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USD Direct in Vigo, Spain
Vigo, Spain (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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 Prerequiste: Advanced, Intermediate Course Area: Anthropology, Archeology, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Science, Fine Art & Studio, Geography, Health Science, History, International Relations, International Studies, Law & Legal Studies, Linguistics, Marine Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Public Administration, Religion, Sociology, Spanish Language & Culture
Language of Instruction: Spanish
Program Description:

Vigo, Spain

Known as Spain's largest fishing port and famous for its sheltered harbors, Vigo draws a living primarily from its shipbuilding and fisheries industries. Galician is its official language, but Spanish is broadly used at the university and in daily life throughout Vigo.

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. Spain has much to offer students, including touring Gaudi architectural feats in Barcelona, watching a Real Madrid soccer game, or touring the famous Alhambra palace in southern Spain.

University of Vigo

Created in 1990 University of Vigo is a public institution, committed to the principles of solidarity, democracy and freedom. 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 week intensive language program during the summer. The summer program is ideal for lower-level students wishing to advance their language skills quickly. Since courses are Spanish language acquisition courses, the summer session is not suited to advanced speakers majoring in Spanish (these students should enroll for the semester-long programs).

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. This course layout allows students the opportunity to pursue personal academic interests within the context of the course without having the additional reading and writing assignments typically found within the American higher educational system. Students’ grades will typically be only based on a final exam.

Student Life

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.

While at the University of Vigo, USD students will have access to the full range of student organizations, clubs, wellness center, and other student-oriented services. Students will receive a local student ID, which will allow them to access to the local movie theater, arenas, and clubs. For those students who enjoy the outdoors, Vigo is located on the Atlantic coast with easy access to beaches and it is a short trip to mountains located close by.  


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.

Application Process

Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and at least 2 years of college-level Spanish (for semester and academic year programs). Students must complete the Global Learning 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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.