Zaragoza is a medium-size European city, in an advantageous location, equidistant between Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, and France, which makes it a center of communications and cultures. At the same time, it is not a tourist city, such as Madrid or Barcelona, offering students a relaxing ambiance ideal for language immersion. Because of the natural geographical location and its history, Aragonese people are open and welcoming towards visitors. In a city with 2,000 years of history, the streets are filled with monuments from various cultures and religions making Zaragoza an excellent example of what a global city can be.
VU students will enroll for a semester or a full-year program at the Universidad de Zaragoza. Students will study 5 days a week at the Centro de Español como Lengua Extranjera (Center of Spanish as a Foreign Language, from now on: CELE), located in the middle of the main campus of the university. Upon arrival to Zaragoza, students take a placement exam to evaluate their linguistic competence, which places them into 6 different possible levels. Each level offers three categories of contents: Communicative Functions, Grammar Content and Socio-cultural Content. Each level has a personalized curriculum for each one of the six levels, so that students can potentially find the exact match in terms of former instruction of Spanish and language competence.
In addition to the language and socio-cultural courses at the CELE, students have the option of enrolling in one, or possibly two, additional courses in a discipline of their choice such as History, Art, Geography, Business, Sciences, or Engineering. This option is available to students who are genuinely interested in challenging their language skills and capable of performing at a high academic level, as all content is in Spanish.
Internship and service learning opportunities are available upon request.
Consult with your academic advisor and with one of the Spanish professors as early as possible. Freshman year is not too early to begin thinking about studying in Spain. With careful planning you can be sure that the courses you take in Zaragoza will meet your major, minor or general education requirements, and that you will complete your degree program in four years.
Applicants must be of Sophomore statues or higher and have above a 3.0 GPA. Additionally, applicants must have completed Spanish 203 or higher to be eligible for this program.
Dates for the Semester programs are similar to Valpo, with the program in the Fall starting in September and ending in mid-December and the Spring starting in mid-January and ending in mid-May. Dates listed are tentative with official dates typically being shared with official admission information from the host institution.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
The deadline to apply for the Spring Semester of 2018 is October 1st. After the deadline, the Office of International Programs study abroad staff will review applications. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified via their Valpo e-mail.
Students pay the same tuition and general fee they would pay at Valpo. Tuition, general fee and program fee will all be posted to Student Accounts as they would for a normal semester at Valpo. All financial aid (except work-study and some 'on-campus' aid) applies. Be sure to meet with your Financial Aid Advisor to determine the exact cost.
Students are placed in homestays, arranged through the CELE. Students can expect to pay approximately 600 euros per month. In most cases, meals are included in the total fee, and will be provided by the host family.
Start your scholarships & funding search as early as possible so that you are able to plan and ensure you are able to meet any deadlines. Your study abroad advisor can also help you with brainstorming potential resources as well.
Program Contact Information
Study Abroad Advising
Erin Kunert- Associate Director of Study Abroad
Office: Gandhi-King Center, Union 2nd floor
Phone: (219) 464-5333
Contact Erin with administrative questions about application, registration, program cost, etc.
Prof. Miguel-Pueyo - Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: ASB 256
Phone: (219) 464-5398
Prof. Hoult-Saros - Associate Professor of Spanish
Office: ASB 272
Phone: (219) 464-5120
Apply for a Passport!
Passports need to be valid for at least six months past the program’s end date. As part of the application, students must upload a copy of a valid passport, or a receipt or similar proof that the student has submitted a passport application. Information on how to apply for a passport can be found here.