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Spain: University of Oviedo

Understanding different cultures “reminds me to be mindful of potential differences in values and priorities, which can enhance my ability to connect with people from diverse backgrounds and adapt to the cultural norms of Oviedo, Spain.” - Rollins Study Abroad Alum

This Rollins Approved program allows students to immerse themselves in Spanish culture in the charming city of Oviedo near the northern coast of Spain. Students will study Spanish language, culture and other subjects in English at the University of Oviedo.

Experience Spain

This Rollins Approved program allows students to immerse themselves in Spanish culture in the charming city of Oviedo near the northern coast of Spain. Students will study Spanish language, culture and other subjects in English at the University of Oviedo.

  • Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are edited and submitted on-time, and are thorough and thoughtful.
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA
  • A minimum of two semesters of Spanish or the equivalent
  • Required advising session (30 minutes). Please visit our home page to schedule an appointment.

Incoming Exchange Students

The coordinator for incoming exchange students is Jenifer Ruby, Director of International Student & Scholar Services. For information about application and advising for incoming exchange students, please visit the website for International Student & Scholar Services. You may also contact Ms. Ruby for more details.

Fall 2024

  • TBD, but dates will be similar to Fall 2023

Spring 2024

  • Jan 6-7Arrival Date 
  • Jan 8: Classes start at La Casa de las Lenguas
  • Jan 22: Classes start at University of Oviedo 
  • May 3: Classes end at University of Oviedo
  • May 17: Classes end at La Casa de las Lenguas
  • May 12-31: Final exam period for University classes

Fall 2023

  • Sept 1-3: Arrival Dates for All Students
  • Sept 7: Classes start
  • Dec 15: Last Day of Classes
  • Exam period runs through January, must speak to professors to arrange an earlier examination date

 

 

Orientation & Flight

  • Students are responsible for booking their own flights. Rollins recommends flying into Oviedo directly. The Resident Director, Ana, will meet students at the Oviedo airport.
  • The orientation program led by the Rollins Resident Director covers the program’s academics, health and safety, housing, transportation, money, and more.

Visa

  • US citizens will need to apply for a National Spanish visa.
  • The visa process includes an in-person appointment at a Spanish consulate which may involve travel time and additional expenses.

For general information about the visa process and visas for non-US citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

ALCE Language School
During the fall semester students will take a no-credit Spanish course at the ALCE language school in Oviedo designed to warm up their Spanish language skills and ensure success in the other courses. In the fall semester, the course starts with an intensive period before the regular courses begin.

Courses

  • Students typically take at least two-three courses at the Casa de las Lenguas: which offers Spanish language courses at all levels and content courses in Spanish for intermediate and advanced students
  • For available classes at la Casa, check out the course catalog and select the appropriate term then select Guide under Related Documents for additional details. 
  • Students may also directly enroll directly into regular classes with local students, some of which are taught in English within specific schools or faculty, others in Spanish. For university classes, check out the university course catalog. 
  • Most students will take either the full courseload at the Casa, or most courses at the Casa and one or two direct enrollment courses.
  • Rollins students majoring in Spanish can apply up to 3 of their courses in Oviedo towards their major.
  • Rollins students minoring in Spanish can apply up to 2 of their courses in Oviedo (effectively any of the 300-level courses taught in Spanish) towards their minor.

A Warning About the Spanish Educational System for students that want to enroll in classes outside of the Casa de las Lenguas program.

  • Fewer class hours per week, less contact with professors and less continuous assessment. Most professors have a lecture-based teaching style.
  • Grades are based on only a few major assignments, such as a midterm and final exam.
  • First-year students are already focused in their major or specialization, so introductory courses cover higher level topics. 200-level or second year courses are the equivalent of an upper-level course at Rollins
  • Self-discipline and self-directed study are required for success. Students are expected to keep up with coursework and reading without prompting.

 

Transfer of Credit

  • Courses are worth 3 or 4 credits each and students typically take 4-5 courses, for a total of 12-20 credits (more credits in the spring). 
  • Courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit; the grades are displayed and are factored into the Rollins GPA. 
  • It can take up to three months for grades to be processed.
  • Students can take major and minor courses abroad (with approval from the academic department) and can also take competencies and rFLA200-level seminars abroad (with approval from the Registrar).
  • This program has Registrar approved rFLA200 seminars and competencies, check them out here!

  • Living with Spanish hosts during the term is an integral part of the program; it gives students an inside perspective on Spanish society and a chance to work on language skills.
  • Students complete a housing questionnaire as part of their application, and after acceptance are carefully matched with families or single adults who are eager to welcome students into their homes.
  • Most of the host families have been with our program for years and many students find the homestay to be a highlight of the program.
  • The homestay includes three meals per day (snacks not included), weekly laundry service, and all linens and towels.

Activities

  • Conversation partner program: pairs U.S. students with Spanish conversation partners and is a great way to meet local students.
  • Mentor Program: In this program, a Spanish student helps visiting students settle into university life, including accommodation, campus life and other practical matters.
  • Visiting students are offered a week of cultural activities in place of classes. Lessons include dance and cooking; and are also involved in a variety of events like movie screenings and showcases.
  • The Rollins Resident Director takes the students out to lunch weekly and provides unique insights into life in Oviedo and Asturias.

Excursions

  • The Rollins Resident Director organizes and leads a rich program of excursions in the region of Asturias.  Students will visit the most interesting sites in the city, go on excursions to the seaside and mountains, and see the historic monuments in the region.
  • Students can also easily travel to other popular destinations in Spain such as Madrid by the new high speed train route (in just over 3 hours) that opened in November 2023 and Barcelona by plane (about 2 hours).
  • Students also have access to the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), which offers affordable group student travel excursions and activities.

Things to Consider

Students with mobility disabilities may find accessibility and accommodations different from the United States. Check the US Department of State Travelers with Disabilities and specific to the country, Mobility International USA, and the IP Your Identity Abroad page for resources.

Program Fee

Most Rollins financial aid and scholarships will apply to the semester abroad.

  • Tuition: $30,290
  • Housing: $5,115
  • Meals/food: $3,295

Also Includes

Orientation, cultural activities and excursions, bus pass, laundry, program administration, and emergency insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs

  • Transportation: Round-trip airfare from FL $1,600, onsite $370
  • US Passport: $165
  • Visa fee: $160 plus costs associated with travel to nearest Spanish consulate for visa appointment
  • Books, course materials, supplies: $200
  • Personal expenses: $850
  • Federal student loan fees if applicable: $40
  • Professional licensure, certification or credentials costs: $0

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare and other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships through the Rollins program application.

Living Abroad

Having a credit card while abroad is very helpful. Spain has a lower cost of living than the United States.