Spanish Language in Oviedo

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, Spain
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

Enroll in one or both of two, 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. Excursions complement in-class learning and are included in the program fee.

Oviedo is located in the province of Asturias; known as Spain's "Paraíso Natural" or "Natural Paradise." Oviedo sits at the foot of the Aramo mountains, just 23 miles from Spain’s northern “green” coast. Oviedo has an urban design, which promotes equity and inclusion in historic sites, public squares, car-free livable streets and a culture of 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 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. Take a look at this New York Times travel article featuring images of Asturias that offer a glimpse into its unique landscape, heritage and culture.

Check out what Gabriella had to say about her experience!


Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer I 2024 3/15/2024 6/30/2024 7/27/2024
Summer II 2024 3/15/2024 8/4/2024 8/31/2024

Discount for Pell Recipients

To expand access to study abroad, GEO is offering a $400 discount for this program (Summer 2024 and beyond) to UO students who currently have the Pell Grant as part of their federal financial aid (FAFSA).

Academic Details

Enroll in 80 contact hours of Spanish language and special topics per session. 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); Spanish for Business (up to 20 contact hours).

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

Course Equivalencies

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

Non-UO students: 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 Oviedo programs can choose from two housing options: Homestays or the university dorm. Accommodations are awarded on a first come, first served basis according to when you sign the program deposit document and complete the housing questionnaire as part of the program application process.

University of Oviedo Residence Hall (single room with breakfast)
Students who choose this option will be housed in a single room in the University of Oviedo Residence Hall (Colegio Mayor América) 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 configuration. Host families range from a mother and father with young children, to an older, 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 with priority given to students participating in both summer sessions. Students interested in this option should apply for the program, sign the program deposit document and complete the housing questionnaire in the program application as soon as possible in order to be considered. Please note that there is an additional placement fee of $210 USD per session for students who choose this housing option.