Education Abroad, U.Va.

Education Abroad

A Division of the International Studies Office


Tiffany Jenkins

My name is Tiffany Jenkins; I’m a fourth year double majoring in Spanish and Global Security in Justice! I participated in the UVA in Valencia program during the fall of 2015. As someone who had never been out of the country before, everything was new to me. If I decided not to go to Valencia, my world would have stayed so small. I was able to learn the intricacies of a new city and culture, better my Spanish, and make memories that will honestly last a lifetime. I wouldn’t have been able to travel to over 15 different cities in five different countries during the semester if I had stayed at UVA. The connections I made and the experiences I had are unattainable by staying at a university within the country, even one as great as UVA. You can sign up for a language course or read about a culture at the university, but nothing can compare to learning to cook a Spanish tortilla from your host mom or trying real horchata for the first time with your new Spanish friends. Without participating in the Valencia program, as cliche as it may sound, I would not be the same person as I am today.