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The University of Vigo is a young, dynamic university in Spain with a diverse academic offering. Located in the green hills of Galicia, two campuses are open to ISEP students.

The fashionable Vigo campus offers degrees in Languages, Business Administration, Engineering, Sciences, and is located just a short bus ride from the beach. The Pontevedra campus is nestled in the historic city center, and offers degrees in Communication, Fine Arts, Advertising and Physiotherapy. The Ourense campus is in the province of the same name, a short distance from the famous Cañón del Sil, a large, breathtaking canyon carved out by the Sil River. The Ourense campus offers degrees in History, Law, Business and Tourism, Computer Engineering, and Environmental and Agricultural Sciences.

The university receives many foreign students every year, contributing to the international atmosphere. The Language Center offers intensive courses in Spanish for non-native speakers as well as courses in popular foreign languages.

Read a story by an ISEP student who studied abroad at Universidad de Vigo.
Check out this video featuring former ISEP participants!


NEW Beginning Spanish Program! Students with as few as two semesters of university-level Spanish are eligible to apply. More information can be found under Option 1 in the Academics Tab.


Location
Vigo is located in Galicia, in the northwest corner of 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 as well as its Citroen car factory. Vigo is one of the most important fishing fleet bases in the world.

Rich in culture and tradition, Vigo offers an excellent setting for learning about the cultures of Spain and Galicia. As one of Spain's officially recognized autonomous regions, Galicia has two official languages: Castellano (Spanish) and Gallego (Galician). Gallego is a language of Latin origin and similar to Portuguese. Galicia's population is bilingual and students will find they can get by just fine using Spanish. Nearby attractions include beautiful beaches and an unspoiled coastline as well as the city of Santiago de Compostela, Christendom's third most important site of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages.

PROGRAM TYPE
ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester.

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Summer program available.


Chance of Placement
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for US students is generally Excellent.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Excellent .
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.

Program Dates
Academic year: early September to early May; Semester 1: early September to mid January; Semester 2: mid January to May.

Summer Program
Students will improve their Spanish through a combination of classroom instruction, workshops to learn about different aspects of Spanish and Galician culture (food, dance, crafts, etc.) and excursions that include optional trips to Cíes Islands Natural Park and beaches and a short version of St. James' Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. They will also be introduced to the practice of teaching a foreign language and will work at local schools as language assistants. Spanish classes, workshops, trips and internship all count toward students' total credit hours.

For additional information, click here.

Fast Facts
Vigo (population 350,000), Pontevedra (population 85,000) and Ourense (105,000), Spain
Student Enrollment: 24,000
Language of instruction: Spanish, some English
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Programs
OPTION 1: BEGINNING SPANISH PROGRAM - NEW!
This new program at the Vigo campus is designed for students who are at the beginner level in Spanish and are eager to improve their language skills. Students will enroll in the following courses:
  • Spanish as a Second Language: 60 instructional hours, equivalent to 3 to 4 US credits
  • A selection of introductory classes on Spanish history, culture, literature and science (taught in Spanish at an introductory level), available courses will be announced in April
  • 2 or 3 Regular University Courses in English: Universidad de Vigo offers a number of courses in English in a number of areas, consult the list of available courses here
  • Optional: Galician as a Second Language
This program will be offered each semester. With special permission of the ISEP Coordinator at Universidad de Vigo, students may stay on for a second semester in Option 2.

Course Descriptions for Beginning Spanish Program:

- Bilinguismo e Educacion Bilingue

- Historia de Espana

- Historia de la Union Europea

- Informacion y Comunicacion en Espanol 1C

- Informacion y Comunicacion en Espanol 2C

- Lecciones de Literatura Espanola e Hispanoamericana

- Lenguas Comunicacion y Culturas

OPTION 2: REGULAR UNIVERSITY COURSES
Students may take regular university courses in Spanish or English in addition to Spanish as a Second Language Classes at an additional expense. Students may choose any of the campuses, but may only take classes at only ONE campus.

Vigo Campus:
Fields of Study: Arts and Humanities(Galician and Spanish Studies, Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpretation); Science: (Biology, Chemistry, Marine Science); Technology: (Industrial Engineering, Industrial Organization Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Electric and Automatisms Engineering, Industrial Chemistry Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Electronics and Automatisms Engineering, Industrial Technical Engineering, Energy Engineering, Mining Resources and Underground Works Engineering, Mining Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering (specializations in Sound & Image); Legal & Social:(Business Administration and Management, Economics, Commerce, Law, Labor Relations and Human Resources)

Pontevedra Campus:
Fields of Study: Arts and Humanities (Fine Arts); Health Sciences (Physiotherapy); Faculty of Educational Sciences & Sports (Education [Primary School, Nursery Education], Physical Activity and Sports Sciences); Faculty of Social Sciences and Communications (Audiovisual Communications, Public Administration and Management, Advertising and Public Relations)

Ourense Campus:
Fields of Study: History
(History and Geography); Law (Law); Business and Tourism (Business Administration, Tourism); Information Engineering (Computer Engineering); Sciences (Food Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Agricultural Engineering)

Courses taught in English
A select number of courses are offered in English at Universidad de Vigo click here.

Please note that students should still meet the minimum language requirements explained in the Language Notes section below. Students may combine courses in Spanish with courses in English.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Graduate Ph.D. and Masters programs are closed to ISEP participants.
Graduate students may find appropriate courses in the fourth year of Grado courses.

Academic Notes
The University of Vigo is particularly strong in Biology, Business Adminstration, Law, Engineering, Marine Science, Spanish, and Translation and Interpretation.

Education is open to ISEP students only on the Pontevedra campus.

Students generally enroll in four or five courses and spend 16 to 20 hours a week in class. Semesters are 15 weeks in length.

TRANSCRIPT DETAILS:
Transcripts are generally released in March for Semester 1 and in July for Semester 2 and Full Year. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.

Language Notes
OPTION 1: BEGINNING SPANISH PROGRAM - NEW!
A minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program. ISEP may make exceptions to this requirement if the student has completed three years of high school Spanish.

OPTION 2: REGULAR UNIVERSITY COURSES
Language Requirement:
Classes in English: A minimum of 4 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to the program (students should be at the intermediate leve). Students with only 4 semesters of Spanish may enroll in regular university courses taught in English, and may enroll in Spanish as a Second Language classes through the Language Center, see below for additional details. Students with only 4 semesters of Spanish may enroll in one or two regular university courses instructed in Spanish in addition to other coursework if their level of Spanish is sufficient to do so.

Classes in Spanish: To enroll in a full-time course load of regular university courses instructed in Spanish, a minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program.

Official Langauges of Galicia: There are two official languages used at the Universidad de Vigo, Spanish and Gallego. Gallego is one of the official languages of the Autonomous Region of Galicia and is recognized by the Spanish Constitution. The majority of teaching is done in Spanish and the ISEP Coordinator will assist students to identify courses taught in Spanish prior to enrollment.

Language Courses:
OPTION 1: One Spanish as a Second Language course is included in ISEP benefits as a part of the Beginning Spanish Program. Contact hours per course: 60 per semester, approximately 3 US credits. Grades and credits will be noted on an official certificate, but please note that these classes may not appear on the regular university transcript.

OPTION 2: Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes at the Centro de Lenguas (Language Center) during the Academic Year and Semester for an additional fee for all levels (not included in ISEP benefits). Contact hours per course: 60 per semester or 4 European credits. Grades and credits will be noted on an official certificate. Please note that these classes will not appear on the regular university transcript. Students should verify with their home university if credits from certificates will be accepted for transfer.

Don’t meet the language requirement? Need to brush up on your language skills before enrolling in regular university courses in Spanish? Consider enrolling in the ISEP Direct Bridge Program before your ISEP Exchange. Students may participate in this program and gain the necessary language skills before their ISEP Exchange programs. Click the link above for more info!

Additional Information: For more information on courses and language options, see the:
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for US Students
ISEP Spanish Language Advising Guide for I-to-I Students

Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.

Special Academic Conditions
Students are responsible for the cost of transport to either campus. Students may only register for classes at one campus, Vigo, Pontevedra or Ourense. Students studying at the Pontevedra or Ourense campuses will live in Pontevedra or Ourense. Note that there is no ISEP coordinator at the Pontevedra or Ourense campuses. The ISEP coordinators are located on the Vigo campus and will remain in constant communication with students at both campuses. ISEP students on these campuses will be assisted by officers of the International Office on these campuses, and by the international coordinators at the schools where they attend classes.

Health Sciences (Nursing) is closed to ISEP students.

Hints for Researching Courses
Using the links below click on the Faculty that you are interested in. Look for either grado or grao or licenciatura. After selecting the degree you are interested in, look for materias or plan de estudios. You may be able to download course descriptions by clicking on the course title. Remember, you can only choose courses from one only campus, Vigo, Pontevedra, our Ourense but cannot take courses from two campuses.

Vigo Campus:
Facultad de Ciencias Economicas e Empresariales (Business Administration and Management)
Degree in Commerce
Facultad de Filologia y Traduccion(Galician and Spanish Studies, Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpretation, Hispanic Philology, English Philology, Galician Philology)
Facultad de Biologia (Biology)
Facultad de Quimica (Chemistry)
Facultad de Ciencias del Mar(Marine Science)
ETS de Ingenieria de Minas (Energy Engineering, Underground, Mining Resources and Underground Works Engineering, Mining Engineering)
Escuela de Ingenieria de Telecomunicacion(Telecommunication Engineering)
Escuela de Ingenieria Industrial(Industrial Engineering, Industrial Organization Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Electric and Automatisms Engineering, Industrial Chemistry Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industiral Electronics and Automatisms Engineering, Industrial Technical Engineering)
Facultad de Ciencias Juridicas y Trabajo (Law, Labor Relations and Human Resources)

Pontevedra Campus:
Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y de Communicacion(Audiovisual Communications, Public Administration and Management, Advertising and Public Relations)
Facultad de Educacion y Deporte (Education (Primary School, Nursery Education), Physical Activity and Sports Sciences)
Facultad de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts)
Facultad de Fisioterapia (Physical Therapy)

Ourense Campus:
History (History and Geography)
Law (Law)
Business and Tourism (Business Administration, Tourism)
Information Engineering (Computer Engineering)
Sciences (Food Engineering; Environmental Sciences; Agricultural Engineering)

Housing and Meals
OPTION 1: BEGINNING SPANISH PROGRAM - NEW!
Sudents in the Beginning Spanish Program will live with host families or in shared student apartments assigned by the ISEP Coordinator. A limited number of host families are available each semester and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Students living in host families will eat breakfast and some dinners with their host families and will purchase the rest of their meals from a stipend. Students living in apartments will be provided with a combined housing and meal stipend.

OPTION 2: REGULAR UNIVERSITY COURSES
ISEP students receive a stipend to cover housing (normally in shared student apartments) and meals. Upon arrival students will be temporarily housed in a hotel, paid for by their housing stipend, while arranging their permanent housing. Students will be assisted with this process both by the Office of International Relations and student volunteers.

ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES:
Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at 400 euros. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

Orientation
The orientation program covers academic advising, housing, health & safety information and emergency protocols. Orientation will consist of a half-day meeting with the ISEP Coordinator and an Officer from the International Relations Office. After orientation, the ISEP Coordinator will help students to identify appropriate coursework on an individual basis.

ARRIVAL DETAILS:
Students arriving on the official arrival date will be met at the airport by a student volunteer if arrival information is provided at least two weeks before the official date of arrival.

Student Activities
International students have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities such as theater, intramural athletics and choir. The International Relations Office (ORI) brings together international students for cultural exchange, social activities and travel. ISEP students are also welcome to join the Erasmus Student Network, and participate in their planned activities.

Profile
The University of Vigo offers a great variety of degrees and diplomas to a rapidly increasing number of students; around 23,000. The emphasis is primarily on science, technology, social science and law, but there are also Faculties of Languages, Translation & Interpreting, History and Education.

Universidade de Vigo is a growing institution comprised of three campuses: (1) Vigo (location of rectorate, international office, student advisory services, sports areas, main library, university bookshop, computing, research & development facilities), (2) Pontevedra (25 km from Vigo), and (3) Ourense (100 km from Vigo).

What Past Students have to Say
"Vigo (and all of Galicia) is absolutely beautiful. You are so close to beautiful beaches, the islas cies and islas ons, and the port is always busy with people, new ships, and plenty of places to eat. I was at first worried about being confused with the languages because Castellano and Gallego are both spoken in Galicia, but it was hardly a problem for me. Vigo is the best!" -Kandace Rimmer 09-10