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Why is the School called Route 66 Idiomas?
The Route 66 interstate highway symbolizes the optimism that invaded the USA after the Great Depression and the First World War. Often called: “The Main Street of America”, it connects a remote and little-populated region to two of the most important cities of the twentieth century: Chicago and Los Angeles.
The construction of the Route 66 interstate highway began at the end of the 1920s. It made it possible to travel by car from the east to the west of the USA for the first time. Eventually the highway connected 8 states and provided jobs and income for thousands of people. It also offered thousands of others the opportunity to seek a new life.
Since 1984, Route 66 has not been an official interstate highway. However, North Americans and foreign tourists have rediscovered it. These new travellers want to relive the experience of heading west and towards the adventurous future that the famous highway has traditionally symbolized.
Route 66 Idiomas offers you the opportunity to start a new adventure to better your future. When you have learnt Spanish the language barrier that separated you from a large part of the world will disappear. Whether for work, study or vacation, knowing Spanish is sure to open many doors.
- You can get more information about Valencia in Route 66. We have various leaflets and city maps.
- There are three tourist information offices in the city centre where you can find out more about everything that Valencia has to offer.
- You can also visit the following websites:
Problems / Complaints / Suggestions
Please do not hesitate to tell us your opinions regarding any of the services we offer. We have complaint and suggestion forms and we encourage you to use them to help us to improve our services. Of course, if you would prefer, you can also make your comments in person.
The following timeslots are available each week if you would like to speak to the Director of Studies about any problems, complaints, suggestions or queries you may have about your classes:
Monday to Friday: from 13.30 to 15.30.
If you have any problems, complaints or suggestions concerning accommodation, invoices, class times, the classrooms, other students, borrowing books and DVDs, extracurricular activities, etc., please contact René.We also have a suggestions box. Please do not hesitate to use it.
During your course the Secretary will put up posters to announce excursions (e.g. trips to museums, local towns and villages, festivals, adventure sports activities, etc.).
Rules for Route 66 Idiomas Students
Certificates of Attendance of Completion
Once you have finished your course you can request one of our two types of certificate. Attendance certificates state which course and the number of hours of class you attended. The other qualification is the completion certificate which you have to pass a final exam to obtain. This diploma states the course and hours of class you attended, the qualification gained at the end of the course and the corresponding internationally-recognized language competency level (under the Common European Framework). Route 66 Idiomas will only issue certificates of attendance and course completion to those students who attend 80% of the total hours of their course.
DELE: Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language)
The Diplomas de Español como Lengua Extranjera are official qualifications that accredit the holder’s level of competence and fluency in Spanish. They are issued by the Spanish Department of Education and the Instituto Cervantes (which acts in the Department’s name). The Diplomas can only be gained by passing a series of examinations.Currently the following examinations are available:
The University of Salamanca collaborates with the Instituto Cervantes to write the examination papers and evaluate the tests for the Spanish diplomas.Examination dates 2016:
If you are interested in taking any of these exams or have any questions about them, please ask us about them and the preparation courses that we offer.
The Rights of the Student
Duties of the Student
- To attend classes punctually and to take part in the activities designed to develop the study plans
- To work within and respect the hours approved for the development of the School’s activities
- To follow the guidance of the teachers regarding their learning and show them all due respect and consideration
- To respect the right of your fellow students to study.
Advice to Continue Learning outside the School
Useful Telephone Numbers
- Radio Taxi: 963 703 333
- Tele-Taxi: 963 571 313
Students who plan to stay in Valencia for more than three months should go the Foreigners Office to request their Foreigner’s Identification Number (NIE, Número de Identificación de Extranjero). You can pick up the necessary documents in consulates and/or embassies.Students from non-EU countries have to present the documents at the Patraix Police Station:
Telephone: 963 593 309 / 963 707 456 / 963 707 468.
However, if you are from an EU country, you should present the documents at:
46007 – Valencia
Tel.: 963 417 866
(Opening hours: Mon –Thurs, 9.00 - 14.00 and 17.00 - 19.45; Fri, 9.00 - 14.00. Summer: mornings only)
You can find the addresses and telephone numbers for consulates and embassies on the following website: http://valencia-virtual.es/informacion/embajadas-consulados/gmx-niv131.htm
To enter Spain, all students from non-EU countries must have a valid passport and may also require a student visa which will be issued by the Spanish Embassy in their home country. Please take a look at the “Terms and Conditions” page, where we explain this in more detail.
Frequently Asked questions
- What happens if I’m unwell?
Firstly, tell us (René or the office) so we know that you are unable to attend class (call: 963 427 368).
Under these circumstances you will lose the class(es) you do not attend. Please remember that if you are seriously ill you should tell your insurance company as they may refund you for the classes you missed. In these situations you can speak to René to find out about the options and/or assistance that the School can offer you.
- Will I lose my class if I cancel with less than 48 hours’ notice?
If it is a group class, yes. Private classes cancelled with less than 48 hours notice are also non-refundable; however, in the event of there being extraordinary extenuating circumstances, the School may decide to make a concession to this rule.
- What are the rules for borrowing books and DVDs?
Please speak to the office if you want to borrow books and/or DVDs from the library. We will lend books for a 2-week period and DVDs overnight or over the weekend, but you can always ask us if you can extend the loan. You can borrow a maximum of two books and one DVD at a time.
- Can you help me if I have problems with my visa or arranging other official documents?
Yes, but we do not offer any specialized services. If you have any questions or need help, please contact us (René) and we will help you find the information you need.
Getting Around Valencia
1. BY BIKE: Valenbisi, www.valenbisi.com
Valenbisi is Valencia’s public bike rental system. Users can borrow one of 2,750 bicycles from the 275 stations around the city and return it to another. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The bike stations are fully automated and cyclists access the system via an information terminal. First you must buy a card or ticket to use the system (see details below). Each time you want to hire a bicycle you insert your card/ticket into the terminal and this will allow you to unlock a bike from one of the station’s bike stands. Each time you return a bike to a stand it will make a noise to let you to know you have docked the bike correctly.
Please be aware that during peak times and University term times, you may find some stations are empty and will have to walk to the next one to find an available bike.
Types of card, where to buy them and charges
OPTION 1: annual, long-term card: make as many trips as you like, whenever you want, during a whole year!
Types of card, where to buy them and charges
You can buy this type of card on the Valenbisi website. The website is available in English – look in the bottom left hand corner for language options. Then click on “Subscription” in the top menu and follow the instructions.
The Valenbisi annual, long-term card is 27,12 euros and the following additional charges may apply:
- First 30 minutes of bike use: free of charge.
- From 30 minutes to 60 minutes: 0.52 euros for the additional 30 minutes.
- Every additional 60 minutes: 2.06 euros for every additional 60 minutes.
Can I avoid the additional charges?
If you’re cycling in the city centre, yes. As the time gets close to 30 minutes, simply dock the bike in a Valenbisi station and then remove it again. The clock will be set back to 0.
OPTION 2: Associated long term card: use your “Mobilis” card with Valenbisi all year round.
Buy a “Mobilis” ticket for the metro and bus networks at any metro station or green street kiosk (€8.00, plus €2 for the card the first time you buy. The price includes 10 trips on EMT city buses and within zone A of the metro network). Then visit the Valenbisi website to register your card. On the homepage, select the option “Annual card” in the “Sign up for a subscription” box in the top left hand corner. On the next page choose the option “Transport annual subscription card (Mobilis)” and enter your Mobilis card number which you can find on the back of the card in the top right corner.
The initial price and additional charges for this card are the same as those for the annual, long term card as described under “Option 1”.
The Mobilis card does not have an expiry date and you can use it to make trips in zone A of the metro system and on EMT city buses.
OPTION 3: weekly, short-term ticket: make as many trips as you like during 7 consecutive days.
You can buy this type of ticket at bike stations which have a credit card terminal. You must pay by credit card and follow the instructions on the screen and payment terminal.The Valenbisi weekly, short-term ticket is 13.04 euros and the following additional charges may apply:
- First 30 minutes of bike use: free of charge.
- From 30 minutes to 60 minutes: 1.04 euros for the additional 30 minutes.
- Every additional 60 minutes: 3.12 euros for every additional 60 minutes.
The dots on this map show the bike stations in Valencia. For a clearer view of the stations you would like to use, please visit the Valenbisi website: valenbisi.com (the option to view the site in English is in the bottom left-hand corner of the homepage).
Further information is available on the Valenbisi website or through the information screens in bike station terminals.
2. BY METRO: Metrovalencia, www.metrovalencia.com
The Valencia metro system is divided into 4 zones and is made up of 9 lines. Zone A includes the city centre and beach. If you are planning a trip outside the city centre by metro it is important to check which zone your destination station is in because you may have to buy a ticket that allows you to travel into zones A, B, C and/or D.
The city airport is in zone D. If you are travelling from the centre to Valencia airport or vice versa you must have an ABCD ticket or a special “airport” ticket.
Lines 4, 6, 8 and 9 of the metro system are actually tram lines and run above ground. Metro tickets are also valid for journeys on these lines. When you start your journey at a tram stop, it is important that you “validate” your ticket by touching it against the large red circle next to the ticket machine on the platform (that looks like the image below).
If you do not validate your ticket before getting on the tram you may be fined up to €50 (unless you have a valid reason).
Once you have validated your ticket you have 1 hour to complete your journey. You can also connect to a different metro line without being charged twice. For example, you take tram line 6 from the Tarongers stop at the University to Benimaclet. At Benimaclet you change to metro line 3 to go to Colón in the city centre. This all counts are 1 journey – you will not be charged a second time when you enter the metro station at Benimaclet.
Pricing and tickets
Tickets and top-ups can be bought in any metro station on the network. There are tickets machines (with the option to view the options in various languages) in all stations and in some stations there will also be a staffed ticket booth. Top-ups can also be bought in green street news kiosks and some newsagents. Current ticket prices are as follow:
If you are going to use the metro frequently, a bonometro ticket is the most economical option. The first time you buy one, you will be charged an additional €1 to cover the cost of the card. DO NOT THROW THE CARD AWAY when you have used the 10 journeys on it. You can top up this card with more journeys (up to 30 journeys at a time).
Bus and metro
If you are going to use the bus and metro in Zone A regularly, another option is the “bono transbordo” ticket. This is valid for 10 journeys on EMT city buses or on zone A of the metro network. It allows you to change from bus to metro or vice versa at any time between 3 and 50 minutes from when you first validate the ticket. A bono transbordo costs €9.00 and can be bought in the same places as other metro tickets.
How to use your ticket
In metro stations you put a single or return ticket into the slot in the ticket barrier. After the machine has read it, take your ticket and the gate will open. If you have a bonometro, just hold it against the red spot on the ticket gate. You will hear an audio signal and the gate will open. At this point the screen on the ticket gate will tell you how many journeys you have left on your card. You can check how many journeys you have left on your card in any of the ticket machines in metro stations.
Timetabling information is available on the Metrovalencia website and train timetables are also displayed on all station platforms.
The metro starts running at around 5.00 and stop at around midnight. However, if you’re travelling outside zone A, do check when the last metro is running as it could be before 11pm. For some events and public holidays the metro runs 24 hours.Maps
Should you need an extra copy of the metro map, you can get one from the Metrovalencia information office in Xativa metro station (the entrance in front of the main train station, next to the bull ring). You can download and/or print a copy from the website (which is also available in English) at www.metrovalencia.com. Simply go to the “Downloads” tab near the top of the homepage and select the map you want to download. There is also a map on every station platform and inside each train carriage.
3. BY BUS: EMT city bus, www.emtvalencia.es
Pricing and tickets
Single tickets can be bought onboard the bus. Other tickets and top-ups can be bought in green street news kiosks, some newsagents and Opencor shops. Current ticket prices are as follow:
If you are going to use the bus frequently, a bonobus ticket is the most economical option. The first time you buy one, you will be charged an additional €2 to cover the cost of the card. DO NOT THROW THE CARD AWAY when you have used the 10 journeys on it. You can top up this card with more journeys.
Bus and metro
If you are going to use the bus and metro in Zone A regularly, another option is the “bono transbordo” ticket. See the metro information above for more details.
How to use your ticket
When you board the bus, touch your bonobus to the red spot to the left of the driver. You will hear an audio signal and the screen will tell you how many journeys you have left on your card.
Timetables and routes
For detailed information on timetables and route maps, visit www.emtvalencia.es
Some useful lines:
Suggested weekend activities
Valencia has over 40 museums. Many of them close on Mondays or Tuesdays – please check opening times before going to a museum. Here are 3 of the most popular:
1. IVAM: Valencia Modern Art Museum
Address: Guillem de Castro 118, 46003 Valencia
Getting there: EMT bus 5 from Calle Colón or Turia metro station.
Tickets: students €1; adults €2; Sundays free entry.
Opening hours: closed Mondays. June to August: Tuesday to Sunday from 12.00 to 20.30. September to May: Tuesday to Sunday from 11.00 to 19.30
More info: www.ivam.es
2. City of Arts and Sciences: www.cac.es
This is actually a complex of buildings, including a Science Museum, Aquarium and an IMAX cinema.
a) Principe Felipe Science Museum
This has become a world reference point for interactive science and one of the most visited destinations in Spain, with over 30.7 million visitors since its inauguration in 2000.
Getting there: EMT bus 95 from city centre.
Tickets: students €6.20; adults €8.00.
Opening hours: 10.00 to 19.00 low season; 10.00 to 21.00 July to early-September.
b) Oceanogràfic Aquarium
At the largest aquarium in Europe, visitors can get to know at first hand the behaviour and way of life of over 45,000 individuals of 500 different species: dolphins, belugas, walruses, sea lions, seals, penguins, turtles, sharks, rays, sawfish, jellyfish, starfish…
Getting there: EMT bus 95 from city centre
Tickets: students €21.00, adults €27.90.
Opening hours: 10.00 to 18.00 low season; 10.00 to 20.00 mid-season; 10.00 to 24.00 mid-July and August.
c) Hemisfèric IMAX cinema
The largest space of its kind in Spain contains three systems projecting onto a concave screen of 900 square metres. Shows include voyages into space or trips back in time to explore the world of the dinosaurs.
Getting there: EMT bus 95 from city centre
Tickets: students €6.85; adults €8.80.
Opening hours: times vary depending on the show you wish to see. Please consult the website for more details.
If you want to visit more than one attraction in the City of Arts and Sciences complex you can save money by buying a combined ticket. Various options are available – please consult the website for details: www.cac.es/home/tarifas
3. Fallas Artist Guild Museum: www.gremiodeartistasfalleros.com
Not to be confused with the Fallas Museum in the centre of Valencia, this is the museum run by the artists and artisans who make the monuments for the region’s annual fire festival. If you won’t be in Valencia in the middle of March to experience Fallas first-hand, visiting this museum is a good way to get an idea of the scale of the event.
Getting there: EMT buses 28 and 12
Tickets: students €2.50; adults €3.00.
Opening hours: 10.00 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 19.00 weekdays; 10.00 to 14.00 Saturdays; closed Sundays. In August the museum will closed.
The Turia City Park
You will probably hear locals say that they are going to the “river” at the weekend. It is likely that they are referring to the former bed of the river Turia which is now Valencia’s largest park and public leisure area.
In 1957 the river flooded and caused a great deal of damage to the city. The decision was then taken to divert the course of the river and turn the dried bed into a 9km long park running right through the heart of the city.
The city’s beaches are Las Arenas, La Malvarossa and El Cabanyal. They can be easily reached from the city centre by bike, metro (lines 5 or 6) or bus (e.g. route 19).
There are many other beautiful beaches close to Valencia city. Here are just 2 options:
Places to visit around Valencia
Sagunto Situated 20 km to the north of Valencia city, Sagunto is a fascinating place to visit for history-lovers. A city of ancient ruins, Sagunto boasts a Roman theatre and the remains of a castle among its many sights.
Getting there: there are regular local train services from Valencia’s North Train Station. Journey time: approx. 30 minutes. Return ticket €7.40. More info: www.renfe.es
Xativa’s main attraction is its castle. A small castle existed before the Romans arrived and made significant extension, and modifications continued to be made to the complex up until the 18th century. A small tourist “train” makes the journey from the visitor centre up the steep slopes to the castle, passing through the historic part of the town on the way. The castle is open from 10.00 to 19.00 March – October and 10.00 to 18.00 November – February. It is closed on Mondays. Those who want the exercise or a challenge can walk up to the castle and enjoy stunning views of the town and the surrounding countryside. For up-to-date ticket prices, check www.xativaturismo.com
Getting there: there are local train services from Valencia’s North Train Station. Journey time: approx. 40 minutes. Return ticket €8.70. More info: www.renfe.es
Further tourist information
For more information on what there is to see and do in Valencia and its surroundings, visit the official Valencia Tourist website at www.turisvalencia.es. The site is available in 12 different languages.