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Universidad de Almería

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Program Snapshot

Universidad de Almería (UAL) is one of the youngest and most dynamic universities in Spain, offering more than 30 undergraduate degrees, 13 masters programs and 37 doctoral degrees. It has modern facilities that allow students to enjoy the wide cultural and sports activities offered. UAL is renowned for its research in Agriculture, Agronomy and Business Studies, and receives more than 700 international students a year from around the world.

Located on the south-eastern coast of Andalucía, Almería is a medium-sized city of about 200,000 inhabitants. The city lies at the foot of a mountain range and is overlooked by a Moorish fortress called the Alcazaba. Almería has a busy port, an old town, and a bustling boardwalk (paseo marítimo). The city is the capital of the Almería province, which has semi-arid desert climate and receives the most sunshine and least rainfall of all of Europe. The province has several beautiful beaches, natural parks, and interesting villages to visit.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or semester.
ISEP Direct: undergraduate programs available for summers only.

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 Good.
ISEP Exchange chance of placement for I-to-I students is generally Good.
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: mid September to early July; Semester 1: mid September to mid February; Semester 2: mid February to early July.

Summer Program
Soak up the sun and study Spanish! Earn 12 ECTS credits in just four weeks through classroom instruction and excursions throughout southern Spain. Excursions include the Alhambra in Granada, Cabo de Gata Natural Park and historic and cultrual landmarks throughout Almeria. For more information view our summer program information.

Fast Facts
Almería, Spain (pop. 200,000)
Student Enrollment: 14,000
Language of instruction: Spanish, some English
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College of Engineering (Agriculture, Agronomy, Chemical, Computer, Industrial, Materials); School of Business and Economics (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Tourism); School of Humanities and Education (Education Psychology, Physical Education, Primary School, Foreign Language and Music Education; Languages & Literature including English, French, German and Spanish; Linguistics); School of Experimental Sciences (Environmental Sciences/Studies, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics); School of Law; College of Health (Nursing, Physiotherapy); College of Labour Relations

Courses taught in English
A growing number of classes are offered in English. Visit the International Relations Webpage and to view the courses offered in English. Students may enroll in these classes but must still meet the minimum language requirements described below.

Courses for Graduate (Masters) Level
Graduate level classes and programs are closed to ISEP participants. Graduate students may find pertinent classes in the fourth and fifth year levels of undergraduate degrees.

Academic Notes
The strongest departments are those related to agricultural studies, business, and law.

Students generally enroll in five to six courses and spend 20 hours a week in class. Semesters are 18 weeks in length.

Transcripts are generally released in late February for Semester 1 and in late 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
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/A2 level ). Students with only 4 semesters of Spanish may enroll in regular university courses taught in English, plus Spanish as a Second Language through the Centro de Lenguas. 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: A minimum of 6 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program in order to enroll for an entire semester or academic year in university courses instructed in Spanish. Native Portuguese speakers must have completed a minimum of 2 semesters of university-level Spanish prior to the start of the program.

Language Courses: Intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes during the Academic Year for Beginner and Intermediate levels for a small fee. University credit is awarded for 3 ECTS credits.

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
When selecting courses, please take into account that although some courses may not require prerequisites, it is strongly advisable to take courses related to your major or minor. Some courses may be too difficult to pass without prior knowledge of the subject area. This is especially true in relation to health sciences.

Hints for Researching Courses
1. Click on: Course Links
2. Click on a degree related to your interest. This will bring you to a webpage with all information related to that degree.
3. Click on Plan de Estudios, which will bring you to another page, with information on courses offered in that degree.
4. View information regarding courses under Asignaturas. To view courses offered by degree level click Asginaturas Ordenadas por Curso.
5. Click on a course you are interested in to obtain additional information. If a course description is available, it can be viewed under Guia Docente .

Housing and Meals
Students will be housed in shared apartments. The university will make a reservation in the Almería Youth Residence (Albergue Juvenil) for the day of arrival. The university has a database of housing options and will aid students in the process of obtaining housing.

Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at 250 euros. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits. More information about cost of living in Almeria can be found here.

the orientation program covers academic advising, housing, health and safety, emergencies and general information. A local tour will help students to get acquainted with our campus. The International Students Association (ASEA) organizes activities, parties, excursions and trips throughout the academic year.

The university will provide arrival directions with the acceptance packet.

Student Activities
The University of Almería offers lots of activities to students and for international students in particular. More info on these topics can be found by downloading the international student guide . Additional information for international students can be found here.

Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)
The Employment Service at the University provides many opportunities for international students to obtain internships at local companies. Contact the Employment Service upon arrival for more information.

The University of Almería is a public university that was established in 1993 and has about 14,000 students. The modern campus is located on the coast just six kilometres far from the city center.