Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
Academic YearMay 31early Septemberlate MayBudget
SpringOctober 30late Januarylate MayBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.75
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Spanish
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Class Eligibility
  • Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Transfer Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Apartment, Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

The Universidad de Santiago de Compostela sits in the northwest corner of Spain, where both the languages of Galician and Spanish are spoken. The exchange provides an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and academic coursework through one of the only exchange programs in Spain. Tour old town's streets and square, stopping at the prominent Cathedral of Santiago, all on your way to class. 


Although primarily focused on engineering, students of a variety of disciplines are welcome to apply for the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. There is a Spanish langauge requirement of a B1, or intermediate Spanish, to be admitted, however, as all instruction will be in Spanish (the only exception is the chemical engineering courses found below). 

Note: For students interested in studying in the fall semester only, you must be aware that exams take place throughout the month of January and this would impact your return to the UA.

Chemical Engineering courses offered in English include:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Reactor Engineering
  • Advanced Chemical Reactors
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Heat Transfer
  • Laboratory of Fluid Transport and Heat Transfer
  • Laboratory of Chemical Processes
  • Scientific Writing
  • Training in Research Activities

Please email your Study Abroad Coordinator for course descriptions of the above mentioned classes. 

Spanish Language Practice:

  • 15-day Spanish courses or 40-hour courses are offered in both September and February. This allows non-Spanish speaking students practice that will allow them to more easily navigate Santiago de Compostela.
  • Prices start at 50 euroes up to 100 euros
  • Be sure to mark on your application if you are interested in taking a Spanish course. This will not count towards your semester credits. 


Universidad de Santiago de Compostela is located within the region of Galicia. Galicia sits in the northwest corner of Spain and is a tri-lingual hub of Galician, Spanish and English. Santiago de Compostela has a population of 100,000 people and is a mere 1.5 hour drive from the Portugual border. Among the beautiful cathedrals and parks, the university is one of the main attractions in this welcoming city.


    There are options both on and off campus for students studying at Santiago de Compostela.

    • The University Residence Halls provide accomodation for exchange students within the Monte da Condesa Halls. Space is limited, so apply early.
    • The International Student Association ESN allows offers accomodation programs.
    • USC also has a Noticeboard with housing options. 
    • Many students share flats, making it easy for exchange students to find a place to live with local and international students. This would require one to organize housing on their own.

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