University of Oregon

Spanish Immersion in Oviedo

Program Overview

You will take your core language courses in Spanish (intermediate and advanced levels) through the Curso de Lengua y Cultura Españolas para Extranjeros (ELE) at the University of Oviedo. At ELE you will attend courses with US and other international students. A cross-cultural communications course, taught in English, is conducted by local faculty. 

ELE courses are held in the mornings, Monday-Friday, allowing you the opportunity to put your language skills to practical use in the community and enjoy the many leisure activities offered in the area.. This program offers full support and is preceded by an extensive orientation. In-class learning is complemented throughout the sessions by a series of experiential activities such as excursions, including overnight and day trips, guided local visits and other group activities which are included in the program fee. In addition, optional community service placements with local schools and NGOs, the cross-cultural communications course, language partners, and homestays help to further engage you in the community and enhance your linguistic and cultural immersion. Homestays in Oviedo are carefully selected to fit your needs.

Academic Details

You will immerse yourself in courses focused on Spain—intensive Spanish language, humanities, and social sciences—at the Curso de Lengua y Cultura Españolas para Extranjeros (ELE). At ELE, you will attend courses with US and other international students. ELE instructors, experts in their field, have extensive experience teaching US and international students. A cross-cultural communications course, taught in English by local faculty, provides you the opportunity to explore and process your study abroad experience.

You will enroll in at least one Spanish language class (Oral Expression, Written Expression, or Vocabulary and Textual Analysis) at ELE and the cross-cultural communications course. You may select additional courses from ELE offerings. During the spring semester, if you meet the academic and linguistic requirements, you may enroll directly in a selection of courses offered in Spanish or English at the Universidad de Oviedo. Students generally take a total of four to six classes each semester.

You will take a placement exam that will determine your level at ELE and the courses available to you. After the placement exam, you may choose from an array of language and content courses at ELE that span a variety of disciplines and fields. You may also take part in community service work and out-of-class tandem language-learning activities to further improve your Spanish and to meet Spanish students. Your learning experience will be supplemented by several excursions in and around Oviedo, as well as day trips and overnight excursions to additional locations. Classes are held in the mornings, allowing you the opportunity to enjoy the many leisure activities offered in the area.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

 

Housing Description

As part of this program you will live with a homestay family. Under special circumstances, another student from the program may be placed in the same household, but each of you will have your own room. Host families run the gamut from single-parent homes to families with young or older children. Each situation in a homestay is unique. Living in a homestay is an important part of your study abroad experience, allowing you to more fully integrate into the language and culture of the community. Placements are made with your specific preferences taken into consideration. While every effort will be made to meet special dietary requirements or preferences, some flexibility may be required. 

Homestays are located throughout Oviedo within walking distance or a short bus ride of the GEO Center and city center, and include three meals a day, taken with the family, and light laundry. 

 

Additional Requirements

Minimum of three years of college-level Spanish language and 3.0 GPA to enroll directly in Spanish courses at the Universidad de Oviedo

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Quarter201603/15/201604/15/201609/30/201612/17/2016
Academic Year2016-201703/15/201604/15/201609/30/201605/20/2017
Spring Semester201708/01/201609/01/201601/07/201705/20/2017
Fall Quarter201702/01/201703/01/2017Late SeptemberMid-December
Academic Year2017-1802/01/201703/01/2017Late SeptemberLate May
Spring Semester201808/01/201709/01/2017Early JanuaryLate May

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.