University of Oregon

Spanish Language in Oviedo

Program Overview

Enroll in one or both of the four-week intensive Spanish language sessions offered in July and August. You may earn up to one year of Spanish language credit for enrolling in both sessions. Classes are offered at the beginning through advanced levels, and are taught in Spanish by experienced professors from the University of Oviedo. The focus is primarily on Spanish language development with attention to writing, listening and speaking. In addition, intermediate and advanced students can choose from several elective special topics during the last hour of class that focus on aspects of Spanish society, culture and civilization.  Classes are held from 9:30 a.m.  – 2:00 p.m., which gives you the opportunity to enjoy the many leisure activities offered in the area the during the summer. You will attend courses with US and other international students. Field trips, guided visits and other group activities complement in-class learning and are included in the program fee.

Oviedo sits at the  foot of the Aramo mountains, just 23 miles from Spain’s northern “green” coast.  Historically, the city dates to the tenth century  it was the capital of the Asturian Kingdom and an important stopover point on the Camino de Santiago.  Today, Oviedo has an urban design which promotes equity and inclusion in historic sites, public squares, car-free livable streets and a culture public gathering places, sidewalk cafes, markets and bars. It has a reputation for being one of the safest and cleanest cities Spain, offering great quality of life for our students. The hospitality and warmth of the Asturian people coupled with the absence of mass tourism and low presence of English speaking visitors in the region are the keys to Oviedo’s strength as a student learning environment for cultural and linguistic immersion.  During the summer months there are numerous festivities and special events held in Oviedo and nearby locations. 

Academic Details

Enroll in 80 contact hours of Spanish language and special topics. Instruction is available at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. At the beginning level, the course focuses primarily on language development. At the intermediate and advanced levels the course consists of 60 contact hours of Spanish language (grammar and composition) plus a total of 20 contact hours of Spanish culture and civilization, concentrating on up to two of the following topics: conversation on Spanish Society and Culture (up to 20 contact hours); Spanish/Hispanic American Literature (up to 10 contact hours); Spanish History/Art History (up to 10 contact hours); Business Spanish (up to 20 contact hours).

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

Students enrolled in the summer programs can choose from two housing options: Homestays and a university dorm. Accommodations are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

University of Oviedo Residence Hall (single room with breakfast)
Students will be housed in single rooms in one of the University of Oviedo Residence Halls (Colegio Mayor San Gregorio or Colegio Mayor América) which are located in the Campus de los Catalanes very close to the University’s sports facilities and in the vicinity of Oviedo’s largest public park. Accommodations include breakfast, to be taken at the Residence Cafeteria.  

Homestay with a Spanish Family
This is an ideal way to be immersed in Spanish culture and language. Homestay families provide you with three meals a day and light laundry. Each homestay situation in unique and the program cannot guarantee any particular configurations. Host families range from a mother and father with young children, to an oder, single host mother. Any arrangement is possible. Please note that regardless of the household composition, you will have access to not only your host, but likely to their extended family and network in Oviedo.  

The homestays are very popular and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Students interested in this option should apply for the program and pay their deposit as soon as possible in order to be considered. Please note that there is an additional placement fee of $105 USD per month for those students who choose this option.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer I201702/15/201703/15/201707/02/201707/29/2017
Summer II201702/15/201703/15/201707/30/201708/30/2017

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.