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University of Oviedo (LCDLL), Spain
Oviedo, Spain (Outgoing Program)
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Program Cost: Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Major: Spanish, Spanish -Teaching
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Work/Internship: No Credit Level: Undergraduate
Income Opportunities: No Instructor-led: No
Capstone: No
Program Description:

llanes2The University of Oviedo offers you the chance to learn Spanish and deeper understanding of the multicultural variety of the Hispanic world in the Principality of Asturias. The range of courses ranging from the initial learning Spanish to the preparation of Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) through courses in Spanish language and culture and a number of more specific courses.

Casa de las Lenguas at the University of Oviedo has as main objectives to enhance the language programs aimed at foreign students who annually come to study at the university and to improve language training of the university community. It is aimed, to two main lines: one dedicated to the teaching of Spanish for foreigners and another focused on language learning and provide translation services and linguistic advice.

Program Location

The Asturias region capital, Oviedo, has been placed in the category of "Cleanest Cities of Europe" by the European Union. The city, with the population of approximately 250,000, is located less than a 30-minute bus ride to the northern coast of Spain. Asturias is renowned for it breath-taking physical beauty (rugged sea coast and the Picos de Europa -- the second highest mountain range in Europe after the Alps), its historical significance (the Christian reconquest of Spain from the Moors started here), and its rich cultural heritage.

Oviedo is on the main north-south train and bus lines in Spain, and is located about 30 minutes from the international airport of Asturias, that is served by Spain's major airlines.  There are several flights daily to and from Madrid and other Spanish cities.


playaThe University of Oviedo was founded in 1608. Currently, more than 28,000 students attend the university. The prestige of the university is well-known, due to its teaching and research in different fields: humanities, social and legal sciences, experimental sciences, medicine, technology and business. The University of Oviedo has long-standing and strong academic ties with UNI and other U.S. universities.

This language program has been housed at the University of Oviedo since 1998. You can earn 12-18 credits toward a Spanish major or minor. You’ll be immersed in Spanish language and culture and will increase your proficiency and cultural competency like never before!

Academic Program

llanesWhile in Spain students typically enroll in courses designed to meet the needs of UNI Spanish majors and minors. Following a placement exam at University of Oviedo on the first day of the program, all participants are assigned to one of two levels for the duration of the semester: Intermedio or Avanzado. Students have access to courses in Spanish language, literature, culture, history, translation, phonetics, and Non-Western culture and Visual Perceptions. All courses focus on increasing proficiency in Spanish language and awareness of Spanish culture.

UNI students need to seek academic approval from Jennifer Cooley ( prior to departure to ensure that all credits will transfer back to UNI.

Fall semester is typically October to December (3 months) and students complete 4-5 courses on average and spring semester is usually January to May (4.5 months) with 5-6 courses completed during the semester.
Accommodations and Meals

oviedo3Housing will be with local host families in Oviedo, coordinated by the University of Oviedo. Students will list preferences of allergies, children and pets, food likes/dislikes in the housing application. In most cases there will one student per family, but there may be exceptions. Usually there is wi-fi connection, single rooms, and laundry once per week in an apartment style residence.

Note: The University of Oviedo to not assign families until a few weeks before students depart to Oviedo. UNI will pass along basic information about the host families to the UNI students (names, addresses, or phone numbers). We have been assured by the officials at University of Oviedo that their relationship with the host families is a long-standing and sucessful policy. We ask that students and parents/guardians acknowledge and accept this policy and understand the UNI position in relation to it. We urge students to communicate with parents upon arrival in Oviedo and to relay information on their Spanish families' addresses and phone numbers as soon as they know them.

During any vacation periods or other times that students leave town, they may leave their possessions with their host family. Under no circumstances will students receive a refund for days that they do not stay with the family nor eat meals. These are room and board "packages," prearranged by University of Oviedo and cannot be altered. After finishing the course, students will have the opportunity to complete a survey in which they can assess their treatment in the family.

Program Costs

Students pay partnership tuition and fees plus study abroad fee to participate. The program budget sheet lists cost for any housing, food, round-trip air transportation, in-country transportation, international health insurance, visa, personal expenses, and books and supplies.

All budget amounts are estimates only.  Prices are subject to change.  If you have questions, please contact


Tales From Abroad

Studying abroad in Spain has been my favorite adventure by far. Not only did I get to take Spanish classes at a Spanish institution, but I was able to experience the culture first-hand. My host family was very helpful through my stay and they cooked the best paella. I will always miss being able to go surfing after class or taking a weekend road-trip across the country. My friends and I are already planning a trip to go back.
-- Jordan Peterson, Fall 2014

Program Reviews


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Cultural Experiences: 1 2 3 4 5
Housing: 1 2 3 4 5
Overall Learning: 1 2 3 4 5
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2016-2017 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission 10/03/2016 12/16/2016
Spring 2017 10/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.