The Valencian International University (VIU) is a private university located in Valencia, Spain, with an international remit. Originally founded by the regional government of Valencia in 2008, 70% of it was later acquired by the Planeta publishing house. The university is officially recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education. VIU is a distance synchronous learning institution. The teaching and learning is conducted exclusively online, with students receiving real-time classes through their computer or device via interactive video conferences which are streamed directly from campus. Nonetheless, lessons are recorded for off-time viewing by pupils. The teacher/pupil relationship is interactive, personalized and analogous to that of a physical campus. Some programs do require partial in-person attendance, such as the school experience component of teacher training programs.