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Universidad de Oviedo
The Universidad de Oviedo opened its doors in 1608 with four departments or "facultades". Since its conception, the university has grown tremendously, now offering students the opportunity to study a wide range of academic subjects, including the biological sciences, law, philosophy, history, geography, geology, psychology, chemistry, economics, business, and language studies.
The Principality of Asturias is one of the 17 self-governing communities constitutionally forming the Kingdom of Spain. The city of Oviedo is situated in central Asturias, and sits at the foot of the Naranco Sierra mountain range. Oviedo is the capital of the Principality of Asturias and is the political, administrative, cultural and commercial centre of the region, combining a prosperous urban area with a monumental heritage rich in history. This is a beautiful part of Spain and it is known for its wonderful cuisine.
The language prerequisite is 5 semesters, completed by the start of the program.
This is a direct enrollment program, with participating students enrolling in regular university courses with Spanish students. Students are expected to take a full time course load equivalent to at least 12 UNC credits (20 ECTS), and no more than 18 UNC credits (30 ECTS). Explore course listings
to view the various departmental course offerings available to you.
Shortly after arrival, students are strongly encouraged to take an intensive Spanish class for exchange students (cost is 75 Euros payable on site). For more information, click here
. The Intensive program is taught 2 hours per day for 4 weeks. Students will be divided into intermediate and advanced levels. UNC-CH students are not permitted to take the Program of Translation into Spanish class. Please review the online credit sheet associated with this program for further information regarding courses, credit, and academic requirements.
NOTE About Language Placement Tests:
If you are not taking Spanish at UNC but believe you have the equivalency required, please take the free UNC online language test (this is not the language placement test that you may have already taken). Send your name, PID, and email to Elizabeth Bruno (firstname.lastname@example.org). She will add you to Sakai where the test is set. You will then take the test at any time and will have 40 minutes in which to complete the test. Once you have completed the assessment test, send him the link to the Study Abroad language assessment form and he will complete that based on your results.
Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses
(not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
- You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
- You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
- These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
Students who are going on exchange to Oviedo need to find their own housing once they are onsite. Once you receive your acceptance letter from Oviedo, you will also have a link that gives you information on housing. Usually, exchange students who want a shared apartment with other students will live in a hostel/hotel for the first few days while they go apartment hunting (other international students are doing the same). The Oviedo International Office provides information about possible hostels/hotels and housing lists and databases for apartments. Dorm rooms are limited and provided on a first-come first serve basis. It is important for students to know that Spanish dorms are very different from US dorms. We strongly recommend that you contact a student who was in Oviedo recently to get tips and possibly even contact information of their landlords.?
Students who are interested in doing a homestay must take a language/course for international students in the Casa de las Lenguas. This course does have an additional fee less than 200 Euros, payable directly to Oviedo. If you are interested in this option, please click here
. You may choose only one of the courses listed in the link "Asignaturas" at the bottom of the page. There are descriptions of each class and a better description/syllabus of the courses in the "Programa" link. You do not
need to take all 5 courses, you may choose only one; these courses run the length of the semester. As an exchange student, you will pay the 165 euro fee. For more information, contact your advisor.
Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.
Tuition and fees for the exchange program is equal to UNC’s rate, based on NC residency status, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad.
Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
A NOTE ABOUT PASSPORTS AND VISAS: It is strongly recommended that students have in their possession by the application deadline a valid passport with an expiration date no earlier than 6 months after the program end date. Due to visa regulations, students should consult their Study Abroad Advisor before making international travel plans prior to the program start date. Students accepted into this program will need to travel to a Spanish consulate here in the United States, with passport in hand, to obtain a visa permitting them to study in Spain.
Follow these steps to apply for this program:
- Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
- The Study Abroad Office will review applications and nominate qualified students to the host institution.
- Nominated students are required to complete an application for the host institution. Follow instructions provided by the Study Abroad Advisor and make note of all deadlines.
For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access