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.
The 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!
While 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 (email@example.com) 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.
Housing 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.
The summer courses at the University of Oviedo have a team of motivated and experienced teachers. Courses consist of 20 hours of class per week and are complemented by an extensive program of cultural activities and excursions to places of historical interest in Asturias, León and Cantabria. Summer classes are held in two language levels: Intermediate (A2-B1.2) and Advanced (B2-C1). The first day of the course students will take a test for distribution to the proper level according to the level of language proficiency.
There is an intensive program in May-June and July, along with programs with professional Spanish (business, health, academic). See the links below for additional program information:
** 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.