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USD Direct in Vigo, Spain
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Apartment, Dormitory, Hostel
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Coyote Commitment, Global Learning Scholarship, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship
Known as Spain's largest fishing port and famous for its sheltered harbors, Vigo draws a living primarily from its shipbuilding and fisheries industries. Access to the rest of Spain, including Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Granada, Sevilla, and all points in-between, is easily accomplished from the local bus or train stations.
Vigo offers USD students the opportunity to study at a Spanish university alongside local students. Students are able to pursue courses in a number of different disciplines, including Spanish language, Spain-English translation, biology, history, and marine sciences.
The University of Vigo’s Centro de Linguas (the language center attached to the university) offers a 2, 4, or 6 weeks intensive language program during the summer. The summer program is ideal for lower-level students wishing to advance their language skills quickly.
Universities in Spain approach academics in a very different way than in the United States. Students may not receive a syllabus and, if they do, it will not contain the same amount of detail provided in USD syllabi. Students are expected to pursue more independent study outside of the classroom while still continuing preparation for final exams. Students’ grades will typically be only based on a final exam.
USD students have two main options for living arrangements while in Spain: living independently in a flat shared with local or other international students or living in one of the residence halls, which are apartment-style and include a kitchen and bathroom. Students will have access to inexpensive student cafeterias on campus; the university does not offer meal plans.
Vigo is a USD Direct program, which means students will continue to pay USD tuition and fees. Students will continue to receive any federal financial aid (with the exception of federal work/study) and most USD scholarships (Coyote Commitment, Mickelson, Presidential-Alumni, SD Opportunity, and Ullyot).
Students will pay for housing upon arrival in Spain.
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Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least 2 years of college-level Spanish (for a semester and academic year programs). Students must complete the Study Abroad application before being nominated to the University of Vigo. Students will work in conjunction with overseas staff to coordinate their arrival in Spain, course registration, and housing.
This program is offered on a semester, academic year, and summer basis.