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Study Abroad – Spain

Study Abroad – Spain

A photo of a cathedral in San Salvador

Study Spanish at the University of Oviedo

One of the oldest universities in Spain, the University of Oviedo was founded in 1574, while its teaching activity commenced in 1608. Today, over 400 years on, it is an academic institution of repute offering a broad ranges of official degrees, as well as providing a large variety of cultural and sports activities.

Since 1978, the Spanish Language and Culture Courses for Foreign Students have been building an academic and administrative infrastructure that allows participants to expand their knowledge of Spanish and enjoy all that the Principality of Asturias has to offer.

The Principality of Asturias

Oviedo is the capital of the Principality of Asturias and the main seat of the university. A city of medieval origin situated in a delightful setting of natural beauty among mountains and valleys and close to the sea, it offers visitors the peace and quiet and safety of Northern Spain’s small cities (with a population of around 220,000 inhabitants). It constitutes the region’s geographical, administrative, cultural and services center.

Asturias’ 345-km-long coast boasts a splendid panorama of beaches, coves and cliffs: from urban beaches to those isolated in their natural surroundings, not to mention Jurassic sites and Natural Areas that are our greatest pride (Biosphere Reserves, National Parks, Nature Parks, Nature Reserves, Protected Landscapes and Natural Monuments).

Teaching Staff

Our Spanish as a Foreign Language Courses regularly employ University of Oviedo lecturers holding PhDs who are specialized in subjects such as Spanish Language, Literature, Translation (English-Spanish, French-Spanish and German-Spanish) and Spanish History.

We also have a staff of experienced teachers specifically trained in the teaching of Language and Culture to foreign students. Furthermore, we have an academic coordination team that oversees the correct functioning of all the organizational aspects of academic matters, socio-cultural activities, coordination with other centers, administrative questions and so on.


This is based on active participation and a communicative approach to teaching/learning. Learning is based on systematized, effective practice of the four skills of oral and written comprehension and expression. Moreover, the courses offer classes in Spanish Literature, Hispano-American Literature, History, Art, Business Spanish and Cinema, which enable students to acquire a wide-ranging view of the multicultural reality of Spain and Latin America.

Program Costs

DSU Expenses Out-of-Pocket Expenses
University of Oviedo Tuition ($1,355)Includes approximately 8-10 credits of transferable coursework Airfare ($1,500 approx.)
DSU Tuition ($304)2 Credit Seminar Course (to be identified) Personal Expenses ($200)
Room  & Board ($800)
Study Abroad Fee ($150)
Student Insurance ($65)
DSU Total:   $2,674 Out-of-pocket Total: $1,700
Grand Total: $4,374


Application Deadlines:

Jan 15 – Application and $500 nonrefundable deposit due

Mar 15 -  Remainder of fee due

Tentative Itinerary  (May 2016):

May 18th- Arriving to Oviedo, Asturias, Spain; meeting with host families.

May 19th- 9:30 am – Introductions, Placement test and classes begins.

May 20th – June 18th

9:30 am/ 11:30 am – Grammar and Vocabulary in the Communicative Context

12:00 pm/ 1:00 pm – Writing Workshop (written expression and interaction)

1:00 pm/ 2:00 pm - Conversation on topics related to Spanish culture or Spanish for Business

Every Tuesday by midnight – Entry on Study Abroad Blog

Every Thrusday by midnight – Photo Entry on Study Abroad Blog

Every Sunday by midnight – Comments Entry on Study Abroad Blog

June 19th

9:30 am/ 11:30 am – Grammar and Vocabulary in the Communicative Context

12:00 pm/ 2 pm - Final Exam

June 20th – Grades and Farewell meeting

Extra-Curricular Activities

May 23rd- Welcome “espicha”

May 22nd – Visit to historical Downtown Oviedo

May 31stOne day trip excursion to cultural interest sites (place to be determined).

June 14thOne day trip excursion to cultural interest sites (place to be determined).

June 20th – Farewell tapas

All DSU expenses should be paid to the Cashier’s Office located on the 1st floor of the Holland Building  by the appropriate deadlines.  Payment via phone @ 435-652-7605.