USD STUDY ABROAD Direct Programs
|The University of Vigo is an exceptional option to immerse yourself in the Spanish language. Courses are primarily offered in Spanish, although there are limited options available in English, as well. Earn 12 credits as you enjoy the culture, cuisine, and warm sunshine of the Galician region’s finest fishing port city!
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.
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, Spanish-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.
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.
Guide for foreign students
Information on the summer language intensive program
Information on full course catalog (courses offered in Spanish)*
* Click on the department you are interested in under 'Centros' on the first page. Under 'Titulaciones' on the second page click on the faculty department (i.e. Grao en Belas Artes). Finally, click on 'Asignaturas' for the listing of courses offered for the upcoming semester in that particular department.
Small course selection of classes that have been offered in English at Vigo.
Vigo Online Application**
** Students will complete this application with the assistance of the Global Learning office as part of the advising process
Students can choose to live in a single or a double room in the International House located 10 minutes from the university campus. USD students will be living with the other international students who are participating in the program; these students come from a variety of different countries, including Germany, Iceland, China, France, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, and Vietnam. The rooms within the International House come equipped with a kitchen and bathroom. Students have access to local grocery stores and inexpensive student cafeterias; 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.
Explore our interactive budget calculator for this program:
- Vigo, Spain Semester Budget Estimator
- Vigo, Spain Academic Year Budget Estimator
- Vigo, Spain Summer Budget Estimator
Students must have a minimum 3.0 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.
Summer 6 week Mid June to late July
Fall Semester Early September to mid January
Spring Semester Mid January to late May
Academic Year Early September to late May
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