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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment, Dormitory, Hostel Minimum GPA: 3.0
Term: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer City: Vigo
Country: Spain USD Scholarships: Coyote Commitment, Global Learning Scholarship, Mickelson Scholarship, Presidential-Alumni Scholarship, South Dakota Opportunity, Ullyot Scholarship
Language Prerequisite: Advanced, Intermediate Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program Advisor: Virginija Wilcox
Program Description:


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.

Courses in English



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. 



For general inquiries, email or (605) 677-6338.

To schedule an advising session with Virginija, go to



Application Guidelines
International Student Guide
Information on the summer language intensive program