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Partnership Semester in Oviedo, Spain
Oviedo, Spain
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Major: Spanish, Spanish -Teaching Type of Programs: Partnership
Language: English, Spanish Work/Internship: No
Language Study Program: Yes Credit Type: Transfer
Credit Level: Undergraduate Housing Type: Host Family
ActivityType: Study Abroad Income Opportunities: No
Sponsorship: UNI Instructor-led: No
Capstone: No
Program Description:

Study in Spain

This program has been housed at the Universidad de Oviedo since 1998. You can earn 12-18 credits toward a Spanish major or minor and receive credit for courses in the Liberal Arts Core. You’ll be immersed in Spanish language and culture for 12-18 weeks and will increase your proficiency and cultural competency like never before!

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.


The Universidad de Oviedo was founded in 1608. Currently, more than 28,000 students attend. 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 Universidad de Oviedo has long-standing and strong academic ties with UNI and other U.S. universities.

Academic Program

While in Spain students typically enroll in five courses that are designed to meet the needs of UNI Spanish majors and minors. Following a placement exam at Univeridad de 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.

In addition to attending classes at the Universidad de Oviedo, students are housed with a Spanish host family and enjoy activities with program assistants from Spain. Expect to increase your proficiency in Spanish and your global awareness!
Accommodations and Meals

Housing with full board will be with local families in Oviedo. In most cases there will one student per family, but there may be exceptions. At times, an internet connection will be available in the residence.

Note: it is the policy of the Universidad de Oviedo to not assign families until students arrive in Oviedo. UNI has absolutely no way of knowing in advance any details concerning families. This means names, addresses, or phone numbers. We have been assured by the officials at UO that this is a long-standing policy and one that is very successful. We ask that students and parents/guardians acknowledge and accept this policy and understand the UNI position in relation to it. For their part, 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 UO and cannot be altered.
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

"Living with an amazing family who accepted me as one of their own, attending classes taught by native speakers, and taking in all the European history around me on a day to day basis. I saw the movie "Twilight" in mall down the street from a 1200 year old just cannot get that here in the states!  The whole experienced opened my eyes to what else is in the world outside of our little bubble."
Trisha Niceswanger

"One of the things I miss miss most is the feel of the city. I want to go back and walk through all the parks again, and up and down the tight, curvy streets, next to La Muralla that was the outer boundary of the city years ago. I felt at home. Everything just fit".
Tyler Houtz
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014 03/28/2014 
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2015 10/01/2014 10/08/2014 01/06/2015 05/23/2015
 NOTE: Arrival - January 5 or 6, 2015; Class start/orientation - January 7, 2015; Class end - May 22, 2015; Departure - May 23 or 24, 2015;
Fall 2015 03/02/2015 03/09/2015 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015 03/02/2015 03/09/2015 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.

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