Spanish Immersion in Oviedo, Spain

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This fall or spring program for intermediate or advanced students offers intensive Spanish language, humanities, and social sciences at the Curso de Lengua y Cultura Españolas para Extranjeros (ELE) at the University of Oviedo. Morning language courses are attended by US and other international students, and the in-class learning is complemented by a series of experiential activities such as excursions, including overnight and day trips, guided local visits and other group activities. Students also have the opportunity to participate in optional community service placements with local schools and NGOs. A cross-cultural communications course, language partners, and home stays help to further engage students in the community and enhance linguistic and cultural immersion. Located in the northwest region of Spain called Asturias, Oviedo offers easy access to shopping, restaurants, the Camino de Santiago, beaches and hiking in the lushly forested mountains surrounding this beautiful area.

  • Study Spanish at the intermediate or advanced level for a quarter or semester
  • Live in a Spanish homestay in the beautiful, clean, safe city of Oviedo

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Yes, I recommend this program

Six months in beautiful Oviedo

Oviedo is a charming little city nestled in the green mountains of Northern Spain. About 4 hours from Madrid, and very close to the Cantabric sea (and beautiful beaches!) it is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Spanish language and culture. Being in a less-traveled area, most people only speak Spanish, which I found very helpful when trying to learn the language. The city is big enough that you will never be bored, but small enough to feel right at home. The GEO site staff, Carmen and Silvia, were both wonderful as were most of the professors at the Universidad de Oviedo in the Casa de las Lenguas. I was able to travel all over, meet and study with people from all over the world, and live like a local with my wonderful host family! I wish I could go back and enjoy Oviedo all over again.

What would you improve about this program?
While the GEO staff on site were awesome, the staff in the home office were less so. It was difficult to communicate with them when you needed something, and from the get-go of the application profess they gave misinformation. Don't let this stop you from applying, but reach out to Carmen and Silvia if possible for the best information.
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