 46013 València


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Travel & Lodging

Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging accommodations.

The University has secured a room block that includes a small discount at the OnlyYou Hotel. More Accommodation details are available in your registration confirmation

Participating UVA Leadership

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Ian Baucom
Executive Vice President and Provost

Ian B. Baucom is the executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia. As the chief academic officer, he oversees the University’s teaching and research activities and directs the academic administration of the schools, the library, art museums, public service activities, numerous University centers, and foreign study programs.

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Stephen D. Mull
Vice Provost for Global Affairs

Stephen D. Mull is Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Virginia. In this role he is the primary lead on global relations at the University, responsible for developing a strategic vision, designing outreach, and overseeing international activities. Steve will oversee institutional development of global partnerships and develop a wide array of services, programs, experiences, and strategic partnerships that promote global imagination within the university community.

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Christa Davis Acampora
Dean, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

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Nicole Thorne Jenkins
John A. Griffin Dean of the McIntire School of Commerce

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Jennifer L. West
Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science

Jennifer L. West’s formidable record of accomplishments spans more than 25 years as a transformational researcher, award-winning teacher and mentor, inventor, and entrepreneur. Her research focuses on the use of biomaterials, nanotechnology and tissue engineering, applying engineering approaches to studying biological problems and solving unmet medical needs, particularly in the fight against cancer.

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This program is sponsored by:

UVA in Valencia
UVA Global/International Studies Office
Servicios de Programas Universitarios
in partnership with UVA Office of Advancement