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Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio


Program Snapshot

Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio was the first accredited private university in Spain. The university maintains close ties to the business world and offers internship opportunities to students as a key means for real world preparation. Located just 25 kilometers from Madrid, the university campus is modern, friendly and well connected by public transportation.

The university is located in the university town of Villanueva de la Cañada, 25 km northwest of the city of Madrid. Villanueva de la Cañada is connected with Madrid by regular bus service.

ISEP Exchange: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year or semester.

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.

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

Program Dates
Academic year: September to June; Semester 1: September to mid late January; Semester 2: late January to June.

Fast Facts
Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain (pop. 24,000)
Student Enrollment: 10,000
Language of instruction: Spanish
University Home Page
Course Information
Office of International Relations
Tips for Finding Courses in Spain
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School of Engineering (Architecture, Engineering [Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Construction & Public Works, Electrical, Hydrology, Industrial, Industrial Electronics and Automation, Mechanical, Sound and Image, Technical Computer, Technical Telecommunications, Telecommunications], Industrial Design, Industrial Design and Product Devlopment, Environmental Sciences);Faculty of Applied Languages (Spanish as a Second Language, Modern Languages, Modern Languages and Management, Translation & Interpreting); Faculty of Social and Legal Studies (Administration & Business Management, Business Studies, Communication, International Relations, Law, Marketing, Sports & Physical Education,). Education, Fine Arts

Academic Notes
The fields most appropriate for ISEP participants include Architecture, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Languages, Mechanical Engineering, Physiotherapy, and Tourism.

Students generally enroll in five to six courses per semester, and spend 20 to 25 hours a week in class. Semesters are 15 weeks in length.

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
Language Requirement: A minimum of 5 semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent must be completed prior to program. During orientation students take a Spanish language proficiency exam. Students whose score is not adequate are required to enroll in a Spanish language course.
Language Courses: Intensive Spanish language courses are offered in addition to regular classes each semester for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Contact hours per course per week: 3. Credit is awarded for this class, and appears on the regular university transcript with other academic courses.

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

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

Hints for Researching Courses
1. Click on Course Links. Note that you may find undergraduate courses under both Grado and Licenciaturas.
2. Click on a degree you are interested in, and you will be brought to a page with more detail on that degree. Click on Plan de Estudios to view courses offered in that degree.
3. To obtain course descriptions visit the Academics Page of the Office of International Relations.

Download Tips for Finding Courses in Spain.

Housing and Meals
Students receive a combined housing and meal stipend. Students typically live in shared student apartments, but on occasion may live in residence halls (limited space). With their stipend, students can prepare their own meals.

Personal Expenses per month (including books) are estimated at 300 euros. This will vary by personal spending and consumption habits.

At orientation students will meet with the (ORI) International Office staff, complete the Language Test, tour the university campus and meet with their Departmental Cooridnator/Tutor. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a welcome event!

The university will provide arrival directions with the acceptance packet.

Student Activities
Students can participate in sports and cultural activities that are regularly offerd at UAX. A few excursions are planned each semester to some of Spain's most popular tourist destinations. ISEP students may also participate in activities organized by the Erasmus Student's Network-UAX.

Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio is a young, dynamic private university. The university gained its charter from Parliament with the goal of educating students for the future competitive world market. The university is designed to teach 10,000 students, with the possibility of having 1,000 students living on-campus.